A walk-off victory followed up by a run-off victory. The Yankees stole one in the 9th again yesterday afternoon, nipping the Rangers 2-1 on a walk-off pass ball.
The Yankee rotation has been very uneven the last few turns, but the one consistent has been Michael Pineda. He looked really good last Saturday against the Twins and backed that up with an even better performance against the Rangers yesterday. Pineda gave up a run in the top of the 1st on a Shin-Soo Choo leadoff home run. He then proceeded to shut the Texas lineup down for 6 scoreless, 1-hit innings with an even dozen strikeouts. He struck out 5 in a row from the 2nd to the 3rd and the final 2 batters he faced in the game. All swinging, I want to say almost all at his unhittable slider. Pineda was incredible yesterday.
The only run of support he got for his effort against A.J. Griffin came in the bottom of the 5th, when Didi Gregorius turned on an inside slider and hit it out for a Yankee Stadium special home run. It wasn't until the bottom of the 9th when they put something together on a pair of walks and a (dumb) Didi sac bunt. With 2 outs and runners on second and third, Texas catcher Robinson Chirinos seemed to cross himself up on a slider and the ball went by him to the backstop. Chase Headley rushed home from third and beat the throw for the winning run. Not what you're expecting or even considering in that situation, but you'll take it.
- 20 swings and misses from Pineda on 60 strikes (92 pitches). His whiff rates have been solid all year long, but he's really been making some guys look silly the last few times out. More of this and maybe he can turn himself into a viable trade piece.
- The Yankee lineup only had 5 hits yesterday and A-Rod had 2 of them. He also picked up his second stolen base of the year. How about that?
- It was another all hands on deck day for the Chapillances trio as they continue to showcase themselves to all interested trade parties. 3 scoreless innings, 2 hits, no walks, 4 Ks.
- Don't look now, but the Yankees are back to .500. Again.