Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Swisher's slam leads Yanks past Rangers

Nick Swisher hit his 200th career home run Monday night, a grand slam to be exact, and it pushed the Yankees past the American League West leading Texas Rangers.

The Yankees were trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning when Nick Swisher stepped up with the bases full of Yankees. Swisher took a Ryan Dempster pitch and drove it into the second deck in right field to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead. It was Swisher's 15th homer of the season. Swisher finished the game going 2 for 4 with 5 RBI, and a run scored.
The Yankees loaded the bases once again in the third, but could only push one more run across with a sacrifice fly by Curtis Granderson.

David Phelps put the Yankees in a hole early giving up runs in the first two innings, but that is all the Rangers would get the rest of the game.Phelps went five innings allowing six hits, two runs, and striking out three Rangers batters while picking up his third win of the season.

Newly acquired Derek Lowe relieved Phelps, and went four innings, allowing no runs and recorded his first save since August 2001, a four inning save.

Texas Rangers starter Ryan Dempster has struggled since coming over from the National League. In his first three starts with the Rangers, Dempster has given up 24 hits, and 16 earned runs. In his previous seven starts, while with the Cubs, Dempster gave up only seven runs.

Eric Chavez continued his hot hitting while replacing the injured Alex Rodriguez. Chavez went 2 for 4 with one RBI, and a run scored, and hit his 13th home run of the season.

Chavez has been on fire since replacing Rodriguez at the end of July. Since July 30th, Chavez is hitting .471 (16 for 34), with five home runs, 10 RBI, and 10 runs scored. Chavez's production has help eased the loss of Rodriguez's bat in the lineup, and the power numbers between the two are not far apart.

Chavez has hit 13 home runs in 198 at bats, while Rodriguez has hit only 15 home runs in 352 at bats this season.

The Yankees and Rangers continue their series tonight at Yankee Stadium at 7 p.m. Hiroki Kuroda (10-8 3.24) will be on the hill for the Yankees, while Matt Harrison (13-6 3.31) will go for the Rangers.

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