Garcia Restores Order In 3-1 WinPosted: May 11, 2011
Coming off of a great day from Derek Jeter which led to a win and then an off day, you couldn’t help, but feel optimistic about tonight’s game, the first of a three game set at home against the second place Kansas City Royals. That’s right, I said second place. Anyway the pitching match-up would be Freddy Garcia against Kyle Davies, two veterans that would both pitch well, but Garcia got the last laugh in a 3-1 win.
After Bartolo Colon’s worst performance of the year on Saturday and the CC Sabathia’s modest effort, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Garcia tonight. Before the two outings before that, the Yankees starting pitching had been stellar. Well, Freddy got them back on track.
He would go six plus strong innings, allowing six hits, one run, and two walks while striking out three and only needing 85 pitches (51 strikes) to do so. He was back to where he was at the start of the season. He was mixing speeds and locations as well as ever and kept the KC hitters guessing all night. The one mistake he made came in the fourth inning when he allowed a solo home run to Melky Cabrera, who made his return to the Bronx for the first time since being traded after the 2009 season.
Even without Rafael Soriano available, the bullpen was still dominant. David Robertson pitched the seventh, Joba Chamberlain the eighth, and Mariano Rivera the ninth. D-Rob was a little shaky needing 26 pitches to get through his frame, but still struck out two and got out of the jam that Garcia got him into. Joba was dominant striking out two as well and only needed nine pitches. And, of course, Mo was Mo and nailed down his thirteenth save of the season.
The Yankees offense was pretty quiet besides two innings and Derek Jeter was once again in the middle of it all. In the bottom of the third, Jeter plated Brett Gardner on an RBI and then scored along with Gardy on a tie-breaking single by Alex Rodriguez in the fifth. They didn’t have too many opportunities to do damage as shown by the six at-bats with RISP.
The Captain went 2-for-4 and raised his average to .283 which definitely makes Yankee fans feel a lot better. Gardner also had a nice night going 1-for-2 with a walk raising his OBP to .346. Curtis Granderson had a tough night at the dish though going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Also, Jorge Posada and Russell Martin kept their struggling ways up by each going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
So now the Yanks have that winning streak up to two and have won three out of their last four. Of course it is a very small sample, but I’m still trying to forget that series in Detroit. Anyway make sure you tune in tomorrow night for a 7:05 first pitch on the YES network as it will be AJ Burnett going against Vin Mazzaro, a recent call-up.