Late Inning Rally Leads Yanks To 9-3 VictoryPosted: May 22, 2011
Yesterday, a lot of hoopla was made over the Yankees four homers and their inability to score without it. I thought this was ridiculous because you’re using a pretty small sample and as history shows, the Yanks always heat up offensively as the season goes on. Anyway, they put those critics to rest, for the time being anyway, with a 9-3 victory over their cross-town rivals.
Ivan Nova had one of his usual inconsistent, some good and some bad outings. His final line would be 6.2 innings pitched, giving up three runs (all earned), eleven hits, and one walk while striking out two and throwing 110 pitches (70 strikes).
His one very bad inning was the second when the Mets rallied and scored all three of their runs when Nova left some fastballs up and out over the plate.. So it wasn’t his greatest performance, but it was enough to keep his team in the game and get the win, the same thing he did in his last outing against Tampa.
Luis Ayala came on to get Jason Bay to fly out to center for the last out of the seventh and after the Yanks exploded for eight in the seventh, pitched a perfect eighth. Recent re-call Lance Pendleton came on for the ninth and pitched a 1-2-3, only needing 14 pitches to do so. It’s always good to give David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain days off and even Mariano Rivera, who wasn’t needed in this series at all.
The Bomber offense found out how easy life is when they hit with runners in scoring position. They went five for ten, all of it coming it in the seventh. They went into the inning down 3-1 (they’re only run coming on a Curtis Granderson solo shot).
The inning went: Gardner single, Dickerson walk, Cervelli hit by pitch, Jeter 2-run single, Granderson sac bunt, Teixeira intentional walk, A-Rod RBI infield single, Cano RBI single, Posada strikeout, Gardner 2-run double, Dickerson 2-run single.
It was nice to see basically everyone get involved in the scoring as the only two without hits were Mark Teixeira and Frankie Cervelli and they both scored runs by either walking or getting hit by a pitch. The biggest days came from Alex Rodriguez (4-for-5), Brett Gardner (2-for-4), Chris Dickerson (2-for-3), and Derek Jeter (2-for-5).
So overall it was nice game. As much as I do love the long ball, it was nice to see them string some hits together to score runs. The Yankees have won the first part of the Subway Series and now play host to the Toronto Blue Jays in a three game set. Should be fun.