It doesn't necessarily make me feel great that I'm this pumped for the Yankees to get back to .500. But hey, sometimes you need to create small victories and this was one. The Yankees have been playing a better brand of baseball the past few weeks and that trend continued last night in a thorough whooping of the basement-dwelling Toronto Blue Jays.
Nathan Eovaldi was on point again, holding the Toronto lineup down with a solid 3-pitch mix and a willingness to attack. He wasn't as efficient or as dominant as he's been in some of his other recent great starts, but you don't expect to be against that many dangerous hitters and his ability to battle and get big outs when he needed them was what got him through 6 scoreless innings.
The offense chipped away at R.A. Dickey early before putting the game away late. Carlos Beltran hit an RBI groundout in the bottom of the 1st to cash in on a Jacoby Ellsbury leadoff triple (aided by Jose Bautista's horrific diving catch attempt), and smacked a second deck solo home run in the 4th to put the Yanks ahead 2-0. When Dickey tired in the 7th, the Yanks got to to him for 2 insurance runs on an Austin Romine double and Ellsbury single, and they tacked on 2 more in the 8th on a Chase Headley sac fly and Didi Gregorius base hit.
Joe went to Dellin Betances quickly in the 7th and Betances responded with a perfect inning. Once the runs started to accumulate, Joe changed gears and went with the B-squad. Kirby Yates and Luis Cessa each tossed scoreless frames to wrap up the shutout and give the Yankees their 6th straight win.
- Last 4 Eovaldi starts: 25 IP, 17 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 19 K. He's won all 4 of those starts.
- Another great night for Beltran. His 10th homer of the season, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, and raised his season batting line to .275/.304/.538. He's hitting .299/.333/.649 in May.
- Multi-hit games for Ellsbury and Romine. Ellsbury has score a run in 4 straight games and 9 total in his last 9 games.
- Kirby Yates just keeps getting it done. ERA back down under 2.00 after last night.
- A-Rod went 2-4 with an RBI for Double-A Trenton last night. No word on what the next move is for him.