Sergio Mitre was not as effective as he has been recently, allowing three runs in his three innings to close out the game, but he did earn his first career save today.
The Yankee offense was the real story of the day, erupting for 11 runs on 11 hits and five walks.
Robinson Cano led the charge, going 3-5 with three RBI and three runs scored, and fell a triple shy of the cycle, he has also hit a home run in three straight games now.
Most of the damage was done in the sixth inning, which saw nine runs cross the plate and 13 batters step in the box.
I think that this series was really what the Yankees needed to get back on track, a sweep would have been perfect but winning the series is really what it’s all about.
This series was almost a must-win for the Yanks, as the Rays and Red Sox are getting stronger and neither one of them seem to be fading at all, so three wins here was big as it looks like the AL East will come down to the wire this year, as it has so many times in the past.
Winners of three games in a row now, the Yankees welcome the Seattle Mariners to the Bronx Friday night, a series which the Bombers should also win, considering how bad the Mariners are this year, and the fact that they don’t have Cliff Lee anymore helps as well.
Noteworthy: Lance Berkman was placed on the 15 day DL and shortstop Eduardo Nunez was called up from Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Nunez popped out to the catcher in his first major league at bat, Phil Hughes improved to 15-5 on the year and is tied for second place in wins, Jorge Posada passed Thurman Munson for 17th on the all-time Yankees hit list with 1,559 career hits, A-Rod missed his third straight game.