CC Sabathia by far had his best start of the season, shutting down the Tampa Bay Rays on a night where Rays starter David Price struggled. Sabathia’s stellar start was made possible with some flashy defense by the Yankees infield, which included a triple play started by Yangervis Solarte in the second inning. The triple play and some extra base-hits propelled the Yankees to a 10-2 win at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida.
Sabathia went seven innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out six. Sabathia was able to control a struggling Rays ball club, but he got into some trouble in the second when Evan Longoria doubled and Wil Meyers walked. Following the walk, Sean Rodriguez grounded the ball to Solarte who stepped on the third base bag, threw to second basemen Brian Roberts who threw to first basemen Scott Sizemore for a 5-4-3 triple play. This is the first time the Yankees made a triple play since April 12, 2013 at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles and their third since April 2010. CC Sabathia was on the mound for all three triple plays.
The Yankees offense was able to tag David Price with four runs on six hits in the first two innings with a single from Brian McCann in the first, triples by Brian Roberts and Jacoby Ellsbury in the third and a single by Jeter, also in the third. In the fifth inning, McCann and Alfonso Soriano hit back to back home runs, eventually chasing Price out of the game after five innings. Ellsbury had a sacrifice fly in the sixth, scoring Roberts and McCann had an RBI single in the seventh inning. Solarte delivered the final blow off Rays closer Grant Balfour, hitting a two-run shot, his first career Major League home run.
– Hiroki Kuroda is slated to take the mound for the Yankees as they aim to win six games in a row. Erik Bedard is slated to take the mound for the Rays. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.