It wasn’t a West Coast game, but it was still too late for me last night. I tapped out in my armchair sometime around 9:30. If you’re like me (note: don’t be like me) and missed any or all of last night’s game, here’s what you missed.
Brett Gardner was the Yankee offense. All of it. He hit solo home runs off Yu Darvish in the 3rd and 5th innings and those were all the runs New York would get. Darvish was much sharper than he was at The Stadium last week and he held the rest of the lineup scoreless over 7 innings while striking out 8 and walking 1. They got some hits off him, just never when they really needed one.
David Phelps had a pretty solid start going through the first 4 innings and had a 2-run leading heading into the bottom of the 5th. That was where the game ended. With 2 outs and a runner on first, the heart of the Ranger order went single, single, double to tie the game. Phelps was unable to limit the damage to just that, walking the next hitter and giving up the back-breaking 2-run single to J.P. Arencibia and his .152 batting average on an 0-2 fastball. Cruising along and then completely fell apart.
– Jeter was also the only other real offensive threat the Yankee posed to Darvish last night. He was 3-4 with a double and a walk. Combined, he and Gardner were 6-9 with both runs and RBI at the top of the order. The rest of the lineup was 5-28 and 0-6 with RISP.
– As for Gardner and Darvish, BG straight up owns that cat. His homers were the 3rd and 4th he’s hit off of Darvish in 12 career plate appearances. Ya know you just can’t predict baseball, Suzyn.
– Headley hit streak counter: 7. Went 1-4 with a single and a K.
– Matt Thornton got the final out for the Yanks and he did it by successfully executing the LOOGY gameplan for a change. Brought in to face a lefty, struck out said lefty. What a concept!