Game 21: Yankees 4, Orioles 0

Bronx Cheers:
Nick Swisher: Hitting second, Swisher went 0-5 with a strikeout.

Curtis Granderson: After looking like he got his swing back in the last game, Grandy’s bat went missing again Thursday night.  He went 0-4 and stranded four runners on base.

Curtain Calls:
Robinson Cano: Cano went 3-4, with three runs scored, two RBIs, a double and two home runs.  His line right now is an impressive .407/.444/.790. Oh, and he also made a spectacular play on a ball hit by Nolan Reimold up the middle.

A.J. Burnett: If Cano hadn’t been so ridiculous last night, the story would have been AJ.  He threw eight innings of scoreless ball, giving up just three hits and one walk while striking out four.

Marcus Thames: It really is hard to complain about Thames defense when he keeps mashing the ball like he has every chance he’s had to get in the lineup.  Girardi had him in as the DH last night and Thames did not disappoint against the lefty Brian Matusz.  He went 3-3 with a double, a RBI and a walk.  He’s now hitting .588 over the eight games he’s played for the Bombers this season.

In the On Deck Circle:
After a lengthy road trip that included both coasts and a trip to the White House, the Yankees return to the Bronx tonight to host the Chicago White Sox.  Andy Pettitte will take the ball for the Pinstripes, hoping to build on what has been an incredible start to the season.  Pettitte appears to be off to the best start of his career, going 3-0 with an ERA of 1.29 over his first four starts. He has been consistently good against both right handed and left handed batters and has not given up a homerun yet this season.  The White Sox will send Freddy Garcia against the Bombers on eight days rest.  He is winless on the season, going 0-2 with a 5.82 ERA.  He is coming off a strong outing against Seattle, where he gave up just two runs on two hits over seven innings.  Righties are doing particularly well against Garcia this season, hitting .296.  First pitch is at 7:05pm in the Bronx.

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2 thoughts on “Game 21: Yankees 4, Orioles 0

  1. Here's hoping Thames keeps it up – don't know about anyone else, and I'm sure there's a downside here, but I'd much rather see a DH actually make 3 hits in a game then have one brag about how many walks he has (all the while not mentioning how many times he strikes out looking.)


    Great game for AJ – glad he got the belt, even tho Cano was a beast out there.  And thanks for excellent coverage – I'll be here following you all season.

  2. I've been wondering when Thames will start to slip myself, Jon.  You have to figure it evens out eventually, but it'd be nice to see him keep it up and continue to get more chances.  Johnson's walks aren't a total loss, but I am finding him more and more frustrating to watch myself!