By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
July 22nd, 2014
Texas Rangers vs New York Yankees
Final Score: Rangers 1 Yankees 2
The New York Yankees were able to come out victorious in a wild extra-inning game against the Texas Rangers. The win moves the Yankees to (51-48) on the season, and most importantly they avoided what would have been a devastating loss.
Yankees starter, Chase Whitley came through with a very nice performance for the Yankees after a tough loss on Monday night. Whitley went six shutout innings, allowing just seven hits, and was able to strikeout six batters, but in the low scoring, extra-inning affair, he just received a no decision for his efforts.
Nick Martinez was also very good for the Rangers, also in a no decision like Whitley. Martinez would go 5.1 innings, allowing just three hits and one walk before being pulled in the sixth inning with just 67 pitches.
The bullpen for the Yankees did a very nice job after the start from Whitley, starting with Matt Thornton, who had a very bad Monday night, but maybe got some confidence back on Tuesday, as he retired the one batter he faced. Adam Warren would finished off the seventh inning with ease, and the Dellin Betances would strikeout two batters in the eighth inning. With no possible save situation, David Robertson came in the ninth inning, and with a 1-2-3 inning, Joe Girardi elected to keep him out there for the 10th, and it would be another good inning from Robertson.
In the 12th inning the Yankees would put some serious pressure on the Rangers, loading the bases with just one out. Francisco Cervelli would get to a 3-0 count, but after a strike he ripped a 3-1 pitch right to Adrian Beltre at third base. The fairytale ending was all set up for Chase Headley to be the hero after arriving to the ballpark mid-game, but he would ground out to second to end the inning.
In the next inning, the Rangers wouldn’t waste any time making the most of the new life given to them, as J.P. Arencibia hit a solo-homerun off of David Huff to break the scoreless game up, and give Texas the lead.
In the bottom half of the 13th, Brett Gardner would answer back with a lead-off double off of closer Joakim Soria. Derek Jeter would then lay down the sac-bunt to advance Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury in a big spot would deliver with a base-hit to tie the game. Carlos Beltran would get a base-hit into center field to make it first and third with just one out for Brian McCann. McCann wouldn’t come through however, as he hit a one hopper into an inning ending double play.
Facing off against normal starter Nick Tepesch, the Yankees would get a double from Brian Roberts, followed by a single from Cervelli that would set it up first and third for Headley once again. This time would be the charm for Headley, as he singled home Roberts, and completed the fairytale ending to his first day as a Yankee giving his new team a 2-1 win.
Next up for the Yankees will be the difficult task of facing Yu Darvish (9-5, 2.88), as David Phelps (4-4, 3.87) will be looking for another good start.