The Yankees left fans with joy and hope when they tied the game at 5 in the 9th inning, but with base running blunders and with a five run implosion by Chris Leroux in the 14th inning, the Yankees dropped their first extra inning game of the year 10-5 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
Yankees pitching was sharp for the most part despite starter Vidal Nuno giving up four runs in 4.2 innings of work. Dellin Betances, Preston Claiborne and Matt Thornton had scoreless outings while David Robertson gave up his first run of the season in the 9th inning. Shawn Kelley and Adam Warren each pitched in extras, going two scoreless innings apiece, but everything fell apart when Chris Leroux came on the mound and gave up five runs on five hits with two strikeouts.
The Yankees squared off against David Price and the Rays, scoring two runs off him on a Brian McCann home run in the bottom of the second. The Yankees didn’t score until the eighth inning when Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano hit back-to-back home runs off Joel Peralta. After being down 5-4 in the ninth inning, Jacoby Ellsbury had an RBI single, scoring Brian Roberts to tie the game and eventually take the Yankees into extras.
The Yankees had their adventures on the base paths, most notably on Derek Jeter‘s rundown where he instructed Ellsbury to score. Ellsbury hesitated, which later caused Ellsbury to get caught in the run down, eventually being tagged out. The Yankees were unable to hit with runners in scoring position despite having multiple chances in extra innings, with the night ending with a devastating loss.
– Later this afternoon (Happy Saturday morning everyone), Masahiro Tanaka will take the mound for the Yankees and will oppose Jake Odorizzi. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.