Friday, May 27, 2016
Alex Rodriguez’s two-run homer backed a solid start by Masahiro Tanaka to lead the Yankees to a 4-1 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Rodriguez’s sixth home run of the season came against Rays starter Chris Archer and capped a three-run Yankees sixth that saw the Rays make two errors in the inning. For Rodriguez, the blast was his 30th career home run at Tropicana Field. Carlos Beltran added a solo home run against Archer in the eighth to put the Yankees up, 4-0, before Steve Pearce launched his own solo shot in the ninth as the Rays avoided a shutout.
Archer, who allowed just one earned run in eight innings, fell to 3-6 on the season. Tanaka allowed no runs on two hits in seven innings to move to 3-0.
Tanaka has been outstanding this season. It’s a shame that he’s going to be screwed out of an All-Star Game spot due to wins, which he doesn’t have full control over. Oh well. He’s making a gazillion dollars a year, so he can’t be too upset about not also making the All-Star team.
Anyhow, great win. Nice to see A-Rod get a home run. Bryan Hoch wrote this sort of douchey article today about how Beltran will still see DH at-bats (obviously he’ll see DH at-bats, but whatever), which included the following passage:
The Yanks have struggled against left-handed starters this year, and Rodriguez’s bat was expected to help them against southpaws.
That has not materialized, in part because Rodriguez has not produced much against any kind of pitching—he entered play on Friday batting .184 with five homers and 12 RBIs.
It annoys me when a guy chooses pithiness over, you know, accuracy. A-Rod has a .930 OPS against lefties this season. He’s just been terrible against righties (.492 OPS). So it was great to see him hit a home run off of a good righthanded pitcher in Chris Archer.