The Yankees lost a brutal extra-innings game last night to the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3. A.J. Burnett started for the Yankees. In six innings he allowed three runs six hits, walked two and struck out eight. He threw 114 pitches, 69 of them for strikes.
After recording the first out in the eighth Ramiro Pena singled, and Jose Molina followed with a double, the Yankees had runners on second and third with one out and Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine was out of the game.
With one out, Damon was walked and that brought up Mark Teixeira with the tying runs on base. JP Howell threw a 2-1 changeup and Teixeira lined it along the fair line and into the left field corner. Carl Crawford had a little trouble picking the ball up, and by the time the ball was back in the infield all three runs had scored and the game was tied. Right after the Teixeira double there was about a 30 minute rain delay and once play resumed Hideki Matsui struck out to end the inning.
The Yankees bullpen, for the most part, did a very good job tonight. Edwar Ramirez pitched a scoreless seventh and struck out two. Jonathan Albaladejo pitched a scoreless eighth. And Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out the side after allowing a leadoff single Dioner Navarro.
With the score still tied in the top of the tenth Phil Coke came into the game and on the second pitch he threw gave up a solo homer to Carlos Pena to give the Rays a 4-3 lead. He then retired the next three batters in order.
The Rays went to their closer Troy Percival, and he got Jeter to ground out for the first out. Damon was next and he lined a ground-rule double over B.J. Upton’s head in center. That brought up Teixeira. On the first pitch Percival uncorked a wild pitch and Damon was able to move to third. Percival followed with another ball and Teixeira was ahead with a 2-0 count. Tex got under a beautiful fastball but popped it weakly to shallow right leaving Damon stranded at third. Matsui was then up, but he flew out to left to end the game.
The Yankees look to get a split in this short two game series with the Rays. Andy Pettitte starts for the Yanks, with Jeff Niemann going for the Rays.
AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 0 0 0 0 1 2 .267
Damon, LF 4 1 2 0 1 1 0 .290
Teixeira, 1B 5 0 2 3 0 1 2 .209
Matsui, DH 5 0 2 0 0 1 2 .289
Cano, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .333
Swisher, RF 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .279
Gardner, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231
Cabrera, M, CF-RF 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .328
Pena, 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .275
Molina, J, C 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .262
Totals 37 3 9 3 2 6 13
2B: Matsui (6, Sonnanstine), Damon 2 (4, Sonnanstine, Percival), Molina, J (1, Sonnanstine), Teixeira (4, Howell).
TB: Damon 4; Teixeira 3; Matsui 3; Cano; Pena; Molina, J 2.
RBI: Teixeira 3 (15).
2-out RBI: Teixeira 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cano 2; Teixeira; Matsui 2; Molina, J 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-9.
Team LOB: 7.
E: Pena (2, fielding).