The Yankees got fewer innings out of their starting pitcher, got outhit by more than 2-1, and somehow ended up winning this afternoon's game. Whatever. You'll take what you can get with this crew at this point.
The lineup didn't generate much against Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez. They did all their damage in the top of the 2nd, starting with Brian McCann's 19th home run of the season. A walk to Mark Teixeira, a double by the hotter than the surface of the sun hot Chris Young, and a base hit by Antoan Richardson made it 2-0, and Young used his legs to generate the third run when he stole home off of RIchardson's steal of second. Catcher Caleb Joseph probably should have held onto the ball.
Shane Greene kinda made those 3 runs stand up in his 5.1 innings of work. He had multiple baserunners on in each of the first 3 innings and only gave up a single run on a Nelson Cruz ribbie single in the 3rd. He had to throw a lot pitches early, but it didn't seem to affect him too much. He faced the minimum in the 4th and 5th and got 4 of those 6 outs via strikeout. His day came to an abrupt end when he hung a slider that Steve Pearce hit for a solo HR with 1 out in the 6th.
It was a little bit of everything from the bullpen to hold the 1-run lead. Esmil Rogers and Josh Outman combined to get 5 outs and get the ball to Shawn Kelley for the 8th. He pitched around a leadoff single for a clean inning and D-Rob did the same for the save.
- Great timing by the Yanks with their 2nd inning. 3 of their 4 total team hits and all 3 runs. Other than that, it was a perfect replication of yesterday's effort.
- Third HR in the last 10 games for McCann, and his 4th of the month.
- How about this 6-game stretch for Young. 10-24, 4 2B, 3 HR, 6 R, 8 RBI, 1 walk-off home, and 1 steal of home. I'm seriously scared to death that the Yanks are going to offer him a contract extension before the end of the season.
- His command still wasn't as pinpoint as it was in earlier starts, but Greene's stuff was nasty. 9 strikeouts in 5.1 innings and 13 swinging strikes on 112 pitches.