The Yankees were unable to duplicate Friday's magic and fell against the Rays in 11 innings on Saturday, 2-1. >> Box score
Six Takeaway's from Friday's game...
1) Luke Voit led off the bottom of the 11th with a single to try and get another rally going against Jose Alvarado, but Gary Sanchez hit into a game-ending double play while Luis Cessa allowed a one-out solo home run to Austin Meadows in the top of the 11th as the difference in the game.
2) Masahiro Tanaka was cruising along, holding the Rays to no runs on three hits and no walks, but was unable to return to the seventh inning because the final out of the sixth inning came off a hard come-backer that struck Tanaka in the right shin. He was diagnosed with a contusion and X-Rays were negative. Tanaka, who struck out six in the game and had 16 swings and misses, lowered his season ERA to 3.09. Hopefully for the Yankees, Tanaka will not need to miss a turn in the rotation.
3) The wild pitch has been the Yankees best friend in this series, as the team scored a run on an errant pitch from Rays starter Blake Snell in the third inning. The Yanks scored the tying run in Friday night's game on a wild pitch from Alvarado.
4) Aaron Hicks recorded his first hits on the season, first-inning and eighth-inning singles. Hicks had looked rusty at the plate and did not fare well in his rehab stint at the plate, but he appeared to be seeing the ball better in today's contest. Maybe more importantly, Hicks has not shown any signs that his back is bothering him, which is a blessing for the Yankees roster.
5 ) Zack Britton was excellent again in the eighth inning, keeping the Rays off the bases and the board using just 10 pitches in the process. Britton has now made seven straight scoreless appearances after an unsteady start to the season.
6 ) Aroldis Chapman struck out two in the ninth inning, reaching 101 mph on a couple of pitches and also demonstrating his nasty slider. Chapman has now worked eight scoreless appearances in his last nine outings.
The Yankees and Rays will play the rubber game on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. RHP Charlie Morton will pitch for the Rays while the Yankees' starter is still to be determined.