With one on and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Brett Gardner was caught stealing second in what looked like a ruined opportunity for the Yankees. But only a few pitches later Ichiro Suzuki drilled one into deep right field as the Yankees won 4-3 in walk-off fashion against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.
In a rare offensive down year for the Yankees, they actually wont this game thanks to four home runs. Travis Hafner hit one in the fourth that made it 2-1 Texas, then Gardner hit one in the fifth that made it 3-2 Texas, Jayson Nix tied it in the sixth at 3-3, and finally there was Ichiro’s game winner in the ninth.
It was an impressive sight considering that the Yankees got it done against Yu Darvish. However, his countryman, Hiroki Kuroda, started for the Yankees and was the better pitcher on the night. Kuroda went 6.2 innings and allowed three runs, and just two earned. The bullpen did it’s bullpen thing as Boone Logan, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera combined to toss 2.1 scoreless innings en route to the win.
• Zoilo Almonte had his first 0-for-4 night as a starter, but he did manage to steal the first base of his major league career.
• Ichiro has been so hot and cold this season, but he’s on a nice little hot streak lately. In his past 12 games he’s hitting .340/.367/.489 with six stolen bases.
• Nix now has two home runs this season, one off Yu Darvish and another off Justin Verlander. Go figure.
• David Adams walked for the third time in his major league career, but is still in a deep slump. He’s hit just 2-for-his-last-34 (.059/.135/.059).
Photo credit: (June 22, 2013 - Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America).