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Yankees fall to David Price and Rays, 2-1, lose fourth straight

By Robby Sabo,
Yankees Notes 7/2

Yankees lose fourth-straight:

As Tampa Bay Rays first-baseman James Loney hit the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning off of Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees’ fans everywhere said “here we go again.” Yet another solid pitching performance had been wasted due to a pathetic lineup that is supposed to resemble the “Bronx Bombers.”

The Rays defeated the Yankees last night by the score of 2-1 in Yankee Stadium. Hiroki Kuroda was marvelous as he only allowed two runs and struck-out seven through eight solid innings, according to CBS Sports. The usual suspects however, the Yankees’ hitters, came up small only mustering four hits on the night.

In the fourth inning, Logan Forsythe lifted the Rays to a 1-0 lead as he singled to center knocking in Matt Joyce. The Yanks quickly answered in the bottom-half of the frame as Derek Jeter scored on a Ben Zobrist throwing error.

While Hiroki Kuroda was spectacular, David Price was even better. Price fanned nine and only allowed one run through seven innings of work. After witnessing this outing, Yankees’ fans want this guy in pinstripes even more now (as he’s rumored to be available).

After James Loney hit the go-ahead solo homer in the sixth, Price, Jake McGee and Grant Balfour did the rest as they shut down that anemic Yankee lineup.

This marks the Yankees fourth straight loss, and eighth loss in their last 10 games, according to Yankees.com. They have been downright miserable in the hitting department this season as they still rank outside the top 20 in the majors in the runs scored category.

Despite the brutality of watching this team this season, they still amazingly only trail the division-leading Toronto Blue Jays by 3.5 games as every team in this pathetic division is alive. The “fortunate” Yanks look to avoid the sweep against the Rays today in a rare Yankee Stadium weekday matinee.

Jeter ties Gehrig in doubles:

On one bright note in this current gloomy stage of Yankee baseball, Derek Jeter tied Lou Gehrig last night with the most doubles in franchise history. In his second at-bat of the night, Jeter hit his 534th career Yankee double to tie him with the “Iron-Horse.”

 

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