Garcia Leads Yanks To 9-1 WinPosted: June 12, 2011
The first two games of this series have been awesome. The Yankees have scored a good amount of runs and have gotten solid outings from their starting pitchers, which is usually a good formula for success. They did the same thing today: they jumped on Indians starter Josh Tomlin somewhat early and they scored nine runs without a homer.
Freddy Garcia was very good today bouncing back from that awful start against Boston on Tuesday. He had that great location back and he pounded the strike zone throwing 60 of his 102 pitches for strikes and starting off 18 of the 29 batters he faced with a strike. His final line would be 6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. He actually didn’t throw one 1-2-3 inning, but still managed to wiggle his way out any trouble with some big strike outs.
Boone Logan came on in the seventh with two outs and a runner on first to face lefty-swinging Grady Sizemore and of course walked him. Classic Logan. An error on Alex Rodriguez then loaded the bases when he finally got Shin-Soo Choo to line out softly to Derek Jeter.
Luis Ayala then came on and worked around a lead off single to pitch a scoreless eighth. And lastly, Kevin Whelan came on to pitch a scoreless ninth and redeem himself after a four-walk performance on Friday night. Sure it was a meaningless situation, but it was still nice to see him pitch well.
And now on to the biggest story of the day: the offense. Curtis Granderson hit a sac fly in the third that scored Brett Gardner and got the Yanks on the board and off to an early lead. They then had a five-run fifth thanks to Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano RBI singles, and Alex Rodriguez 2-run double, and a Jorge Posada sac fly. Jeter, Granderson, and A-Rod also added RBI hits in the eighth to put the game out of reach.
Every Yankee starter was on base at least once except for Russell Martin who was clearly effected by his bad back. The Grandy Man went 4-for-4 with two runs batted in and two runs scored, A-Rod went 3-for-5 with three runs batted in and a run scored, and Jeter went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. The Captain is now seven hits away from 3000 with four games to go on the home stand. Brett Gardner also added a big game going 3-for-4 and Jorge Posada went 2-for-3, raising his average to .226. He is hitting .480 in June.
The Bombers are now on a three-game winning streak and have won five of their last eight (it would be a lot better if it weren’t for that last series). So anyway, the Yankees will go for the four game sweep tomorrow as it will AJ Burnett toeing the rubber against Carlos Carrasco.