(Courtesy of the AP)
The last time the Yankees faced David Price, they knocked him around his home ballpark pretty bad. They couldn't repeat that feat against him at The Stadium last night, and couldn't come through on roughly a million other good scoring opportunities in extra innings to steal a win.
- Tampa gained a quick 1-0 lead in the 2nd on a James Loney base hit, but lost it just as quickly in the bottom half when Brian McCann hit his 4th HR of the season. It was a 2-run shot and put the Yanks on top.
- Vidal Nuno limited damage through 3. When the lineup turned back over in the 4th, he wasn't so lucky. He gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks in the 4th, a solo HR in the 5th, and his day was done after 4.2 innings.
- Price held the Yankees at bay through 7. It wasn't until he left that they made their move, or rather moves, in the form of solo shots by Teix and Alfonso Soriano in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game back up.
- The Rays regained the lead in the top of the 9th with a pair of singles off D-Rob, but the Yanks came right back with a 2-out ribbie single by Jacoby Ellsbury to re-tie it 5 and send the game into extras.
- This is where things got really painful. The Yanks left 2 on in the 11th, 2 on in the 12th, and the bases loaded in the 13th. They had the leadoff runner in the 12th and 13th and could never push a run across to end it.
- It came back to bite them in the 14th after they had used all their good relievers. Shawn Kelley and Adam Warren each pitched 2 scoreless, but Chris Leroux was next up and he imploded. Gave up 5 in the top of the 14th and that was that.
- Soriano: 3-7, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 4 LOB. Good to see him have a solid day at the dish. The Yankees could use a 1-2 week power surge from him.
- Ellsbury: 4-6, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 K, 1 LOB. No power this time, but a very good all-around offensive day and he came up with the big game-tying hit in the 9th.
- Nuno: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. Nuno really doesn't appear to be fooling anybody in his first few starts replacing Nova. He's making things more difficult for himself by giving out more walks than he ever did in the Minors too. If this is the best the Yanks can get out of him, they're going to have to start looking elsewhere for an upgrade.
- Derek Jeter: 0-7, 6 LOB. Oofda.
That's 3 straight losses and a really, really tired bullpen. Masahiro Tanaka takes the ball this afternoon against Jake Odorizzi and the Yankees probably need him to throw a complete game shutout to have any hope of winning.