Bats Stay Hot, Yanks Win 12-4 AgainPosted: June 16, 2011
After Monday night’s 1-0 loss to the Indians, I wasn’t expecting the Yankees to score much in this series, but luckily, they have proved me wrong. Last night they scored twelve, and tonight they scored another twelve and also whacked five homers. Combining this with an okay effort from Ivan Nova led to a 12-4 rout of the Rangers.
Like I said, Ivan Nova was okay. He gave up four runs in 5.2 innings, but walked three and struck out two. That strikeout-to-walk ratio has been a killer all year for him and it was tonight also. He needs to start missing more bats if he hopes to be more effective. Although, The Yankee Analysts did take a look at how Nova’s year hasn’t been as bad as you might think.
Since the Yankees had a pretty big fifth and sixth innings, Joe Girardi once again had a lot of freedom had some freedom with his bullpen. With two outs in the sixth and a runner on first, the skipper went to Luis Ayala who got an outfield assist from Curtis Granderson to get him out of it and then worked a scoreless seventh. Cory Wade and Jeff Marquez then made their Yankee debuts. Wade pitched a perfect eighth and Marquez worked around a hit to pitch a scoreless ninth.
I don’t know if there’s enough I can say about the Yankee offense tonight, but I’ll do my best and if I left anything out, I’m sorry in advance. It started early after Nova allowed two first inning runs, Mark Teixeira got them right back with a 2-run homer. In a 4-3 game in the fourth, Eduardo Nunez homered to tie it.
In the fifth, Andruw Jones and Frankie Cervelli each had an RBI single to make it 6-4. In the sixth, Ramiro Pena led off with a homer of his own and the Teixeira homered again, this one of the 2-run variety and he had one from each side of the plate. In the eighth, Robinson Cano got in on the fun with a 3-run bomb off of Neftali Feliz to put the nail in the coffin and make it 12-4.
Every Yankee starter got on base at least twice tonight, something I wish I could say every night. The bottom three in the order of Nunez, Cervelli, and Pena combined to go 5-for-11 with three runs scored, three runs batted in and two walks. When you get a game like that from those guys, you can’t lose, you just can’t.
So the Yankees have outscored the Rangers 24-8 so far in this series and their offense is starting to pick it up and step up with all of the injuries, which is something we definitely needed to see. These same two teams will go at again tomorrow afternoon as the Bombers will go for the sweep.