It all came together this afternoon for the Yankees, as they defeated the Brewers 5-0, swept the series and actually survived by playing Cervelli/Pena/Nunez at the same time, again. It was a big day. CC Sabathia was rightfully the star, matching his career high 13 strikeouts over a dazzling 7.2 innings. He picked up his 11th win this year, currently the best in the majors. Mark Teixeira hit his MLB leading 25th homerun which also happened to be the 300th of his career. The Yankees have now won 5 straight games for the first time all year. Ramiro Pena also played.
Sabathia started the game off by striking out the side and that would really set the tone for the afternoon. In the bottom of the first, after Gardner and Swisher walked, Cano sliced a 2 run double into left to get the Yankees out in front right away. The Yankees struck again in the 3rd when Teixeira hit his notable blast and informed everybody about it via text message. Later in the inning, Francisco Cervelli (!!) singled in Robinson Cano to make it a 4-0 Yankee lead.
In the 8th inning, an error by John Axford allowed Chris Dickerson to reach who had entered the game for Andruw Jones in the previous half inning. Dickerson stole second then advanced to third when professional laughing stock Eduardo Nunez grounded out. To everyone’s never-ending surprise, Cervelli followed with a 2 out RBI single to make it 5-0.
Sabathia made it 118 pitches, 2 outs into the 8th when a Ryan Braun single signaled the end of his afternoon. Against his former team, he was dominant. Every strikeout was the result of a swinging 3rd strike. Randy Wolf was, well, Randy Wolf. He settled in and escaped danger a few times but I’m sure Brewers fans appreciated he was able to go 7 after his inauspicious start.
Other items of note include Ryan Braun extending his hitting streak to 20 games. While I make a lot of jokes about the Yankees playing Cervelli/Pena/Nunez being jokes (and as below replacement level players, they certainly are) what’s even funnier is that the Yankees continue to win while doing this. I think it’s a testament to how well the team is playing right now. The Yankees are now 23-4 in day games, a statistical oddity but notable nevertheless.
Next up, the 2011 World Champion New York Mets.