GAME 28: The longest game in Yankees vs Tampa history ended in blowout fashion for New York, losing 10-5. After having the winning run on third in both the 12th and 13th innings, and leaving RISP (runners in scoring position) left and right, Tampa broke open a 5-5 tie in the top of the 14th with 5 runs off reliever Chris Leroux.
Down 4-2 in the 8th inning, Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano launched back to back home runs off Ray’s reliever Johnny Peralta to tie it. In the top of the 9th, closer David Robertson gave it right back on a Evan Longoria RBI single to right, making it 5-4 Tampa. In the bottom of the 9th, Brian Roberts singled, advanced to second on a Yangervis Solarte ground out, stole third, then scored on a clutch single to center by Jacoby Ellsbury. The rally ended when Ellsbury was picked off first base.
While Vidal Nuno failed to get past the 5th inning again, Brian McCann launched a second inning two-run blast to right (pictured above) giving the Yankees their last lead of the game.
Here’s the box score and a full recap over at LoHud.
MEMORY LANE: On May 2, 1939, ‘The Iron Horse’ Lou Gehrig voluntarily benches himself for the good of the team. His consecutive-game string stops at 2,130. Babe Dahlgren, his replacement, has a home run and double as the Yankees rout Detroit 22-2. (Source: Today In Baseball History) … Also on today’s date in 1986, the Yanks signed Tommy John as a free agent. It was John’s second stint with the club, the first between 1979-82 before being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays early in the ’82 season …
GAMEDAY NOTES: The 5:45 game was the longest in the new Yankee Stadium … The last time the team had 18 hits and lost was in 2002 at Coors Field in Denver, dropping a 14-11 slugfest to the Rockies.