By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
May 21st, 2014
New York Yankees vs Chicago Cubs Post Game Recap
Final Score: Yankees 4 Cubs 2
The New York Yankees were able to salvage their quick two-game series against the Chicago Cubs, with a little help from the Cubs making mistakes late in the game. The Victory moves the Yankees to (24-21) on the season, which puts them back into a tie for first place in the AL East.
Cubs Starter Jeff Samardzija was very good against he the Yankees, as he was in line for a victory upon leaving the game after seven shutout innings that included allowing just four hits and two walks.
Chase Whitley making his second start in the majors once again didn’t make it to five innings, but although getting hit a bit more than he did against the Mets he only allowed one run. Whitley finished going 4.1 innings allowing the one run on a Mike Olt sac-fly that scored Luis Valbuena.
Coming into quite the jam with one out and a runner on Third Base in the bottom of the fifth inning, Dellin Betances was able to wiggle out of a mess left by Whitley, as Betances would get the important strikeout of the first batter Anthony Rizzo, and then he got Starlin Castro to fly out to end the inning. Betances would pitch the sixth and strikeout two more batters while not allowing a base-runner.
Heading into the top of the ninth with a two-run lead after and Emilio Bonifacio sacrifice off of Adam Warren gave the Cubs a two-run lead in the seventh inning, but the Cubs wouldn’t be able to close it out. The Yankees were able to load up the bases with none out, and then an Ichiro Suzuki ground into a fielder’s choice to the Shortstop that let Mark Teixeira score, and then trying to get a double play there was a throwing error by Darwin Barney that allowed Brendan Ryan to score and tie the game.
In the top of the 13th inning the Yankees would finally score some more runs, as with runners on first and second with none out a great bunt by Preston Claiborne set up the Yankees. Jose Veras would help his former team out with a wild pitch that allowed Brendan Ryan to score the go-ahead run, and the J.R. Murphy would single home Yangervis Solarte.
In the bottom half of the 13th, David Robertson would come on to pitch and earn his ninth save of the season with relative ease.
Next up for the Yankees will be some more baseball in Chicago, as they head to face the White Sox for a four-game series.