Garcia, Grandy Lead Yanks To 4-0 WinPosted: July 21, 2011
Tonight showed why good starting pitching wins ball games. It was that, good efforts from relief pitchers, and timely hitting that helped the Yankees win today. Let’s recap:
- Freddy Garcia was fantastic tonight allowing eight hits and now walks while striking out seven over 6.2 scoreless innings of work and he only needed 92 pitches to do it. He was Classic Garcia changing speeds and working both sides of the plate and it was working against a young, inexperienced, hack-heavy lineup.
- Derek Jeter led off the game with a single followed by a Curtis Granderson homer to give the Yanks an early lead and that’s all Freddy needed.
- The turning point in this game came in the bottom of the seventh. Sean Rodriguez led off against Garcia with a bunt single followed by a Reid Brignac pop out. Johnny Damon then grounded out to first which moved Rodriguez over to second. So with a runner on second and two outs, Robinson Chirinos grounded one to third and it was booted by Eduardo Nunez leaving runners on the corners. Joe Girardi of course went to Boone Logan to face Casey Kotchman and got the strikeout to end the threat.
- In the following inning, David Robertson looked dominant striking out two with a whole lot of fastballs.
- In the ninth, with two outs and runners on second and third, Eduardo Nunez hit a bloop single to right center to score both Nick Swisher and Russell Martin and essentially put the game out of reach. Mariano Rivera came on for the ninth anyway as he struck out two and only threw nine pitches, which were all strikes.
That’s really all for this one. This was a big win not only because the Bombers played very well, but because they can now go for the series win tomorrow.