Garcia, Offense Dazzle In 10-3 Win

Yeah, I know I’m finally gonna get a good game recap up for a late game.  Tonight, the Yankees took on Brett Anderson and the A’s and were in control from the first pitch.  The offense continued its upward trend in this 10-3 blow out of the Athletics, their ninth straight win against them.

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Freddy Garcia got some run support tonight and actually pitched well with the cushion that the Yankee bats gave him.  He only needed 98 pitches (63 strikes) to get through seven frames and gave up three runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out five.

The one mistake he made was to David DeJesus in the fifth inning when he gave up a 2-run homer, but that only made it 7-3.  He did exactly what he has done for the entire season and that is throw strikes and keep hitters off balance and it was enough to earn him his fourth win of the season.

With the length he got from Garcia, Joe Girardi was once again able to rest his back-end relievers for the third straight game.  Luis Ayala pitched a perfect, 10-pitch eighth and Lance Pendleton worked around a 2-out walk to pitch a scoreless ninth.  It doesn’t get much easier than that.

An unusual tough night for Brett. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Brett Anderson lives and dies by the slider (he throws it more than 40% of the time) and tonight he died because of it.  It seemed like he didn’t have a good feel for it as he left a few hanging that got hit hard and sometimes just didn’t throw for strikes as he walked three in his 5.1 inning pitched.

Curtis Granderson had a first inning 2-run homer, his 17th of the season (ninth off of a lefty) and the first extra base hit by a left-handed hitter off of Anderson.  Robbie Cano also had a 2-run homer of his own on a hanging slider which made it 7-1 and essentially put the game away.  The Grandy Man had a big 2-out, 2-run single in the fourth and Alex Rodriguez had a nice 2-run single in the sixth.

Every Yankee starter was on base which is always something to be happy about.  Grandy went 3-for-5 with four runs batted in and two runs scored, A-Rod went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in and one run scored, and Derek Jeter had a nice under-the-radar night going 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored (he is now 18 away from 3000).  Jeter had a hit on the first pitch of the night to get things going and actually has a .488 on-base percentage in the first inning this season, so think again if you don’t want him leading off.

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

So overall it was a nice, relaxing night as the Yankees won their third straight and are 3-23, which is good for first place in the American League East (one game above Boston) as we head into June.  Tomorrow, we have an odd 3:35 start as AJ Burnett will try to lead the Bombers to a sweep.

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