Monday, April 10, 2017

Michael Pineda stars as the New York Yankees defeat the Tampa Bay Rays in home openerNew

The New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday afternoon.  The game took place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York and the final score was 8-1.  Michael Pineda started for the Yankees and retired the first 20 batters that he faced.  Matt Holliday, Chase Headley and Aaron Judge each had two hits to lead the offense. 

Pineda pitched 7 2/3 innings giving up two hits and a run with no walks and 11 strikeouts.  Pineda won his first game of the season and first since August of 2016.  Tyler Clippard pitched to one batter and retired him and Chasen Shreve pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout. 

Alex Cobb pitched 7 1/3 innings giving up six hits and five runs with four of them being earned.  He walked one and struck out seven.  Cobb lost his first game of the season and Austin Pruitt pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up four hits and three runs with two of them being earned. 

Brett Gardner had a hit, Jacoby Ellsbury had a hit and an RBI and Holliday had two hits and an RBI.  Chris Carter had a hit and an RBI, Starlin Castro had a hit and two RBI and Headley had two hits, one RBI and drew a walk.  Judge had two hits and an RBI, Ronald Torreyes hit an RBI and Ellsbury and Holliday each hit a double.  Carter hit a triple and Judge, Headley and Castro each hit a homerun.  The Yankees were 3-11 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.  Gardner had two stolen bases. 

Evan Longoria had a hit, Logan Morrison had a hit and an RBI and Longoria hit a double.  Morrison hit a homerun and the Rays were 0-1 with runners in scoring position and left one man on base.  Miller and Pruitt each committed an error. 

In the third Ellsbury hit an RBI double to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.  In the fourth Judge hit a solo homerun to extend the lead to 2-0.  In the seventh Headley hit a solo homerun to push the lead to 3-0.  In the eighth Morrison hit a solo homerun to make it a 3-1 game.  In the bottom of the eighth Holliday hit an RBI double and Carter hit an RBI triple to make it 5-1.  Castro hit a two-run homerun and Torreyes hit an RBI ground out still in the eighth to make it 8-1 which was the final score. 

The Yankees and Rays will be off on Tuesday and then continue their series on Wednesday afternoon. 

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