It's a cold, miserable, wet day in New York. Derek Holland was effective for seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits with the damage coming in the first and third innings.â†µ
Texas was down 3-0 headed into the eighth, but scored twice off of Rafael Soriano to cut the lead to 3-2. Holland was over 100 pitches headed into the 8th and Washington left him out there. In April. In a cold, rainy, crappy day against the Yankees. Of course, Michael Kay and the YES crew were singing Ron Washington's praises and crediting Nolan Ryan for the mentality of developing starting pitchers to go deep into the game and pitch like jackals on a mission, saving the bullpen and making the whole team stronger.
Then, Holland gives up a single after recording an out in the eighth. Pitch count over 100, one run game - yet he remained in the game. Holland struck out the bad ass Eric Chavez before giving up a two run jack to Robinson Cano, giving New York a 5-2 lead with Mariano Rivera set to come in the ninth.â†µ
Just brilliant management by Ron Washington there, doing his best to make sure the Rangers lose this game.â†µ
Oh yeah - Holland was kept in to face Brett Gardner after Cano. Gardner tapped it weakly back to Holland, who threw it to first... where, Michael Young dropped it. Young rules. Mr. Ranger, according to YES.â†µ