LADY AT THE BAT: Phelps & Lowe Reign In Texas Rangers

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Phelps & Lowe Reign In Texas Rangers

On paper it didn't look like a good matchup for the Yankees: Rookie pitcher David Phelps up against what is arguably the best team in baseball. But the results last night proved once again that you have to play the games. 

Phelps only had about 80 pitches in him, and for a while, it looked as if he was going to throw them all before the end of the third inning. But he got through five innings. What probably boosted his confidence was  his two pickoff plays. Two. You usually don't even see one

Phelps gave way to Derek Lowe in the sixth inning, who finished the game and got his first save in something like a decade. Once again, congratulations are in order for Brian Cashman, who had the foresight to bring a veteran on board instead of trusting the stretch run to a minor league long man. 

Of course it was only one game. We will see what happens in Phelps' next start, and during Lowe's next appearance. But things got off to a great start last night.

Other Notes:

* Congratulations to Nick Swisher for getting his 200th career home run. Kudos also to the fan who caught it, who only wanted to return it to Nick and get nothing in return. I don't know if I would have been so generous.

* The Yankees were 4-5 with runners in scoring position last night! They've done well with RISP for several games now. Let's hope this is trend that will continue right on into the postseason.

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