Here’s a number for you: 5
Here’s another number for you: 6
The Yankees scored five runs on only six hits tonight. Oh, and David Robertson picked up his fifth win of the season and now has one more win than Phil Hughes who was just announced as tomorrow night’s starter.
Four of the Yankees six hits were of the extra bases variety, Granderson also hit a stand up triple in the ninth inning. Actually the ninth was a great inning for the Yankees because after A-Rod’s home run tied the score in the sixth, neither team could get anything going. The Yankees started the ninth with Cano’s home run and before it ended, Lyle Overbay hit an RBI single that scored Granderson for the Yankees’ fifth run.
David Robertson came back after missing a few games with a balky shoulder and had a relatively uneventful eighth inning. Sure, he gave up a couple of hits but he got Chris Davis to strike out and got Matt Wieters to ground out softly to end the inning and end the scoring threat.
Mariano Rivera came in for the ninth and started off strong by getting the first two outs with relative ease. Then, he made things interesting and by interesting, I mean, really terrifying.
Everyone thought last September was scary when the Yankees were in first place and trying to stop the O’s from overtaking them in the standings but this year is so much worse. The Yankees not only have to win their games but they have to rely on about five other teams to lose.
So when Mo gave up a double to Nate McLouth and it was quickly followed by a Brian Roberts RBI single, Yankee fans got a little anxious. Yes, he’s Mariano Rivera but he has proven that he’s a human a lot this season and Manny Machado was up.
Mo scoffed at everyone who was worried by striking out Machado on three pitches.
- Scott Feldman held the Yankees to three hits in his 7.2 innings of work but surrendered two home runs.
- Rivera picked up save #43 of the season, #651 of his career and #79 in his career against the Orioles.
- Both Robertson and Rivera now have more wins than Hughes (they have five apiece and he has four).
- The Yankees are now 28-8 when they hit 2+ homers this year.
- It was their 38th come-from-behind win of the season.
- The Yankees are now 26-15 in one-run games. They lead the Majors in that stat.
- This is an interesting tidbit: Tonight was Yankees 10th win this season when tied entering 9th inning. Only AL team with more such wins is Indians