It started out like a continuation of last night’s laugher — and a game where Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda might actually get some serious run support. A Scott Sizemore bases-clearing double (video here) in the second off Tampa Bay Rays starter Erik Bedard, lead to a 4-0 lead. But the Yankees only mustered one run after that. The Rays clawed back and went ahead for good with a 3 run seventh inning. The dagger was delivered with a 5 run Ray ninth, that featured a wild pitch and no less than 3 hit batsmen by reliever Cesar Cabral who was ejected by home plate umpire Joe West.
For the first time in 7 games, the Yank’s bullpen faltered. The Tampa 7th seemed like an endless parade of 2 strike, 2 out singles that kept moving runners around the bases. As usual, New York received no help from West, who must have had his tires slashed by Yankees fans 25 years ago and never forgotten. You hate blaming umps, but with West there is a history of this, as tonight David Phelps, Matt Thornton and Adam Warren all had arguable third strikes called balls. If one or two pitches go the Yank’s way, the outcome of the game could have been very different.
Kuroda was sailing through the first three, but started laboring in the fourth, and was ultimately lifted after 5 2/3 after being charged with 3 ER on 99 pitches. Phelps kept Kuroda in contention for the W, but had to leave the game after taking a come backer to his right rib cage.
Wow, that was quick — post-game reports by Sweeny Murti have Cesar Cabral DFA’d — they whacked him! … It was a particularly rough outing for Warren, who was tagged with both a blown save and the loss… The defensive play of the game was a great catch in center by Jacoby Ellsbury in the bottom of the 4th … Here’s the box score, and a recap by Bryan Hoch (mlb.com).