Chris Capuano has quietly turned into the left-handed Hiroki Kuroda since the Yankees traded for him, and he turned in another "good not great" start last night. 6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 4 K. He gave up his first run in the bottom of the 4th on a Jose Bautista home run (not the first pitcher to do that), and got burned by some bad defense when he was tiring in the 7th. With 1 out, 1 run in, and a runner on second, Derek Jeter threw a routine ground ball into the ground for an error. A Brett Gardner throwing error in the next at-bat, after Capuano had left the game, allowed that third run to score. Still, 3 runs in 6+ from your 5th starter is plenty good.
Those 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th weren't as damaging thanks to the 5-spot the Yankees put up in the top half of the frame. The first 4 batters of the inning went double-walk-double-single, with 2 runs scoring on Gardner's double. DIoner Navarro threw a ball away on a pick-off attempt to bring home the next one, and Jacoby Ellsbury smacked a 2-run homer to finish things off. A Chase Headley solo shot in the 9th provided some insurance.
- Ellsbury's home run was his 4th in the last 5 games. He also tripled in the 9th to give himself a 4th multi-hit game in his last 6. He's up to 14 HR on the year, already his second highest season total.
- New LOOGY Josh Outman picked up right where Rich Hill left off, giving up a hit to the 1 batter he faced in the 8th. I really hope someone or someones is getting called up in a few days to audition for that job.
- Joe broke tradition and used D-Rob for a 4-out save last night. But it was already a save situation, so don't give him too much credit for going against conventional wisdom.
- Headley's pinch hit home run in the 9th was his first since August 6th.