There was Evan Longoria turning a double play that went around the horn Yunel Escobar making big plays up the middle same with Ben Zobrist. Saturday night belonged to the defense and of course the pitching. But especially the defense. At one point Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon turned to bench coach Davey Martinez and said the Rays had to beat the Yankees because of how well they were playing defense. “It was that good” Maddon said. Then came Sean Rodriguez’s leaping catching at the left-field wall in the sixth inning on a drive Alfonso Soriano thought he smacked into the stands. A pick me up? “Absolutely” said winning pitcher David Price. The Rays finally solved Yankees starter CC Sabathia that inning taking the lead in what became a 4-2 victory in front of 32862 at Tropicana Field. It was the eighth win in the past 10 games for the Rays and it enabled them to remain percentage points ahead of the Red Sox in the American League East standings. “If we can pitch like that and catch the ball like that and be in the right spots that’s how we’re going to get to the promised land” Maddon said. Price and Sabathia hooked up for the ninth time. The Rays have won eight of those meetings and Price is 6-1 with a 2.68 ERA when facing Sabathia. It’s a matchup Price enjoys more so because he knows he has to be at his best to beat Sabathia. “Absolutely I enjoy beating anybody” Price said. “I don’t care who it is. I don’t care if they want to start a position player on the mound I want to win.” The Yankees took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning when they loaded the bases with one out on a trio of singles against Price. The first run scored when Austin Romine drew a walk on a full count. The second came when Ichiro Suzuki chopped the ball to Zobrist who could only make one play and got the out at first as Vernon Wells scored the second run of the inning. The Rays had only one hit at that point – a two-out double by Longoria in the first inning.
Price, Rays get defensive in win over Yankees
Tampa Tribune | Aug 25