The Rays had a few offensive stars tonight, but ultimately it didn’t mean anything as they were shut out again at the hands of the Yankees. This time, Freddy Garcia did the honors with 6.2 shutout innings.
A strange thing pops out when you take a quick look at the box score. You see that Casey Kotchman had three hits and Johnny Damon had two hits. The innings were set up for Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce, but neither could come up with the clutch hit. Longoria came close. He had two men on in the fifth and he lined a ball hard to center that Curtis Granderson ran down.
David Price for his part, was good, but not great. It was just another really tough loss at Tropicana Field for him. He allowed a two run homer in the first to Granderson. He hit Granderson in the back in the eighth (my wife wants me to note that Price came down off the mound to apologize) and so Joe Maddon took him out in favor of Dane De La Rosa. In a week of major league debuts for the Rays, De La Rosa was just another to get the call, but his story is worth nothing. The former real estate agent induced a Mark Teixeira double play. In the ninth, he and Cesar Ramos allowed a couple of runs to put the game out of reach.
Player of the Game: Freddy Garcia