The Rays did not look like much of a baseball team at all Tuesday night. The Rays lost to the New York Yankees 7-0 in front of a 40,537 crowd at Yankee Stadium. The Rays just did not have anything going their way, as they could not pitch, field, or hit effectively in this game.
James Shields started on the hill for the Rays and had a frustrating night. Some unearned runs scored in the first inning on an error by Elliot Johnson, which pretty much set the tone for last night's game.
Then, with the bases loaded, Shields left a 0-2 change-up up high in the zone that was drilled out to right field for a grand slam home run by Russel Martin.
Nick Swisher hit an RBI double off the wall in the 5th inning to give the Yankees a 7-0 lead. The Rays would not score and be held to only 4 hits.
Shields had command issues along with location mistakes, while Andy Pettitte was completely the opposite. He did not make one bad pitch all night and worked the sides of the plate. The Rays committed three errors on the night, as there defensive woes continue in New York.
The Rays are now stand at 31-24, and fall back into a tie for first place with Baltimore (who beat Boston 8-6 in extas last night). The Yankees are now just a half-game out of first as they continue to creep up on the Rays. Boston takes over the AL East cellar, but are just three games behind.
Notable Stat Lines:
- James Shields: (L,6-4) 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
- Andy Pettitte: (W,3-2) 7.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K
- Ceasor Ramos 3 IP, H, 4 K
- Desmond Jennings 1-4
- B.J. Upton 1-4
- Carlos Pena 1-3
- click here for a full box score
News and Notes:
- Desmond Jennings returned from his knee injury last night.
- The Rays picked a player per round in rounds 2-15 in Day 2 of the MLB Draft yesterday. Here's a list of all their picks.
- Here's an update on the Rays in the 2012 All Star ballot. Evan Longoria, who currently sits in third, is the only Rays position player with any serious possibility to make the roster.
- The Rays play Game 2 of the series Wednesday night at 7:10. Alex Cobb will square off against on Ivan Nova.