Chris Archer was having a good start.
Right up until he stopped having a good start.
After a quick first inning that included strikeouts of both Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, it appeared Archer would take advantage of the cold New York City weather and recover from a less than stellar opening start.
Archer ran into trouble in the 2nd, though, when Didi Gregorius laced a double down the right field line, eventually scoring on a single by Tyler Wade, the extent of the damage.
Little did we know…
The Rays would tie the game in the next half inning on a wild throw by Brandon Drury, who the Yankees acquired in the three way deal which also included the Rays and Diamondbacks.
In the bottom of the 3rd, though, things would go awry (for the first time). After Archer struck out Stanton again, he would give up a line drive, three run homer to the aforementioned Gregorius. Even though it was still early, one had to wonder if this was already too tall a task for the Rays offense that has scored just 9 runs through the first 4 games of the season.
Things got interesting in the 6th however, when the Rays loaded the bases. They had already cut the deficit by one, and Brad Miller at bat. Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle, however, handled him, striking him out with a masterful sequence of fastballs and changeups. MIller had no chance.
Kahnle, looking to not fix what wasn’t broken, tried the exact same sequence to Denard Span, and like deja vu all over again, the Tampa Catholic alum ripped a double of his own. Tie game.
Is there a more beautiful sound than the silence of Yankee stadium?
And it would only get quieter in the bottom half as Carlos Gomez would tiptoe at the warning track, time his leap, and bring back what would have been a Tyler Wade home run.
If the Rays lead the league in anything right now, it’s in exciting baseball games.
But Didi though? Didi wasn’t done.
After Rays reliever Austin Pruitt and Kahnle exchanged 1-2-3 innings, a run scored on an errant throw by third baseman Matt Duffy, and it was no longer a tie game. After Stanton’s forth strikeout of the day, Gregorius blasted his second three run homer of the day. Now it’s way not a tie game.
And much like a college student after an adderall induced all nighter (for studying of course), the Rays offense crashed. It mustered up all it could for the 4 runs it got, and it was spent.
Didi however, still wasn’t. I’ll take one of whatever he’s having.
He would go on to drive in two more on a single in the 8th off of Rays Sergio Romo. Didi’s line for the day was as absurd 4-4, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 R and a walk for good measure, also peppering in a few notable plays in the field as well, because why not? Didi played like it was his birthday, and the Rays lost to the score of 11-4.
Tomorrow, they look to bounce back, as one budding young ace faces another in Blake Snell and Luis Severino. Let’s hope they don’t forget about Didi this time around.