The Yanks swept the Rangers via a 3-2 walk-off win on Wednesday afternoon. Brett Gardner got the pie in the 12th with a single to right but it was the pitching that more or less delivered the win, mainly the pitching that was not on the team 24 hours ago.
Brian Gordon, who was signed by the team before the game, started and pitched decent. He limited the damage and kept the team in the game, which is just what the Yanks needed from him. Flash went 5 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and as many walks. He pretty much cruised through the first four innings before a rough fifth.
His first turn through the order, three Rangers reached base; his second go ’round four guys got on; and his final time through five men reached. He also did bean Beltre with the bases loaded for Texas’ second run, but I was pleased with his performance. Apparently so were the Yanks because Bri will make his next start against the Reds.
Cory Wade picked up the win with two perfect innings of relief with two punch outs. It was his first win in the majors since June 13, 2009.
In between Hector Noesi threw 1 2/3 innings and gave up a hit and a walk, D-Rob threw a perfect inning with one strikeout and Mo tossed two innings of one-hit ball. Needless to say the bullpen was on point.
The offense came through as well. Grandy went 3-for-5 and scored the winning run, Cano went 2-for-4 and scored twice and Martin went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Martin had missed seven of the previous eight games and came in 2-for-31 with just one RBI since May 24.
Posada made his first start against a lefty (CJ Wilson) since May 6 and went 1-for-5 with an RBI. He’s now 4-for-39 (.103) against southpaws on the year.
They could have ended the game in the ninth, as they had the bases loaded and one out, but Grandy struck out on a filthy 3-2 pitch and Tex grounded out. This one wasn’t as easy to watch as the 12-4 victories, but it was much more fun.
- Both So and Eric Chavez could return right around the All-Star break. “That is just my guess,” Cash said.
- The official move for Gordon’s roster spot was Lance Pendleton being optioned to Scranton. In addition, Amauri Sanit was released.
The Yanks will be in Chicago tomorrow with Fabulous Freddy going against Doug Davis in the return of Interleague play. The teams will open their three-game set at 2:20 on Friday.
LET’S GO YANKS!!!