Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Ichiro Walks it Off
Tonight's much-anticipated pitcher's duel between two Japanese-born players turned out to be a bit of a slug fest despite the game being relatively low scoring. Ichiro went 6.2 strong innings, striking out six but allowed two home runs to Leonys Martin. There will always be one batter in a lineup that a pitcher has trouble with. However, the two home runs didn't hurt the Yankees as they went on to out-slug Martin and the Rangers. Darvish exited the game due to a high pitch count, going 5.1 innings and allowing three runs on seven hits. All three runs came on solo home runs but Darvish wasn't his usual self in tonight's start. Last year when he faced the Yankees in Texas, he almost threw a complete game shutout. Joe Nathan had to finish the job for him but ultimately Darvish pitched a gem. The Yankees figured something out during that span of time and hit rockers into the seats versus Darvish today.
The Yankees win tonight is as sweet as they come as they look to do it again tomorrow night. Andy Pettitte will try once again for win 251 in his illustrious career and he will have to do it against a very potent Rangers lineup featuring Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz. The Yankee bats will have to face Justin Grimm who has had an awful season in the ERA department. The young right hander has a 5.57 ERA on the season in thirteen starts.