Yanks Walk Off, Complete Sweep Of RangersPosted: June 16, 2011
Today the Yankees sent out another weak lineup, had a starting pitcher making his first MLB start ever, and had scored way too many runs over the last two games. Combining all of these factors, I figured that there was no way they were gonna win today. They made the best of the situation though and won 3-2 in twelve innings to to complete the sweep over the Texas Rangers.
Brian Gordon was alright in his Yankees debut. He did some good and he did some bad. One thing that I really liked about him was that he worked quickly and threw a lot of strikes. He used his fastball early in counts to get ahead of hitters and then used his breaking stuff to try and get batters out. His curveball was very loopy and he sometimes left it up where it was able to be hit.
One thing I didn’t like, was that he walked the same amount that he struck out (3). Sure one of the walks was intentional, but still if you’re not gonna miss a lot of bats, at least walk at most one. His final line would be 5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, and 84 pitches (55 strikes). He did keep his team in the game though and will make his next start in Cincinnati.
The Yanks bullpen was very good. They combined to throw 6.2 innings and allowed two hits, one walk, and struck out three. Hector Noesi came in to get the last two batter in the sixth and get Gordon out of trouble. He would then throw a scoreless seventh. David Robertson then threw a perfect and very economical eighth. Mariano Rivera then came on and gave up one hit in two frames, followed by two perfect frames from Cory Wade, who would get the win. It looks like we may see Wade in a few more meaningful situations in the upcoming road trip.
The Bombers got on the board very quickly with a second inning RBI single from Russell Martin, who looked looked a lot more comfortable at the plate after a few days off to rest his back. After this, I didn’t expect the Yanks to score much more because it looked like the Rangers starter, CJ Wilson, he was settling down. However, in the sixth, Jorge Posada came threw with an RBI double to score Robinson Cano from first and tie the game at 2.
Then, it became a game of missed opportunities. In the ninth against Darren Oliver, they loaded the bases with one out for Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira, and Granderson struck out swinging on what would have been ball four and Tex grounded out. In the tenth, Jorge Posada lined into a double play as Brett Gardner ran on the pitch on a nice play by Adrian Beltre. However, in the twelfth, things finally came together as the Grandy Man led off with a single and Cano was hit by a pitch, and with one out Gardner singled to right to bring home Granderson and win the game.
Granderson had a game high three hits followed by Cano, Martin, and Gardner who each had two, Gardy’s were off the bench. Andruw Jones had a tough day going 0-for-3 with three strike outs and a walk and so did Mark Teixeira going 0-for-6. The bottom of the lineup didn’t come through the way it last night either, as Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena combined to go 0-for-6 with a walk and two strikeouts.
So as bad as this home stand started, it sure ended with a bang as the Yankees have won six of their last seven, including this sweep of the AL West leader Rangers, they are the first team to do so. Now it’s time for inter-league play as they start a three-game set in Chicago against the Cubs tomorrow afternoon.