The New York Yankees were defeated by the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night. The game took place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida and the final score was 16-1. Ivan Nova started and pitched very poorly and then left with an injury. Matt Daley who was just called up from AAA made his season debut and pitched poorly also. It got so bad for the Yankees that backup shortstop Dean Anna had to pitch. Kelly Johnson drove in the only run of the game for the Yankees.
Nova pitched four innings giving up eight hits and eight runs. He walked one and struck out four and suffered his second loss of the season. The bigger loss is that he is hurt now and the Yankees wait word on how bad and how long he will be out for. Daley pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up five hits and six runs with four of them being earned. He walked two guys, Dellin Betances pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up no hits and no runs with two walks and three strikeouts and Anna pitched an inning giving up three hits and two runs. It was the first time Anna ever pitched in a game.
Chris Archer won his second game of the season pitching 6 2/3 innings giving up three hits and one run with four strikeouts. Riefenhauser pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings and Lueke pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts.
Jacoby Ellsbury, Alfonso Soriano and Kelly Johnson had the only hits for the Yankees. Johnson had the only RBI and the Yankees were 0-1 with runners in scoring position and left one man on base. Ellsbury was caught stealing and Yangervis Solarte committed an error.
Ben Zobrist had three hits, Matt Joyce had two hits and drew a walk and Evan Longoria had two hits and four RBI. James Loney had two hits, an RBI and drew a walk, Wil Myers had three hits, four RBI and drew a walk and Yunel Escobar had a hit and drew a walk. Ryan Hanigan had three hits, six RBI and drew a walk. Joyce, Zobrist, Loney and Myers each hit a double and Myers also hit a homerun. Longoria hit a homerun and Hanigan hit two homeruns. The Rays were 5-11 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.
The Rays scored runs in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth. The Yankees only run came in the fifth inning. This one quickly got out of hand for the Yankees. The two teams will play their fourth and final game of the series on Sunday afternoon. The Yankees will look to split the series and the Rays to take three out of four.