By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
July 10th, 2014
New York Yankees vs Cleveland Indians Post Game Recap
Final Score: Yankees 3 Indians 9
On Thursday night, the New York Yankees were unable to win the four-game series with the Cleveland Indians, as they were blown out in Game 4. The 9-3 loss moves the Yankees to (46-45) on the season, which is four game behind the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the AL East.
The Yankees offense did a good job chasing Indians Starter T.J. House from the game in the fourth inning. House only lasted 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks. In the fourth inning, Zelous Wheeler broke the scoreless game up with a two-run homerun, which was his second of the season. In the next inning Yangervis Solarte would plate what would be the Yankees final run with a base-hit scoring Francisco Cervelli.
A good start from David Phelps put the Yankees in very good position to win this game, but despite going seven innings, only allowing two runs on seven hits. Phelps left the game with a lead, but got a no decision for his efforts. Back to back singles in the seventh inning led to Phelps getting taken out of the game for Matt Thornton.
Thornton would struggle trying to hold the lead for the Yankees, as an infield single would load the bases, and then a triple by Asdrubal Cabrera would quickly tie the game with one swing of the bat. A sac-fly from Michael Brantley would score Cabrera, and gave the Indians the lead.
Things would get extremely ugly for the Yankees in the eighth inning, as the Indians got to Jim Miller for five runs in the inning. A two-run shot by Roberto Perez, which would be his first homerun of the season would give the Indians some breathing room. Brantley would notch his second RBI of the game in the inning, and then another two-run homerun, this time from Carlos Santana would put the icing on the cake.
Next up for the Yankees will be the final series before the All-Star break against the AL East leading Baltimore, with Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 4.20) facing Miguel Gonzalez (4-5, 4.22).