Garcia Very Good In Yanks 5-2 WinPosted: April 17, 2011
After a tough loss to swallow on Friday night, the Yankees took the field on Saturday not knowing what they would get from their starter Freddy Garcia. Sure he is a veteran that has been around for awhile, but he hadn’t made a start since March 29 in Spring Training, and made only one appearance out of the bullpen. Other than that, it has only been side sessions and bullpen sessions. As it turned out, he was great in the Yanks 5-2 win over the Rangers.
It all started out good with a 1-2-3 first inning. He was changing speeds, mixing speeds, and changing locations, almost the exact opposite of what Phil Hughes has been. In the second, he ran into a little bit of trouble by letting up a lead off single and then a walk, but then got out of it with three straight outs. Other than that, it was a pretty boring day for the Rangers hitters against Garcia. His final line was 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. He also only threw 84 pitches, but was taken out because he hasn’t thrown a lot recently.
The Yankee bullpen was only okay today. With a 3-0 lead going into the seventh, Joe Girardi went to Jo-So-Mo. Joba Chamberlain pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out two. Then Rafael Soriano came in for the eighth and ran into quite a bit of trouble. He gave up three hits and walked a batter on his way to giving up two runs, which completely changed the complexion of the game. However, Mariano came in nailed down his sixth save.
The offense got started early. Mark Teixeira got the Bombers on the board with a 2-run homer in the first and on a sac fly in the third by Tex made it a 3-0 game, a Yankee lead that would last until the eighth. After Soriano’s almost meltdown, Robinson Cano added an insurance 2-run blast in the bottom of the eighth.
So overall, it was a pretty good day for the Yanks and they will go for the series win today. It is going to be tough, however, against Alexi Ogando who has been nearly perfect so far this year. But with CC Sabathia toeing the rubber, we have to feel good about our chances. The first pitch will be 8:00 on ESPN.