The New York Yankees were (finally) defeated by the Texas Rangers 6-5. Nelson Cruz homered twice, including a game-tying homer in the 8th and game-winning shot in the 13th. Chad Gaudin was the pitcher who had to give up the loss. With the loss, the Yankees lead in the AL East is 1.5 games.

This best describes tonight's game - Tom Pennington / Getty Images


Initial Reaction:

By no means was Javier Vazquez good tonight, but he did just enough to keep the Yankees in the game. With the scheduled skip of Phil Hughes, the bottom half of the Yankee rotation needs to step up to “Phil” in the void. Wow, that was corny.

Positives From The Game:

Early KO: The Yankee offense got to Ranger starter C.J. Wilson early and often tonight. He was forced out of the game after only three innings. He allowed four earned runs and six hits.

The Big Third: The Bronx Bombers batted around in the third inning and put four runs on the board. The highlight of the inning was Alex Rodriguez’s two-run double to right center to put the Yankees in the lead. The RBIs were #101 and #102 on the year for A-Rod.

Mark Teixeira got his 100th RBI of the season tonight with a bases loaded walk. Certainly not how you draw it up, but it works.

Negatives From The Game:

Tonight’s game was obnoxiously long. Both teams combined to use 19 pitchers (with only 11 runs scored!). The final time of the game was five hours, ten minutes. Someone in Major League Baseball needs to think of a way to do something about the 40-man rosters.

And the Ghost of Joba’s Past: Joba Chamberlain gave up a solo shot to Nelson Cruz to tie the game at 5-5.

Interesting Facts:

C.J. Wilson’s three innings: 76 pitches, 4 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 3 BB

The Yankees left 18 runners on base. Maybe this should be under “negatives”.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees take on the Rangers again tomorrow night at 8:05 PM. The game can be seen on the YES Network.

Projected Starters:

AJ Burnett (10-13, 5.15 ERA) vs. Tommy Hunter (12-3, 3.99 ERA)