One of the things that has kind of been ignored this year with all the injuries is how ineffective Andy Pettitte has been this year. Is it a little blasphemous considering what he’s meant to the organization? Maybe. However, he’s blown a lead in the past five starts and has ghastly numbers at Yankee Stadium this year. The bullpen didn’t pick him up, as the Rangers, beat the Yankees 8-5.
Lyle Overbay, who’s going to be an important piece of this team the rest of the way, (more on that in notes) hit his ninth homer of the season in the bottom of the second. The Rangers than got four in the third. Leonys Martin got a bunt single and stole second. Ian Kinsler walked. Elvis Andrus dropped a sac bunt and reached when Jayson Nix‘s throw pulled Robinson Cano off the bag. After a strikeout, back to back double by Adrian Beltre and A.J Pierzynski each drove in two runs.
Joba Chamberlain came in for the seventh and didn’t provide relief. With one out, Andrus singled and Nelson Cruz followed with his 20th homer of the year. In the bottom half of the inning, Vernon Wells pinch-hit for Chris Stewart and singled. He went to second on a wild pitch and to third on a flyout. After a strikeout, Ichiro hit his fifth homer of the year to make it 6-5.
YGY Player Of The Game: Beltre
Notes: Mark Teixeira will be out for the season following season ending surgery on the torn tendon sheath in his wrist. Michael Pineda excelled in his Trenton start on Tuesday, and will start again for them Sunday. Eduardo Nunez will begin a rehab assignment Thursday. Rafael De Paula was selected to the Futures Game. Tyler Austin is a part of the final vote. You can vote for him on mlb.com/futuresfinalists.