Yankees Recap: The Comeback Falls Short In New York
After a terrible road trip for the New York Yankees, they came back to home sweet home for a three game series against the Texas Rangers. Starting for the Rangers would be Colby Lewis, and for the Yanks’, their ace Michael Pineda, who was looking to redeem himself after his last start in which he gave up five earned runs in 5.1 innings.
The game was pretty quiet until Pineda let the bases go loaded with a single, a walk, and a sac bunt single in which Thomas Field reached on an error by Pineda. Next up was Delino DeShields, who hit a chopper to Didi Gregorius that could’ve been turned for a double play, but surprise surprise, it was botched by Didi and another one of his errors resulted in the first two runs of the ball game for Texas. Pineda then would give up a single and back to back home runs by Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland to make it a 7-0 deficit in what was just a terrible inning for the Yankees.
The Yankees would start to pick things up in the bottom of the fourth inning with Alex Rodriguez hitting a lead off double. Brian McCann would also double, scoring A-Rod. With McCann and Headley on because of a hit-by-pitch, Didi Gregorius came on and smoked a three run homer to cut the deficit to three. It was his first home run of the season and his first as a New York Yankee.
Luckily for the bullpen, Joe Girardi left Pineda in for two more innings to take some stress off a tired and overworked bullpen staff. Pineda gained a little bit of confidence back with the Yankees making it just a three run game, but his efforts ultimately resulted in another loss. After he left the ballgame, Chasen Shreve came in and gave up a home run to Prince Fielder for his second of the game, and making it a four run deficit. However, A-Rod who was making good contact on the ball against his former team all night finally got some better contact for an RBI single, sending the game to 8-5. That RBI would also tie Babe Ruth for fourth all time on the all-time RBI list with 1,992.
David Carpenter came on to pitch in the bottom of the eighth, and his struggles continued. With the bases loaded from two singles and a walk, he then gave up an RBI double off the bat of Thomas Field to make it 10-5. Though the Rangers widened their lead, the Yankees would not give up. Garrett Jones hit a three run bomb, another first, and would make it 10-8.
The Yankees last chance was in the ninth, when after a Mark Teixeira home run, Chase Headley got on base with a single. Though the Yankees did all they could to come back, they’d come up short, as everyones favorite Yankee Stephen Drew grounded out to end the ballgame. The Yankees would lose 10-9, and fall a game behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the division lead in the AL East. Saturday the Yankees and Rangers square off for a day game at 1:05 pm.
The lone bright spot in tonights loss was Slade Heathcott, who went two-for-three in his major league debut with a double and one run scored. It looks as if Girardi will continue to platoon Heathcott and Chris Young until Jacoby Ellsbury is able to return from injury.
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