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Chris Archer Tops Yankees For Second Time This Season


Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- The year of the rookie pitcher has found its way to the Bronx, as Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer won his second road start against the New York Yankees in a 1-0 complete game shutout victory.

To push the Yankees ever closer to the drainpipe, Archer threw 97 pitches over nine innings, allowing just two hits with six strikeouts to stumble New York to their fourth straight loss at home.

Asked to describe his day in one word, Archer ventured for two, saying it was,” Stupendously amazing.”

Tampa scored their only run of the game off an equally impressive Ivan Nova of the Yankees in the top of the sixth inning. Hitting into a fielders-choice, Ben Zobrist of the Rays was safe at first base, and later scored the game-winning run after having stolen second base on an RBI-single to center-field by Rays’ left-fielder Kelly Johnson.

The Rays out-hit the Yankees 8-2, with the two hits tying a season-low for hits in a game for the Pinstripes. New York has now had two hits for third time at Yankee Stadium this season, and the fourth time overall. No Yankee batter reached base until the fourth inning whereupon Tampa third baseman Evan Longoria made an error enabling Ichiro Suzuki to reach first base safely.

The Yankees got their first hit an inning later in the fifth on a one-out single by Lyle Overaby.

Alfonso Soriano remains hit-less in his second go around in Pinstripes, having gone 0-for-3 in the loss, to put him at 0-for-8 in his first two games back.

The Bronx Bombers offense has been more contact than boom, as the Yankees, bereft of a homer in nine straight contests, are threatening to tie their streak for consecutive games without a home run, a mark that sits at 10 games back in the 1984 season.

For Nova the loss was extra frustrating, having gotten out of multiple jams through seven innings, allowing just the one run on six hits with eight strikeouts, as the Rays stranded ten base-runners.

For Archer the win can be placed historically as only baseball can provide, as no rookie pitcher has earned a shutout victory by the score of 1-0 against the Yankees since 1985 when Milwaukee’s Ted Higuera did so.

Such a career arc for Archer [6-3] could be bountiful, as Higuera won 94 games in a nine-year career [all for the Brewers], finishing second for American League Rookie of the Year award in 1985 behind Ozzie Guillen, while having had his best season one year later in 1986 by going 20-11 with an ERA of 2.79.

“Can he become better than he was today?” asked catcher Jose Molina. “We just have to wait and see. If he does what he did today for 20 years, I guess we’re going to have a Hall of Famer.”


Archer now owns an ERA of 0.73 for the month of July, an American League record that trumps the Angels’ Bob Lee’s ERA of 0.76 back in 1964.

“Going into the ninth I was fully confident we weren’t going to have to go to the bullpen because this month is the best I ever felt in my life,” said Archer.

The Rays have now won in each of Archer’s last seven starts.

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