Don Mattingly returned to the Bronx for the first time as the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, but it wasn’t necessarily a good thing for the Yankees as the two teams split Wednesday’s doubleheader.
GAME 1 (6-4 win)
The Yankees got a good start out of Hiroki Kuroda and the offense provided enough effort to hold off a couple of late rallies by the Dodgers as they won 6-4.
The offense struck first with a two-run double off the bat of Lyle Overbay in the second inning. They got another in the sixth when Ichiro Suzuki homered to make it 3-0 in the sixth. The Dodgers scored two runs in the seventh to make it 3-2, but a Rosario Belisario committed an egregious error that opened the door for a two-RBI single by Ichiro and a three run inning.
That three run inning was imperative because not only did Kuroda tire in the seventh, but Preston Claiborne allowed another two runs in the eighth on a two-run shot by Hanley Ramirez. David Robertson struggled with control problems in the eighth before he pulled his Houdini act to escape and, of course, the great Mariano Rivera shut down the Dodgers in the ninth for the win.
GAME 2 (6-0 loss)
Hughes gave up five runs in six innings which was his fourth start in the last eight where he allowed at least five runs. His ERA is up to an unsightly 5.09. Adam Warren pitched three innings of relief and gave up just one run.
There’s no reason to recap the offense as there was none. They got just three hits, no extra-base hits, no walks, and nobody even reached second base until Jayson Nix went to second on defensive indifference with two outs in the ninth. Heck, out of the three hits only one even left the infield. Pathetic. Really pathetic.
I might as well mention the Dodgers offense as Yaisel Puig was the star of the second game. He went 2-for-4 with three runs, a home run, and a stolen base. The Yankees didn’t even make him an offer when he was a free agent a year ago.
Photo credit: (June 18, 2013 – Source: Mike Stobe/Getty Images North America).