Looking Backward While Moving Forward: Rays Win 6-1 Amidst Flared Tempers

If Monday night’s three hour and 28 minute 1-0 walk-off victory was odd, Tuesday night’s contest must have been drafted by David Lynch. On a night when the Rays organization celebrated the career of Derek Jeter, Tampa Bay handed the Yankees a 6-1 loss, complete with a bench clearing almost brawl, and a pair of big hits by Nick Franklin who made his debut with the Rays. Jake Odorizzi was spotty, yet he held the Yankees to one run in six innings of work, while Franklin went 2-4 with a double, a stolen base that almost wasn’t, a run and an RBI. The game had everything anyone could ever want: the first time in Rays history two runs were scored on a sac-fly, three Yankee ejections, and a customized kayak.

Looking Backward While Moving Forward: Rays Set Milestones Amidst 8-5 Loss

There isn’t much to say about the Rays — as a whole — in their 8 – 5 loss to the Yankees. The swarm was in full effect in the first inning when Tampa Bay started the game in fevered fashion by scoring four runs and going 3-3 wRISP – quickly knocking the Yankees’ starter Chris Capuano out of the game after 1/3 of an inning, and 36 pitches. Capuano was charged with all four runs.

Looking Backward While Moving Forward: Spoiler Alert — Loney, Rays Beat Yankees 4-3

I previously alluded to the idea that the Rays had two reasons to go out Tuesday night and play like they still have a chance in September:

1. To play the role of spoilers.
2. To end the season on a strong, high note.

If Tuesday night’s 4-3 win against the Yankees was indicative of anything, it would be the former.

Looking Backward While Moving Forward: How Sweep It Is!

Sweep! The Tampa Bay Rays are able to exit the Bronx in huge, sweeping fashion on the heels of a huge 6-3 win against the Yankees. Despite falling behind early, Tampa Bay battled back — putting up one spots in the third, fourth, and fifth innings knotting things up at three apiece. Then they pulled ahead in the sixth inning on a huge Sean Rodriguez two-run blast to left-center — the longest homer at Yankee Stadium in two years (measuring 102.1 MPH off the bat).