Yanks Homer Past Rangers To Take SeriesPosted: April 18, 2011
Heading into Sunday night’s ESPN game against the Rangers, the Yankees had split the first two with Texas and were looking to take their fourth series out of five to start the season. However, Alexi Ogando would be on the mound for the Rangers. Ogando had given up only four hits in his first two starts and was 2-0. The Yanks would counter with their ace, CC Sabathia, who was still looking for his first win. The Bombers would wind up taking a wild one by a score of 6-5.
For the second straight Sunday night, CC Sabathia did not have his best stuff, but still gave a valiant effort and kept his team in the ball game. He allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out six and walking two in 6.1 innings of work. He allowed an early 2-run homer to Adrian Beltre, but after that, really settled down and pitched okay. However, this 112 pitch performance would not be good enough for the win and for the third time this season, he was saddled with the no decision.
The Yankee bullpen was again pretty good. Joe Girardi once again went to Jo-So-Mo with a 5-4 lead. Joba Chamberlain came in with nobody on and one out and within three batters, the game was tied. He was able to hold the damage and keep the game tied, however. Rafael Soriano was able to pitch a scoreless eighth and then after the Yanks were able to scratch out a run in the eighth, Mariano Rivera came on and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth and recorded his seventh save.
Tonight, the Bombers offense was explosive to say the least as they were able to back Sabathia well. Just something to note: Girardi went back to the top of the lineup he used at the end of 2010 against righties with Derek Jeter leading off, Curtis Granderson batting second, and Brett Gardner dropping all the way to ninth.
It started with Robinson Cano, who was batting clean-up because of the injury to Alex Rodriguez, hit rocket solo-homer in the second. Then, in the fifth, Russell Martin kept his hot hitting up with a 2-run blast to tie the game at three. In the following inning, Curtis Granderson added his second homer of the series to give the Yanks a 5-4 lead. New York was able to tag Ogando for five runs in 6.1 innings. Then, in the eighth, in a 5-5 game, Eric Chavez drove in Mark Teixeira to make it a 6-5 game, which would hold.
Sure Sabathia didn’t have his best stuff and Joba gave up a run, but it was still a good win that was shockingly powered by the long ball. The Yankees now improve to 9-5 and are still in first place in the American League East. They have a day off tomorrow and then they go to Toronto to play a two game set north of the border.