The Tampa Bay Rays overcame a 2-0 first inning deficit against the New York Yankees for the second consecutive game. The team got a terrific performance from the bullpen and a key defensive gem from Kevin Kiermaier Wednesday night, as they eked out 3-2 win at the Trop. With the win, Tampa Bay is now 19-16 and just two games out of first in the AL East.
Despite a sour start to their most recent home-stand, the Tampa Bay Rays left St. Petersburg on a high-note, sweeping the highest scoring team in the American League in three games. They were also able to finish their most recent nine game home-stand with a successful 5-4 record — giving them a .500 home record for the first time this season. Tampa Bay is now 11-8 and in the midst of a five game win streak. Next stop the Bronx, where the Rays are set to start a three game set against the Yankees on Monday.
The Tampa Bay Rays returned to the friendly confines of Tropicana Field on Friday, after a successful 5-2 road trip. Even though Allan Dykstra and Logan Forsythe went back-to-back with a pair of mammoth homers in the fourth inning (Dykstra’s first in the majors), Alex Rodriguez soured Tampa Bay’s night with two homers and four RBI. The Rays fell in a 5-4 loss to New York to kick off a nine-game home stand.
There really isn’t much to recap today — besides, I’m in the midst of writing the Rays/ChiSox series preview. Brandon McCarthy pitched to his ERA and bested Alex Cobb and the Rays. Hey, at least Tampa Bay took the series, while also walking away with an 11-8 record against the Yankees this season. Another bright side: we don’t have to hear Girardi ruminate about the Rays “lackluster pitching staff” until Spring Training 2015. Below are a few odds and ends, and I’ll have the series preview up and ready to go by this evening.
Alex Colome got himself into seven full counts, although he only walked one Yankee. Meanwhile the Rays only had two hits from the first through eighth innings, yet they ended the night by slapping three singles and taking a walk in the ninth — good for their sixth walk-off win of the season. And as if things weren’t odd enough, the double shutout, which lasted two outs into the ninth, took three hours and 28 minutes.