Monday, August 5, 2013

Yankees Lose Series in San Diego
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

August 4th, 2013

New York Yankees vs San Diego Padres Post Game Recap

Final Score: Yankees 3 Padres 6

The New York Yankees were unable to come up with a win on Sunday, losing the rubber game of a three-game series series in San Diego against the Padres. The loss moves the Yankees to (57-53), and are now 9.5 games behind the division leading Boston Red Sox.

Phil Hughes was absolutely awful on Sunday, as his poor performance put the Yankees in a early hole that was just to much for them to get out of, and it gave Hughes his 10th loss of the season. The Padres wasted little time getting to Hughes, as in the second inning they got three runs on a sac-fly by Mark Kotsay, and then a two-out RBI single by Everth Cabrera scored Chris Denorfia and Nick Hundley. In the third inning Hughes gave up two more runs, as Denorfia hit a sac-fly to score Alexi Amarista, and then Kotsay singled home Chase Headley, which led to Joe Girardi pulling Hughes out of the game. Hughes went only 2.1 innings allowing five runs on six hits, and two walks.

The bullpen for the Yankees was pretty good after the poor start from Hughes, as the Padres were only able to tack on one more run in the fourth inning against Preston Claiborne, who allowed an RBI single by Headley that scored Cabrera. After Claiborne, Adam Warren pitched two scoreless innings, and then Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan each threw one scoreless inning.

Former Yankee Ian Kennedy made his debut with the Padres on Sunday against his former team, and he pitched a pretty decent game to earn his fourth win of the season. The Yankees offense got to Kennedy in the sixth inning, as Curtis Granderson had a RBI single that scored Robinson Cano, and then Lyle Overbay hit a single that scored Alfonso Soriano, which led to Bud Black pulling Kennedy. His first start in San Diego, Kennedy went 5.2 innings allowing two runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out six batters.

In the seventh inning the Yankees would get their final run of the game, as Catcher Austin Romine hit his first home run of the season off Dale Thayer. In the ninth inning the Yankees would get the tying runner to the plate in Vernon Wells against Houston Street, but the Padres Closer struck out Wells, and earned his 21st save of the season.

Next up for the Yankees on Monday will be the final series of their road-trip, as they will be in Chicago playing the White Sox, and it seems that Alex Rodriguez will be in the lineup. The pitching match-up will feature two lefties, as Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.28) will be facing Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.62).

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