Looking for a sweep, it was Michael Pineda on the mound to start for the Yankees in the final game of their series against the visiting Rays. A fairly decent outing, Pineda would throw 93 pitches in his 5.2 innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 runs, no walks, and 5 strikeouts. The runs came in the 4th, after 2 quick strikeouts, 2 back-to-back singles put runners on the bases for a big 2-RBI triple to put the Rays on the board.
The Yankees answered back to tie up the game with solo home runs in the 5th by Chase Headley and the 6th by Chris Young. Little did they know at the time, that despite the rather quick pace of the game up until then, it would another 2 hours before it would be settled.
Pineda turned over the ball in the 6th to the first reliever Wilson to complete the inning in 2 pitches. Carpenter and Betances each took their own quick innings before Miller took the 9th (with a snazzy grab on a direct line back to him). Hopes for that 9th inning walk-off were dashed, and Miller returned for the 10th inning. Martin was on the mound for the 11th, and it would be Shreve for the 12th and 13th.
Shreve got himself into a sticky situation in the 13th after issuing the 1st walk of the game from the Yankees’ pitching staff. That runner moved to 2nd on a ground out and then scored on a single to put the Rays back in the lead. Shreve got out of the inning, but the Yankees quickly found themselves on the wrong end of a quick inning, losing the game in a double play.
I do want to note that there was quite the plethora of strikeouts from both pitching staffs — 29 in total. The Rays issued a total of 16 strikeouts and the Yankees 13. And honestly, both teams seemed to play rather evenly on most fronts — pitching, defense, hitting (total of 7 hits for each team), and base running. It was rather understandable for the game to be tied for so long and be a nail-biter there at the end of the nearly 4 hour game.
Final score in the Bronx: 3-2 Rays in 13 innings, Yankees take the series 2-1.
Roster moves: after spending yesterday’s game on his couch after being sent down to AAA, Gregorio Petit was back for today’s game and starting at 2nd base. This was a good thing for him and for the Yankees because Petit was key in a couple of defensive plays there at 2nd. This roster move occurred because Masahiro Tanaka was officially moved to the 15-day DL for his forearm and wrist injury.
And it’s that time of year again — time to vote for the All-Star Game starters. You can cast your vote here up to 35 times until July 2. I voted my 35 times today during the 13 inning game. The All-Star Game will be July 14 in Cincinnati.