The New York Yankees lost to the Texas Rangers by a score of 7-5 tonight. The game started ugly, got a lot better looking, and then slowly went downhill. Bartolo Colon got hit around early in his worst start for the pinstripes this year.

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Recap

The Rangers showed us tonight that although the Yankees piecework staff has been solid so far, there is still much work to be done:

  IP H R ER K BB
Colon 4.1 9 5 5 4 1
Holland 5 4 4 4 4 5

 

The potent Ranger offense battered Bartolo Colon early and often tonight. In fact, through 1.1 innings, he had allowed four runs – more runs than he has allowed in any game so far this year, according to YES broadcaster Michael Kay. The four-run second for the Rangers was highlighted by a Daniel Murphy solo home run and a two-run triple by the speedy Julio Borbon.

After the bottom of the second, morale was low in the Twitter, blog, and Adam world, but a Mark Teixeira RBI-single and a bases clearing Robinson Cano triple brought the Yankees within one run. In the top of the third, the Yankees batted around, scored four, and six consecutive Yankees reached base safely.

The Yankees finally tied the game up at 5-5 with a Nick Swisher solo shot after a defensive inning of making Rangers’ fans upset (see below). Little did we know, the Yankees offense would take the rest of the night off after this homer. The Rangers took the lead back in the sixth with a perfectly executed suicide squeeze by Julio Borbon on Boone Logan. The damage continued later as Certified Yankee Killer Michael Young knocked his fourth hit to score another Ranger run off of David Robertson.

Key Stats

3,000 Watch: Derek Jeter clubbed his third extra-base hit of the season off the wall in the third inning, and a single in the seventh to bring his career hits total to 2,956. His next hit will put him above Willie Keeler, former

FREE TACOS!: As pointed out by Michael Kay and confirmed by www.texasrangers.com, if the Rangers scored in the bottom of the fifth, everyone in the crowd would receive a free taco. Nick Swisher must have been angry about not being involved in the promotion, as he caught the final two outs of the inning, leaving two runners on base and many stomachs empty in Arlington.

0-23: Jorge Posada is 0-23 this year batting right-handed. Ouch.

What’s Next?

The Yankees finish up their series in Texas for a much-needed day off on Monday. First pitch is at 3:05 – and what a pitching matchup it is.

3:05 PM, YES. CC Sabathia (2-2, 2.68 ERA) vs. Alexi Ogando (3-0, 2.17 ERA)