Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees Live Blog: Updates and Analysis
On Friday night, thanks in part to a big night from recent call-up Zoilo Almonte, the New York Yankees evened their four game series with the Tampa Rays at one game a piece.
On Thursday afternoon, CC Sabathia took the mound for the Yankees while rookie Alex Colome pitched for the visiting Rays.
Thanks to diminished velocity from previous years, Sabathia has had an up and down 2013 campaign. In his last start against the Rays, the big lefty gave up seven runs over seven innings.
For the Rays, Colome made his second career start in the Major Leagues and will look to continue the success of his first appearance. In his MLB debut against the Miami Marlins, he struck out seven and allowed zero earned runs over five and two-thirds innings.
On Thursday, he struggled more against a team that isn't bound for a No. 1 pick in next year's draft.
Colome got into trouble in each of the first three innings and finally got burned in the third inning when Almonte got to him for a bases loaded single.
The Yankees tacked on a run in the fourth, but their lead was erased and CC's struggles continued when Wil Meyers hit his first career home run off him, a grand slam, in the sixth inning.
The Rays' lead didn't last long, though, as Vernon Wells cleared the bases with a three-run double as part of four run eighth inning for the Yankees.
Mariano Rivera came on to close it out in the ninth and nailed down the save. It was his 40th straight at home and gave the Yankees a two games to one series lead.
They'll look to make it three out of four against the Rays on Sunday afternoon as Ivan Nova takes the mound against Chris Archer.
Yankees lead the series 2-1 and tomorrow's matchup will peg Ivan Nova against Chris Archer.
Joe Girardi has an interesting decision on his hands now. He may want to try to get Vernon Wells going again after that big hit, but he can't take Zoilo Almonte's bat out of the lineup right now.
This is a huge win for the Yankees. They have struggled to get big hits for the better part of the month and they get a monster one from the struggling Vernon Wells in this one.
Rivera gets Loney to end it. Yankees win 7-5.
Both Nix and Overbay have made defensive miscues in this inning. Let's see if it comes back to bite the Yankees.
Rivera hitting 94 PMH on the gun, too. This guy could pitch 'till he's 50.
Myers reaches and now the tying run will come to the plate in the person of Yunel Escobar.
Not one cutter yet from Mariano. I've never seen anything like this from him.
And Rivera gets Longoria swinging. Nasty two-seamer inside. Rivera more than just all cutter at this point in his career, as David Cone points out.
25 for 26 in saves. Dominant.
I don't think there is a more respected player in all of baseball. And he's still a quality player at the age of 43.
Yankees up two and in comes the greatest closer in the history of baseball.
Overbay lines out and we got the ninth.
Cano is a big insurance run on third now with Longoria and Myers coming up next inning against Mariano.
Four walks for Robinson Cano. The Rays just don't want to let him beat them. Usually Robbie chases out of the zone, but not today. Maybe a sign that he's seeing the ball better.
Jamey Wright on to pitch for the Rays.
We'll head to the bottom of the eighth. It's 7-5 Yankees.
David Robertson is really dealing today. This Yankees team has to be really pumped up after that Wells hit. Can't remember the last time they got a hit of that magnitude.
Gardner down on strikes, but the damage is done as the Yankees score four runs. This game heads to the eighth and the Yankees lead 7-5.
The Yankees lead 7-5. Great move to pinch hit Wells for Stewart by Girardi.
Vernon Wells has really been struggling of late, but that is a HUGE hit for him.
Wow, the Yankees catch a break too. It's ruled a ground rule double but the umpires say all three runs will score since Adams got a good jump with two outs.
And Vernon Wells doubles into the right center field gap. Two runs score and the Yankees take a 6-5 lead.
Go figure. Adams walks again. His second today and of his career. That forces in a run and it's 5-4 Rays. Vernon Wells on to pinch hit for Chris Stewart.
Nix strikes out with the bases loaded and now there are two outs for David Adams.
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