Legends On Deck

Chase Whitley Leaves Game as Yanks Fall to Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays won two out of the three previous games against the New York Yankees prior to Thursday night.  Yankees’ starter Chase Whitley was forced to leave the game with a right elbow injury and with a lackluster offensive performance by New York, the Rays took the 6-1 win and the series against the AL East rival.

Chase Whitley (ERA 4.19) made his fourth start this season for the Yanks. His first start and win of the season came against the Rays in April when he pitched five solid innings allowing just one earned run. He then had a solid seven-inning shutout against the Blue Jays and then struggled against the Orioles in his last start. With Steven Souza Jr. on base, Whitley threw a wild pitch allowing him to advance to third and a RBI single by James Loney would allow the Rays to take a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second, consecutive fly outs by Logan Forsythe and David DeJesus and back-to-back walks by Asdrubal Cabrera and Joey Butler would lead to Yankees’ Manager Joe Girardi making a coaching visit and the decision to take Whitley out of the game. Early reports are that he has an elbow injury and that further tests would be done on Friday.

Esmil Rogers (ERA 3.63) who would have little time to warmup, would then replace Whitley and allow a three-run homer by Rene Rivera to put Tampa Bay up 4-0.

In the bottom of the fourth Butler hit a RBI single by Rivera off of Rogers then gave the Rays a five run lead.

A RBI single by Evan Longoria off of LHP Chasen Shreve (ERA 2.70) extended the Rays shutout to six runs.

Rays’ starter Erasmo Ramirez worked five shutout innings allowing just one hit and striking out four batters.

Matt Andriese (ERA 4.79) then pitched the next four innings, allowing the Yankees’ lone run in the top of the ninth, a homer by Alex Rodriguez, his ninth of the season on a fly ball to center.

Erasmo earned his first win of the season (1-1) and Andriese earned his second save of the season.

Up Next:

The Tampa Bay Rays will begin a weekend series at Target Field against the Minnesota Twins. The New York Yankees will travel to Kansas City to begin a series against the Royals on Friday.

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