Wade Miley was dealing, and the Arizona Diamondbacks were leading the New York Yankees 3-0 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning with Ben Francisco at first base. The Yankees had only managed 3 hits to that point. Then Brennan Boesch doubled, Eduardo Nunez walked, and then Miley walked Jayson Nix to force in a run. The score was 3-1 and before Miley knew it, his night was over.
Tony Sipp came in relief. Brett Gardner was the next batter and he came through big time with 2-out 2 run opposite field single to tie the game. CC Sabathia, after struggling through a rough first inning where he threw over 30 pitches, found his groove and gave the Yankees 8 solid innings to keep them in the game.
Sabathia’s pitching, and Brett Gardner’s clutch 2-run single set the stage for the pinch-hitting Travis Hafner.
With 2-outs in the bottom of the eight, Hafner drilled a first pitch fastball over the right center field wall to give the Yankees their first lead of the game.
Mariano Rivera closed the door with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to pick up his 2nd save of the series.
In a night where Martin Prado seemed to take away any hope of the Yankees getting a rally started, and Wade Miley dominating through 6 2/3 shut-out innings, the Yankees found a way to get it done and have now won 7 of their past 8 games after a rough start to their season.
The Yankees and Diamondbacks will meet tomorrow night in the final game of the 3-game series. It will be Phil Hughes who is 0-2 with a 10.29 ERA facing off against Patrick Corbin. Hughes has yet to make it past the 4th inning in each of his 2-starts. In 7 innings this season, Hughes has given up 17 hits and 8 earned runs. Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin is 2-0 with a stellar 1.50 ERA.
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