Chien-Ming Wang made his first start since mid-April and was not the kind of pitcher we’ve seen the last three seasons. He was again shaky, but the Yankees, with Milky Cabrera’s come from behind homer, were able to defeat the Rangers 8-6 earlier today.
Wang went 4.2 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. The good part is he struck out five and walked only one and lowered his ERA to 14.46 after the monstrous 34.50 in April. The bad thing is that he allowed five runs. Al Aceves, our new “Ramiro Mendoza”, came in for 1.2 innings, allowing two hits, one run, and walked two and struck out two. Phil Coke went 1.1 innings, striking out two. David Robertson threw only one pitch for the win, while Mariano Rivera got his 12th save, but not first without allowing two hits yet striking out two.
On the offense, as mentioned earlier in this post, Cabrera hit the two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to give the Yanks the victory. That was Cabrera’s only hit of the day. Nick Swisher has quietly been raising his average and earlier today went two for three with one run and one RBI. Let’s hope Swish has left his torrid May behind.
Mark Teixeria was left out of the line-up last night and that may have cost the Yankees the game, as he was in the line up today and he produced big time — going two for four with three ribbies. Damon, Rodriguez, Cervelli, Cano, and Pena all collected hits. Damon’s only hit was a solo homer, he also collected his second run off a walk.
One thing that still bothers me is how often the Yanks leave runners on base. They had 10 RISP and only scored two today. This cannot keep happening, especially with a tough stretch coming up with Tampa Bay, Boston, and the Mets. This will give the Yankees a chance to prove they are the best in the AL right now, especially after losing five straight to the Red Sox. It will personally give me satisfaction as I have some co-workers from the Massachusetts area and I’m tired of hearing of their bragging.
The Yankees start a four-game series with last year’s pennant winners, the Tampa Bay Rays. It will be the man, CC Sabathia, against the Rays’ new phenomenon, David Price. He won his first start last week, but he will be pitching in an unfamiliar place, against the best of the best. Game starts at 7:05pm Friday night.