Big Mike and Buchholz. The pitching matchup was a really good one on paper last night. Unfortunately for Boston only Big Mike was able to live up to that matchup, as they lost their ace early to an elbow injury. The Yankees used that unexpected pitching change to grab a comfortable lead and ride Pineda's strong start to a series-opening victory. Pineda was sharp, even if he did have at least one runner on base all night. The Sox put men on in each of the first 4 innings, but Pineda was always in control and shut them down with his strong fastball-slider combo. Mookie Betts got to him for a solo homer in the 5th and that was the only black mark on Pineda's line. He struck out 6, didn't walk a batter, and left with 2 outs in the 7th as Joe went to the 'pen to face Betts again.
The top of the 4th was when the Yankees won the game. They already had 1 run against Buchholz courtesy of an A-Bomb in the 1st and they put 2 men on with 1 out in the 4th on a single and a double. That was when Buchholz left and reliever Robbie Ross had a tough time escaping the jam. His defense really let him down, with Mike Napoli and Brock Holt flubbing grounders, and the Yanks took advantage of the extra outs with a Brett Gardner ribbie single and A-Rod bases loaded walk to push the game to 4-0.
The sailing was smooth from there. Jacoby Ellsbury singled in a run in the 8th, Justin Wilson cleaned up the 7th for Pineda, and the Deldrew Millances was back to their usual tricks with scoreless and strikeout-filled 8th and 9th innings. Start spreading the news indeed.
- Good night for Alex Rodriguez, 2-4 with a homer, 2 RBI, and a walk. He was the only Yankee with multiple hits.
- That's 3 ER allowed and 24 K to 1 BB for Pineda in his last 3 starts. Bounced back nicely from that stinker against Philly.
- Didi Gregorius went 1-3 with a double and 2 R scored. Keep on hittin', Didi.
- Andrew Miller looked like his usual self in the 9th. Lotta nasty sliders.
- As you should already know, the Yanks will finally call Rob Refsnyder up today and he'll likely be the starting second baseman tonight. That'll be fun.