For the first few innings, it seemed the Yankees were heading towards their sixth straight win after scoring four runs in the second inning. Unfortunately, Kuroda gave up two runs in the sixth and the bullpen imploded in the seventh and eighth, causing the Yankees to fall 11-5 to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida.
Hiroki Kuroda had a shaky outing, only going 5.2 innings while giving up three runs on seven hits with two strikeouts. However, Kuroda isn’t the story, considering he left the game with a lead. David Phelps and Matt Thornton each gave up a run before Thornton handed the ball to Adam Warren. Warren, who had been very impressive for the Yankees in his past few outings, gave up three runs on four hits, giving the Rays their first lead of the series. Cesar Cabral followed Warren and he gave up three runs–along with hitting three batters. The third hit batter forced umpire Joe West to eject Cabral from the game as a safety precaution. Girardi was forced to bring in closer Shawn Kelley who was by far the best bullpen pitcher of the night, getting his man and ending the nightmare inning.
The Yankees scored four of their five runs in the second inning when Scott Sizemore hit a two-out, three-run double, clearing the bases. Later in the inning, Brett Gardner grounded into a force out which scored Sizemore. In the seventh inning, Alfonso Soriano scored Jacoby Ellsbury from second for their final run of the game.
– Ivan Nova will attempt to shut down the Tampa Bay Rays after coming off a great start against the Boston Red Sox. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.