(Wasn't his fault. Courtesy of Getty Images)
I want David Price. I need David Price. With CC Sabathia turning into an age-related regression pumpkin and Andy Pettitte retired once and for all, I'm really missing having the big reliable lefty in the rotation and I want that back. I'm sure Joe feels the same way and he had a front row seat, along with the rest of MLB, for Price's latest start last night in the second game of this Yanks-Rays series. He was spectacular, as most good pitchers are against the pathetic Yankee lineup, and the Rays took another as the Yanks continued to plunge.
- Hiroki Kuroda was up to the task of matching Price and they traded zeros through 3. Price allowed only a leadoff walk to Brett Gardner while Hirok surrendered a couple of singles.
- In the top of the 4th, those couple of singles turned into 3 singles in 4 batters, the last of which by Logan Forsythe pushed a run across and got the Rays on the board.
- The Yanks matched in the bottom half on a throwing error by Ben Zobrist, who hit Jacoby Ellsbury with a throw trying to finish a double play after catching a Mark Teixeira pop up. Derek Jeter was on third base after leading off the inning with a double and he came home to score on the error.
- The only other mistake Hirok made on the night was hanging a first-pitch curveball to James Loney in the 6th. It was a back-breaking mistake, however, as Loney crushed it for the go-ahead and eventual game-winning home run.
- Price worked around a baserunner in every inning from the 5th to the 7th, and handed the 1-run lead over to his bullpen. Jake McGee retired the side in order in the 8th and Grant Balfour avoided trouble with 2 walks by getting a groundout from Yangervis Solarte to end the game.
- Kuroda: 8 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. What more could you have asked the guy to do last night? You can't get him more than 1 fucking run???
- The Lineup: 4-31, 1 XBH, 1 R, 5 BB, 11 K, 8 LOB, 1-9 w/ RISP. Sad. Really, really sad. Jeter had 2 hits, so he doesn't really deserve to be lumped in here.
The Yanks will try to avoid the sweep and avoid dropping below .500 this afternoon when Vidal Nuno gets the ball against Jake Odorizzi.