Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Clutch Hitting Gets Yankees Win Over Rays

By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

April 23rd, 2013

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Post Game Recap

Final Score: Yankees 4 Rays 3

The New York Yankees were able to bounce back from a tough loss Monday night, when they were only able to get two hits in the entire game. Tuesday in the win the offense and pitching was much better, and some clutch hitting late in the game got them the win to move them to (11-8) on the year.

Yankees starter Phil Hughes got off to a tough start in this game giving up a run in the first inning, but was really able to settle down and give the Yankees a good start. Hughes went seven innings allowing two runs on six hits, with two walks, and six strikeouts. He didn’t get a decision in this game, but it is the second straight start Hughes has pitched well in, and Hughes, who is always plagued by giving up homeruns didn’t allow one on Tuesday night.

The offense for the Yankees against Left Handed Pitchers has struggled this season, and when going up against one of the best Lefties in the game in David Price it would have thought to be a tough game for the Yankees. However the Yankees bats were able to get to Price to a degree, as Price in his second loss of the season went eight innings allowing three runs on eight hits.

Robinson Cano continued his awesome start to the season with yet another multi-hit game, which is his fourth multi-hit game in five games, and now has a respectable six game hitting streak going.

The big hit for the Yankees came in the top of the ninth inning, as the struggling Ichiro Suzuki came up with the bases loaded against Fernando Rodney, and delivered a clutch two-run single, which gave the Yankees a two run lead heading into the bottom half of the inning. Ichiro finished the game going two for four, and got his batting average up to .220 after the nice game.

With a two-run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning Joe Girardi obviously went to his closer Mariano Rivera, but things got a bit interesting for the Sandman. Before picking up his sixth save of the season, Rivera allowed a solo-homerun to Evan Longoria on the first pitch of the inning, but after that Rivera got the next three batters out to end the game.

Next up will be the rubber game of the three game series against the Rays, which will feature another good pitching match-up, as Andy Pettitte (3-0, 2.01) will be facing Alex Cobb (2-1, 2.53).

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