Sunday, May 11, 2014

Pitching struggles as Yankees drop rubber game to Brewers, 6-5

It's losses like this that really sting. 

When a team scores three first inning runs and hits a game-tying homer with two outs in the ninth they usually win, but in this case that just didn't happen, as the Yankees dropped today's rubber game to the Brewers by a frustrating score of 6-5.

In that top of the first, the Bombers were all over Milwaukee Starter Matt Garza, crossing home three times thanks to a two-run double from Kelly Johnson and an RBI Sac Fly from Yangervis Solarte. At that point, this contest looked like it'd finish in the same fashion as Wednesday's game in Anaheim, but since Phelps ended up surrendering four trips around the bases in his 5+ plus frames it didn't. 

After exiting this one, obviously, #41 had blown that relatively big lead, making the Yanks look done. They weren't, however, as they did tie the game late thanks to a seventh inning single from Solarte and that homer from Teixeira in the top of the ninth.

In the bottom of the ninth, perhaps unintelligently, the Pinstripes went with Adam Warren, their reliable MR who had already tossed a scoreless eighth. Warren got the first two outs in Milwaukee's final at-bat, but still ended up getting the loss due to a two-out, RBI Single from former-Yankee Mark Reynolds.

The decision, surprisingly, was #43's first of the year, and probably one that he wishes he didn't get.

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