Game 26: The Rotation Keeps on Rollin'

Yet another big performance from yet another big starter.

The Yankees beat the Orioles 4-1 with ease (probably easier than last night).

AJ Burnett brought his A-game yet again, going 7-plus innings of one run ball. His one earned run was thanks to his own error in the top of the third. Garrett Atkins led off with a walk, and Burnett walked the next batter Rhyne Hughes. Caesar Izturis laid down a bunt, but Burnett threw away the relay, allowing Atkins to score. AJ proceeded to strike out the side.

After that, it was all Yankees. In the bottom of the third, Francisco Cervelli drove a ball to center that Adam Jones made a diving attempt for, but failed. The ball rolled to the wall and Cervelli and his oversized helmet stood on third with a triple. Ramiro Peña drove him in on a groundout to short. In the fifth, after a leadoff walk to Brett Gardner and a single by Cervelli, Peña laid down a bunt that was thrown away by Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz, allowing Gardner to score. After two outs, Mark Teixeira walked, and Alex Rodriguez was walked with the bases loaded, giving the Yanks a 3-1 lead. They scored again on a sac fly by Peña in the eighth, but that was all. Joba Chamberlain recorded his second save in his many nights in place of the sore Mariano Rivera.

Final Score: Yankees 4, Orioles 1.

Game MVP(s): AJ Burnett/Francisco Cervelli

Notes:

  • Cervelli: 3-3, 3B  2 R
  • Cano: 2-4 (avg at .376)
  • Peña: 0-2, 2 RBI
  • 1-4 Hitters (Jeter, Swisher, Teixeira, Rodriguez): 1-14, 3 BB (Jeter double)
  • Burnett: 7.1 IP  5 H  1 R  0 ER  8 K  2 BB (W) (107 pitches) It’s good to see AJ keeping his pitch count so low thus far.
  • Chamberlain: 1 IP  1 H  2 K (S) Still have to say that closer does not seem to fit Joba.
  • Matusz: 6 IP  6 H  3 R  1 ER  2 K  3 BB (L)
  • *Greg Golson played the eighth and ninth in center field in his first game as a Yankee
  • 4/5 Yankee Starters (excluding Vazquez) are 14-1 with an ERA around 2.60

Yankees Record: 18-8 (9-2 home)

Around the AL East:

- Boston: 5, Los Angeles: 1

- Toronto: 8, Cleveland: 5

- Tampa Bay at Seattle, 0-0, Top 3

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2 Responses to Game 26: The Rotation Keeps on Rollin'

  1. Mike S. says:

    Cervelli impresses me more and more with every passing game he plays in.

    He was in the middle of every scoring inning tonight. The triple, the single, a sac bunt.

    Entering the game, Yankees' pitchers were at 2.57 ERA with Cervelli. The only run of the game tonight was unearned.

    I only hope he continues to blossom. He is still just 24. It'll be interesting with him, Montero and Romine.

    But Cervelli is really opening some eyes. He reminds me, in his handling of the staff, being able to bunt, play littleball, run, all those little things—of Girardi.

    I am really loving watching him control the game and the pitchers.

  2. Dan Reiner says:

    Interesting, yet accurate comparison Mike. I agree with you, and think that the staff is more comfortable with Cervelli. I love the energy he's bringing right now.

    With Romine and Montero, I'm guessing that Montero won't be a catcher much longer. Jorge is only signed through next year. Which leaves Romine and Cervelli as the future behind the plate, and Montero as the next DH or maybe corner outfielder.

    I honestly wouldn't be surprised if somewhere down the road this season if Johnson keeps contributing little to nothing, and Posada keeps getting injured, we see Cervelli catching a lot and Posada becomes more of a DH. Just a possibility.