CC, Offense Lead Yanks To Rout Of O’sPosted: May 20, 2011
It seemed as though the Yankees had put their six game losing streak behind them when they beat the Rays on Tuesday night and then won a 15-inning marathon last night in Baltimore. Tonight they went for the sweep against the Orioles with their ace CC Sabathia on the bump, and he didn’t disappoint and with the help of his offense, he pitched a very good, pressure-less game on his way to his fourth victory, a game the Yanks would win by a count of 13-2.
So far this season, Sabathia has been one of two things. He’s either been very good, but hasn’t gotten much run support or has been only okay and gotten a ton of offensive support. Tonight, it was the latter, except he did actually have very good stuff. The team needed him to eat some innings and that’s exactly what he did as he gave them eight scoreless frames while scattering seven hits and striking nine and throwing 109 pitches (84 strikes). He was everything they needed and more, just like a true ace. My hat is definitely off to him.
Then, Amaury Sanit came on to pitch the ninth since it was 13-0 game and he couldn’t have lost it if he tried, and boy did he try. He was getting tattooed as he gave up three hits and two runs and it was inches away from being more before Brett gardner made a play at the wall to end the game. It was scary, but it got the win and gave the pen a much-needed day off.
Now on to the offense. It started off in the first when Derek Jeter led off with a double and Curtis Granderson tripled him in. From then on, you knew it was gonna be a good night. They tack on three more that inning thanks to a Nick Swisher 3-run double that scored Jorge Posada from first (miraculous). For the next two innings, it looked like it was going to be a replay of past games from earlier in the season when the Bombers would score early and then shut down, but not so fast.
A one out Nick Swisher walk was followed by a Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter triples and later a Mark Teixeira homer to make it 9-0 in the fourth. In the following inning, Swish came through again with an RBI single. in the sixth, Jorge Posada roped a double down the left field line which yielded two runs. And then, to put the cherry on top, Eduardo Nunez hit a 2-run homer in the ninth to make it a 13-0 game.
The only starter who did not have a hit was Alex Rodriguez, but he did walk so at least he was on base at some point. Jeter, Granderson, Russell Martin, Swisher, and Gardy all had two hits a piece and despite only having one hit, Robbie Cano still managed to score three runs. Everyone had some fun tonight.
So it was good end to this short road trip as the mini sweep is completed and the Yanks now sit one game out of first place (I know it’s May 19, but why not). Anyway, let’s just hope they didn’t score all the runs they had in them because this weekend is the first Subway Series of the season as the Mets will come to the Bronx to take on the Yankees in a three game weekend set. Should be fun, as they fight for honor and bragging rights.