Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Nix comes up BIG in Late inning comeback

All of the offense in today's game came in the first inning when Derek Jeter hit a home run off Iwakuma followed by Ivan Nova giving up two runs to the Mariners in the bottom of the same inning. After that, it was a bumpy ride for both pitchers, but neither starter came away with the decision in the game. Ivan Nova had terrible control problems in his start. He walked six batters, a new career high for him. He went five plus innings, allowing two runs and providing the Yankees with a deficit they should surely come back from against this team. Iwakuma allowed baserunners in almost each of his innings but none of them came around to score. An Ichiro caught stealing cost the Yankees a run in the sixth inning but eventually that wouldn't matter. 

In the eighth inning, Jayson Nix pinch hit for Raul Ibanez with the bases juiced and one out. He worked the pitcher before finally getting a pitch that he would smash against the left center field wall for a bases clearing double that put the Yankees ahead of the Mariners for good. The hit was even more so important because the Yankees coming off a 1-6 road trip looked awful. They ended up winning the series against the Mariners after getting swept by Oakland. They finished their final west coast trip of the year by going 2-5 with all five losses coming very difficult. Four of the five came on one run deficits and the fifth loss against the Mariners last night came with the Yankees trailing by only two runs. 

The Yankees come home to play the Red Sox on Friday and face Aaron Cook, a right handed pitcher who before this year, spent his entire career with the Rockies. The Yankees will counter with Phil Hughes who pitched an absolute gem last Saturday against Oakland but ended up suffering a loss. Hughes made a start against the Red Sox a few weeks ago in which he got tattooed but is looking to bounce back after a start last weekend where he should have gotten the win.

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