Yanks Lose First Game of ALCS Rematch

So after their first helping of pie of the 2011 season, the Yankees took the field last night to get revenge against the team that ousted them from the playoffs last season.  Unfortunatley, they couldn’t get the job done and the Rangers took the game by a score of 5-3.

Nova didn't fair too well for the second straight time out. (Noah K. Murray/The Star-Ledger)

Ivan Nova dug the Yankees into a pretty big hole as he allowed five runs in 4.1 innings and threw 86 pitches.  This is the second straight start that he has failed to get out of the fifth inning.  he once again had control issues as he was leaving too many pitches up and right over the plate.  He needs to start pitching better, especially with the ineffectiveness of Phil Hughes because he is now the ‘number three starter.’

The bullpen came on though and did a very good job.  David Robertson played the role of bailing out the starter, one that he plays so well, and recorded the last two outs of the fifth.  Boone Logan then came on for the sixth and only allowed a walk.  Then, the Yankees went to Lance Pendleton for the last three and he was fantastic.  On 41 pitches, he was perfect and struck out two.  Pendleton was picked in the Rule 5 draft by Astros, but was then returned to the Bombers after Spring Training.  He was brought up to replace Phil Hughes who has hit the DL.

The Yankee offense, the night after they rallied from down five runs to win, was not very good.  The two highlights were a home run by Curtis Granderson in the eighth inning and a pinch hit RBI single by Eric Chavez in the ninth.  Besides that, nothing really happened.  This is because they grounded into a franchise-record six double plays.  This helped the Rangers starter, Matt Harrison, stay around for eight innings because he didn’t have to throw as many pitches to get guys out.

(Noah K. Murray/The Star-Ledger)

So sure it was an ugly first game, but they will bounce back.  Today, we finally get to see Freddy Garcia make his first start of 2011 against Derek Holland.  The first pitch can be seen at 1:05 on YES.

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