Bats Awake In 12-3 WinPosted: April 29, 2011
After a very nice 3-1 win over the White to get back on track on Wednesday night, the Yankees went out last night looking for the split. With CC Sabathia on the mound for us and the erratic Edwin Jackson toeing the rubber for the ChiSox, I felt pretty good, and rightfully so as the Bombers completed the split by winning 12-3.
Sabathia was once again very good. I knew it would be a good night for him right from the get go when he allowed runners on second and third with nobody out in the first and got out of it. From there, with the help of his offense, he pitched very well going seven innings and allowing no earned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out six. He showed why he was the ace of the staff and continued a streak of six consecutive games with great starting pitching.
With the great effort from CC and a great outburst from the offense, it was a pretty boring night for the bullpen. Lance Pendleton, the anointed mop-up guy, came on and got the final six outs in easy enough fashion, only allowing two hits.
Now on to the real story: the lineup. Joe Girardi sent out his supposed B team out there with Eric Chavez playing first and Eduardo Nunez playing shortstop. He was resting Mark Teixeira’s shoulder and was just giving Derek Jeter a day off. The only two starters who did not have hits were Chavez and Jorge Posada, but they did both walk. Gustavo Molina, who came off the bench to Martin a half night off with a big lead, even got his first Yankee hit.
The biggest story was the top of the lineup. Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, and Alex Rodriguez combined to go seven for fifteen with two walks, 8 runs batted in, and six runs scored. Brett Gardner added his third homer of the year also. The Bombers actually had a 2-0 lead before getting a hit thanks to Jackson being wild. It was nice to see Nick Swisher break out as he went three for four and actually hit his first homer of the year. Jeter is the only everyday player to not have a home run yet.
So that’s it. After a tough start to this series, the Yankees were able to force a split and will now host Toronto this weekend. A series preview will be up later.