Rapid Reaction: Brewers 6, Yankees 5

May, 11, 2014
May 11
6:11
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MILWAUKEE -- After the euphoria of Friday night's 5-3 win over the National League's best team, the Yankees limp out of Beer City with one fewer starting pitcher and two more losses.

The day started with the news that CC Sabathia was going on the disabled list with a knee injury and ended with a 6-5 defeat made especially tough to take because the Yankees had jumped out to a 3-0 first-inning lead and tied the game on a dramatic ninth-inning home run by Mark Teixeira.

Shattered dreams: The bitter end to this one came in the bottom of the ninth, when Adam Warren shattered Rickie Weeks' bat with a 3-2 pitch -- only to see the ball carom off the first-base bag and skip past Teixeira into right field for a one-out double. Warren recovered to strike out Lyle Overbay, but another ex-Yank, Mark Reynolds, drilled a single to left that brought home the game winner three hours, 40 minutes after first pitch.

Tex message: With the Yankees one strike from defeat, Teixeira tied the game -- and busted up Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez's perfect (15-for-15) record this season -- by launching a hanging 3-2 changeup, clocked at 63 mph, deep into the right-field seats in the ninth inning. It was Tex's team-leading seventh home run of the season in just 79 at-bats, his sixth from the left side of the plate.

Checkmate: A game of managerial chess in the sixth inning backfired on Joe Girardi when he pulled David Phelps (5+ IP, 8 H, 4 ER) with two on and none out and brought in Matt Thornton to face lefty pinch hitter Scooter Gennett.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke immediately countered by sending righty Jonathan Lucroy up in Gennett's place, and he delivered an RBI single that tied the game. Girardi then went to Dellin Betances, who after getting Carlos Gomez to pop out on an ill-advised bunt attempt gave up an RBI double to Logan Schafer to give Milwaukee a 4-3 lead. Betances allowed one more run when Rickie Weeks' hard-hit grounder to Jeter -- who made an excellent sprawling stop with the infield in -- scored Lucroy from third.

Futile challenge: Girardi successfully challenged the out call on John Ryan Murphy's roller leading off the eighth, giving the Yankees a much-needed baserunner, but it went for naught when pinch hitter Brian Roberts swung at the first pitch he saw and hit into a double play, which was followed by Brett Gardner striking out to end the inning.

First blood: The Yankees scored three times in the first inning off Garza, on doubles by Gardner and Kelly Johnson wrapped around walks to Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira and capped off by a sacrifice fly by Yangervis Solarte. But things might have gone differently for the Brewers if Roenicke had thrown the red flag after Gardner was apparently picked off at second base by Garza. Roenicke allowed it to stand, setting up the three-run inning.

Help yourself: Garza started off the Brewers' two-run third by cuing a double down the right-field line that eluded Teixeira's dive. After Phelps hit Gomez with a pitch, Logan Schafer sacrificed both runners over, and Garza scored on Weeks' bouncer to short that became an infield hit when Jeter had trouble getting the ball out of his glove.

After Phelps balked the runners over, former Yank Overbay followed with an RBI single that scored Gomez to cut the Yankees' early lead to 3-2.

Solamente Solarte: Who else but the super-rook would have the most productive day at the plate for the Yankees, with a first-inning sacrifice fly RBI, a walk and two singles, the second of which drove in the Yankees' fourth run in the seventh. Solarte leads the team with 20 RBIs, five more than runners-up Teixeira and Carlos Beltran.

Captain's bounty: Jeter was given a bronze bat and a check for $10,000 made out to his charity, the Turn 2 Foundation, in a pregame ceremony in commemoration of his final game at Miller Park. The sellout crowd of 43,544 rose to give Jeter a standing ovation as he grounded out in his final plate appearance in the ninth inning. Classy display all around.

A beard only a mother could love: In keeping with the theme of the day, the Brewers' Gomez dyed his goatee Mother's Day pink.

What's next: A flight home, followed by the first game of Subway Series, Part XVIII. Hiroki Kuroda (2-3, 4.43 ERA) kicks things off at Yankee Stadium against old buddy Bartolo Colon (2-5, 5.36) Monday night at 7:05 p.m., followed by Vidal Nuno (1-0, 5.47) vs. RHP Zack Wheeler (1-3, 4.35) on Tuesday. The series shifts to Citi Field on Wednesday with Masahiro Tanaka (5-0, 2.57) vs. RHP Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 5.06) and concludes Thursday with probably Alfredo Aceves, replacing Sabathia, vs. RHP Dillon Gee (3-1, 2.73). Both Flushing games are at 7:10 p.m.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.282 8 47 49
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Teixeira 17
RBIM. Teixeira 48
RB. Gardner 62
OPSB. Gardner .768
WM. Tanaka 12
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135