Yankees rally but fail to take care of business in extra-innings loss

Eric+ChavezThe Yankees rallied in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and send it to extra innings, but they failed to finish the job as they lost 6-2 in 12 innings against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Francisco Cervelli hit one just over the left field wall to tie the game. Unfortunately, David Phelps couldn’t keep the game at 2-2 in the 12th inning when Cody Ross put the DBacks out in front 3-2 with a RBI-single and then Eric Chavez hit a three-run double that made it 6-2.

• Phil Hughes started and pitched a great game aside from his obligational two solo home runs that he gave up in the third and sixth innings. Hughes either holds the home runs to solo shots and pitches a good game or they a multi-run homers and he sucks. His final line: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 2 HR.

• Boone Logan pitched to two batters and got both of them. Joba Chamberlain came in behind him throwing 95 mph and locating it. It could have been the best outing from either of them all year. D-Rob pitched a scoreless 10th inning.

• David Phelps came in for the 11th inning and immediately made things interesting with a leadoff double and a walk. He got out of that jam though only to allow another leadoff double in the 12th that eventually scored along with three other runs. Not a pretty night for Phelps, whose ERA is up to 5.40.

• The Yankees had a chance to win it in the 11th with two runners on and two outs for Eduardo Nunez, but a line out to right killed that rally. They had just seven hits total in 12 innings on the night with no batters picking up even two hits.

• Robinson Cano and Kevin Youkilis both pretty much took this series off, but Cano did homer in the sixth inning to get the Yankees on the board. Youk got a single too as they both combined to hit 2-for-9.

• Vernon Wells went hitless, but reached twice on walks though. Ever since the back-to-back rain delays he’s cooled off quite a bit and is down to a still impressive .271/.375/.542 on the season.

• After not getting a hit in his first five games, Ben Francisco has a two-game hitting streak and has upped his line to .154/.313/.154.

• Ichiro Suzuki is still holding the lowest average of the starters although he did increase it a little bit with a 1-for-5 day. He’s now hitting .190/.255/.262.

• Travis Hafner didn’t start, but he got one pinch hit plate appearance and walked. He was immediately lifted for a pinch runner though because there is no chance for him to play the field whatsoever. He should maybe pinch hit for the DH more often and not the first baseman because it would have been nice to have seen him get up more than once in a 12 inning game.

(April 17, 2013 – Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America)

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