New York Yankees Recap: Pitching Woes, Philadelphia Phillies Outlast Yankees 11-8
After dropping their last game to the Detroit Tigers in the three game series, the New York Yankees looked to alter their previous loss with a win against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Yankees’ series against the Phillies is an additional inter-league series; the Miami Marlins were their previous notable inter-league match at Yankee Stadium.
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Prior to tonight’s game, the Yankees honored the late Darryl Hamilton with a moment of silence. In addition, the Yankees handed out complimentary purple Yankees caps, signifying awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.
The game started off quick; Pineda took the mound and seemed to cruise through the first inning until Phillies’ Maikel Franco turned on one for a deep home run to left field. Franco came into tonight’s game 7-13 (.538).
Brett Gardner started the latter half of the inning off with a perfectly executed bunt single. Following, Brian McCann would come up with one out, runners on the corner, and provided the Yankees’ with the tying run, as he hit a sac fly to center field.
Following that, Carlos Beltran would join the first inning scoring with an RBI double, driving in Chase Headley; ultimately, giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead at this point against Phillies’ pitcher Kevin Correia.
What seemed like an additional run, as Garrett Jones singled to right, Phillies’ Domonic Brown gunned out on Beltran at home.
At the top of the third inning, things started to get a bit complicated for Pineda. With the bases loaded, Phillies’ Ryan Howard notched a two-run single, which moved Franco to third. Later that inning, Pineda would force a double play, but Franco would ultimately score the run, making it 4-2 Phillies.
Pineda would find himself in another conundrum in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and no outs recorded. As a result, Pineda missed his location and Phillies’ Cesar Hernandez took advantage by doubling in two runs; this gave the Phillies a 6-2 lead. Things would continue to get worse, as the Phillies tallied an additional two more runs due to Franco’s single. Manager Joe Girardi relieved Pineda by inserting pitcher Chris Capuano into the game, pitching with an 8-2 deficit.
Gander altered the dubious outcome by launching a three-run home run deep to right field, closing the deficit at the score of 8-5 in the fourth inning. Gardner would finish the day 4-4, with a three-run home run, two runs scored, and two bunt singles.
Coming into the fifth inning, the Phillies pulled starter Correia; the move disqualified Correia from potentially earning the win, even with the run support.
Regardless, Franco would continue to pester the Yankees. On a 3-0 changeup from Capuano, Franco drilled a deep home run to the left field bleachers, giving the Phillies a 10-5 lead in the sixth inning.
To start the seventh inning off, McCann honored to right field to shorten the lead to 10-6.
The Phillies were not done adding to the catastrophic game the Yankees hosted. In the ninth, Ben Revere would drive in Freddy Galvis with a bloop single off of Yankees’ Branden Pinder.
Cue the Yankees comeback, or so we think. Alex Rodriguez would nail a double into left-center field off of Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, providing an incentive at second. McCann followed, but would fly out to center. Beltran, on the other hand, moved Rodriguez over to third on his infield single. Garrett Jones, playing in place of Mark Teixiera, laced a double to left-center field, similarly to Rodriguez, and drove in both Rodriguez and Beltran. The two-run double infused life into the Yankees and their fans, as they neared the score of 11-8.
Unfortunately the comeback would fall short as the Phillies snapped their 12-game losing streak on the road. Tomorrow, CC Sabathia is expected to be the probable pitcher for game two of the series.
As this is game one of the series, the most notable matchup in history against the Phillies and Yankees comes in the 2009 World Series. Since then, both teams only have four remaining players from 2009 season.