Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The New York Yankees are eliminated from the playoffs

The New York Yankees are eliminated from the playoffs

The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees on Wednesday night. The final score was 8-3 and the game took place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. The Yankees were eliminated from playoff contention even before their loss tonight. The Cleveland Indians won their game when the Yankees were still playing which eliminated them. Phil Hughes started for the last time as a Yankee and wasn’t good. The Yankees offensive stars were Robinson Cano and Eduardo Nunez. They each had a couple of hits.

Hughes pitched two innings and gave up seven hits and three runs. He walked one and struck out two and took his 14th loss of the season. David Huff pitched 3 2/3 innings giving up five hits and four runs with a walk and two strikeouts. Matt Daley faced one batter and retired him, Cesar Cabral pitched an inning giving up a hit and struck out one and David Robertson pitched an inning striking out one. Preston Claiborne pitched an inning giving up two hits and a run with a strikeout.

Nunez had two hits and an RBI, Ichiro Suzuki had a hit and Cano had two hits and an RBI. Vernon Wells drew a walk, Mark Reynolds had a hit and Lyle Overbay had an RBI and drew a walk. Curtis Granderson had a hit, Brendan Ryan had a hit and Nunez and Cano each hit a double. Nunez hit a homerun and the Yankees were 1-9 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. Ryan and Soriano each committed an error and Stewart had a passed ball.

David Price pitched seven innings and gave up six hits and two runs. He struck out eight. Brandon Gomes pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up two hits and a run with a walk and a strikeout. Joel Peralta pitched 1/3 of an inning walking one and Alex Torres pitched an inning striking out one.

Ben Zobrist had a hit, Wil Myers had a hit and James Loney had three hits, an RBI and drew a walk. Evan Longoria had three hits and four RBI, David DeJesus had three hits and two RBI and Delmon Young had a hit. Matt Joyce had a hit and an RBI. Desmond Jennings had a hit, Sam Fuld had a hit and Kelly Johnson drew a walk. Myers and DeJesus each hit a double and Loney hit two doubles. Longoria hit two homeruns and DeJesus hit a homerun. The Rays were 5-16 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.

In the first inning the teams traded runs. The Rays took a 1-0 lead on a Loney RBI double and the Yankees tied it on a Cano RBI double. In the third DeJesus hit an RBI single and Joyce hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1 Rays. The Yankees cut the lead to 3-2 on a Nunez solo homerun in the third inning. In the sixth Longoria hit a three run homerun and DeJesus hit a solo homerun. They were back-to-back homeruns to make it 7-2 Rays. Overbay had an RBI walk in the eighth to make it a 7-3 game and the Rays scored the final run of the game in the ninth. Longoria hit a solo homerun to make it 8-3.

The Yankees have now lost three in a row and their record is 82-76. The Rays are 88-69 and the two teams will play the third and final game of the series on Thursday night.

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