Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Arizona blows out New York 12-2

    Tonight, the Yankees embarked on their early-season W. Coast road trip, beginning in Arizona facing off the Diamondbacks in game one of a three-game set. Making his major-league debut for New York was right-hander  Chad Green. Green was part of the return package that sent Justin Wilson to Detroit earlier this off-season. After having an unimpressive spring training, the 24-year-old excelled in the minor leagues, having won two games with a 1.22 ERA. The D'backs countered with left-hander Robby Ray, carrying with him a record of 1-2 with an ERA of 4.84. Having been swept in their last series at the hands of the rival Giants, Arizona came into tonight's game with a chip on their shoulder And Proceeded to take out their collective  frustrations on the young rookie.
     Green's introduction to the big leagues came in rather rude fashion in the bottom of the first inning. After recording his first major-league strike out, fanning leadoff hitter Jean Segura, Paul Goldschmidt blasted a solo shot to left field that gave Arizona a one run lead. While circling the bases, Goldschmidt had a smirk on his face as if to say, "welcome to the show, rookie." Then, in the bottom of the second, Chris Herrmann led off the inning with a single and then stole second base. Two batters later, Jean Segura lined a double off the glove of shortstop Didi Gregorius that scored Herrmann, pushing the lead to two.
     The Yankees that came to life in the top of the fourth when Mark Teixeira led off the frame with a double, advancing to third on a single by the following hitter Carlos Beltran. Having reached base in eight consecutive games since his 32nd birthday, Chase Headley lined a single into left that scored Teixeira and pulled the Yankees within one, 2-1 Arizona. The Yankees would tie the game in the top of the fifth when Jacoby Elsbury hit a missile over the head of centerfielder Michael Bourne that allowed him to score on a throwing error trying to gun him down at third base.
     The Diamondbacks offense would break the game wide open in the bottom of the fifth inning. Green let off the ending by allowing Michael Bourn to reach with a bunt single and then walked the next hitter Paul Goldschmidt. The next batter, third baseman Jake Lamb, hit a towering homerun to right-center that pushed the D'backs Ahead to a 5-2 lead. The rookie would be chased to the showers when he allowed a double to the next hitter Yasmany Tomas.  Reliever Nick Goody allowed a sacrifice fly to Herman that scored Tomas, pushing the lead to 6-2.
     The relief pitchers for New York, Mullee and Coke, would go on to allow 6 more runs, resulting in a final score of 12-2 Arizona. At nights end, every Diamondback, including starting pitcher, Ray, recorded a base hit in the game. Let's hope the Yankees can put this lopsided affair behind them and turn it around for first pitch tomorrow @ 9:40pm EST.

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