Pitcher Chris Archer was an absolute stud on the mound today, holding the New York Yankees to only two hits as the Tampa Bay Rays squeaked out a 1-0 victory thanks to a Kelly Johnson’s RBI single in the sixth inning that scored Ben Zobrist. Archer is now 6-3 on the season and his Rays are 62-42, one game ahead of the Boston Red Sox for first place in the American League East. The Yankees are now 54-50, eight games back of the Rays (time to start hitting those ‘roids, guys).
Ian Nova recorded the loss for the Yankees but still pitched an incredible game. Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon praised both Nova and Archer after the contest: “That’s like a classic, old mid-60s kind of pitchers’ duel at Yankee Stadium. It was incredible to watch” (ESPN).
The 24-year-old Archer, a rookie this year, needed a mere 97 pitches to record the complete-game shutout. He became the first pitcher in the history of the Tampa Bay Rays (not that long of a history, admittedly) to throw a complete-game shutout against the Yankees.
I guess you could say that Archer had the Yankees in the danger zone today.