Game 75: Wil Myers Grand Slam Not Enough as Yankees Rally Past Rays

By David Hill

Wil Myers is considered to be the Rays best offensive prospect since Evan Longoria by a wide margin. He certainly showed why today.

Longoria gave the Rays an early lead, hitting a solo home run in the top of the second to put the Rays on top 1-0. However, the Yankees came back in the third, loading the bases with one out. Rays starter Alex Colome struck out Lyle Overbay, and went to 1-2 on Zolio Almonte before giving up a two run single. New York loaded the bases again in the fifth, and once again, Almonte came to the plate. This time, he walked to force in a run, ending Colome’s start. Alex Torres came on, and worked out of the jam, striking out Jayson Nix and David Adams to keep the score 3-1.

Colome was victimized by his defense, making an error that led to two runs, and an error by the typically sure handed james Loney led to the other. He only lasted 4.1 innings, as he struggled with his command. Overall, Colome allowed three unearned runs on five hits and five walks, while recording three strikeouts

In the top of the sixth, it was the Rays turn to load the bases. With runners on second and third and two out, Longoria was walked to bring up Myers. The rookie fell behind 1-2, then hit a long fly ball to center. Brett Gardner made a leaping attempt to corral the ball, but it bounced off the webbing of his glove and over the wall for Myers’ first career home run, giving the Rays a 5-3 lead.

New York loaded the bases once again in the seventh against Joel Peralta, who recorded only one out before being relieved by Jake McGee. McGee struck out Mix for the second out, then walked Adams to force in a run. Up came pinch hitter Vernon Wells, who had nine hits in his last 87 at bats prior to the plate appearance. Naturally, he laced a ground rule double to deep right, clearing the bases after the umpire’s ruled that a fan interfered with the ball, and that Adams would have scored otherwise. The controversial call provided the Yankees with a 7-5 lead.

That score held up, as the Rays were unable to get any closer. Peralta took the loss, giving up a hit and two walks, leading to three runs, while recording just one out. Myers went 3-4 with a home run, four RBIs and a run scored. Longoria was 2-3, while the rest of the Rays offense contributed only two hits and a walk.