Thursday, May 9, 2013

Wells Carries Yankees Past Rockies

By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

May 8th, 2013

New York Yankees vs. Colorado Rockies Post Game Recap

Final Score: Yankees 3 Rockies 2

The New York Yankees were able to snap their two game losing streak on Wednesday night in Colorado against the Rockies a day after being shutout. The offense wasn’t great, but with enough good pitching the Yankees got the win and move to (19-13) on the season.

David Phelps got the start for the Yankees, and with Ivan Nova on the disabled list, Phelps has a chance to prove that he should be the fifth starter in the rotation. Phelps came out with a strong out against a good Rockies lineup in the no decision. He went six innings allowing just two runs on three hits, and one walk. The only mistake for Phelps came in the second inning, when he allowed a two-run homerun to Todd Helton.

The bullpen for the Yankees was strong after Phelps, as after a strong seventh inning from Preston Claiborne, David Robertson pitched the eighth inning, and got his second win of the season. Mariano Rivera came in as he has all season and pitched a great ninth inning to earn his 12 save of the season.

The Yankees offense got off to a quick start after going scoreless in the previous game, as after a leadoff single by Brett Gardner, who then stole his fifth base of the year, Vernon Wells knocked him in with a two-run homerun off Juan Nicasio for his seventh homerun of the season. Wells was by far the Yankees best hitter in the win, as he went three for four at the plate with two runs score, and stole his fourth base of the season.

The final run from the Yankees came in the top of the ninth inning off Rockies Closer Rafael Betancourt. Brennan Boesch hit an infield single off Betancourt, which allowed Wells to score the game winning run.

Troy Tulowitzki made his first appearance of the series pinch hitting, as he has been hampered by a pulled groin, Tulowitzki was then hit by the first pitch he saw, and pulled for a pinch runner.

The Yankees will look to take the rubber game of the series against the Rockies on Thursday afternoon, as C.C Sabathia (4-3, 3.31) will be facing Jeff Francis (1-2, 7.27).

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