With starter CC Sabathia hearing boos and unable to get out of the 4th inning, it looked like a long day was in store for the bullpen. Enter recent roster addition and old friend, Alfredo Aceves, who was lights out for the remainder of the game, striking out 5 and scattering 3 hits over 5 1/3.
Aceves held the Rays at 5 runs, but the once again anemic Yankees bats failed to plate a run after Yangervis Solarte‘s sac fly to left scored Mark Teixeira in the 2nd.
Sabathia was leaving the ball over the plate and the Rays wasted few opportunities. His 3 2/3 inning start was is shortest since early 2009. He was also slow to cover first base on what could have been an inning-ending double play.
The next batter was Sabathia-nemisis Will Myers, who promptly rocketed an inside-the-park 3 run homer on a ball that Jacoby Ellsbury could not get to in deep center. Right fielder Carlos Beltran was late to the play, and Myers cleared the bases without a throw to the plate.
In the 8th inning, Ellsbury made a great grab on a Logan Forsythe blast to the track in center (pictured above).
Aceves was called up from Scranton on Saturday, taking the roster spot of Chris Leroux, who was designated for assignment.
After a disappointing 3-5 home stand, the Yankees embark on a 6 game road trip beginning with 3 in Anaheim, then head north to take on the hot Milwaukee Brewers. Maybe a change of scenery will help wake up the offense.
Here’s the box score and a recap from Steven Miller at mlb.com.
MEMORY LANE: On May 4, 1981 Yankees reliever Ron Davis struck out the last eight batters of a 4-2 win over the Angels, tying Nolan Ryan’s A.L. record for consecutive strikeouts and setting a new record for consecutive strikeouts by a reliever. (Source: Today In Baseball History)