Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Yankees 3, Rangers 0
By Mike Mazzeo / ESPNNY.com
NEW YORK -- The Texas Rangers avoided being no-hit, but they couldn’t avoid being shut out in a 3-0 loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
What it means: Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda flirted with a no-no, dominated the best offense in baseball and finished off a complete-game two-hitter. The Rangers, who came in leading the majors in both runs scored and batting average, must now win their next two games to earn a split in the Bronx.
Ughando: Alexi Ogando had worked 6 2/3 scoreless innings in his previous six appearances. That’s history now. Brought into a scoreless game with a runner on first and one out in the seventh, Ogando served up back-to-back homers to Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira that gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead. Prior to those homers, left-handed hitters were 15-for-70 (.214) off the 28-year-old right-hander.
Jinxed: Elvis Andrus ended Kuroda’s no-hit bid with an infield single up the middle to lead off the seventh. In the first six innings, only Andrus (first-inning walk) and Mitch Moreland (third-inning walk) reached base.
Tough-luck loser: Matt Harrison deserved a better fate. The 26-year-old left-hander gutted through 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball, but received no run support -- or help from his bullpen. Harrison (13-7), who threw 106 pitches, scattered five hits, walked three and struck out two. He was pulled by manager Ron Washington in favor of Ogando after surrendering a single to Derek Jeter with one out in the seventh. The move proved costly.
Remember: Harrison had gone 1-2 with a 5.55 ERA in his previous four starts since throwing a complete-game shutout July 15 in Seattle. He was plagued by a stomach virus in his last outing -- a 4 2/3-inning, five-run no-decision -- Aug. 8 in Boston.
MY got a hit: Michael Young snapped an 0-for-12 drought with a single up the middle to lead off the eighth.
Donezo: Josh Hamilton’s 11-game hitting streak and Nelson Cruz’s eight-game hitting streak both came to an end.
E-6: Andrus committed his 11th error of the season in the sixth inning.
Back in the bigs: Backup catcher Luis Martinez went 0-for-3 in his first start of the season, but called a tremendous game behind the plate.
Ouch: Reliever Tanner Scheppers was struck by a liner off the bat of Russell Martin in the eighth, but remained in the game to record the final out of the inning.
Up next: RHP Scott Feldman (6-7, 4.64 ERA) tries to rebound from his first loss in his last seven decisions when he takes on RHP Freddy Garcia on Wednesday night in the Bronx.