So all the Yankees needed to do to get the offense going was remove Mark Teixeira's bum ass from the lineup? Cashman and Girardi should both be fired immediately for taking this long to figure that out in my opinion. No matter, the Yankee bats stayed red hot last night as they completed the home sweep of the Angels.
It was a back-and-forth game early thanks to 2 pitches who couldn't really locate anything. Nathan Eovaldi gave up 4 runs in the first 3 innings and finished his night with 5 runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings. He's been mostly good recently, so I'll give him a pass for last night. But it wasn't a good start and it only got glossed over because Jered Weaver was just as bad. The Yankees got to him for 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st, a run in the 3rd and 4th, and 6 total in his 5.1 innings of work. A game for the pace-of-play Hall of Fame this was not.
Then the Yankees broke it open with back-to-back 4-run innings in the 6th and 7th. Down 5-4, Chris Parmelee started the inning off with a solo home run and Weaver was chased from the game after a 1-out walk to Jacoby Ellsbury. Brett Gardner followed up with a single, Carlos Beltran brought home the go-ahead run with a double, and Brian McCann completed the scoring with a 2-run single.
In the 7th it was Parmelee again. He hit a golf shot 2-run homer to make it 10-5 before an out had been recorded in the inning, his second dinger in as many innings. Just for good measure Carlos Beltran hit a 2-run shot of his own later in the inning to complete the scoring.
All those runs made it an easy cleanup for the low-leverage relief crew and they did a nice job. Anthony Swarzak got 5 outs in his Yankee debut, Kirby Yates worked around 2 hits in a scoreless 8th, and Nick Goody gave up his customary garbage time home run in the 9th. Ballgame over, sweep completed.
- All kinds of big offensive numbers in this one. 6 guys in the lineup had 2 or more hits, 3 of them had 3. 7 extra-base hits, 4 home runs. It was a schoolyard beatdown of the Anaheim pitching staff.
- How's 3-5 with 2 homers, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI in your first start as a Yankee for Parmelee. I would laugh out loud if he put on a 3-week hot streak and relegated Refsnyder to the bench again.
- Big night for the top of the order. Ellsbury had 2 hits (including the team's fourth home run), a walk, scored 3 runs, and had ANOTHER catcher's interference. Brett Gardner had 3 hits and 3 runs scored.
- Carlos Beltran is a monster. He's up to .281/.313/.571 on the year with 16 home runs. He's carried the middle of the order for the better part of the last month, and if he keeps hitting like this it isn't going to matter where he ends up in the AL ASG voting.
- Only guy in the lineup to not get in on the action was Ronald Torreyes. He took an 0-5 night in the 9-spot.