Saturday, June 16, 2012

Streak Grows

After 14 long innings and every ounce of baseball played, the Yankees came out on top today against the Nationals thanks to Mark Teixeira's 2-run double in the top of the fourteenth inning. The game was started by Andy Pettitte who went seven strong innings and allowed two runs. Cory Wade came on to pitch the eighth and after quickly retiring the first two batters, Wade gave up a solo home run to Ian Desmond. The Yankees were able to go into the ninth inning tied thanks to a strong throw from right field from DeWayne Wise to home plate on a LaRoche single. Boone Logan pitched well as did the rest of the bullpen. Freddy Garcia was called upon to pitch the thirteenth inning and got out of the outing with his first win of the year. Soriano pitched the fourteenth and put runners on first and second for Bryce Harper. Harper grounded out to end the game as he went 0-7 in the marathon. He could not touch Andy Pettitte's pitches. Pettitte put Harper down on strikes three times before Harper made contact with one of Andy's pitches to fly out.

The Yankee offense was less than stellar today but they got the hits when they counted most. They were able to take a temporary lead because of a Chavez double in the sixth inning and Mark Teixeira blew the game open in the 14th inning with a two-run double that gave the Yankees the permanent lead of the game. They have now won a season high eight games and take on the Nationals tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 hoping for a sweep and a nine game win streak.

In tomorrow's game Ivan Nova will try to get his ninth victory against journeyman Edwin Jackson. Jackson's numbers against the Yankees aren't that impressive and Nova is coming off a great outing. The Yankee starting pitching is winning these games for them. Had Pettitte given up another run, the game would have been over in nine innings today. Also, the Yankees finally won a game in which they didn't hit a home run. This is the first such victory for the Bombers in 2012.

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