There’s a lot of fight in this New York Yankees team. Maybe because they don’t have the All-Star lineup they used to have due to injury. Maybe it’s because they have guys that other organizations gave up on in Vernon Wells and Brennan Boesch. Whatever the reason, they fight til the end, but tonight they fell a little bit short, as the Yankees fell to Diamondbacks 6-2 in 12 innings.
Phil Hughes pitched in his best game all season long, and on any other night may have gotten the win. Partirck Corbin was just that much better for the Diamondbacks. Until the bullpen caused it to go to extras.
Didi Gregorius kicked off the scoring in third by hitting his first major league home run. Martin Prado added to it hitting his third homer of the year in the sixth inning. Robinson Cano responded in the bottom half hitting his fifth homer of the year to cut it to 2-1.
The bottom of the eighth was a turning point in the game. Travis Hafner pinch-hitting walked. Brett Gardner singled and Vernon Wells walked to load the bases. Cano was then called out on a check swing third strike, even though the ball hit him. (if you swing when a pitch hits you it counts as a strike and it doesn’t matter that the ball hit the batter) Kevin Youkilis struck out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the ninth though, Francisco Cervelli would tie the game with a home run of his own. The game stayed that way til the 12th when the Diamondbacks broke the game open. Gerrado Parra led off with a double. After a flyout, Paul Goldschmidt reached on Cervelli’s interference. Miguel Montero got hit by a pitch to load the bases. Cody Ross drove in one run with a single and ex-Yankee Eric Chavez cleared the bases with a double.
YGY Player Of The Game: Hughes
Notes: Derek Jeter will be out until at least the all-star break. A scan revealed a new crack in his ankle and while he doesn’t need surgery, he needs to rest it. Don’t expect a trade or anything in the near future for another shortstop.