The Yankees took care of business in their biggest game of the season. Curtis Granderson didn’t start the game, but he emerged as the star going 3-for-3 with 5 RBI and his 35th homer of the season. As strong as Granderson’s performance was, the Yankees didn’t actually need it. Zach Britton handed the game to the Bombers in the fourth inning. He issued five walks in the game, including two with the bases loaded in the fourth, both of which came during a four run Yankee rally that gave the team a commanding five run lead.
The Orioles threatened in the bottom of the inning, putting three runs on the board against a largely ineffective Freddy Garcia. Joe Girardi intelligently had a quick hook. He pulled Garcia after 3.1 innings and just 52 pitches, leaving the game in the hands of the Yankee bullpen. The relief corps delivered (for a change). Joba Chamberlain set the tone, striking out four and allowing no runs or hits over 1.2 innings of work.… Click here to read the rest