Thursday, July 25, 2013
Hiro Comes Up Heroic
The offensive and defensive player of the game today was catcher Austin Romine, who threw out a base-stealer in the sixth inning rather easily in Ian Kinsler. Romine also went 3-4 at the plate with a double and a run scored. The backup catcher is really beginning to come into his own after recent success at the plate and behind it, too. Brent Lillibridge again came up with the big hit to put the Yankees on the board with a double in the sixth following Romine's double. The Yankees would tack on another run on an RBI groundout by Eduardo Nunez in the seventh inning. Derek Holland was the hard luck loser in this one, but he gets a taste of his own medicine after shutting the Yankees out in Yankee Stadium to leave Phil Hughes the loser who also pitched a great game in the Bronx roughly a month ago.
The Yankees schedule doesn't get any easier from here as they go home for three games against the Rays. Luckily for the Yankees they will not face David Price but get another tough customer in Chris Archer who is 5-3 with an ERA under 3 in his rookie campaign. CC Sabathia will try to notch his tenth win of the season while also trying to lower his ERA which stands at an inflated 4.37. Sabathia is in a transitioning phase in his career and I expect the 2013 season to be just a blip in his Hall of Fame worthy pitching career.