Monday, July 22, 2013
Yankees Tie It, Lose in Extras
The offense was impressive tonight, despite not getting any extra base hits. Of the thirteen hits, all thirteen were singles and the Yankees were aided by three errors made in the field by the Red Sox. They were awarded two gift runs in the first with two consecutive errors on Ryan Dempster on a throw to second base followed by a throwing error by Saltalamacchia in an effort to throw Ichiro Suzuki out trying to steal second base. Despite the Yankees losing in extra innings, I am proud of them for getting as far as they did, coming back from four runs down to tie it in the seventh inning. An at-bat that impressed me in the game was by Brett Gardner who worked a fifteen pitch walk off Tazawa in the seventh inning despite not coming around to score. The fifteen pitch at-bat was only the second of the season in all of Major League Baseball. The at-bat by Gardner was a throwback of a typical Yankee at-bat in the golden years of the '90's and even in recent years. The Yankees are in the bottom of the barrel when it comes to offensive statistics this year but Brett Gardner is not at fault. He walks and gets on base, despite not stealing as many bags this year, with only sixteen more than halfway through the season.
After losing two of three to the Red Sox the Yankees are heading to Arlington, Texas for three games against the Rangers. Alex Rodriguez was diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain of the quad so his plans to suit up for the Yankees tomorrow will be delayed for at least another week. Ivan Nova will pitch for the Yankees tomorrow. Nova has been excellent since coming up from AAA. Rangers ace Yu Darvish will be on the mound for Texas.