Rays woes worsen: S-Rod hits into triple play
Say this for the Tampa Bay Rays batters – and maybe for the entire team – they finally hit something Thursday night against the Yankees: rock bottom.
After watching their ace David Price get ambushed for four runs and three extra base hits in the first 11 batters he faced, the Rays did something that crystallized their recent struggles.
They hit into a triple play.
Trailing 4-0, Evan Longoria led off the second inning with a double to right center and Wil Myers walked. But Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia got first baseman Sean Rodriguez to ground into an around the horn 5-4-3 triple play. Third baseman Yangervis Solaris fielded a ground ball, stepped on the bag at third, fired to second baseman Brian Roberts, forcing Myers. Roberts then relayed the ball to Scott Sizemore, who was making his first career start at first base to nip a hustling Rodriguez.
It was the Yankees third triple play turned since 2010, all with Sabathia on the mound. It's not the first time Rodriguez has hit into a triple play. He did it the last time for the Rays, at Boston in Aug. 2011.