Thursday, May 2, 2013

Yankees Take Series Against Astros

By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

May 1st, 2013

Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees Post Game Recap

Final Score: Astros 4 Yankees 5

The New York Yankees were able to start the month of May with their second straight win over the Astros, which gives them the series win. Despite all the injuries the Yankees still find ways to win and are (17-10) on the year.

David Phelps getting the chance to be the fifth starter in the Yankees rotation didn’t do a very good job to solidify his spot in the rotation. Phelps was given a four run lead, but couldn’t hold it, which is something a pitcher trying to be in the rotation has to do. Phelps finished the game going 5.2 innings allowing four runs on eight hits, and one walk, in what was a sub-par start from him.

The bullpen was good however after Phelps, as Boone Logan was the first person in, and he pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, which earned him his second win of the season. David Robertson was able to bounce back from a bad appearance on Tuesday, by pitching a scoreless eighth inning leading the way to Mariano Rivera, which earned him his fifth hold. There was a bit of a scare for Robertson has he appeared to twist his ankle on the final pitch, but appears to be ok. In the ninth it was none other than Mariano Rivera, who after saving his 10th game of the season on the last day of April picked up save number 11 to start off May.

Ichiro Suzuki getting the start in the leadoff spot continued his good hitting of late, as he went two for four with two runs scored, and is now hitting .279 on the season. Ichiro also hit his first triple of the season to leadoff the game.

Robinson Cano’s MVP type start to the season has been a real saving grace for the Yankees with all the injuries, and in the win over Houston on Wednesday; Cano hit his eighth homerun of the season in the third inning.

Getting the start against the Left-Handed Erik Bedard, Ben Francisco was able to hit a solo homerun in the third inning as well. For Francisco, who doesn’t play very often it was his first homerun of the season, and a nice boost to the Yankees offense.

The Yankees will be off on Thursday before starting a series against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, as C.C Sabathia (4-2, 3.35) will be facing A.J. Griffin (2-2, 4.65).

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