Break up the damn Yankees! They picked up their 3rd straight win against the Orioles and 4th straight overall last night to move to 2 games over .500 for the first time since they were 4-2. The timing of this team resurgence isn't great if you're on Team Sell, but I always enjoy watching them win more than lose so...
Michael Pineda was on the hill and there was reason to be wary of what he had in store after he got homered to death in his last outing. He had the good version of his stuff working last night, however, and turned in a stellar 6 shutout innings. He worked around a pair of baserunners in the 2nd and really got into trouble when he loaded the bases with 1 out in the 4th, but loaded up on his best sliders of the night to strike out the next 2 hitters and end the threat. The Orioles made him work (113 pitches to record 18 outs), but Pineda made pitches when he had to and held them down.
Offensively the Yankees chipped away at Yovani Gallardo to build a comfortable lead late. They got a run in the 1st on a Brett Gardner leadoff triple and Carlos Beltran sac fly, another in the 4th on a Mark Teixeira solo home run, a third in the 6th on a bases loaded walk by Teix, and a fourth in the 7th when Ronald Torreyes tripled and came home on a Gardner sac fly. The icing on the 1-run-at-a-time cake came in the bottom of the 8th when Beltran clobbered a solo homer to right.
That extra cushion allowed Joe to only use Betances for the 7th, and the tag team of Nick Goody and Chasen Shreve finished up the last 2 innings. The Yankees have a chance to sweep the O's today and have a rested back end of the bullpen to help do it. Read More
Guess what, gang? I think the Yankees are back. I don't really, but I'm sure that's what the non-baseball side of the front office is telling itself today after the Yanks rattled off their third straight win against a tough division opponent. The beat the Orioles up 7-1 last night at The Stadium.
Starlin Castro has been a disappointment since mid-April and I feel like a dope for honestly believing that coming to the Yankees was going to help him break out, but he came up big early last night to get the Yanks the lead. Didi Gregorius drew a 2-out walk in the bottom of the 2nd and brought Castro to the plate. He actually laid off a few pitches in the dirt to work a 3-0 count and then took a fastball for strike 1. Vance Worley threw him another fastball 3-1 and Castro was all over it, smashing it into the second deck in left field. His power hasn't been a disappointment.
Those 2 runs were surprisingly plenty for Nathan Eovaldi, who worked the first 5 innings scoreless in his return to the rotation. He got into trouble in the top of the 6th when he walked the #9 hitter, following that up with a single, a double to score a run, and another walk to end his night. It was Anthony Swarzak's job to get out of the bases loaded jam and he did so by getting Mark Trumbo and serial Yankee killer Jonathan Schoop to pop out.
That gave the Yanks a chance to tack on and they didn't waste any time. Brian McCann walked to lead off the bottom half of the 6th, Didi singled with 1 out, and Starlin drove them both home with a double to right. That pushed the lead to 5-1 and a late Chase Headley 2-run dinger made it 7-1. Swarzak worked another 2 scoreless innings and the 6-run cushion was enough for Nick Goody to not gag it away in the 9th. Read More