Texas Rangers @ NY Yankees Series Recap: Get Out Your Brooms

Game One

CC Sabathia

Rangers 1 Yankees 5 (6 innings)

W: Sabathia L: Wilson

With the clouds hanging from above in the 1st inning it was quite obvious from the start Friday night’s game would likely be a short one. The conditions were terrible and it was seen early one the players were battling the field. Texas scored in the first, but the Yankees answered in their half of the inning to tie the game at one. The Yankees added three runs in the 4th after many sloppy plays by the Texas defense then added one more in the 6th after a Derek Jeter single. The game would wind up ending there as the game would not resume after a rain delay following the end of the 6th inning. CC Sabathia took advantage of the aggressive Rangers hitters and came away with nine strike outs on the night.

Game Two

A.J. Burnett

Rangers 3 Yankees 7

W: Burnett L: Feldman

Game two was much more fan friendly than game one as this game went nine full innings but much of the same was seen out of the Rangers. Conditions were not nearly as bad but the Rangers continued to play sloppy baseball. They were only given one error but that does not reflect how poor their performance was on the field. Derek Jeter added his 3rd HR of the year, Alex Rodriquez finally broke out to get his first HR of the 2010 season, and A.J. Burnett shutout the Rangers over 7 IP but Saturday was the Brett Gardner show. Brett went 3-4 each of his hits coming by way of the infield single (none of which seemed to pass the pitchers mound). After the game Ron Washington even compared Gardner using his speed as a major weapon for the Yankees to the skills of Mariners star Ichiro Suzuki.

Game Three

Andrew Eugene Pettitte

Rangers 2 Yankees 5

W: Pettitte L: Harden Sv: Rivera

Keeping the theme of the rest of the series game three showed another masterful performance by a Yankee pitcher. Andy Pettitte struggled early but never lost his cool. In the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings he threw 11, 6, and 9 pitches respectively, and was able to complete eight innings for the first time since August of last year in Baltimore. On the hitting end Mark Teixeira ended his HR drought with his first of the year in the 3rd inning to tie the game at one.  Ramiro Pena, in for Derek Jeter who was battling a head cold, broke the tie in the 3rd with a 2-RBI single with the bases loaded in the 3rd inning, and then Jorge Posada continued his hot hitting with a HR in the 7th. To cap off the sweep Mariano Rivera came in to close out the game 1-2-3 striking out two Rangers.

*The Sunday game marked the 10th straight game the Yankees have not made an error*

Series Stats/Notes (By: Dan Reiner)
  • Jeter: 5-8, HR  3 RBI  1 R
  • Johnson: 0-9, RBI  4 BB 4 K (.158 season average)
  • Teixeira: 2-11, HR  2 RBI (.114 season average)
  • Rodriguez: 3-6, HR  4 BB  3 R
  • Cano: 1-9, RBI
  • Posada: 4-8, HR  4 R
  • Granderson: 2-9, RBI  3 K
  • Swisher: 0-10, BB (.200 season average)
  • Gardner: 5-7, RBI  4 R  4 SB
  • Sabathia (Friday): 6 IP  3 H  1 ER  9 K  0 BB
  • Burnett (Saturday): 7 IP  6 H  0 R  7 K  2 BB
  • Pettitte (Sunday): 8 IP  4 H  2 ER  4 K  3 BB
  • Bullpen (Aceves, Marte, Chamberlain, Rivera): 4 IP  2 H  3 ER (all hits and ER allowed by Aceves) 5 K  1 BB
  • Hamilton/Guerrero/Cruz: 3-29, HR  4 RBI  3 R  7 K
*Yankees Record to Date (4/18/10): 9-3*

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