Robinson Cano would hit his second home run of the series in tonight’s extra innings loss.
Arizona Diamondbacks 6 — New York Yankees 2 (12 Innings)
A mess of a 12th inning ends the three-game winning streak in tonight’s 6-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Phil Hughes started the game for the Yankees tonight and had a smooth start until the third inning. Rookie shortstop Didi Gregorious made his Diamondbacks debut and the first pitch he saw became a souvenir. The next run to score off the fly ball pitcher would be via the long ball again. Third baseman Martin Prado hit a home run to leadoff the sixth inning.
In seven innings, Phil Hughes gave up two runs on a pair of home runs with six hits and six strikeouts. In 14 innings, Phil Hughes has given up five home runs, all with the bases empty.
Arizona starter Patrick Corbin grew up a Yankees fan, specifically of Andy Pettitte, made clear by his choice of numbers (46), but today he was opposing them. Through seven innings, Corbin shined, having Yankees hitters flailing at bad pitches. He struck out seven with just two hits with three walks. One of the two hits was by Robinson Cano, who hit his fifth home run of the season in the sixth inning. Cano’s home run cut the deficit in half as he continues to swing a hot bat.
In the eighth inning, the Yankees made a strong attempt at making up the deficit and even going ahead. Two walks and a single would load the bases with one out and Robinson Cano coming up to the plate against right-handed reliever David Hernandez. But Hernandez would find better success than last night, striking out Cano and Youkilis to end the rally.
In the ninth inning, Francisco Cervelli would complicate Joba Chamberlain’s inning of work, getting called for catcher’s interference but it wouldn’t hurt them and escaped with just one run to make up. Francisco Cervelli would make up for his defensive error by hitting a game-tying home run off of Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz. This is Cervelli’s second home run of the season.
Free baseball would follow.
The score would remain tied at two until the 12th inning. David Phelps took the mound for his second inning of work, but led off the 12th inning like he led the 11th, a double. With a runner on third, Francisco Cervelli would get tagged with his second catcher’s interference of the game and a hit by pitch would follow. With the bases loaded, Cody Ross came through with a run-scoring single to break the tie. Former Yankee Eric Chavez would clear the bases with a double into right center field. With the Diamondbacks up by four, the Yankees would lose, unable to find a rally.
With the recent news regarding Derek Jeter, it’s worth noting that Eduardo Nunez committed his first error at shortstop for the season tonight. Boone Logan and Joba Chamberlain combined for two scoreless innings and David Robertson also put in a scoreless inning.
Win – Heath Bell (1-0)
Loss – David Phelps (0-1)
*Eric Chavez – 2 for 5, BB, 2B, 3 RBI (4)
*Didi Gregorius – 2 for 5, R, 2B, Solo Home Run (1) in the 3rd, RBI (1)
*Robinson Cano – 1 for 4, R, BB, Solo Home Run (5) in the 6th, RBI (12)
*Francisco Cervelli – 1 for 5, R, Solo Home Run (2) in the 9th, RBI (7)
Current Yankees Record: 8-6
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