Michael Pineda. That’s all you really need to know about last night’s game because that’s all the Yankees needed to win it. JV lineup aside, Pineda was positively filthy last night and shut the Baltimore hitters down to lead his team to a 1-hit shutout victory.
It didn’t take long for Pineda to dial it in. He retired the first 13 Orioles he faced into the 5th inning and never had a runner reach second base through 7. He had 1 strikeout in every inning from the second to the 5th and 2 each in the 6th and 7th to give him 8 on the night. All 8 of then were swinging. Pineda had everything working: a fastball with late life, a cutter with great movement and location, a slider with biting late action, and even some good changeups. This was the dream the Yankees had in mind when they made the trade and it was a reality last night. … Click here to read the rest