By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 19th, 2013
Los Angeles Dodgers vs New York Yankees Game 1 Recap
Final Score: Dodgers 4 Yankees 6
For the first time since 1981 the Los Angeles Dodgers were in the Bronx after a rain out on Tuesday, the Yankees were able to beat the Dodgers in Game 1 of a day/night doubleheader 6-4. The win puts the Yankees at (39-31) on the season, and are 3.5 games behind the Red Sox for first place in the AL East.
The offense for the Yankees was able to give Hiroki Kuroda a nice lead early, as in the second inning off Hyun-Jin Ryu, Lyle Overbay got the Yankees on the board with a two-run double scoring Thomas Neil and Ichiro Suzuki. In the sixth inning Suzuki would get the Yankees third run off Ryu, with a solo-home run, which was Suzuki's third of the season. Ryu pitched pretty well against the Yankees, as he finished going six innings allowing three runs on five hits, and two walks, but picked up his third loss of the season
Kuroda was solid on Wednesday afternoon for the Yankees, as he went 6.2 innings allowing just two runs on eight hits, and one walk against his former team. The Dodgers weren’t able to get any runs off Kuroda until the seventh inning, when they put a rally together. With the bases loaded an A.J. Ellis sac-fly scored Hanley Ramirez for the Dodgers first run. Jerry Hairston Jr would then single to Left to score Andre Either for the second run, and then force Kuroda out of the game. Shawn Kelley would come in and strikeout Nick Punto to end the inning, and the threat. For Kuroda it is his seventh win of the season, which is his first win in over a month.
The Dodgers bullpen would really cost them, as a three run seventh inning gave the Yankees some insurance runs. A bad play by Ronald Belisaro letting fly ball drop to try and get a double play would lead to a Yankee run, as Nix scored on a bad throw by Belisaro to Second Base which ended up in Center Field. He would then hit Thomas Neil, which loaded the bases, and then he was pulled. Paco Rodriguez would come in and give up a bloop base hit to Suzuki, which scored Robinson Cano and Vernon Wells to give the Yankees a 6-2 lead.
The bullpen for the Yankees also wasn’t very good, as with a four-run lead Preston Claiborne would allow a double to Yasiel Puig, and then a two-run homerun to Hanley Ramirez. David Robertson would come in after the homerun, but struggled with his control walking the first two batters he faced before getting the final two outs of the eighth inning. Mariano Rivera would be able to get the save in the ninth inning for his 25th of the season.
Game 2 of the doubleheader will have Phil Hughes (3-5, 4.89) facing Chris Capuano (1-4, 5.45), as the Yankees look for the sweep.