By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 25th, 2013
Texas Rangers vs New York Yankees
Final Score: Rangers 3 Yankees 4
The New York Yankees were able to get a walk-off victory against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night thanks to Ichiro Suzuki. The 4-3 Yankees win moves them to (42-34) on the season, and are back in second place in the AL East 2.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox.
Hiroki Kuroda was pretty solid against a talented Rangers lineup, but despite pitching well didn’t earn himself a decision. The Rangers struck first in this game in the third inning, as Leonys Martin hit a solo-home run in the third inning, which was his first of the season. In the fourth inning the Rangers would get one more run, on a Mitch Moreland RBI ground out with the bases loaded that scored Adrian Beltre. Martin would get the best of Kuroda again in the fifth inning with another solo-home run, which was the final run Kuroda would give up. Kuroda finished going 6.2 innings allowing three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits, one walk, and struck out six batters.
Rangers ace Yu Darvish made his debut in the Bronx, but it probably didn’t go as well as he would have hoped, as he went just 5.1 innings allowing three runs on seven hits, and two walks. All of the Yankees off Darvish, and in the game were solo- home runs. Travis Hafner got the Yankees on the board with his 12th home run of the season in the fourth inning. Brett Gardner was the next Yankees to go deep, as he hit his seventh home run of the season in the fifth inning. Jayson Nix was the final Yankee to take Darvish deep, with his second home run of the season in the sixth inning, which tied the game up at three.
The Yankees bullpen was solid after Kuroda, as Boone Logan, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera all didn’t allow a run, and with the walk-off win Rivera earned his first win of the season since he pitched in the top of the ninth inning.
Ichiro Suzuki delivered the walk-off home run for the Yankees, which was his fourth home run of the season, and the Yankees fourth home run of the game. Tanner Scheppers got the loss for the Rangers, which was his first of the season.
Next up the Yankees will look to keep up the momentum from a walk-off win on Tuesday, as on Wednesday Andy Pettitte (5-5, 4.20) will be facing Justin Grimm (6-5, 5.57).