By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

May 17th, 2014

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Yankees

Final Score: Pirates 1 Yankees 7

The New York Yankees after a rain-delay on Friday night were able to start their inter-league series with the Pirates on a winning note. The 7-1 victory over the Pirates moves the Yankees to (22-19) on the season, which is .5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the AL East.

Getting for the start for the Yankees was David Phelps, and although he didn’t have the easiest of afternoon’s, with a little help from mistakes by the Pirates, he was able keep them from scoring. Phelps went five shutout innings, while allowing five hits and three walks in his first victory of the season.

In a game that the ball was traveling well in Yankees Stadium, all of the Yankees runs and the Pirates as well came via the long-ball. In the first inning Mark Teixeira got the Yankees offense going with a two-run homerun, as he utilized the short porch for his ninth homerun of the season.

Pirates Starter Edison Volquez would have a rough start yet again, as he picked up his fourth loss of the season, as after the Teixeira homerun it didn’t get much better for him. In the third inning Zoilo Almonte hit his first homerun of the season filling in for Jacoby Ellsbury. Volquez would continue to struggle later in the game, as Brett Gardner took him deep in the sixth inning for his third homerun of the season. In the seventh inning Alfonso Soriano hit yet another solo-homerun, which was his six of the season, and Volquez was then pulled one batter later.

Dellin Betances, who has quickly sparked excitement in the Yankees fans like Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain did before out of the bullpen was the first man out of the bullpen for the Yankees, but allowed a quick homerun to Starling Marte. Betances would settle down afterwards, pitching two innings with three strikeouts.

In the eighth inning Brian McCann would cap off a big display of power for the Yankees, as he hit a two-run homerun, which was his sixth of the year off of Vin Mazzaro.

Next up for the Yankees will be an old school double-header against the Pirates on Sunday afternoon.