Yanks pound O's in Game 1 of doubleheader

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Now that’s more like it.

The Yankees roughed Chris Tillman up once again, getting the Oriole righty for 7 runs (five earned) in 4.1 innings and ultimately beating Baltimore 8-3 in Game 1 of today’s day-night doubleheader. This game represented a delightful turnaround after the Yankees were surprisingly shut down by Jeremy Guthrie last night, and it was a joy to see the Yankees be able to send one of their more questionable lineups out onto the field and see the team respond the way they did. Though it’s likely a case of confirmation bias, it seems like every time Joe Girardi assembles a Z-grade lineup the team ends up scoring a ton of runs.

Nick Swisher paced the offensive attack with a three-hit day, including a big tie-breaking two-run bomb in the 4th, while Eric Chavez, Chris Dickerson and Francisco Cervelli chipped in two hits apiece.

Bartolo Colon labored a bit in the early going but finished strong, completing five innings and striking out six. Cory Wade helped preserve the bullpen for this evening’s contest, soaking up three innings and giving up one run — a solo jack to Mark Reynolds. Boone Logan came on in the ninth and somehow completed the frame without surrendering a run despite giving up two hits.

The two teams are back at it in just a few hours; Game 2 starts at 7pm. Ivan Nova against Zach Britton.

3 thoughts on “Yanks pound O's in Game 1 of doubleheader

  1. Duh, Innings!

    Ivan Nova: The guy who should’ve never been taken out of the rotation in the first place. Where are all you Hughes defenders now? I was against Hughes replacing Nova before he threw a pitch and I was right, all of you were wrong, deal with it. And Nova gets a pass if he sucks tonight because it’s his first start back, like Hughes got a free pass his first start back.

    Burnett should be put on notice. His next three starts will be 8/3 at Chicago, 8/9 vs. Los Angeles, and 8/14 vs. Tampa Bay, three good teams. If he overall sucks against them, he should be removed from the rotation along with Hughes and replaced with either Noesi or a waiver wire pickup if one could be acquired for 8/19, 8/24, and 8/29 (I figure you have to give whoever replaces Burnett three starts.) Too bad if Burnett doesn’t like it. He has been getting a free ride his entire Yankees career and it has to stop. He starts everyday cuz he’s making $16.5M per and thats b.s. when he isn’t pitching anywhere close to the minimum #3 expected of him for what he’s making. I’d kick him out of the rotation along with Hughes if the Yanks got Jimenez.

    Sabathia/Garcia/Colon/Nova/Noesi or Sabathia/Jimenez/Garcia/Colon/Nova the rest of the year is aok by me. No way would I start Hughes in a postseason game and Burnett is barely a Game 4 starter the way he’s been pitching in recent times.

    • smurfy

      I am right here, Duh. I spoke out last year, in July, saying Phil’s innings limit was approaching, and his stuff had dulled, and that he should be sent to the bullpen for lighter duty.

      That did not happen, rather, they kept pitching him right thru the playoffs. As a good soldier, he deserves some r&r, so he can come back big next year. And if the Yanks have good sense, it will be right here.

      I am also an AJ lover, tho I don’t know what tune will get him a winning night’s sleep before his next start.

      • smurfy

        ps. I was also one of the few who defended Nova in early June when everybody said he was shit-on-a-stick. A little patience goes a long way.

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