21 unanswered runs. Is that good? Last night's game was about as ridiculous as a Major League game could be. Spot starter Chris Capuano didn't make it out of the bottom of the 1st for the Yankees, surrendering 5 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks while recording only 2 outs. It looked like the Yankees were going to be in for a long night. And then the top of the 2nd happened.
11 runs, 10 hits, 1 walk, 1 HBP. The first 8 batters of the inning reached base. Brendan freaking Ryan had 2 extra-base hits in the inning!! And somehow, strangely enough, the Rangers struck out the side. Ya know, Suzyn, sometimes you just can't predict baseball.
The onslaught continued from there, finally ending at 3 touchdowns and 3 extra points while Texas didn't record another hit against Yankee pitching after the 1st. It's almost like a blowout loss in the sense that there really isn't any need to recap all the details of the game. That image and the final score speak for themselves. The Yankees are a good baseball team right now, even when their 9th and a half starter isn't.
- Here are the fun team stats. 19 total hits, 8 for extra bases, 10 total walks, 11-21 with RISP, 7 different hitters had at least 2 hits, 3 of those 7 had at least 3.
- Now for the individual stats. Chris Young was the biggest bopper, going 3-6 with 4 R scored and 5 RBI. He doubled and hit a grand slam in the top of the 3rd to make it a 15-5 game.
- Brett Gardner went 3-4 with 3 BB from the 2-spot in the lineup, scoring 5 runs and driving in 3 runs. He was one of 2 players in the Yankee lineup with 3 BB. The other was A-Rod. Gardner also clocked a 2-run homer off infielder Adam Rosales in the top of the 9th to end the scoring. That's cold.
- Down at the bottom of the order, Didi Gregorius continued his hot hitting with a 4-5 night. He tripled, scored 2 runs, and drove in 3. That's 7 hits in his last 2 games and 4 multi-hit games in his last 6.
- HYYUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE shout out to Diego Moreno, who was called up before yesterday's game and became a lifesaver when he replaced Capuano in the 1st. Moreno gave the Yankees 5.1 scoreless, hitless innings with 5 strikeouts, so maybe they find a way to keep him around as the new long man.
- It probably wouldn't be a bad idea considering the Capuano alternative. He was brutal in the bottom of the 1st, and even though it's fair to point out the minuscule amount of work he's had in the last month, you can't walk 5 guys in an inning and say you deserve to be on an active MLB roster.
- After Moreno did his thing, Adam Warren came on to finish the game up. He pitched 3 perfect innings and picked up the rare 16-run cushion save. Must feel good to know you've got that much wiggle room in the 9th.