Yankees Explode On Offense, Extend Win Streak To SixPosted: August 4, 2011
I love and hate blow outs. I love them because it creates a stress-free evening, but I hate them because it makes the game boring to watch. Tonight’s game was no different as the Yankees offense exploded for eighteen runs and won their sixth straight game. Let’s recap:
- The Yanks have been making a trend of scoring early runs in Chicago and it didn’t stop tonight. In the first, Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter led off with bunt singles followed by a legitimate single from Curtis Granderson which left the bases loaded with no outs. After a Mark Teixeira sac fly, Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer to make it 4-0. In the second, Granderson added a two-out, two-run triple to make it 6-1.
- The third inning was when the Bombers really broke out. Eric Chavez and his new mustache got thing rolling with a 2-run homer. A few batters and a pitching change later, Derek Jeter had a two-run single to make it 10-1. Mark Teixeira then came up and hit a three-run triple on a ball that got past Alex Rios in center field. The Yanks would be up 13-1 by the end of the inning.
- So you have to figure that that should be enough for AJ Burnett, right? Wrong. In the fourth, he allowed five runs, including a Carlos Quentin three-run jack that capped the rally. In the fifth, it went single, double, fly out, single before Joe Girardi pulled him with runners on second and third and one out.
- AJ wasn’t eligible for the win, which is good because he didn’t deserve it. He allowed thirteen hits (!!!) in 4.1 innings and only struck out three. The only positive was that he didn’t walk anyone. I’m not sure he was pitching to the scoreboard or what, but he just didn’t have good stuff at all. Forget taking Ivan Nova or Phil Hughes out of the rotation, take him out.
- It’s okay though because the offense would go on to add four more runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth. Derek Jeter would wind up with five hits for the first time since the game he got his 3000th hit along with four runs scored. He’s now hitting .280/.359/.397. Very nice. Brett Garnder also scored four runs and had three hits, Curtis Granderson had four hits, five ribbies, and two runs scored, and Robbie Cano went 3 for 5 with two runs scored and four driven in. Eric Chavez also had three hits and four ribbies.
- While the offense kept adding to the lead, the bullpen held the White Sox at seven runs. Cory Wade got Burnett out of his mess and then tossed a scoreless sixth to get the win. Luis Ayala then came on for two frames for which he only needed fifteen pitches to get through and Rafael Soriano threw a perfect ninth. It’s time to start working Sori into some more important situations.
- Ex-Yankee Brian Bruney got ejected from this game for arguing a call at first base in which Brett Gardner slid head first into the base and appeared to be out. Bruney must have said something pretty bad because he was thrown out almost right away.
It’s always awesome when everyone contributes to the offense. These same two teams will meet tomorrow as the Yankees will go for the sweep and Ivan Nova takes on Phil Humber.