Saturday, August 25, 2012

The New York Yankees offense is stymied in Cleveland as the Indians win

The New York Yankees were defeated by the Cleveland Indians by the score of 3-1. The game took place at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. Hiroki Kuroda started for the Yankees and pitched well, he had a rough first couple of innings but then was great. The Yankees offense was Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano. Justin Masterson started for the Indians and pitched well and the bullpen held it down. Michael Brantley was the Indians offense. 
Kuroda pitched a complete game which was eight innings giving up three runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out six and took his ninth loss of the season. Masterson pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up seven hits and a run with two walks and six strikeouts. Masterson won his 10th game of the season, Vinnie

Pestano pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a walk and a strikeout and Chris Perez pitched a perfect inning with a couple of strikeouts.

Jeter had two hits, Nick Swisher had a hit and drew a walk and Cano had two hits and drew a walk. Mark Teixeira had an RBI, Curtis Granderson drew a walk and Eric Chavez had a hit. Russell Martin had a hit, Cano hit a double and the Yankees were 1-7 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base. Martin had a pickoff.

The Indians scored their only runs in the first inning. Brantley hit a three run homerun to make it 3-0 Indians. The Yankees scored their only run which was the last run of the game in the sixth. Teixeira hit a sacrifice fly. The Yankees stranded the bases loaded twice, had a runner on second early and didn’t score and had second and third one out and didn’t score. They only have themselves to blame for not getting a clutch hit or two and they probably would of won.

The two teams have split the first two games of the three game series. The rubber game will be played on Sunday afternoon. The Yankees record fell to 73-53 and they have a four game lead on both the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays. The Indians record improved to 55-71.

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