The Yankees got just three runs on Monday night, but that stood up thanks to the solid pitching of Freddy Garcia who won in his first game off the DL. Rafael Soriano, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera held the Orioles off for the rest of the game in the Yankees 3-2 win.
Garcia hasn’t pitched since July 31 after cutting his hand. He cruised through six innings and allowed just one run on two hits, a walk, and four strikeouts tonight. He left after just 88 pitches, but manager Joe Girardi probably didn’t want to push him too much in his first game back.
This was big game for the Yankees who have had rotation issues in August without Garcia. If he can stay healthy and effective the rest of the season that would be a huge step toward postseason success.
Unfortunately for the Yankees they had to send Hector Noesi down to Triple-A to make room for Garcia on the roster. Noesi has been solid all season, but has been coming on strong as of late. Over his last six appearances and 9.2 innings he has a 0.93 ERA, 10 strikeouts, and just three walks. He’ll be back in the Bronx shortly as rosters expand to 40 players in September as he continues to make his case for the postseason roster.