Saturday, May 7, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 7, Yankees 5
By Wallace Matthews
What it means: That the Yankees need CC Sabathia to win on Sunday to keep a bad (2-4 so far) road trip from becoming a very bad road trip. They cured the Tigers earlier in the week and are on the verge of curing the Rangers, who had lost 5 of 7 before the Yankees came to town.
What's good: Derek Jeter, with a double that just missed being his first home run by no more than a foot, and a single in the seventh; Robinson Cano, who cleared the bases with a triple in the third; Nick Swisher temporarily tied the game with a bomb of a HR in the sixth, just minutes after making great run-and-catch of David Murphy's drive to the RF line.
But the hitting star of the game was the Rangers' Michael Young, who had a homer, double and two singles with 2 RBI. Mitch Moreland had three hits, scored two runs. No. 9 hitter Julio Borbon had a two-ribbie triple in the second, an RBI squeeze bunt in the sixth and a single in the eighth.
What's not so good: It had to happen sometime, but Bartolo Colon, for the first time this season, was completely ineffective, allowing 5 runs and nine hits, including HRs to Young and Murphy, in just 4-1/3 innings. Control was off, command non-existent. Boone Logan, who is here strictly to retire lefties, couldn't do his job, allowing the go-ahead run on a double by lefty Moreland, a single by lefty Chris Davis and a safety squeeze by Julio Borbon (where have we seen that before?). Russell Martin made six outs in four ABs (two DPs, K, groundout).
For Texas, starter Derek Holland walked five in three innings, gave back four runs of the five run lead his offense staked him to.
What I got: A column thought: What happens to the Yankees if the pitching, which has been outstanding so far, keeps going the way it has this week? Plus assorted blog items depending on what comes out of the post-game clubhouse.
What's next: Sabathia (2-2, 2.68), who hasn't started a regular season game here in three years -- a 9-4 loss as a Cleveland Indian on 6/5/08 -- faces Alexi Ogando (3-0, 2.17), who allowed 3HRs to Cano, Granderson and Martin, in ND at Yankee Stadium on April 17. First pitch 2:05 p.m.