Game 77: Brewers 2, Yankees 12

In the bottom of the second, the Yankees offense got to Greinke. Eduardo Nunez led off the inning with a single and Gardner followed with a walk.  Granderson lined out and Teixeira grounded out, plating Nunez and moving Gardner to third. Alex Rodriguez worked a walk and a single from Robinson Cano gave the Yankees another run. Nick Swisher, who has heated up lately, drove a three-run shot to right center and the Yankees were up 7-0 after just two innings.

Freddy Garcia kept the Brewers’ offense quiet until the fourth inning. Prince Fielder got Milwaukee’s bats going with a single to right. Casey McGehee followed with a single, but was out at second on a fielder’s choice by Corey HartMat Gamel singled to right, scoring the Brewer’s first run. Yuniesky Betancourt flied out to right, allowing Hart to score.  Swisher threw in to home, but Martin got Gamel out at second to end the inning with the Yankees up 7-2.

The Bombers struck again in the bottom of the sixth.  Granderson walked and Teixeira drove a homer to right.  Rodriguez singled and Cano walked. Jorge Posada knocked a RBI single to left and Cano scored on a ground out by Russell Martin, giving New York a comfortable 11-2 edge.  They added another run in the eighth, as Swisher doubled in Ramiro Pena for a 12-2 Yankee victory.

Bronx Cheers: This is one of those games where it is hard to find a lot to complain about.  This is a good thing.

Russell Martin: Martin went 1-5, picking up an RBI but leaving five Yankee runners on base.

Brett Gardner: Even I didn’t really want to say anything bad about Gardner tonight, to be honest.  He was the only Yankee without a hit, going 0-3, but he managed to get on base.  He scored two runs and picked up his 17th steal of the season.

Curtain Calls: Nick Swisher: Swisher’s hot streak continues, as he went 2-4 with a run scored, four RBIs and a homer.  He also worked a walk and has his batting average up to .249.

Alex Rodriguez: Alex was the other Yankee with multiple hits on the evening, going 2-3 with two runs scored and a walk.

Freddy Garcia: Despite all the injuries, the Yankees’ pitching is doing its part.  Garcia went six innings and gave up just two runs on eight hits.  He did not issue a walk (in fact, the Yankees did not give up a walk all night) and he struck out one.  Garcia has a 3.28 ERA and a 4.11 xFIP, if you had told me at the start of the season that he would have those numbers at the end of June I would have laughed at you.

In the On Deck Circle: The Yankees will send A.J. Burnett to the mound on Wednesday night.  He made history in his last inning, becoming the first Yankee to strike out four batters in one inning, but took a loss as he gave up four runs.  While the Yankees’ righty has struggled at times this season, he is holding opposing hitters to a .220 average, thanks in part to a .245 BABIP.  The Brewers, however, will tap Shaun Marcum to take the ball.  He is 7-2 with a 2.95 ERA and a 3.16 FIP, while racking up 86 strikeouts and issuing just 25 walks.  The former Blue Jay has not been particularly successful against New York, with a 1-4 record and a 6.55 ERA.  First pitch is at 7:05pm in the Bronx.

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help.

2 thoughts on “Game 77: Brewers 2, Yankees 12

  1. jay_robertson

    Ain't baseball cool? Before the season, everyone (many people) wanted Zach in pinstripes. Garcia was the bad joke. Pretty neat, that on one night, the joke can look infinitely better than the star.

    Poor Zach – games like last night aren't going to do a THING to stop the talk that he "Can't handle NYC."

  2. DustyYF

    The Yankees are fourth in the AL in ERA. With this many rotation and bullpen problems (and in a year in which pitching is more competitive than it has been in a long time), that's astonishing to me.

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