Newly acquired outfielder Alfonso Soriano was anything but spectacular in his return to the New York Yankees. Soriano’s 0/5 performance helped the Tampa Bay Rays beat the “Bronx Bombers” 10-6 in the first of a three game series.
Soriano wasn’t the only Yankee to struggle Friday night. CC Sabathia had yet another bad performance. This was CC’s second straight outing of nine hits with seven earned runs in just five innings pitched, bringing his season ERA to a career worst 4.65.
With the win, the Rays jumped over the Boston Red Sox for first place in the AL East. This win brings their record to 20-3 in their last 23 games. Their bats have come alive, and their pitchers are shutting teams down.
Chris Archer takes the mound for the Rays against Ivan Nova for the Yanks in Saturday’s game. Archer beat the Yankees in his last meeting against them, allowing only one run. Nova has been one of the few bright spots of New York’s pitching rotation the last couple of weeks. He hopes to continue his strong pitching against a team he is a career 5-1 against.
Now that the season’s end is less than 60 games away, every game seems to have a larger impact. In order for the Yankees to make it to the postseason, they need to get back on track. Soriano, and the hopefully soon return of Derek Jeter, could give them the boost they need. The organization needs to stop focusing solely on the Alex Rodriguez situation and get back to playing good baseball.