Tampa Knots Four Game Series with 3-1 Win over Yanks - By Howard Goldin

Howard Goldin

Bronx, NY---The Tampa Rays left the Bronx on Sunday night after splitting a four game set at Yankee Stadium with a 3-1 victory over New York. The Yankees loss was especially disappointing to the large crowd of 46,054 who had also come to cheer four dozen former Yankee heroes on the 67th annual Old Timers’ Day.

The game initially appeared as if it would be a high scoring contest as each team scored one run on two hits in the first frame. 

Yankee starter Ivan Nova was recalled earlier in the day from the minors to make the start. His most recent big league appearance was on May 29 when he pitched five innings in relief.

After his shaky first fame, Nova kept the Rays scoreless until after being lifted with two out in the seventh. Two hit batsmen and a walk again filled the sacks. Manager Joe Girardi removed Nova after the starter threw a season high 103pitches. The second reliever of the inning, Boone Logan, gave up a single to James Loney, which scored two runs, both of which were charged to Nova. 

After the first inning, Girardi was pleased, “He was good after that. The way he pitched today he made it real hard [to send him back to the minors].

Nova expressed satisfaction with his performance, “I was a little bit excited to get back [at first].I feel good by the way I pitched today.There was no pressure because I know what I can do.”

The seven relief pitchers of both teams were not charged with a run. Fernando Rodney earned his 15rh save of the 2013 campaign by fanning all three batters in the ninth.

The Yankees hot hitting rookie Zoilo Amonte hit two doubles in four trips to the plate. Although his batting average dropped, it is still at an astounding .583 and his slugging percentage is 1.000.

After an off-day on Monday, the Texas Rangers visit the Bronx for three games with the Yankees. Hiroki Kuroda (7-5) will make his fourth start against a fellow countryman from Japan on Tuesday when he and Yu Darvish  (7-3) syart for their respective clubs.