Yanks Get Back On Track In 11-7 WinPosted: June 11, 2011
The Yankees needed this one. There is no doubt about it. After those last three games, things were out of wack, but with tonight’s 11-7 (not as close as it sounds), the Yanks were able to put those behind them and start to move on. It was a very good win, one in which almost everything was very good.
Ivan Nova was very good. I almost feel bad for sending out this tweet. He would go seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks and striking out a very good six. The offense spotted him a very early cushion and instead of giving it back like we’ve come to expect, he bared down and pitched very well retiring twelve of the first fourteen batters he faced. Definitely kept a hold on that rotation spot tonight.
The bullpen was not so good, however, Kevin Whelan made his MLB debut which was exciting and he actually got two outs in eighth, but gave up four walks and was taken out. Amauri Sanit then came on and got out of it, but ran into trouble in the ninth. Lance Pendleton the came on and walked in a run, which forced Joe Girardi to bring in Mariano Rivera to get the last two outs. Sure it’s annoying going to Mo in a game like this, but it was a win we needed.
Like I said, the offense got on the board early. RBI singles from Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada (that’s not a typo) and a sac fly from Nick Swisher gave the Bombers a 3-0 lead after one. In the second, things got a little crazy. With two outs, Curtis Granderson hit his nineteenth homer of the season (a solo shot) and on the very next pitch Mark Teixeira was plunked in the upper back. Benches and bullpens cleared and Girardi got in the face of Indians manager Manny Acta, but nothing really happened.
The offense kept tacking on runs until it held an 11-2 lead through seven. Every Yankee starter was on base at least once. Derek Jeter added hit number 2991 to his stat sheet in a 1-for-5 effort, Granderson went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and a walk, A-Rod went 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI, and two runs scored, Cano went 3-for-4 with a run, an RBI, and a walk, and Posada, went 3-for-5 with a run batted in. Overall, a good night.
So yeah this was a nice one to watch. Scoring a lot of runs and a good outing from your starter is a good formula for winning and one the Yanks should use more often, especially with the current state of their bullpen. Yeah, Kevin Whelan’s debut wasn’t a smashing success, but it could have been worse and we got a win, so it’s all good.