Rays-Yankees: Scott Kazmir Helps Tampa Bay Win Series Finale
Scott Kazmir got his 2nd win on the season a day after signing an extension which will keep him in a Rays uniform through 2011 with a club option in 2012. Kazmir was solid as he went 6 innings giving up 3 hits and striking out 3.
The bullpen did its part by not letting the Yankees get a rally going in the later innings. Troy Percival came on and recorded his 10th save.
Akinori Iwamura got the crowd on its feet in the very first inning as he wrapped a home run around the right field pole to grab the Rays the early lead.
In the 4th inning Eric Hinske legged out a two out double to right field. Shawn Riggans getting a rare start had himself a great day as he sent the first pitch in the at bat way into the left field bleachers for a no doubt about it 2 run jack. Riggans went 2-3 with two RBI's and two runs scored. Carlos Pena continues to struggle as he went 0-4 with two strikeouts and left two Rays on the base paths.
The Yankees actually out hit the Rays with Derek Jeter and Melky Cabrera both going 2-4 with an RBI a piece.
The Yankees head home for a weekend series with state rival New York Mets.
The Rays will begin their interleague play in St. Louis friday night with Any Sonnanstine getting the ball and the bat. The Rays pitchers have been taking batting practice for the past month now and are actually a pretty good hitting staff. Edwin Jackson came up as an outfielder in the Dodgers organization and can be seen driving the ball halfway up the bleachers in Tropicana field. James Shields also has a smooth stroke and can send balls over the wall. Andy Sonnanstine just like his pitching is all about hitting his spots. Other guys like J.P Howell are lets just say fun to watch with a bat in their hands.
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