Thursday, April 26, 2012

The New York Yankees drop the rubber game to Texas 7-3

The New York Yankees lost to the Texas Rangers by the score of 7-3 on Wednesday night. Phil Hughes started the game and was not good once again. On a day when the Yankees got bad news on Michael Pineda they needed a good start from Hughes and were not able to get it. The Yankees did get good news on Andy Pettitte today but he is still not quite ready to come back. The Yankees offense was ok but they weren’t great and couldn’t climb back from an early deficit. 
Hughes pitched 2 2/3 innings giving up five hits and four runs. He struck out two with no walks and is now 1-3 on the season. Clay Rapada faced one batter and got him out, David Phelps pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up five hits and three runs with three walks and a strikeout and Cody Eppley pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a walk. Boone Logan pitched to one batter and retired him and Rafael Soriano pitched an inning giving up a hit. Scott Feldman pitched 3 1/3 innings giving up six hits and two runs with a walk and three strikeouts. Ross got the win his fourth of the season pitching 2 2/3 innings and striking out two batters. The Rangers used three other relief pitchers who pitched three innings giving up two hits and a run with three strikeouts.

Derek Jeter had two hits, Curtis Granderson drew a walk and Robinson Cano had a hit. Mark Teixeira had a couple of hits, Nick Swisher had a hit and Raul Ibanez had two hits and two RBI. Eric Chavez had an RBI. Ibanez had a double and a homerun. The Yankees were 1-7 with runners in scoring position and they left five men on base. Jeter had a stolen base in the game.

Ian Kinsler had three hits for the Rangers. Elvis Andrus had a hit and an RBI, Josh Hamilton drew two intentional walks and Adrian Beltre had three hits and three RBI. Michael Young had a hit and an RBI, Mike Napoli had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk and Mitch Moreland had two hits, an RBI and drew a walk. Kinsler and Young each had a double, Beltre, Napoli and Moreland each hit a homerun. The Rangers were 3-10 with runners in scoring position and they left nine men on base. Andrus had a stolen base and Hamilton had an outfield assist.

In the second inning Texas got on the board first with a solo homerun by Beltre. In the third the game started to unravel on Hughes and before it got out of hand he was removed from the game. Moreland singled and Kinsler doubled before Andrus had an RBI groundout to make it 2-0. There was a man on third and two outs and Beltre had an RBI single, Young had an RBI double and it was 4-0 Rangers. In the fourth Ibanez hit an RBI double to make it 4-1. Chavez hit a sacrifice fly and Texas lead was cut in half 4-2. In the bottom of the fourth Napoli hit a solo homerun and it was 5-2 Texas. In the sixth Moreland hit a solo homerun and Beltre had an RBI single and it was 7-2 Texas. The Yankees would score the final run of the game in the seventh. Ibanez hit a solo homerun.

The Yankees lost two out of three in this series but won three out of the five games played on the road. The Yankees last game scheduled in Boston was rained out and will be made up later in the season. The Yankees will have an off day on Thursday and they will begin a three game set at home against the Tigers on Friday night. The Yankees record is now 10-8 on the season and the Rangers are 15-4 which is the best record in the American League.

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