Derek Holland just didn’t have it tonight. Maybe he was unnerved watching Pudge Rodriguez pitch from home to 2nd for the first pitch of the game. Or maybe he just didn’t have it.
Holland gave up two runs on three hits in the 1st inning. Then he calmed down a little for the next few innings. It seemed probable that the offense could catch up. Until the 5th, when Holland walked the number nine batter, Chris Stewart (former Ranger great), who advanced to second on some horrible throws/communication between Mike Napoli (at 1b) and Elvis Andrus. Stewart advanced on Derek Jeter’s single and scored on a Nick Swisher sac fly. Robinson Cano reached on a single. And then Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run home run.
The Yankees had six runs, and the Rangers just had one.
Clearly, the Rangers’ offense didn’t really have it either. They didn’t figure CC Sabathia out until it was way too late.
The visitors added another run in the 5th, and the home team added another in the 6th on a Josh Hami...