The Yankees continued to attack Carmona in the second. Curtis Granderson and Cervelli both singled and Brett Gardner chopped one into right field, scoring Granderson who made a nice slide into home, putting the Yankees up 2-0. Gardner stole second and Nick Swisher put together a nice at bat that culminated in a walk to load the bases. Teixeira then singled to right, scoring Gardner and Cervelli and giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead early in the game.
Robinson Cano started the Yankees in the third inning, knocking a double off the wall in left field. Jorge Posada grounded out, moving Cano to third in the process. Granderson then continued his hot streak, tripling off the wall and plating Cano. Cervelli was hit by a pitch and Gardner doubled, scoring Granderson. Jeter hit into a force out, with Cervelli getting caught in a run down before he was tagged out. Swisher singled, scoring Gardner and Carmona’s evening was done early as the Indians pulled him. Teixeira worked a walk to load the bases, but Rodriguez struck out swinging to end the inning, so the #600 HR watch continues. The damage had already been done, however, and the Yankees had a commanding 7-0 lead after three innings.
Cano hit a solo homer in the fourth to give the Yankees an 8-0 lead, which held through the rest of the game. Burnett went 6.1 innings and Joe Girardi used his big lead as an opportunity to give Joba Chamberlain and Sergio Mitre a chance to improve on their recent performances. Chamberlain went .2 innings of scoreless and hitless baseball, while Mitre gave up one hit and one walk over two innings, while striking out three.
Derek Jeter: The Captain was the only Yankees’ starter who did not pick up a hit. He went 0-5 with two strikeouts and leaving four on base.
There really isn’t much else to complain about in this one. The Yankees played some great all-around baseball yesterday!
A.J. Burnett: Burnett went 6.1 innings, giving up just seven hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Ever since he hurt his hand hitting something in the dugout, Burnett has put together some really nice outings.
Robinson Cano: Robbie went 2-5 with two runs scored and a RBI on his solo homer. He also made a nice play in the bottom of third, snagging Choo’s hit and doubling off Asdrubal Cabrera at first.
Curtis Granderson: Grandy continues to erase his rather mediocre start in Pinstripes. He went 2-4 with two runs scored and a RBI. He leads the team with five triples and is hitting .339 in his last sixteen games. He has three doubles, three homers, six RBIs and twelve runs scored over that time. It looks like he’s made some good adjustments and is starting to be the player the Yankees traded for in the off-season.
In the On Deck Circle:
The Yankees will try to close out this series against the Indians with a win tonight, as they send Dustin Moseley to the mound. Moseley is replacing Mitre, who had a lackluster start in his first outing after coming off the DL. This is Moseley’s first start for the Yankees, as he has appeared in four games this season for a total of 10.2 innings. He has given up five earned runs in that time, but he is holding hitters to just a .189 batting average. The Indians will send another rookie pitcher up against the Yankees’ lineup tonight, as Mitch Talbot will take the ball for the Tribe. He is coming off a loss to the Rays where he gave up five runs over 5.2 innings, however, he did strikeout a career-high eight hitters. Talbot has put together some good outings on the road, but he has struggled at Progressive Field, where he has a 5.34 ERA. First pitch is at 7:05pm.