Saturday, April 18, 2015

The New York Yankees win a tight game in Tampa Bay behind Alex Rodriguez

The New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.  The game took place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida and the final score was 5-4.  Adam Warren started and didn't pitch that well.  The bullpen was great and Rodriguez led the offense with a couple of homeruns and four RBI. 

Warren pitched four innings giving up six hits and four runs with two walks and two strikeouts.  Esmil Rogers pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up a walk and struck out two, Justin Wilson pitched to one batter and struck out one and Dellin Betances pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out one.  Betances won his second game of the season.  Andrew Miller picked up his third game of the season pitching 1 1/3 innings giving up a  hit and striking out three. 

Nathan Karns pitched five innings giving up two hits and two runs with four walks and seven strikeouts.  Ernesto Frieri pitched an inning giving up a hit and two runs with a walk and a strikeout, C.J. Riefenhauser pitched an innin ggiving up a walk and Kevin Jepsen picked up his first loss of the season pitching an inning giving up two hits and a run.  Steve Geltz pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout. 

Jacoby Ellsbury drew a walk, Carlos Beltran had a hit and drew a walk and Mark Teixeira drew a walk.  Brian McCann drew a walk, Rodriguez had three hits and four RBI and Stephen Drew had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk.  Chris Young drew a walk and Rodriguez and Drew each hit a homerun.  The Yankees were 1-4 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.  Gardner had a stolen base. 

Steven Souza Jr. had two hits, Asdrubal Cabrera had a hit and Evan Longoria had a hit and drew a walk.  Desmond Jennings drew a walk, Allan Dykstra had a hit and three RBI and Logan Forsythe had three hits and an RBI.  Bobby Wilson drew a walk, Dykstra hit a homerun and Forsythe hit a homerun and the Rays were 1-3 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.  Souza Jr. had a stolen base. 

In the second Rodriguez hit a solo homerun to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead and in the fourth Drew made it 2-0 with a solo homerun.  In the bottom of the fourth the Rays scored all four of their runs.  Dykstra hit a three run homerun and then Forsythe hit a solo homerun as they went back-to-back.  The Rays had a 4-2 lead before Rodriguez hit his second homerun of the game in the sixth to tie the game at four.  In the eighth Rodriguez gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead with an RBI single and that would be the final score. 

The two teams will play game two of their three game series on Saturday night.  Masahiro Tanaka will go up against Jake Odorizzi.   

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