BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
It was built as a pitchers duel at a packed Tropicana Field, and barring one bad inning from each CC Sabathia and David Price it was. However the one bad inning for CC Sabathia was one run worse than Price’s inning, and the Rays defeated the New York Yankees 4-2.
The match up of Price against Sabathia is nothing that is rare as each have won a Cy Young Award, and have pitched head to head eight times before. The match up coming into the game was completely one sided as the Rays have won seven of the eight previous match ups.
Both southpaws stood up to the challenge once again as they both allowed only a single hit through the first four innings of work. Then came the inning where David Price ran into trouble against the New York as Alex Rodriguez and Vernon Wells led off the inning with back to back singles. Price then allowed another single to Mark Reynolds which loaded the bases for Yankees’ backstop Austin Romine.
Romine battled with Price for nine pitches but drew a walk scoring Rodriguez from third to make it 1-0 Yankees. Ichiro Suzuki followed with a high chopper to Ben Zobrist at second base which allowed Wells to score from third base on the fielders choice giving New York a two run lead.
Price’s night was finished after six innings of work allowing the two runs on five hits with five strikeouts.
Sabathia’s bad inning came in the Rays half of the sixth inning as the 2007 Cy Young Award winner ran into trouble as Sam Fuld led off the inning with a single followed by a walk to Desmond Jennings. Ben Zobrist then delivered with a two RBI double to left center and tying the game at two a piece. Evan Longoria was clutch once again following with an RBI single to left center scoring Zobrist, and the Rays had a 3-2 lead on the first four batters of the frame.
Evan Longoria added to the Rays lead in the bottom half of the eighth with a solo home run to make it 4-2. The Rays bullpen was solid once again with the combination of Jake McGee with a scoreless seventh, Joel Peralta with a scoreless eighth, and Fernando Rodney sealing up his 30th save of the season.
The Rays will go for the sweep of the New York Yankees tomorrow afternoon as they send Alex Cobb against Ivan Nova. Catch all the action on WDAE (620AM / 95.3FM) beginning at 11:30am with the pre-game, and a 1:40pm first pitch.