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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Arlington, TX (May 9) – The New York Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers on Sunday afternoon by the score of 12-5. The game was much closer than it looked; the Yankees were actually losing this game 4-0 early. C.C. Sabathia started and for the second game in a row struggled but the offense bailed him out. The Yankees played very sloppy defense and it was not one of the Yankees better performances. The road trip ended with a 3-4 record, which is not great, but it is not terrible.
Sabathia pitched 6+ innings giving up six hits and five runs with three of them being earned. He walked four and struck out only two. Sabathia had no control of his changeup and even though the errors hurt him in this game, he just was not as sharp as he normally is. Joba Chamberlain pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out one, Rafael Soriano pitched an inning giving up a hit, Lance Pendleton pitched an inning giving up a hit, and a walk, and he struck out one batter. Sabathia improved his record to 3-2 on the year. He was pitching great early in the season and got no run support and now that he has not pitched as well the last couple of games, he is getting a lot of run support.
Derek Jeter carried the offense today with four hits and two homeruns. It was the first two homers of the year for Jeter. Jeter came into this series with two extra base hits and more than doubled that in the three games. Jeter also raised his batting average more than 30 points on this road trip, he is up to 276 on the year. Jeter had that kind of game where the critics will be silenced at least for now. Curtis Granderson had three hits, a walk, and two RBI. Granderson hit his major league leading 11th homeruns of the year.
Mark Teixeira had two hits and two RBI, Alex Rodriguez had a hit, and an RBI and Robinson Cano had a walk. Nick Swisher had a hit, Jorge Posada had a hit and a walk, and Brett Gardner had three hits. Francisco Cervelli hit his first career grand slam and only his second career homerun. The Yankees hit five homeruns in total, two by Jeter, Cervelli, Granderson and Teixeira each hit one. The Yankees turned out winning in a rout but they left a ton of men on base and that could have cost them. They also made four errors in the field and they know they are better than that. Joe Girardi had a talk with them about that after the game.
Texas built a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Mike Napoli hit a two-run single and David Murphy hit a sacrifice fly. In the second inning, the lead was extended to 4-0 Texas on an Elvis Andrus RBI single. In the third inning the Yankees started their comeback with a RBI single by Jeter and a Granderson RBI single to make the score 4-2. In the fifth inning, Jeter hit a homerun to make it 4-3 and Alex Rodriguez had an RBI groundout to tie the score at four.
In the seventh, the Yankees took the lead on back-to-back homeruns by Jeter and Granderson. It was 6-4 Yankees and the Rangers got within a run on an Adrian Beltre RBI single in the seventh inning. The Yankees broke the game open in the eighth inning with six runs.
It all started with what looked to be a harmless groundball off the bat of Swisher. It appeared that both Napoli the first baseman and Swisher missed the bag, the umpire called him safe and Texas manager Ron Washington came out to argue. The Texas catcher Yorvit Torealba would be tossed the next inning for going up to the umpire and saying something. Posada singled and with everyone expecting a bunt from Gardner, he lined the first pitch to center to load the bases.
It was being debated on the air if Cervelli should be pinch hit for and he ends up hitting a grand slam to give the Yankees a 10-5 lead. Teixeira homered to give them a 12-5 lead a few batters later and that was how the game ended.
The Yankees did not have a good road trip but after losing the series in Detroit three out of four they came back to win two out of three in Texas. They did not hit great for most of the trip but the bats woke up today and they hope that carries over to the home stand. The Yankees will be off on Monday and start a three game series with the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night with Freddy Garcia matching up against Kyle Davies.
The Yankees remain in a first place tie with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Royals have won six out of their last 10 and have played good baseball for most of this season. The Red Sox will follow with three weekend games in the Bronx.