Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 8, Yankees 5
By Matt Ehalt Special to ESPNDallas.com
NEW YORK -- The Texas Rangers had one of their best offensive performances of the month, as they defeated the New York Yankees 8-5 on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
The Rangers pounded out 13 hits and crushed the normally stout Yankees bullpen over the final three innings. The eight runs are tied for the second most the Rangers have scored in June, and their most since posting nine on June 19.
Rangers manager Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett for his weekly visit and offers his thoughts about Yu Darvish, Ian Kinsler and more.
Not so Grimm: June hasn't treated Justin Grimm well, but he closed out the month by picking up the win against the Yankees. Grimm had the potential for an excellent outing, but he couldn't record an out in the sixth. After holding the Yankees to four hits and one run through five, Grimm surrendered back-to-back hits to start the sixth and was pulled. Both runs came around to score and he was charged with three runs over five-plus innings. Grimm is now tied for the team high in wins with seven, despite his 5.56 ERA.
Big swing: The Yankees sliced the lead to 4-3 and loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, before Jayson Nix hit into an inning-ending double play. In the seventh, Nelson Cruz hit a two-run shot that boosted the Rangers' lead to 6-3. Within a span of roughly 10 minutes, the Yankees had gone from having a chance to take the lead to finding themselves down three again. Cruz's home run was his 20th of the season and gave him 57 RBIs overall.
Friend vs. friend: It's been well-documented that Yankees starter Andy Pettitte and Rangers DH Lance Berkman are very close friends. Pettitte won the battle on Wednesday night, as Berkman went 0-for-3 against him with a strikeout. Berkman was playing in back-to-back games after missing the previous four games. He provided an RBI single in the ninth against Shawn Kelley.
Ross not a boss:Robbie Ross had a rough night in relief. He allowed four hits and two runs in 1S innings, including a two-run shot to Ichiro Suzuki that cut the Rangers' lead to 6-5. Ron Washington could have gone to Neal Cotts to face Suzuki, but he stuck with Ross and that decision backfired. Ross also allowed both baserunners he inherited to score.
Middle does the job: The Nos. 3, 4 and 5 hitters in Cruz, Beltre and Pierzynski each had two RBIs to drive in six of the eight runs for the Rangers.
Other Beltre debuts:Engel Beltre made his major league debut as a pinch runner in the ninth inning. He was caught stealing for the final out in the top of the ninth.
Up next: The Rangers will look to win the rubber game of the three-game set with the Yanks as Derek Holland (5-4, 3.43 ERA) faces Phil Hughes (3-6, 5.09) at 12:05 p.m. CT.