Game 93: Yankees at Rays • 07.18.11
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
RHP A.J. Burnett (8-7, 4.15)
Burnett vs. Rays
Johnny Damon DH
Ben Zobrist RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Casey Kotchman 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Justin Ruggiano LF
Robinson Chirinos C
Elliott Johnson SS
RHP Alex Cobb (2-0, 3.41)
Cobb vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: It’s Tampa. It’s hot. There’s a roof.
UMPIRES: HP Ed Hickox, 1B Ed Rapuano, 2B Dan Iassogna, 3B Alfonso Marquez
IN THE PARK: The Yankees have not allowed a home run in five straight games, matching their second-longest such stretch in the past three seasons, trailing only a six-game homerless stretch earlier this year. This weekend’s four-game series at Toronto marked the first time the Blue Jays were held homerless at Rogers Centre in a series of at least three games since 2008 vs. Cleveland.
IT GOES BOTH WAYS: The Yankees been held homerless in their past three games, matching their longest such streak of the season. If they don’t homer tonight, the Yankees will match their longest homerless streak of the past three seasons.
ON THIS DATE: On July 18, 1999, David Cone threw his perfect game on Yogi Berra Appreciation Day with Don Larson in the stands having thrown out the first pitch. By the way, both Cone and his catcher that day — a guy named Joe Girardi — are at the Trop for tonight’s game.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: The Yankees took advantage of Rays mistakes to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but they’ve given it back and then some on Evan Longoria’s two-run double in the bottom of the inning. It’s 2-1 Rays, with runners at the corners and still no outs.
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: I have to think that was an easier play for Cano.
UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: That was Robinson Chirinos’ first big league at-bat. Sharp double to center.
UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: I’ve been finishing up some early stories for the newspaper. If you’ve also been working for the past hour or so, you really haven’t missed much. The Yankees are once again struggling against a pitcher they’ve never seen, Burnett has been wild all night, and the Rays are leading 4-1 in the top of the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: The lights flickered during Cano’s at-bat, and now both teams have come off the field with runners at first and second and two outs in the fifth. Unless there are lights above the press box that are out, I can’t find any lights that are currently out.
UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Apparently Tropicana Field was just struck by lightning. That’s the official word. The place was actually hit by lightning. They’re waiting for one bank of lights to recover.
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Here we go again, back to action after a weather delay in a dome.
UPDATE, 9:42 p.m.: That’s a big 95-mph strikeout pitch from Noesi to strand the bases loaded. It’s 4-2 at the end of six.
UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: Teixeira didn’t like the call, but he’s down looking with two runners on base in the seventh. That’s another missed opportunity and Noesi is back out for the bottom of the inning, still a 4-2 Rays lead.
UPDATE, 10:25 p.m.: That’s a big RBI single by Gardner. Now Nunez has a chance to tie it or give the Yankees a lead with one out and the bases loaded in the eighth.
UPDATE, 10:27 p.m.: Holy cow, does Gardner ever go in hard on those takeout slides. Hard to execute a cleaner takeout slide than that. Tied the game at 4.
UPDATE, 10:28 p.m.: Nunez just stole second and it was ruled defensive indifference. That ruling will probably be changed by the end of the night.
UPDATE, 10:38 p.m.: The Rays just got Robertsoned.
UPDATE, 10:43 p.m.: Alexander Torres making his Major League debut facing Granderson, Teixeira and Cano in the ninth inning of a tied game. One way or another, he’s going to remember this.
UPDATE, 11:06 p.m.: Rivera in to close it out after Torres walked in the go-ahead run.