AJ, Swisher Lead Yanks To Win And Sweep

Today was big game for the Yankees.  A win would mean a sweep of the Athletics, momentum going into the series with the Angels, and it would be the first time of 2011 that they won four in a row.  They answered the call with a 4-2 win heading into a very nice off day.

(Ben Margot/AP)

AJ Burnett was pretty good today.  He lacked a little bit of control which caused him to walk three and give up a 2-run homer to Josh Willingham, but other than that, he was very good.  He gave up one other hit in seven innings up work, gave up only two runs and struck out five.  He also threw 103 pitches (59 strikes) to get through the seven frames.  Once he got the 4-2 lead in the fourth, he didn’t look back.  It’s one of the first time’s I’ve seen him pitch well with a lead this season.

(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Joba Chamberlain came in for the eighth and worked around two hits and somehow only managed to throw seven pitches (all strikes).  Mariano Rivera then came on for the ninth, the first time since blowing Saturday’s game and nailed down the save in 1-2-3 fashion.  I would have liked to see David Robertson since he hasn’t pitched in a while either, but whatevs I’m sure he’ll be okay for the Anaheim series.

Offensively, the Yankees were pretty quiet, but they jumped out to an early lead yet again.  This time, it was Alex Rodriguez who came up big with a 2-out RBI single in the first.  After the A’s had the 2-1, Nick Swisher finally had a big hit in the eighth.  He tried to bunt twice and the count was 2-0 when he got a fastball middle of the plate and hit a 3-run homer to left to make it a 4-2 game, which would hold.

Every starter got on base except for Curtis Granderson, who went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts and Eduardo Nunez, who went 0-for-4.  A-Rod continued his hot streak as he went 2-for-4 and raised his hitting line to .292/.361/.484.  It seems like everyone is starting to heat up or is already there.

So we are two thirds of the way through this grueling road trip so far it hasn’t been too bad.  We could have won all six of these last games which would have been eight in a row, but I guess it’s all good.  Taking two out of three or a sweep would be a great way to end this week.

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