Bats Back Freddy In 7-3 WinPosted: May 25, 2011
This was the rubber game of this three game set with the Blue Jays and it was a big one. After this, they go to the west coast for an awful nine game, three city road trip. A win today would be the difference between .500 on the home stand and .600 so it is somewhat of a big deal. Anyway, the Yankees were able to pull it out by a score of 7-3.
Freddy Garcia was very good. He was given an early lead and unlike what he did against the Red Sox, he didn’t give back the runs, but used the cushion to relax and pitch better. He would go 6.1, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out four and did not issue a walk.
Garcia once again showed why he is still around with a fastball that sits in the mid-eighties. He was able to throw any pitch in any count and in any spot. He kept the hitters guessing and even when he allowed a lead off triple in the first, he stay poised and was able to get out of it.
Since the back-end of the bullpen got a lot of rest in these last two days thanks to Hector Noesi and CC Sabathia, they were able to come into today’s game well-rested and ready to go. David Robertson, AKA Houdini, came in to get Garcia out of trouble in the seventh and only needed four pitches to record the last two outs of the inning.
Joba Chamberlain then came in for the eighth and allowed a double and a walk, but still got out of it. Mariano Rivera then came on for the ninth just to get work in for the first time since last Wednesday and got the last three outs. It was Mo’s 1000th career appearance, all coming with the Yankees.
The Bombers got on the board basically right away with back-to-back doubles from Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson to lead off the bottom of the first. Andruw Jones followed that in the second with a 2-run homer to make it 3-0, which was followed by a Mark Teixeira 2-run homer in the third. After the Jays got their first run in the top half of the sixth, Andruw Jones decided to take the wind out of their sails with another 2-run homer. That made it 7-1 at the time.
Andruw Jones definitely had the biggest day of any offensive player going 3-for-3 with two homers and four runs batted in. But Granderson also went 2-for-4 and Jeter went 1-for-3 with two walks. Every starter got on base with the exception of Eduardo Nunez, which is definitely something good to see.
So this was definitely a good way to end the series and a good way to go to the west. Hopefully, the Yanks can take some of this offensive momentum into Seattle where they will face three very tough pitchers. Let’s enjoy the first off day in a while though which comes tomorrow.