After winning the first game of the doubleheader against the Pirates 4-3, the Yankees couldn’t do it again, as they fell in the second game by a score of 5-3. Vidal Nuno started for the Yankees and turned in his best performance of the season, going six innings, and allowing two earned runs on six hits.
The Yankees got offensive help from John Ryan Murphy, Brendan Ryan, and Yangervis Solarte, who hit a monster home run into the right field bleachers. It wasn’t enough however, as the Pirates got to the Yankee bullpen, scoring runs off of Alfredo Aceves, and Matt Thornton.
Former Yankee Chris Stewart, starting the game at catcher for the Pirates, had a big day, as he went 1-3 with two RBI to help lead his team to victory.
The Yankees had an opportunity to tie or possibly get the lead in the seventh when with Brett Gardner on first, Brian Roberts doubled down the right field line. It looked as if Gardner might have had a chance to score, but third base coach Rob Thompson held him up at third. Then Mark Teixeira, who has been so hot of late, promptly hit a broken bat pop-up to end the threat. Overall, it was a winnable game for the Yankees, but one they just weren’t able to pull out.
The Yankees have an off day tomorrow, then head to Chicago for a week to face to the Cubs, then the White Sox.