LADY AT THE BAT: Headley Arrives In Time To Save Yankees From Frustrating Loss

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Headley Arrives In Time To Save Yankees From Frustrating Loss

Welcome to the New York Yankees Chase Headley! The Yankees newest player, acquired via trade on Tuesday afternoon, arrived in the Bronx in plenty of time to help the Yankees to a much needed win, in 14 innings against the Texas Rangers.

Up until that point, the game was looking like a dismal and frustrating failure for the Yankees. They looked like they were facing Clayton Kershaw instead of a Texas Rangers pitching staff that is the worst in the American League and second worse in MLB.

Facing that pitching, Tuesday night's game should not have gone extra innings and certainly not to 14 innings.  The offense managed only three hits against rookie Nick Martinez, who had an ERA north of 5 coming into the game and, for most of the game, they fared no better against the Rangers bullpen.

Yankees pitchers did their part. They threw up zeroes for 12 innings, showing, yet again, that despite the relative unknowns filling out their staff, they are not the source of the Yankees problems.

The Yankees, with their high priced but under performing offense simply could not score for twelve innings.  It wasn't until the bottom of the 14th inning when, with runners on the corners and one out, Headley stepped to the plate and, a few minutes after midnight, sent a single to left field, driving in the winning run and earning himself a storybook first game of his Yankees career.

When interviewed by MLB.com about the trade prior to arriving in the Bronx, Headley said, “I loved every second in San Diego, all positive memories. But on the same token, I'm excited to move on to a team in a race right now.”

Thanks to him, the Yankees kept pace in that race for one more night.

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