Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Yankees overall record: 25-16
Series MVP: no one
Quote of the series: comes from manager Joe Girardi and his thoughts on the series
"We battled back in every game here,” Joe Girardi said. “We scored runs. We just gave up too many.”The Yankees had a chance to sweep the series against the Tampa Bay Rays and would have been only one game out of first place. Unfortunately, the exact opposite happened with the Rays sweeping the Yankees, leaving the Bombers five games out of first place.
Wednesday's game was rather unforgettable. AJ Burnett was once again wild and gave up six total runs. He gave up four in the fourth inning alone. The offense did their best to rally back yet were ultimately defeated, 10-6.
Wednesday's game also brought bad news on the injury front. Marcus Thames tripped over his own bat and sprained his ankle. He is listed as day to day. It was also announced Jorge Posada has a fractured bone in his right foot and could be out for a month. Chad Moeller was recalled to take Posada's place yet Francisco Cervelli will continue to start.
Thursday's game brought a beating to lefty starter, Andy Pettitte. Pettitte gave up three runs in the entire game, doubling his total for the season. The game began as back and forth offensive action between the two teams. However, as soon as the two teams were tied in the fourth, Pettitte gave up more runs.
The end result of Thursday's game was a 8-6 Rays victory thus concluding a forgetful series.
Something needs to be done with the roster if this losing streak continues, if not the Rays will run away with the division, similar to a pace that the '98 Yankees did.
Next Up: The Yankees begin inter-league play with round one of the Subway Series. The Yankees will travel to Citi Field to play the New York Mets.