It was a rough game that started to get very exciting in the bottom of the ninth. With Johnny Damon, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez loading the bases with no outs, Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada each knocked in one run, keeping the bases loaded for Robbie Cano, who hit a 2 RBI single to bring the score to 10-9 with Texas leading.
Then, it all fell apart. Nick Swisher popped out trying to hit a bunt. He was 0-5 for the night. Then Melky Cabrera lined out to short and Jerry Hariston, Jr, running for Posada, was doubled off second. Game over. Comeback ended.
The Rangers earned the win by earning 16 hits, 6 walks and 10 runs off of starter Joba Chamberlain and Chad Gaudin. Chamberlin struggled again for his second straight start, lasting only 4 innings before allowing 7 runs and hitting his pitch limit for the night.
I understand the concept of protecting the amount of innings he is pitching to prevent injury, but I don’t know that this is the best thing for the Yankees team. But that’s another discussion.
Derek Jeter improved his BA to .334 with a 2-3 night with 2 BB. The rest of the offense did well, but just not well enough to overcome the bad pitching. The Yankee lineup was 12-37 on the night and also earned 7 walks. Great results that would normally win most games.
Interestingly enough, Michael Kay announced after the game that this was only the second time the Yankees have lost a series opener at home this season. The only other time was the Opening Day game against Cleveland.