The New York Yankees wanted to leave this home stand with a bang, and certainty they did against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The pitching match-up seemed a little threatening. It was Ivan Nova (1-2) against Jesse Litsch (2-1) and fans were wondering if Nova was going to get a win. In the first inning after Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson grounded out and struck out, Mark Teixeira hit a home run giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead, but they didn’t keep the lead for long when Adam Lind hit a home run that snaked the foul pole to tie the game.
The Blue Jays were in the lead in the third inning when Rajai Davis manufactured his own run by earning a walk, swiping second and third and coming home on a Jose Bautista ground ball to shortstop. The Yankees didn’t take it lying down and in the 5th inning the Yankees scored 4 runs.
It started on a Jorge Posada double and Brett Gardner single. Posada scored on a Derek Jeter’s fielders choice only Yunel Escobar couldn’t get Gardner at third. Curtis Granderson put the finishing touches by blasting a 3 run shot giving the Yankees the lead for the rest of the game.
After Joe Girardi used Chamberlain yesterday, he gave him the day off and went to David Robertson in the 7th inning. Robertson went a third of an inning on a strikeout, but there were 2 runners on and 2 outs thus Girardi bringing in Boone Logan. A ground ball came right back to Boone Logan, but he unknowingly caught the baseball before throwing it to first to get out of the jam. Rafael Soriano had a scoreless eighth and Mariano Rivera had a perfect ninth to give the Yankees there 16th victory of the season.
Note: Eric Chavez pinch hit for Robinson Cano in the 7th inning. The cause was a bruised hand, Girardi said that Cano was day to day; Phil Hughes goes to see specialists in St. Louis tomorrow; Brett Gardner had a perfect day today with a single and 2 walks. His average is now .200; Jorge Posada had his first extra base hit today raising his average to .133.
Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner congratulate each other in the still from today’s Yankees 6-3 win over the Orioles. The game wasn’t an easy game unlike the 15-3 win the Yankees had the night before. In a pitching battle Jake Arrieta v.s Freddy Garcia, it was pretty matched. The Orioles had collected 14 strikeouts while the Yankees rolled 13 K in the ultimate pitching duel.
The first two runs scored on a hard single by Derek Jeter and a 2 run homer by Curtis Granderson. Afterwards Arrieta slowed down and started striking out Yankees. In the 5th inning, Alex Rodriguez had grounded into what would have appeared to be a double play, until Cesar Izturis bobbled the ball, unable to get A-Rod meanwhile scoring Granderson on the play.
The Orioles responded in the 7th inning, when Joba Chamberlain gave up a 2 run homer to the struggling Mark Reynolds, making it 3-2 Yankees. The game would have went to the Orioles but Joe Girardi seemingly made 2 good plays. One of them was to put Mariano in the game, the other was to leave speedy left fielder Brett Gardner in. On a long drive to left field, Gardner made an over the shoulder catch before jumping the wall on a game saving catch which if it got over his head, the Orioles would have won it.
Mariano Rivera however was unable to get through the 9th inning without giving up the run in the bottom of the 9th, however Nick Swisher and Russell Martin tagged teamed to gun down Robert Andino at home plate, which made it a tied ball game. The Yankees started off there 10th inning with a Derek Jeter single, a Mark Teixeira single but everything went downhill when with one out A-Rod hit a fly ball which should have gotten Jeter home, until Adam Jones and Matt Wieters tagged teamed and got Jeter out at the plate. They say Karma comes right back around doesn’t it.
The 11th inning experienced a 45 minute rain delay before the inning continued, the Yankees capped 3 runs on 3 errors made by the Baltimore infield which didn’t go well with there pitcher Jason Berken (0-1). Boone Logan (1-1) had pitched the 10th inning and the first batter in the 11th before Joe Girardi went to his bullpen and retrieved Buddy Carlyle for mop up duty, which led to the Yankees 6-3 win. The Yankees (12-6) are currently in first place after sweeping the Orioles, sending Baltimore (8-12) down to there third straight game.
Note: Rafael Soriano did not pitch the 8th inning due to back stiffness. Soriano is expected to pitch tomorrow.