Wednesday, June 26, 2013
THE ICHIRO SHOW DOESN'T CUT IT TONIGHT
Ichiro is my boy. I love watching this guy still play as hard as he did when he came to America years ago. He is still a competitor and he's a great ball player. He also can't do it alone and tonight, while the Yankees were close... there's no cigar for losers... just winners. The Rangers won tonight. You should probably stop reading here... OK, don't. Good... I got worried for a second...
Tonight the offense was alive and well, but the pitching didn't work out so well. This is how the hitting broke down for the Yanks:
A nice solo shot came from Lyle Overbay in the 2nd. The Yankees scored first, but then Andy Pettitte gave up 4 in the 3rd. In the bottom of the 6th, Robinson Cano knocked in Brett Gardner and then Travis Hafner singled in Ichiro.
Then, in the 7th, Ichiro hit a 2 run homer and the score was then 6-5 Rangers. That would be it for the Yankees hitting and in the end, the Rangers tacked on 2 more. We ran out of time.
The pitching of Andy Pettitte was not too great. In fact, it's my opinion that he just looked uncomfortable and didn't feel right. That was me observing. Strangely, he reminded me of Phil Hughes... he wasn't himself at all. Pettitte went 6 innings, allowed 6 hits and 4 runs. Joba Chamberlain gave up 2 runs in his 0.2 innings of work. To me, this guy needs to be evaluated more closely, sent down or shipped out. Joba needs a change of scenery. Maybe that way he can thrive somewhere because he sure as hell isn't thriving in the Bronx. Later on, in 1.1 innings of work, Shawn Kelley gave up 2 more runs. We couldn't hold down the Rangers, that's the bottom line and the morale of this story tonight.
Final: Rangers 8 - Yankees 5
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