Yanks Waste Garcia’s Outing; Win In 11

After blowing the Orioles out of the water last night, the Yankees came to the ballpark today looking for a two game mini-sweep.  Freddy Garcia would toe the rubber for the Bombers, looking to build on his last outing of six scoreless innings.  His counterpart, Jake Arrieta would look to keep his career success against the Yanks going.  In what started off as a boring one, this game ended in an odd fashion as New York won 6-3 in eleven innings.

Freddy was dealing once again today. (Gail Burton/AP)

Even with everything that went on at the end of the game, Freddy Garcia was still the main story of this one.  He once again went six two-hit scoreless innings while walking two, striking out seven, and only throwing 90 pitches.  He showed why at the age of 36 with an 88 mph fastball he is still in the Majors.  He changed speeds, locations, and eye-levels very well and the Baltimore hitters were kept guessing for the entire day.  This was great to see him do in back-to-back starts.

The Yankee bullpen, however, was not at its best.  With Joba Chamberlain coming on the pitch the seventh, I was sure that Joe Girardi was going to use ‘the formula’ to get the last nine outs of the game.  Chamberlain ran into some trouble though and allowed a 2-run home run to Mark Reynolds which made it a 3-2 game at the time.

He got out of it and handed the ball to not Rafael Soriano, but to David Robertson.  This raised some eyebrows because Girardi has made it very clear that Soriano is his eighth inning guy.  As it turns out, Soriano has been dealing with a tight lower back and is hoping to pitch tomorrow.  D-Rob came in and allowed two hits and got two outs and handed the ball to Mariano Rivera with runners on the corners and two outs with Luke Scott coming to the plate.

Rivera came on and got Scott on a long fly ball which Brett Gardner made a great play on.  He then came on for the ninth and it was apparent he once again didn’t have control over his pitches.  With runners on first and second and two outs, Brian Roberts laced a single into the right field corner and on a great relay, got Robert Andino at the plate (the runner from first).  It was the first time Mo had blown back-to-back saves since April of 2007.  This sent it to extras.

In the top of the tenth, the Bombers has runners on the corners and one out for Alex Rodriguez who hit a medium-deep fly ball to center field.  Derek Jeter tried to score, but was gunned down at the plate to end the inning.  Boone Logan sent the O’s down in order 1-2-3 in the bottom half.  Then, after a 45-minute rain delay, the Yanks tacked on three runs on the top of the eleventh and Logan and Buddy Carlyle closed things out in the bottom half.

Offensively, the Yankees were okay.  Curtis Granderson hit a 2-run homer as the second batter of the game and it seemed like it was going to be a repeat of the night before.  However, they didn’t score again until the fifth on an A-Rod fielder’s choice.  In the eleventh, in a 3-3 game, they were able to get a few base hits and thanks to some Baltimore errors, they scored three runs.

(Joy R. Absalon/US Presswire)

Shout outs go out to Derek Jeter who went four for six with a run scored and a run driven in and Curtis Granderson who went three for five with two runs scored, three RBI’s, and a walk.  There were many negatives as well though.  The struggling of Nick Swisher, Jorge Posada, and Brett Gardner who combined to go 0 for 14 with nine strikeouts (Gardy had four of them).

So even though it wasn’t great, a win is a win and I’ll take it.  I’m not worried about Mariano because it’s early and he usually struggles a bit in April before he is his usual self.  Anyway, the Yanks will now return home for a seven game home stand.  First, they play the Chicago White Sox in a four game set.  A series preview will be posted at some point.

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