Six-Run Second Leads Yanks To 12-4 Win

Coming off of a 1-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians, I wasn’t expecting the Yankees offense to do much tonight, but like they have done so many times this season, they proved me wrong.  It was a mixture of the strung together hits and the long ball off of Alexi Ogando and company to lead the Yanks to a win in the series opener.

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CC Sabathia wasn’t great, but good enough.  He sent the first nine hitters down in order before running into trouble in the fourth and gave up two runs.  He would give up two more in the fifth before settling down and finishing off the next two.  His final line would be 7 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, and 109 pitches (72 strikes).  This was the type of outing we’ve seen a lot from CC in 2011: not his best stuff, but enough to keep his team in the game.

The great offensive performance made things nice and boring for the bullpen.  Luis Ayala threw a perfect, 14-pitch eighth and Lance Pendleton worked around two walks to pitch a scoreless ninth. Yep, easy and boring, just the way I like it and it rested Mariano Rivera and David Robertson so you can’t complain.

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The first night of a Jeter-less offense was a complete success.  Brett Gardner went 3-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and three runs scored out of the lead off spot and Eduardo Nunez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a run batted in as the starting shortstop.  Other notables were Jorge Posada who extended his hitting streak to eight going 1-for-4 tonight, Alex Rodriguez, who went 2-for-4, and Curtis Granderson who went 2-for-4, including his 21st jack of the year, tying Jose Bautista for the MLB lead.

The Bombers got the scoring started in the second inning when they exploded for six off of Rangers starter Alexi Ogando.  Base hits by Nunez, Granderson, and Mark Teixeira highlighted the inning.  A-Rod would add a 2-run double, along with a Granderson 2-run home run and a Robinson Cano solo shot.

I would say this game was worth the 41-minute rain delay that preceded it.  Like I have said in previous posts, when you get good starting pitching and your offense scores a lot of runs, more times than not, you will win the game.  Tomorrow night, these two teams will meet again as Ivan Nova will take oN Derek Holland.

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