By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
July 9, 2014
New York Yankees vs Cleveland Indians Post Game Recap
Final Score: Yankees 5 Indians 4
The New York Yankees after suffering the tough news that Masahiro Tanaka would be heading to the DL, would overcome that on the field against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night in an extra-inning marathon. The win moves the Yankees to (46-44) on the season, which puts them three games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East.
Making his debut for the Yankees, Brandon McCarthy did pretty well in his debut in pinstripes. McCarthy ate some innings on Wednesday going 6.2 innings, while allowing four runs, only one of which was earned on nine hits with one walk. In the first inning, trouble would arise for the Yankees, as a throwing error from Mark Teixeira helped the Indians score three runs in the inning, with two of the runs coming after a base-hit by Nick Swisher. The final run the Indians would get off of McCarthy would come in fifth inning, as Carlos Santana would score Asdrubal Cabrera.
Josh Tomlin, despite being a spotted a three-run lead after the first inning couldn’t hold on to the lead, and after the top of fifth inning was actually trailing in the game. He finished going seven innings allowing four runs on eight hits, with Mark Teixeira being his kryptonite. Teixeira would get the Yankees on the board in the fourth inning with his 16th homerun of the year. In the fourth inning the Yankees would take the lead thanks to a sac-fly from Brian McCann, and then a two-run homerun from Teixeira.
In a long extra-innings game, both bullpens were great, but the standout performance came from Shawn Kelley, who really saved the game for the Yankees. After David Huff walked three batters in a row in the 10th inning to load the bases, Kelley came on to strikeout Nick Swisher, and then get David Murphy to ground out to end the Indians threat.
Jacoby Ellsbury would be the hero for the Yankees in the 14th inning, with two outs and a 0-2 count, Ellsbury would deliver a blast, his sixth of the season to give the Yankees the lead, and ruin the night of Vinnie Pestano, who picked up his first loss of the season after David Robertson earned his 22nd save of the season.