The Yankees technically out-hit the Rays tonight in their third of four games at the Trop. The Yankees racked up a total of 10 hits to the Rays 7, but the Rays just did more with their on-base time. But just barely.
For all the beginning trouble both starters got into this game, they both pitched some really good baseball. Adam Warren got the start for the Yankees tonight, going 94 pitches in 7 innings, giving up 7 hits, 3 runs, and a walk, striking out 7 Rays batters. He gave up a solo home run to the second batter in the 1st inning. And then his worst inning was the 2nd — a lead-off double scored on another double, and that run scored on a long single.
Andrew Miller, who hasn’t seen much work recently due to the way these recent games have panned out, came on for the 8th inning and threw a quick 10 pitches for 3 strikeouts to the Rays batters. Folks, Miller is really, really good. Just in case you missed that memo over the last 35 games.
The Yankees offense was consistent throughout the game, knocking out the Rays starter after 92 pitches in 5 innings. But they only managed runs in the 1st inning. The Rays starter threw 8 consecutive balls to lead-off the game, walking both Ellsbury and Gardner. Mark Teixeira singled home Ellsbury, and then Brian McCann singled home Gardner. And that’s when something just clicked with the Rays starter, and he just started pitching a better game. Like I said, the Yankees drove up his pitch count early, but they weren’t able to poke any run-related holes into the bullpen like they have in the past.
Final score: 3-2 Rays.
Honestly, the game tonight was lacking the same spark and vivacity that I think we’re all used to in Yankees games this season. There are some games that are just edge-of-your-seat action (like Monday night’s game), and some that have their high moments in the normal pace of the game (like most of them, really). And then there are those games that lack the same level of punch as that terrible Mayweather-Pacquiao fight a few weeks ago (like tonight).
Well, I guess there’s always tomorrow. The Yankees have one more game against the Rays tomorrow before heading to the Midwest to play the Royals. Remember, this month is On-the-road May for the Yankees. And on the plus side, 11,924 people came to watch tonight’s game, a good many more than the past 2 nights. But then again, the Lightning aren’t playing tonight (they’ll face the Rangers in the next round, so more Tampa vs. New York action), so there’s room in some local hearts for more sports than hockey on this Wednesday evening.
But then, for some people, there is always room for some baseball in the hearts of true fans. And I can think of some particular ones…