The Yankees aimed to gain some momentum in the pitching department after the pitching staff gave up 27 runs in two games against the Tampa Bay Rays. Today, Vidal Nuno and the Yankees bullpen were able to keep the Rays in check, with the Yankees rallying to win 5-1 in the 12th inning at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida.
Nuno threw five shut out innings in a spot start after the Yankees rotation had shifted due to the rain out on Monday and the doubleheader on Tuesday. David Phelps followed him for a scoreless outing. Matt Thornton left two runners on base for Adam Warren, but unfortunately Matt Joyce hit a SAC Fly, tying the ball game at one. The Yankees interim closer Shawn Kelley entered the game in the ninth inning, going two innings while striking out four batters in a row. New Yankees call-up Preston Claiborne went two scoreless innings, striking out two and earning the win.
The Yankees scored their first run in the fourth inning on a play that was rather odd. With Alfonso Soriano on base, Brett Gardner hit a long fly ball to right field, clanking off the wall and going into Wil Meyers’s glove. Meyers attempted to fool the umpires into making them believe he made the catch, but the Yankees used their challenge with the ultimate ruling overturned. Soriano was allowed to score–but the umpires quizzically placed Gardner at second. The Yankees would remain scoreless until the 12th inning when the bases were loaded with two outs for Dean Anna. Anna was able to work the walk, scoring Gardner and giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Carlos Beltran later singled, scoring both Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury and Alfonso Soriano singled on a fly ball, scoring Anna.
– The Yankees have an off-day tomorrow, but they return on Tuesday when they head to Fenway Park to play against the Boston Red Sox. Masahiro Tanaka will make the start for the Yankees while Jon Lester makes the start for the Red Sox. First pitch will be at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on My9.