Thursday, July 24, 2014

McCarthy Throws Another Quality Outing in Series-Clinching Win Over Rangers

Since he was 3-10 in Arizona this season, it's obviously expected that Yankees' newcomer Brandon McCarthy will struggle sometimes.

The 31-year-old right-hander, 1-0 with a sub-two ERA in his first two appearances with the Yanks, is not exactly an ace, but rather a number three who will usually give you six-seven innings. 

Just make sure not to tell him that, as the veteran again tossed six frames of one-run ball today in the Bombers' 4-2 win over the Rangers.

Now in this afternoon's contest, as I just mentioned we should look for from him occasionally, McCarthy didn't seem that sharp, throwing 109 pitches in the eighteen-out performance.

Still, since he did allow just four hits and out-dueled Colby Lewis (6 1/3 IP, 3 ER) you can't really complain about how he threw, as it was apparently good enough to earn his second AL W.

Again, McCarthy didn't amaze in this one, but thanks to an RBI Single from Chase Headley, an RBI Double from Francisco Cervelli, and an RBI Sac Fly from Brett Gardner in the fourth and fifth he and the Bombers did hold a two-run advantage when he was removed. 

Later on in the seventh, in a rare showing of weakness, Adam Warren was strangely taken deep to left by J.P. Arencibia, bringing the score at that time to 3-2.

Fortunetaly, though, that blast wouldn't lead to anything big, as Dellin Betances backed up Warren with a scoreless eighth inning, in which the former retired Shin-Soo Choo, Elvis Andrus, and Alex Rios on nine pitches. 

Now when Rios got out, a fly ball off his bat did send Ichiro pretty close to the right-field wall, but since the outfielder still caught it feet from the short fence Betances was given the hold, his fourteen of the year.

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