Yankees-Rays: NY Beats Tampa Bay 7-2

Shanan H.Analyst IApril 14, 2009

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 13: Shortstop Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees sets to bat against the Tampa Bay Rays April 13, 2009 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Yankees won a very important matchup tonight at the Trop in St. Petersburg.  They beat the 4-3 Rays 7-2, improving to .500 for one of the first times this year.

The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the first, and made it 2-0 in the fourth.

A.J. Burnett threw a gem out there tonight, and, in my opinion, is the player of the game.  He let up only a walk through seven innings, when C.C. (Carl Crawford) broke up the bid with a single.

Burnett gave up two runs runs in the seventh, and was almost pulled from the game.  But, Girardi let him pitch the eighth, which turned out a good idea.

On the Yankees side of the eighth, they scored a run thanks to Bret Gardner, and took a 3-2 lead.

In the top of the ninth, Derek Jeter, the POTG runner-up, hit a three-run shot to right center field, giving the Yankees a strong lead, especially considering they had scored a run earlier that inning.

Brian Bruney held the house down in the ninth, giving the Yankees the win.

The Rays usually consistent 'pen was exactly the opposite of consistent, with loser of the game Dan Wheeler giving up a homer, and Howell blowing the game.

Here's the box, thanks to http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/boxscore.jsp?gid=2009_04_14_nyamlb_tbamlb_1, and Yankees play tomorrow, same time, same place:


Gardner, CF5331020.296
Jeter, SS5133010.265
Teixeira, 1B3001110.211
Swisher, LF4121014.458
Posada, DH3001002.304
Cano, 2B4110012.367
Nady, RF3010010.286
  Cabrera, M, RF1110000.333
Pena, 3B3000113.250
Molina, J, C4000024.273

2B: Swisher (4, Garza), Gardner 2 (3, Howell, Wheeler).
HR: Swisher (4, 4th inning off Garza, 0 on, 0 out), Jeter (2, 9th inning off Wheeler, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Gardner 5; Jeter 6; Swisher 6; Cano; Nady; Cabrera, M.
RBI: Posada (9), Swisher (11), Teixeira (3), Gardner (1), Jeter 3 (6).
2-out RBI: Gardner; Jeter 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cano; Posada; Molina, J.
SF: Posada; Teixeira.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
Team LOB: 5.

Pickoffs: Molina, J (Pena, C at 1st base).

Upton, CF4000030.143
Crawford, LF4110010.281
Longoria, 3B4110030.441
Pena, C, 1B3011000.281
Burrell, DH1001100.231
Navarro, C3000032.207
Zobrist, RF3000011.235
Iwamura, 2B3000010.345
Bartlett, SS3000000.400

TB: Crawford; Longoria; Pena, C.
RBI: Pena, C (10), Burrell (3).
SF: Burrell.
Team RISP: 1-for-1.
Team LOB: 1.

PO: Pena, C (1st base by Molina, J).

DP: (Pena, C).

Burnett (W, 2-0)8.03221902.70
Howell (L, 0-1)1.02110004.91

Pitches-strikes: Burnett 103-67, Bruney 10-9, Garza 112-73, Howell 21-12, Wheeler 24-19.
Groundouts-flyouts: Burnett 8-6, Bruney 0-0, Garza 7-4, Howell 1-2, Wheeler 1-1.
Batters faced: Burnett 27, Bruney 3, Garza 27, Howell 5, Wheeler 7.
Umpires: HP: Chris Glycine. 1B: Ed Montague. 2B: Jerry Layne. 3B: Tony Randazzo.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:58.
Att: 36,973.
April 14, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner