Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Ogando Smacked By Better Batters Than Duncan Hines

Texas right-hander Alexi Ogando entered last night's start against the Yankees with a 7-0, 2.10 record. The Yankees had lost 1-0 the previous night to Cleveland after blowing several scoring opportunities. Not exactly the match up you want...but the Yankees took out the full wrath of Monday night's failures on Ogando and blew out the Rangers 12-4.

With Derek Jeter on the DL, Brett Gardner excelled in the lead off spot, at least for one night. The speedster ignited the Yankees attack with a three hit, three run night that also included a walk and a stolen base. It was Alex Rodriguez though that started the hit attack in the 2nd inning with a single. One out later Jorge Posada continued his hot hitting with a double and Nick Swisher drew a 3-2 walk to load the bases with one out. Eduardo Nunez, starting in place of Jeter, put the Yankees on the board with a single to left.

Ogando struck out Francisco Cervelli, but Gardner and Curtis Granderson followed with singles and Mark Teixeira doubled to give the Yankees a 6-0 lead and sent Ogando to the showers on his shortest outing of the season.

CC Sabathia wasn't at his best despite a 9-0 lead. The Rangers scored a pair of runs in the 4th and 5th to get themselves back in the ball game, but the Yankees put the game away in the 6th. Granderson smacked a 2-run home run off Yoshinori Tateyama to tie Jose Bautista for the league lead with 21 and Robinson Cano added a solo shot later in the inning.

Sabathia worked his way through seven innings to earn his eighth win before turning things over to the bullpen.


Swisher has struggled from the right side of the plate all season, but last night hit a solo home run off lefty Michael Kirkman.

Granderson two RBI pushed him past the half-century mark (51).

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