Friday, July 26, 2013

The New York Yankees earn a split with the Texas Rangers

The New York Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers on Thursday afternoon. The final score was 2-0 and the game took place at Rangers ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Hiroki Kuroda started and pitched great; the bullpen closed it out with David Robertson and Mariano Rivera. The Yankees did have five extra base hits in the game.

Kuroda pitched seven shutout innings. He gave up six hits and a walk with three strikeouts and earned his 10th game of the season. Robertson pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout and Rivera saved his 33rd game of the season. Rivera pitched an inning giving up a hit.

Ichiro Suzuki had a hit, Brent Lillibridge had a hit and an RBI and Robinson Cano had a hit. Vernon Wells had a hit and drew a walk, Eduardo Nunez had a hit and an RBI and David Adams had a hit. Melky Mesa had a hit and drew a walk; Austin Romine had his first three hit game of his career. Nunez, Lillibridge and Cano each hit a double and Romine hit two doubles. The Yankees were 2-10 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. Mesa and Nunez were each caught stealing.

Derek Holland lost his sixth game of the season. Holland pitched 7 1/3 innings giving up eight hits and two runs with a walk and two strikeouts. Tanner Scheppers pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit and Joakim Soria pitched an inning giving up a hit with a walk and a strikeout.

Ian Kinsler had a hit, Elvis Andrus had two hits and Nelson Cruz drew a walk. Adrian Beltre had a hit, Jurickson Profar had two hits and Leonys Martin had a hit. The Rangers were 0-4 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. Kinsler was caught stealing and Beltre committed an error. Holland had a pickoff.

Lillibridge hit an RBI double in the sixth to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. In the eighth Nunez hit an RBI groundout to make it 2-0 Yankees and that would be the final score.

The Yankees record improved to 54-48 and the Rangers record fell to 56-46. The Yankees will head home and begin a three game series with the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. The Rangers will head to Cleveland to take on the Indians in a three game series beginning Friday night.

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