By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
July 21st, 2014
Texas Rangers vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Rangers 4 Yankees 2
Coming off a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend, the Yankees had a great opportunity to keep to going against the Texas Rangers. Despite the Rangers having the worst record in the American League, the Yankees were unable to win their fourth straight game. The loss moves the Yankees to (50-48) on the season, which is four games behind the Baltimore Orioles.
Going against the struggling Miles Mikolas, the Yankees offense even without Mark Teixeira would have figured to put up some runs, but Mikolas basically shut them down, which lowered his ERA to a still horrendous 7.48. In the first inning, the Yankees got to Mikolas with a sac-fly from Carlos Beltran that scored Derek Jeter. The second Yankees run off of Mikolas would come in the fourth inning, as Jacoby Ellsbury would hit a solo-homerun to give the Yankees the lead at the time, and was his eighth of the season. The two Yankees runs wouldn’t be enough in this one, with Mikolas finishing going 7.1 innings, allowing just the two runs on four hits.
Shane Greene was really solid for the Yankees for about the first five innings against the Rangers, but trying to finish up in the sixth inning, Greene ran into trouble, and was eventually handed his first loss of the season. In the sixth inning, after getting the first two outs of the inning, things would unravel for Greene, and then the bullpen. A walk and a single by the Rangers would set the table for Geovany Soto, who would knock in the second run of the game for his team, and end Greene’s day.
Matt Thornton would really fail trying to get out two lefties, and just needed one more out to get the Yankees out of trouble. Back to back singles from Rougned Odor, and Shin-Soo Choo would lead to the Rangers taking a 4-2 lead, and inflate Greene’s earned runs for the game.
On defense the Yankees, and in particularly Greene were very sloppy with five errors as a team, three of which came from Greene. Brian Roberts had his 10th error of the season, and Derek Jeter had his eighth of the year in what was a poor display on defense.
Next up for the Yankees will be Game 2 of the four-game series on Tuesday night, as Chase Whitley (4-3, 5.10) will be facing Nick Martinez (1-6, 5.10).