Yankees 10, RAYS 2 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Big Crowd. Attendance was 28,085. That’s a huge number for a weeknight. Last year, the largest crowd for a weeknight game (non-opening day) was 25,095 against the Diamondbacks in July. Ignoring Friday games, we have to go back to a Yankees game in September, 2012 to find a bigger weeknight crowd.
THE BAD: Offensive Offense. The first run came on a passed ball, which was nice because they Rays can’t do it themselves right now. The second run came on a solo home run when the score was already 8-1. In addition, the Rays got 27 outs, and 5 of them came on 2 pitches. Hard to win games that way…Triple-play. Rays haven’t scored more than 2 runs in an inning in 10 games. They finally get a couple of runners on with no outs and Sean Rodriguez hits into a triple-play, because of course he does. Sometimes that is just how it goes…Defense. We had concerns about the outfield defense going into the game with Logan Forsythe, Brandon Guyer, and Wil Myers from left-to-right. The concern was that those three don’t have nearly the same range as when David DeJesus and Desmond Jennings are in the outfield. Sure enough, the Yankees had 4 doubles and 2 triples, with most coming in the gaps. There was at least one ball Jennings certainly would have caught and 2-3 more that would have been close. There was also whatever Guyer was doing on that one ball over his head (see below).
THE TELLING: Sean Rodriguez also hit a home run. I’m assuming there haven’t been very many games in which a player hit into a triple-play and also hit a home run…With 2 more hits last night, Evan Longoria is now 23-56 (.411) in his career against CC Sabathia…This was just the 3rd win in 11 games for the Yankees when CC Sabathia goes head-to-head with David Price…Mark Teixeira is expected to come off the DL and play in Sunday’s game.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Major League Baseball has the third-highest average salary of all sports leagues in the world. Number 2 might surprise you. [BI Sports]
- Joe Maddon and Derek Jeter can see each other’s houses across the Bay. [TampaBay.com]
- Just another day at the office for Yasiel Puig. [BI Sports]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores]: Merrill Kelly struck out 6 in 6 innings, giving up just 2 hits and 2 walks. Jerry Sands drove in 2 runs with a first inning single…In Montgomery, Mike Colla struck out 8 and walked just 1 in 7 innings, allowing 2 runs. Richie Shaffer hit his 3rd home run…Outfielder Kes Carter went 2-4 for Charlotte, and is now 15-44 (.341) to start the season.
The Mad Australian is mad.