Cano Slams Yanks Past AngelsPosted: August 12, 2011
Today, the Yankees played the rubber game of a three game set with the Angels and were able to take it by a score of 6-5. Let’s recap:
- Bartolo Colon was very good besides one pitch he made to Alberto Callaspo that turned into a 2-run homer. He was pounding the strike zone with his fastball and threw a lot of strikes. He actually only needed 90 pitched to get through the six frames, but with the solid back end of the pen that Joe Girardi now has to play with, he was taken out. It’s good because you don’t want to push him too much at this point in the season because of his innings.
- In the early-going, the Bombers had some opportunities against the LA starter, Tyler Chatwood, but were not able to capitalize. In the first, there was a runner on first with one out for Curtis Granderson grounded into a double play. In the second, Eduardo Nunez fouled out with runners on first and second and two outs. In the third, Granderson came up again with runners on the corners and one out and once again grounded into a double play.
- The Grandy Man would make up for his unclutchness (I don’t care if that’s not a word) in the sixth, however, with a 2-run homer to tie the game at two. Later in the inning, the Yanks put runners on first and second with one out and Eric Chavez and Eduardo Nunez both struck out to end the threat.
- In the seventh, after some walks and an error, Robbie Cano came to the plate against Scott Downs and laced a Grand Slam into the right field seats to make it a 6-2 game. Downs hadn’t allowed a homer to a lefty since June of last year to Carl Crawford.
- The bullpen basically took care of the rest. Rafael Soriano threw a scoreless seventh and David Robertson a perfect eighth. Cory Wade started the ninth and got an out, but also two hits which made Girardi go to Mariano Rivera. Mo would give up a 3-run homer to Russell Branyan before getting the last two outs to nail down the save and the win. His cutter has just been way to flat and has been catching too much of the plate.
- Derek Jeter went 3 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored, Cano went 3 for 4, and Mark Teixeira went 1 for 4 with a run scored. Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner each collected hits as well.
So this was a nice series win and now the Rays come to town for a three game weekend set that starts tomorrow.