New York Yankees Recap: Yankees Lose As Rangers Walk-Off 7-6


Prior to today’s game, there has been plenty of news throughout baseball. Initially, it started with the Toronto Blue Jays acquiring Detroit Tigers’ David Price, which was soon followed by the completion of the three-team trade that involved the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, and Miami Marlins.

The New York Yankees made a move as well by acquiring Seattle Mariners’ Dustin Ackley; Ackley would not be in tonight’s lineup. In addition to the acquisition, news broke out that pitcher Michael Pineda was placed on the 15-day DL. The Yankees were set to take on the Texas Rangers for the rubber game match of the four-game series.

Veteran CC Sabathia (4-8) was set to take the mound against Rangers’ Yovani Gallardo (7-9) as the Yankees looked to take three games out of the four game series. Initially, this was supposed to Pineda’s start, but due to the injury Sabathia was given the start.

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Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a triple. on a ball that hit a sprinkler head in front of Rangers’ outfielder Ryan Rua. Brett Gardner would drive in Ellsbury on a sacrifice fly giving the Yankees a quick 1-0 lead.

Mark Teixeira would contribute to the early lead with a solo home run, his 25th on the season. Soon enough, Chase Headley continued his July success by driving in Brian McCann, streatching a 3-0 lead.

The Rangers began their inning attempting to decrease the deficit. Delino DeShields reached on an infield single; Elvis Andrus followed with a bunt single. The Rangers threatened and cashed in as Josh Hamilton would provide the Rangers with the equalizer with a three-run shot to right field.

The Rangers broke the tie with Shin-Soo Choo‘s solo home run off Sabathia, giving a 4-3 lead.

As the top of the third came around, the offense would not stop. McCann launched his 16th home run on the season, reclaiming a 5-4 lead.

In the fourth, Rua hit a shallow ball to center, but Ellsbury could not come up with the grab, ultimately resulting in a inside-the-park home run.

Sabathia would be pulled from the ball game after surrendering a hit to Rua. Justin Wilson would come in to replace the left-handed pitcher. Sabathia’s final line is five innings pitched, surrendering five runs and nine hits.

Teixeira took relief pitcher Keone Kela long, giving the Yankees a 6-5 lead with his 26th home run on the season, and second home run on the game.

Manager Joe Girardi called upon Dellin Betances to clean up an inning with runners on the corners, but would surrender a run, tying the game at six. On a specific play, shortstop Didi Gregorius looked to be injured momentarily, but would remain in the game.

Yankees fans had a sigh of relief as Betances recorded an out with the bases loaded, ending the Rangers’ threat.

The ninth inning rolled by and Andrus belted a ball to deep center, but Ellsbury made the play while crashing into the wall.

Hamilton struck the Yankees again in the bottom of the ninth by driving in Leonys Martin. Closer Andrew Miller is proclaimed as the losing pitching in the 7-6 loss.

The Yankees will head up to Chicago to take on the White Sox to finish their road trip.

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