Each team went down in order in the second and third innings, but the Yankees added a couple runs in the fourth. Robinson Cano singled to left and Nick Swisher knocked a homer to right, giving the Bombers a 3-0 lead.
Garcia looked strong, as he didn’t allow a baserunner for three straight innings. In the bottom of the fifth, however, he gave up a solo homer to Mark Reynolds and the Orioles were on the board. David Robertson gave up a solo homer to J.J. Hardy in the bottom of the eighth, making the game 3-2, but the Yankees sent Mariano Rivera to the mound for the ninth and they came away with the win.
Brett Gardner: Gardy went 0-3 with a walk and a steal.
Jorge Posada: Jorgie went 0-4.
RISP: The Yankees had more opportunities to score than I realized, but were unable to take advantage of them. They were 0-5 with runners in scoring position.
Robinson Cano: Robbie was the only Yankee to get more than one hit, going 2-4 with a run scored.
Freddy Garcia: Garcia went six innings and gave up one run on two hits and a walk. He struck out four. Seeing Garcia, Colon and Nova pitch well the last couple days has made me feel a bit better, let’s hope they continue to pitch like this.
In the On Deck Circle:
The Yankees head up the east coast to meet up with the Boston Red Sox this week. CC Sabathia will take the ball for the Bombers on Tuesday, hoping to put his struggles against the Yankees’ AL East foe behind him. Boston will send John Lackey to the mound. The righty has had a rough season, finding himself with a 5.98 ERA as August reaches an end. He has done better as of late, going 7-2 over his last ten starts, however, the Red Sox bats have helped him quite a bit. Only twice over that time did he give up less than three runs and only once did he complete seven innings. Left-handed hitters are mashing him for a .330 average. First pitch is at 7:10pm at Fenway.