By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

May 18th, 2014

Pittsburgh Pirates vs New York Yankees Game 2 Double-Header Recap

Final Score: Pirates 5 Yankees 3

The New York Yankees were unable to complete the sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon on the second part of their double-header. The 5-3 loss moves the Yankees to (23-20) on the season, and they hold a half game lead in the AL East.

Joe Girardi sent out a skeleton crew for Game 2 sitting most of his lineup, but the Yankees did get a good start from Vidal Nuno. Nuno gave the Yankees a quality start going six innings allowing three runs, one of which was unearned on six hits and one walk.

Nuno did have a lead in the sixth inning, but Starling Marte changed that with a two-run homerun that scored Andrew McCutchen and gave the Pirates a 3-2 in what would be Nuno’s last inning.

Pirates Starter Gerrit Cole going against one of the weakest Yankees lineups with lots of normal starters getting rest was able to earn his fourth win of the season. Cole went six innings allowing three runs on seven hits, two walks, and struck-out eight batters.

Cole also had a lead that he couldn’t hold in the sixth inning, as Yangervis Solarte crushed a solo-homerun to tie the game. For Solarte it was his fifth homerun of the season.

In the seventh inning Josh Harrison took the lead back for the Pirates, as he hit a solo-homerun off of Alfredo Aceves, which was the second homerun of the season for Harrison. In the field Harrison also made a ridiculous catch, laying out on a line drive by Solarte.

Pittsburgh would tack on an insurance run in the ninth inning, as former Yankee, Chris Stewart hit a sac-fly to score Jordy Mercer, which made it a 5-3 game.

Closing games have been a struggle for the Pirates without their Closer Jason Grilli, but Mark Melancon looked good on Sunday, as he was able to earn his sixth save of the season and put the Yankees down 1-2-3.

Next up for the Yankees will be a day off on Monday before heading to Chicago to start a series with the Cubs.