Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Live from Yankee Stadum: Nix Crucial to Double-Dip Sweep
Jayson Nix was the player of the game after making a few key plays in the first game too. Nix went 2-4 and had the last two Yankee RBI which would prove to be crucial for the Bombers. In the seventh inning Nix homered to left to tie the game against Buehrle then came up big in the ninth with one out after Ichiro pinch ran for Mark Reynolds who walked. Ichiro advanced to second base on a sac bunt from Eduardo Nunez then stole third base with Nix at the plate. Jayson didn't waste any time and drove Ichiro in with the winning run in the ninth inning and the Yankees were walk-off winners yet again this year. However, Nix wasn't the only position player who had a good night as Austin Romine joined in on the catcher's party and had himself a 3-3 night with a double and a run scored. The Sunday game against the Red Sox has injected some life into the Yankees (no pun intended). They were able to rally around Alex Rodriguez on Sunday against Boston then came from behind in two straight games against the Jays to take both games of the double dip. My post from the first game was right. I said that either Phil Hughes would pitch well enough for his team to get the win or Buehrle would finally record a victory against the Yankees. Buehrle lost yet again to the Yankees and Phil Hughes pitched well enough for the team to get a win.
Things don't get any easier for the Yankees tomorrow evening as they get set to face reigning Cy Young winner RA Dickey and the Blue Jays for the third of four games at Yankee Stadium. Adam Warren will make the start for the Yankees. Warren has almost exclusively pitched out of the bullpen but was an above-average starter for the Yankees AAA club last year before getting promoted to New York out of spring training.