I know my recap title is a bit snarky but this is a happy recap because the Yankees won tonight. Hooray! And not only did they win but they were able to score against Texas’ closer Joe Nathan in the ninth. Coming into tonight’s game, the Rangers were 51-0 when leading after eight innings. Not anymore! Now they’re 51-1 thanks to the heroics of Eduardo Nunez and Brent Lillibridge.
The Yankees were down 4-3 when Texas brought in Nathan to shut the door.
Then, Nunez drilled a 3-2 pitch to left center which Craig Gentry nearly caught but he crashed into the wall and the ball skipped away from him. David Murphy came over to help out but by the time he did, Wells had scored and Nunez had stumbled his way to third base. Like literally stumbled and landed on his face. If you didn’t see, try to find the highlight because it was hilarious.
So with Nunez on third and only one out, Lillibridge stepped in and hit a single to left to plate Nunez and give the Yankees a 5-4 lead.
Mariano Rivera came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth and he set the Rangers down in order by getting Mitch Moreland to strike out swinging, Leonys Martin looking and getting Murphy to ground out to short to end the game. Mo picked up save number 32 of the year.
The Yankees were actually leading this game 3-0 when Phil Hughes, who pitched well enough to win, was taken out after 80 pitches in the bottom of the sixth. The sixth was a weird inning. Nelson Cruz reached on an error and Adrian Beltre followed that up with a double to score Cruz and cut the Yankee lead to 3-1. Then, A.J. Pierzynski hit a fly ball to center which advanced Beltre to third. Elvis Andrus hit a single to plate Beltre and the Rangers pulled to within one run.
Joe Girardi called upon Boone Logan to get one out before the Rangers could score one run to tie the game. That didn’t happen. The next batter, Moreland, hit a 1-0 pitch to center and gave the Rangers a 4-3 lead.
Hughes’ line was odd. He pitched 5 2/3 innings, gave up only four hits, three runs, none earned, walked three and struck out one.
Joba Chamberlain, who came in to pitch a hitless bottom of the eighth picked up the win.
Some facts from Jeff Quagliata: The Yankees are now 32-2 when scoring at least five runs this season and as bad as things have seemed this season, this is their 23rd come-from-behind win of the year and it’s their fourth when trailing after 8 innings. Surprisingly, they only had one of those wins last year.