Once again the New York Yankees have trouble facing a pitcher they have never seen before. Nevertheless, it was the young phenom Yu Darvish, who threw a wide array of pitches, and had the Yankees off-balance all night. Hiroki Kuroda pitched well, going 6 and 2/3 innings, only giving up two runs. But that was simply not enough, as the Yankees bats were silent all night, going down quietly to the Rangers, 2-0. With the loss, the Yankees fall to 10-7, and into a four way tie for first place in the AL East.
We Had Chances: By no means did Darvish pitch dominantly, but he when he got into jams, he was able to strike hitters out. He had 10 strikeouts on the night. In the top of the third, New York had the bases loaded with nobody out, but Darvish struck out Curtis Granderson on a questionable call, and then Alex Rodriguez grounded meekly into an inning ending double-play.
The Positives: Derek Jeter kept his torrent April going, adding 2 more hits in 4 at bats. He also increased his hitting streak to 14 games. Joe Dimaggio here we come? Robinson Cano also added two hits in the loss. The pitching from top to bottom was what the Yankees envisioned for the season, but they simply could not come through with the clutch hit.
Look Ahead: The rubber game of the 3 game set is Wednesday night, where the ever unsteady Phil Hughes will take the mound. Please keep us in the game Hughes.