Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Yankees lose in Tampa and lose their division lead

The New York Yankees were defeated by the Tampa Bay Rays by the score of 5-2 on Tuesday night. The game took place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Freddy Garcia started for the Yankees, he wasn’t horrible but he wasn’t great either. The Yankees offense was Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter had a good game. Alex Cobb pitched well for the Rays and B.J. Upton and Evan Longoria led the Rays offense. 
Garcia pitched 5 1/3 innings giving up five hits and five runs with four walks and five strikeouts. Garcia lost his sixth game of the season, Clay Rapada gave up a walk without recording an out and Cody Eppley pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings with two strikeouts and Joba Chamberlain pitched a perfect inning with a couple of strikeouts. Cobb won his ninth game of the season pitching seven innings giving up four hits and two runs with a walk and five strikeouts. Johnny Peralta pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out the sides and Fernando Rodney picked up his 42nd save of the season pitching an inning giving up a hit and striking out one.

Jeter had two hits, Nick Swisher drew a walk and Cano had a hit and two RBI. Alex Rodriguez had a hit, Jayson Nix had a hit and Dickerson had a hit. Cano hit a homerun and the Yankees were 0-5 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base. Dickerson had a stolen base.

Desmond Jennings had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk, Upton had two hits and two RBI and Ben Zobrist drew a walk. Longoria had a hit, two RBI and drew a walk, Carlos Pena drew two walks and Ryan Roberts had a hit. Upton had a double, Longoria, Jennings and Upton each hit a homerun. The Rays were 1-4 and left four men on base. Jennings had a stolen base.

In the first Cano hit a two run homerun, Upton hit an RBI double to make it 2-1 and Longoria hit a two run homerun in the third to make it a 3-2 game in the third. In the fifth Jennings and Upton hit back-to-back homeruns to make it 5-2 Rays and that was the final score.

The Yankees have now lost three games in a row, four of their last five and are now in a first place tie with the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees are 76-59 and the Rays are 75-61 and 1 ½ games behind the Yankees. The two teams will play the third and final game of the series on Wednesday night.

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