Yankee fans were treated to over six hours of good baseball this afternoon. And even though the Yankees dropped the first game, it was still a well-pitched contest. Both starters, David Phelps and Justin Masterson had strong outings though Masterson’s was the better of the two.
Masterson held the Yankees scoreless and pitched a complete game. As a Yankee fan, it was frustrating to watch as the batters failed to do much – Masterson held them to four hits and struck out nine – but it was also nice because the game went by so quickly.
To his credit, Phelps hung in there and even though he walked five batters, he held Cleveland to one run over his six innings of work. That run came off the bat of Jason Kipnis in the second inning in the form of a solo home run to right field.
The second game was much better for the Yankees.
For one thing, they scored a run in the first inning. Another was Vidal Nuno‘s performance. He only lasted five innings but that was good enough to pick up his first major league win. He held the Indians to three hits in those five innings, he walked three and struck out three.
After scoring that one run in the first inning the Yankees were held scoreless until the seventh inning when they exploded for six runs.
Corban Joseph got things started with his first major league hit, a double. He scored on a double by Austin Romine to put the Yankees up 2-0 and that chased starter Trevor Bauer from the game. Of note, that was Romine’s first major league RBI. Cleveland reliever Nick Hagadone didn’t fare so well when he was called into replace Bauer. He gave up three runs on four hits in a third of an inning. The three hits were a Jayson Nix single, a Vernon Wells single which came immediately after a Cleveland fan audibly heckled him and a Lyle Overbay double.
After Hagadone left the game, Matt Albers came in and just when the Indians thought they could get out of the inning, Mark Reynolds made a throwing error which allowed Overbay to score to make it 7-0.
Adam Warren relieved Nuno and pitched four scoreless innings only allowed two base runners and striking out four.
The Yankees finished their road trip with a record of 6-2 and are now 24-14 overall.