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Yankees teeter at .500 mark again

To start off last week, the Yankees took on baseball’s best, the Texas Rangers for a four game series. The Yankees definitely put up a fight in the first game. Through the help of Mark Teixeira, Carlos Beltran, and Didi Gregorius the Yankees were able to get a one run lead going into the ninth inning. However, they would be pushed to the wall as closer Aroldis Chapman gave up a leadoff walk and a 3-1 count to the next batter. The game then stopped due to a rain delay that lasted for 3 hours and 35 minutes. When the game resumed at 2:15 A.M. manager Joe Girardi rested his closer, and went with Kirby Yates in hopes to finish the job. Unfortunately for the Yankees, Yates would end up surrendering four runs leading to a Yankees 9-5 loss. Girardi as well most Yankees fans were certainly livid that the game wasn’t cancelled.After that disappointment, the Yankees hoped for an easier time the next day. The team faced off against the Rangers’ best pitcher in Cole Hamels. On their side, the Yankees threw out C.C. Sabathia, who despite having a fantastic start to June ,has been struggling as of late. And these struggles would continue as he gave up six runs on eight hits. For the Rangers, Cole Hamels once again proved why he is one of the best pitchers in the league, as he went for seven shutout innings. The Yankees offense amounted to eight hits, but none of this seemed to have a significant impact, as the Yankees would lose this one by a score of 7-1.Fortunately, for the Yankees, the next night they got their part in this battle. It seemed like the team was going to lose another one, as starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was not good early on, giving up five runs through the first three innings. But the Yankees, still furious after that long night they had two days ago, did not give up. Being down four in the ninth the team ended up tying the game largely due to a three run home run by catcher Brian McCann. Two batters later, shortstop Didi Gregorius put the icing on the cake with a two run walkoff home run to give the Yankees a 9-7 victory.Riding off that spectacular night, the Yankees hoped to split the series and bump their record back up to .500. The team sent out Michael Pineda and man was he dominant. After giving up a leadoff home run to Shin-Soo Choo in the first, Big Mike would then go for six innings, only giving up one run, three walks, and getting himself a staggering 12 strikeouts. Despite Pineda’s struggles throughout the year, he has always had a high strikeout to walk ratio. This year specifically being at 4.70 which is fourth in all of baseball. Going back to the game, a solo shot from last night’s hero Didi Gregorius evened up the score at 1. Then in the bottom of the ninth with two out, and two on, Rangers pitcher Tony Barnette, threw a slider that got past the catcher Robinson Chirinos’ glove. This gave more than enough time for the runner, Chase Headley to run home and give the Yankees their second straight walk off win. The Yankees won this one 2-1, once again bumping their record to .500.After the team’s homestand, the Yankees went on the road to San Diego to take on the last place Padres for a three game series. For the first game, the pitching matchup was Nathan Eovaldi and Colin Rea. Unfortunately, Eovaldi’s struggles continued, he would only last for 4 ⅓ innings giving up six runs, three of them being on home runs. The score ended being 7-2 Padres, by the top of the ninth, but in true Bomber’s fashion the team battled for a comeback. The score was 7-6, with the tying runner on third but all the batter, Brett Gardner would do is groundout to the shortstop ending the Yankees comeback bid. The Yankees lost this one, 7-6.The next night the matchup was Ivan Nova, and Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz, the Padres starter, is one of the only bright spots this season for the team, as he is having the best year of his career. This night was no different, Pomeranz went for seven innings, only giving up one run. As for the Yankees, Ivan Nova was good as well, giving up just a run and four hits. Just like a few nights ago, the game would end up being tied at 1 going into the ninth inning. This time however, the Yankees would lose as Andrew Miller, who is arguably the best player on the Yankees’ roster, gave up a walk off home run to Melvin Upton Jr. his third walk off home run this year. The Yankees lost 2-1.Looking to avoid getting swept, the Yankees threw out 25-year-old Chad Green against 29-year-old Andrew Cashner. Green making his second career start, was really solid. It was the best game of his career, as he went for six innings, only giving up three hits, and getting eight strikeouts. To give the youngster some help, first baseman Mark Teixeira belted two home runs, the first one being the 400th of his major league career. Teixeira joins an exclusive club becoming only the fifth switch hitter in history to reach that home run mark. The Yankees won soon after, winning by a score of 6-3.In response to Chad Green’s solid outing, manager Joe Girardi is going to keep him in the starting rotation. Nathan Eovaldi now moves to the bullpen to make room for Green.Batter of the Week: Didi GregoriusGM – 7AVG – .367R – 7AB – 30H – 11HR – 3RBI – 6Pitcher of the Week: Michael PinedaGM – 1IP – 6.0ER – 1K – 12BB – 3H – 2The Yankees will close out the first half of the season continuing their road trip with a three game series against the Chicago White Sox, as well as a four game series against the red hot Cleveland Indians.Pitching Matchups at Chicago:Game #1:C.C. Sabathia (5-5) vs. James Shields (3-9)Game #2:Masahiro Tanaka (5-2) vs. Carlos Rodon (2-6)Game #3:Michael Pineda (3-7) vs. Miguel Gonzalez (1-4)Pitching Matchups at Cleveland:Game #1:Ivan Nova (5-5) vs. Trevor Bauer (7-2)Game #2:Chad Green (1-1) vs. Corey Kluber (8-8)Game #3:C.C. Sabathia (5-5) vs. Danny Salazar (10-3)Game #4:Masahiro Tanaka (5-2) vs. Carlos Carrasco (4-2)New York Yankees Weekly Report by David Bieber for FingerLakes1.com

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