Rapid Reaction: Yankees 2, Rangers 1 (F/14)
July, 22, 2014
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com
NEW YORK -- The Texas Rangers had two great escapes, a dramatic home run and a heartbreaking loss.
Newly acquired Chase Headley singled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 14th inning to give the New York Yankees a 2-1 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night.
It ended a 4 hour, 51 minute contest.
First baseman J.P. Arencibia sent a 2-2 pitch into the Rangers' bullpen for a home run that gave Texas a 1-0 lead in the 13th inning. But it was short-lived.
The Rangers became the first team to reach 60 losses this season and missed out on a chance to win consecutive games for the first time since June 27-28 against Minnesota.
How it happened: With one out in the bottom of the 14th, Brian Roberts doubled down the right-field line and advanced to third on Francisco Cervelli's single to right. With the infield in, Headley singled to left field for the winning run.
The Great Escape I: With a man on and one out in the 12th, the Yankees' Brian McCann hit a routine popup behind short. Elvis Andrus, Jim Adduci and Leonys Martin came charging for the ball. At the last minute, Andrus, the shortstop, turned his head as if Martin, the center fielder, called for the ball. The ball dropped between the trio, sparking puzzled looks. Ichiro Suzuki bunted the runners over, and after Roberts was walked intentionally to load the bases, manager Ron Washington removed reliever Ryan Feierabend for Scott Baker.
With the infield halfway up the middle and at the corners, Cervelli lined out to Adrian Beltre at third for the second out. Headley, who pinch hit in the eighth inning, was retired on a weak bouncer to second.
The Great Escape II: The Yankees tied the game on an RBI single from Jacoby Ellsbury in the 13th. Carlos Beltran kept things going with a single to center and Ellsbury's speed got him to third. The infield was brought in for McCann, and he hit a soft liner to first which was turned into a 3-6-3 double play to end the inning. The good news is the Yankees only tied the score; the bad news is closer Joakim Soria blew his second save of the season and was the last pitcher in the bullpen. The Rangers called in Nick Tepesch, Friday's starter, to pitch the 14th.
Nick, Nick, Nick: In his first start since June 1 at Baltimore, right-hander Nick Martinez pitched wonderfully for 5⅓ innings. He didn’t allow any runs on the three hits given up and he struck out three. He got into trouble just once, in the first inning when he gave up a leadoff single to Brett Gardner. But Derek Jeter bounced into a 6-4-3 double play, his second of the series, to erase any threat. Ellsbury singled to right but Beltran hit into a force play to end the inning.
Martinez, who played college ball at nearby Fordham University, wasn’t overpowering, but he placed his pitches in the correct spots and challenged the hitters when he needed to. His defense also bailed him out; Martin made a leaping, juggling catch against the wall in dead center field off a ball hit by McCann.
Martinez was placed on the DL July 2 with discomfort on his left side, and he struggled before his stint away from the team. Martinez was 0-5 with an 8.10 ERA over his past seven starts, pushing his ERA from 2.14 to 5.10.
One of the biggest moves of the game came when Washington relieved Martinez for Neftali Feliz with one out and a man on in the sixth. Martinez had thrown just 67 pitches. Facing Jeter, Feliz retired him on a 3-2 popout to short for the second out. Ellsbury ended the inning with a groundout to short.
What’s next?: Yu Darvish (9-5, 2.88) takes on David Phelps (4-4, 3.87) in a battle between right-handers on Wednesday night.