Tuesday, July 23, 2013
New Face Propels Yankees to Victory
The ninth inning began with Lyle Overbay striking out on four pitches against closer Joe Nathan who was trying to seal the win for his team. Vernon Wells then worked out a one-out walk and was able to advance to second base on a wild pitch by Nathan, slipping on the mound in the process. The Rangers were forced to bring the outfield in and Nunez rocketed a 3-2 slider into the left field alley out of the trying reach of center fielder Craig Gentry. Nunez raced his was to third base, stumbling on the way and still making it safely. The very next batter in the name of Brent Lillibridge dunked a single into shallow left field to score Nunez from third and give the Yankees a lead they would hand over to Mariano Rivera for a perfect bottom of the ninth, notching his 32nd save of the season and 640th of his brilliant career. In the process, Brent Lillibridge may have earned himself a start tomorrow night after being the hero of the game to keep the Yankees closer to the Red Sox and Rays in the playoff hunt.
In tomorrow night's game newly acquired Ranger Matt Garza will make his first start with Texas against the Yankees. Opposing Garza will be Andy Pettitte, who is desperately looking to find himself down the stretch in what will probably be his final season in the Majors.