Yankees Take 3 of 4 From Texas Rangers

The New York Yankees played a four-game series over the weekend with the Texas Rangers. They did their job, taking three of four in the series.

After winning the first game, the Yanks split the middle two, so they had to win Sunday’s series finale to avoid mild embarrassment.

Sunday’s contest went about as well as it could, right from the start of the game. CC Sabathia took the hill and struck two on his way to retiring the side in order in the first, and Giancarlo Stanton immediately rewarded the veteran southpaw by crushing a solo shot in the bottom of the first inning.

That was Stanton’s fifth home run in the last six games. We’re finally at that ever-looming hot streak, and it couldn’t come at a better time, with both Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez expected to miss at least another week or two with injuries.

The Yanks and Rangers exchanged zeroes for several innings, until the fifth inning came about, when the Yankees finally put up a crooked number. CC was dealing and was helped by some gold-glove-caliber defense by his shortstop, Didi Gregorius.

In the bottom of the fifth, Austin Romine hit a one-out infield single and then Brett Gardner doubled down the right field line to put Aaron Hicks in position to knock this two-run single into shallow right center field.

After a single by Stanton and an RBI fielder’s choice by Miguel Andujar, Didi Gregorius came up again to deliver the kill shot, launching a two-run shot to right field and extend the lead to 6-0.

The Yanks tacked one more run on in the bottom of the sixth on a Gardner single.

After that, manager Aaron Boone brought in Sonny Gray to relieve CC Sabathia. CC dazzled again, building off his 12-strikeout game against Chicago last week.

CC’s line: 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K. This was the one hit he allowed:

Sonny Gray came in and was hoping to build off of his great performance in that same game that CC struck out 12, when Gray pitched three shutout innings in extras to get the win. That didn’t quite happen Sunday, though.

Sonny allowed two runs in the seventh inning, but eventually ended it there. Boone sent him out for a second inning, because of the now 7-2 cushion, but he quickly got in to trouble again, so Jonathan Holder was brought in to escape it.

Gray’s line isn’t great: 1.0+ IP, 5 H, 2 R. It didn’t cost them the game and I still think it was a step in the right direction from where he had been as a starter. If that happens again next time out, then I’m not sure what to do with him, but for now it doesn’t really matter.

Holder did fine work in finishing off the last two innings of the game. He walked two, but didn’t allow any hits and he struck out four, including this one to end the game.

The Yankees have gone 6-1 now since the debacle in Boston. Of course they have also gone 6-1 in that time, but at least the Bombers are doing their job. They will play a makeup game against the New York Mets on Monday before opening up a series against the Tampa Bay Rays in Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.


Featured Image via Flickr/Arturo Pardavila III

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