By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
July 23rd, 2013
New York Yankees vs Texas Rangers Post Game Recap
Final Score: Yankees 5 Rangers 4
The New York Yankees were able to snap their two-game skid on Tuesday night against the Texas Rangers, as they had the come from behind win after giving up a nice lead in the sixth inning. The win moves the Yankees to (53-47), which keeps them seven games behind the first place Boston Red Sox.
Rangers Starter Alexi Ogando didn’t have a very good start against a sub-par Yankees offense, but he didn’t factor in the decision of the game. The Yankees got to Ogando in the third inning, as Austin Romine doubled home Melky Mesa for the first run of the game. Romine would come around to the second run of the inning on an Ichiro Suzuki infield single. The final run off Ogando would come in the fourth inning, as Brent Lillibridge grounded into a fielders choice that score Vernon Wells. Ogando ended up going just five innings allowing three runs on six hits.
Phil Hughes gave the Yankees a pretty good start, but like Ogando didn’t factor in the decision. Hughes went 5.2 innings allowing three unearned runs on four hits and three walks. The sixth inning was where the Rangers did all their damage, but it wasn’t really Hughes' fault at all. An error by Lillibridge nearly cost the Yankees this game along with a questionable move by Joe Girardi to pull Hughes for Boone Logan, who gave up a two-run home run to Mitch Mooreland, which gave the Rangers the lead.
The Yankees however would rally in the ninth inning off All-Star Game Closer Joe Nathan. After a Wells walk, Eduardo Nunez hit a triple to tie the game up at four apiece, and then a clutch base hit by Lillibridge made up for his error in the sixth inning, and was the game-winning hit for the Yankees. For Nathan it was his first loss of the season, and just his second blown save.
After the poor outing from Logan, the Yankees bullpen looked good, as Joba Chamberlain got his first win of the season, and then Mariano Rivera pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, with two strikeouts for his 32nd save of the season.
Next up for the Yankees will be Game 3 of the series in Texas, as Andy Pettitte (7-7, 4.47) will be facing newly acquired Matt Garza (6-1, 3.17), who is making his debut for the Rangers.