The Yankees were reeling heading into Chicago for this weekend series. Coming off 2 straight losses for the first time since July 7th and a trade deadline that passed without them making any more moves, they were basically a dead stick and set up to miss the playoffs altogether. They needed a miracle to get the ship righted and they got one in Carlos Rodon. He served up a ton of tasty pitches early and the Yankee bats feasted on them to build a big early lead that they would never give up. The Yanks got to Rodon for a run in the 1st on a pair of doubles by A-Rod and Carlos Beltran sandwiched around a Mark Teixeira walk. Teix factored much more prominently in the scoring in the 2nd when he hit a 2-out grand slam to give his team a 6-0 lead. The top half of the order was locked in on Rodon and they knocked him out in the 4th after Chris Young doubled to lead off the inning and scored on 2 wild pitches, and A-Rod walked again. That brought up Teix again and he clubbed another home run off reliever Matt Albers to give the Yankees 9 runs and a 7-run lead.
New York starter Nathan Eovaldi looked like he was going to have another strong night after striking out 2 in each of the first 2 scoreless innings. But he served up a 2-run shot to Jose Abreu in the bottom of the 3rd and his game deteriorated to what's been its normal state for most of the season. Eovaldi wasn't efficient with his pitch count, he couldn't keep guys off the bases or runs off the board in the 4th and 5th, and he left the game with 2 outs in the 6th and 2 men on base. The one thing the Yankees really need Eovaldi to provide is consistent length and he couldn't do it last night.
Adam Warren got the call to mop up after Eovaldi and he pitched 2.1 innings of 2-run ball with 4 strikeouts. Such a waste. The lineup tacked on 2 more runs after the Teix dinger in the 4th and a run each in the 5th and 6th to blow the game wide open and remove all pressure. This gave Joe the opportunity to rest his bullpen horses and he did that while Nick Goody finished things up in the 9th.
- No night was bigger than Teix's though. He went 3-4 with 6 RBI and 2 BB, and hit 2 home runs for the second consecutive game. He's up to 28 homers and 73 RBI on the year and is as legit an MVP candidate as anybody right now.
- He also homered from both sides of the plate in the same game for the 14th time in his career, the new MLB record.
- 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K for Eovaldi. He threw 118 pitches and didn't complete 6. That's a problem. He picked up another W, but last night was not another step forward for Nate.
- Brendan Ryan has 6 hits, 4 XBH, and 4 RBI in his last 3 games, and he's hitting .314 with a cool .894 OPS, because of course he is.