By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 26th, 2013
Texas Rangers vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Rangers 8 Yankees 5
The New York Yankee were unable to keep up their momentum from a big walk-off win on Tuesday, as the Texas Rangers got revenge against the Yankees with a 8-5 win on Wednesday night. The loss moves the Yankees to (42-35) on the season, which is 3.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.
Justin Grimm got the start for the Rangers, and even though he had a mediocre start, the run support was enough to give him his seventh win of the season. Grimm went just five innings allowing three runs on six hits. Lyle Overbay got the first run of the game off Grimm in the second inning, as he hit his ninth home run of the season, which was a welcomed site with the news that Mark Teixeira is out for the season. After allowing and infield single to Brett Gardner and then a double by Ichiro Suzuki, Grimm was pulled for Robbie Ross, who allowed both those runners to score on a singles by Robinson Cano and Travis Hafner.
Yankees Starter Andy Pettitte earned his sixth loss of the season despite not pitching poorly, as he went six innings giving up four runs, three of which were earned on six hits, two walk, and struck out six batters. The third inning was the only bad one from Pettitte, as with the bases loaded the Rangers took advantage with back to back two-run doubles by Adrian Beltre, and A.J. Pierzynski for a four run third inning.
Ichiro Suzuki has found his long ball swing, as in the seventh inning he hit his fifth homerun in as many days, this time it was a two-run shot off Robbie Ross which scored Vernon Wells, and made it a 6-5 game at the time. Ichiro finished the day going three for four with two runs, two RBIs, and his 12th stolen base of the season.
The bullpen for the Yankees didn’t do a good job at all keeping them in the game, as Joba Chamberlain was the first arm called upon, and he served up a two-run homerun in the seventh inning to Nelson Cruz, which scored Elvis Andrus, and made it a 6-3 game. In the ninth inning the Rangers would tack on two more runs, as after a Brett Gardner error in Center Field, Lance Berkman had a RBI single, and then Mitch Moreland hit a sac-fly to make it 8-5.
Next up for the Yankees will be the series finale against the Rangers on Thursday afternoon, as Phil Hughes (3-6, 5.09) will be facing Derek Holland (5-4, 3.43) in the rubber game of the series.