CC Good Enough As Yanks Squeeze By SoxPosted: August 2, 2011
This one looked over quickly, but wound up making me sweat. I guess a win is a win though and it actually wound up being a well played game. Let’s recap:
- CC Sabathia didn’t have his best stuff tonight, although he looked great early. He only threw fourteen pitches in his first two innings. The lead off man would reach base each of the next three innings, but the White Sox only scored runs in the fourth on a Alexei Ramirez two-run homer. Sabathia battled, even without his best stuff, and wound up pitching very well. A well earned sixteenth victory, despite the scattered ten hits.
- The Yankees scored almost right away. Brett Gardner led off the game with an infield single followed by a Curtis Granderson RBI double. Grandy would score two hitters later on a Robinson Cano single. After going down 1-2-3 in the second, they scored again in the third when Cano grounded into a double play which allowed Granderson to score the Yanks third and final run. After that, they didn’t manage much against Jake Peavy who retired ten of the last eleven hitters he faced.
- It took Mariano Rivera just nine pitches (all strikes) to nail down the save (28) as he struck out Gordon Beckham to end the game. Very impressive and it’s nice to have a basically fully rested pen going into tomorrow night’s game.
- Every starting position player was on base at least once except for Nick Swisher and Francisco Cervelli. Granderson and Mark Teixeira each had multi-hit games and Eric Chavez and Jorge Posada added base hits. Hopefully Cervelli won’t be around much longer with Montero set to come up any day now.
- Lastly, don’t you feel bad for Adam Dunn? The guy signed a four year deal worth $56 million and was hitting .165/.298/.303 heading into tonight. He was supposed to be a power-hitting DH for them, meanwhile, Brett Gardner is slugging 100 points higher than him. Ouch.
It’s always good to put the first game of a fairly long road trip on the left side. This one extends the Bombers winning streak to four. Tomorrow night these same two teams will meet again as Phil Hughes will take on John Danks, same time, same place.