The Yankees had a great week last week behind a resurgent starting rotation. They nearly swept the Rays and they followed that up with an actual sweep of the Mets. They also did fairly well for themselves in the draft, nabbing Ty Hensley with their top pick at least 10-20 picks after he was expected to come off the board.
This week they’ll try to keep it going against the National League. The Braves provide them with a nostalgic opponent this week, but the Nationals should be more formidable this weekend.
Check back here for recaps and graphs throughout the week.
Mon: Yankees 3, Braves 0. W: Ivan Nova (8-2, 4.64), L: Randall Delgado (4-6, 4.34). HR: Raul Ibanez (10, off Delgado).
For his second straight start in a row, Nova was great for the Yankees as he picked up the win. He potentially could have gone even deeper into the game, but was scheduled to hit in the 8th inning.
The bullpen also did a solid job with Cody Eppley, Clay Rapada, Cory Wade, and Boone Logan combining to pitch the final two innings with closer Rafael Soriano unavailable due to a blister on his hand.
The offense had a few chances, but failed to really capitalize. They did get a run in each of the first three innings though which ultimately held up though. Robinson Cano started things off with an RBI-signle in the 1st. Ibanez hit a solo shot in the 2nd, and Alex Rodriguez scored in the 3rd after he huslted to make it to third in the previous at bat. Cano was the only person in the lineup with two hits.
Tue: Yankees 6, Atlanta 4. W: CC Sabathia (8-3, 3.80), L: Jonny Venters (3-3, 4.50), S: Rafael Soriano (10, 2.01). HR: Alex Rodriguez (10, off Venters), Nick Swisher (10, off Cory Gearrin).
It looked like just another loss when Alex Rodriguez powered a 6-run 8th inning with a grand slam that tied the game at 4-4 as the Yankees picked up a come-from-behind victory in Atlanta to continue their hot play. When a team is playing well these are the kinds of games they win and the Yankees are playing well right now.
The Yankees loaded the bases in the 8th when Derek Jeter singled to knock out Venters with one out, Curtis Granderson then singled and Mark Teixeira walked. Not only did A-Rod homer, but two batters later Swisher hit a 2-run shot to put the Yankees up for good 6-4.
CC Sabathia started and gave up 3 runs in the 1st off a Matt Diaz bases loaded double, but The Big Man settled in after that. He pitched 5 more consecutive innings before Jayson Heyward grounded out with the bases loaded to drive in a run in the 7th. Clay Rapada pitched a solid 8th and Soriano pitched a perfect 9th for the save.
Wed: Yankees 3, Atlanta 2. W: Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 3.43), L: Tim Hudson (4-3, 3.90), S: Rafael Soriano (11, 1.93). HR: Curtis Granderson (19, off Hudson), Brian McCann (8, off Kuroda).
The Yankees are hot right now. They have swept their past two series and won eight of their last nine games. Kuroda started in this game and aside from a 2-run shot from McCann in the 5th inning, he was great. His pitch count did keep him from going longer than six innings, but Boone Logan, Cody Eppley, and Rafael Soriano each pitched a scoreless inning to finish off the game.
A double by Derek Jeter to leadoff the game and a RBI-single by Alex Rodriguez in the 1st set the Yankees up with a 1-0 lead. After the McCann homer it was 2-1 before Granderson launced a 2-run shot in the 6th to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead that they wouldn’t give up.
The Yankees were lucky to pull-out this sweep. They avoided the Braves top two starters and the Braves also stranded at least one runner every inning Wednesday night.
Fri: Yankees 7, Washington 2. W: Phil Hughes (7-5, 4.50), L: Gio Gonzalez (8-3, 2.52). HR: Curtis Granderson (20, off Tom Gorzelanny).
Phil Hughes continues to roll along as he finally made his first start this season without allowing a home run to take the first game of this series.
The Yankees struck first in the 3rd innings getting out to a 2-0 lead behind RBI-singles by Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher. The Nats got one back on their own RBI-single off the bat of Mike Morse. They broke it open with a 4-run 7th following an error by second baseman Ian Desmond. Granderson doubled another run in that inning to make it 6-1 and then he homered in the 9th to tack on one more run.
A surprise easy win for the Yankees against one of the best pitchers on one of the best teams in the NL.
Sat: Yankees @ Washington, 1:05 pm, YES Network and MLB Network. LHP Andy Pettitte (3-2, 2.81) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (3-5, 2.91).
Sun: Yankees @ Washington, 1:35 pm, YES Network and TBS. RHP Ivan Nova (8-2, 4.64) vs. RHP Edwin Jackson (3-3, 3.02).