Adam Warren (3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR) Warren had a mediocre spot start. The line doesn’t look great, but he was showing a high quality change up. The strike zone tonight was a little… odd (Jose Reyes was ejected early in the game for arguing), and Adam Warren ran into some trouble dealing with Ted Barrett. At 61 pitches he was pulled for David Huff in the top of the 4th inning.
David Huff (5.0, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 2 K) Outside of Friday’s appearance, Huff was actually up earlier this year with both the Indians and Yankees, and came into tonight’s game with 6 runs allowed in just 4.1 innings of work. But tonight he looked like a different pitcher. He allowed just 5 base runners on 4 walks (again Ted Barrett’s strike zone was a mess at times) and 1 hit, and earned 2 strike outs along with them. Also, he made a great play on a bunt from Josh Thole in the 8th inning. Between Warren and Huff, the Yankees got a great 8.0 innings out of their two long men.
Ichiro Suzuki (1-4, 1 H) He took care of his 4,000 hit milestone in the Yankees’ second at bat. Of course the whole team came out to congratulate him, it was a nice moment, but I’m still a little perplexed at how much attention this is getting. Kay’s call for him compared him to Pete Rose and Ty Cobb, which is a little much. Regardless, Ichiro deserves credit for a long and successful career between Japan and the MLB.
Jayson Nix (0-0, 1 HBP) Poor guy was just coming off his season high. After yesterday’s heroics in the doubleheader, Nix was hit in the hand by a knuckleball. He went to first base, but after one pitch he called for the trainer. Nix fractured his hand, and there’s a pretty good chance that this will end his season. The Yankees will need to find a back up short stop, unless they want to rush Derek Jeter back again.
Robinson Cano (2-4, 1 2B, 2 R) Not much to say, he just keeps hitting. Even his outs are loud. He’s now 22 for his last 39 (.564). He also made a great tag to pick off Rajai Davis at second base in the top of 9th inning.
Austin Romine (0-2, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E) Not hugely impressive statistically, but Romine just barely missed a 3 run home run in the 2nd inning. It was good enough for a game tying sacrifice fly, and it’s great to see a young catching prospect finally hitting.
Alfonso Soriano (1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K) After his ridiculous hot streak earlier this week, Soriano was 0 for his last 17 up until the 8th inning. With a 2-2 tie on the board and the Yankees running out of long men to throw at the Blue Jays, Alfonso Soriano hit a 2 run home run to give them the lead. He now has 9 home runs with the Yankees and 28 RBI’s in just 24 games. Corey Black who?
The Red Sox won this afternoon, but they also lost last night. So the Yankees are now 5 games behind the Red Sox in the loss column, and 6.5 games behind them overall. The Athletics lost both last night and this afternoon, and that means the Yankees are 4.0 games behind the Wild Card spot. The Yankees have now won 9 of their last 11 games.