The Yankees start the week on a 9-game winning streak and I wish interleague play would never end. The Yankees were a perfect 6-0 against National League opponents and will hope to continue that this week, the 2nd straight week of interleague play. Things are going real well for the starting rotation. The offense has been good, not great though which hopefully is a sign that they can be even better.
Check back here for updates after each game throughout the week.
Mon: Yankees 6, Atlanta 2. W: CC Sabathia (9-3, 3.55), L: Mike Minor (3-5, 6.04). HR: Mark Teixeira (12, off Minor), Robinson Cano (13, off Anthony Varvaro).
The Yankees stretched their winning streak to 10 games behind a strong, complete game performance by CC Sabathia and a 3-RBI night by Derek Jeter.
CC was actually shaky early on and allowed a run in the first before settling down a bit. He allowed another in the 5th as the Braves had a 2-0 lead. The Yankees struck back with a 3-run 5th behind a Russell Martin RBI-double and a 2-RBI single by Jeet. They scored tack on rusn in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings to stretch the lead to 6-2.
CC struggled a bit early on, but settled down and kept his pitch count reasonable throughout as he went on to throw a complete game behind 10 strikeouts.
Tue: Atlanta 4, Yankees 3. W: Tim Hudson (5-3, 3.88), L: Hiroki Kuroda (6-7, 3.57), S: Craig Kimbrel (20, 1.38).
The Yankees winning streak is over as the Yankees offense was stagnant against Hudson and Kuroda just wasn’t good enough to overcome it. He was good enough to continue the Yankees streak of 19 consecutive games with at least 6+ innings from the starting pitcher. Pretty impressive.
The game was tied as late as the 6th inning, but Jayson Heyward broke it open with an RBI-single off the foot of Mark Teixeira. The Yankees had a few chances after that, but nothing significant and they failed to capitalize on anything.
Boone Logan and David Robertson, who made his first appearance back at The Stadium since going on the DL, were both good in relief. Unfortunately, it didn’t matter.
Wed: Atlanta 10, Yankees 5. W: Tommy Hanson (8-4, 3.54), L: Phil Hughes (7-6, 4.94). HR: Derek Jeter (7, off Hanson), Alex Rodriguez (11, off Hanson), Robinson Cano (14, off Hanson), Eric Chavez (4, off Hanson), Martin Prado (5, off Hughes), Freddie Freeman (9, off Hughes), Jayson Heyward 2 (10, off Hughes & Boone Logan), David Ross (3, off Hughes).
It was a hot day in the Bronx and the homers were flying out as a result. Nine home runs in total, four by Hughes, four by Hanson, and one by Logan.
The Braves jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning of this one. Dan Uggle singled in a run before Freeman hit a 2-run shot. Jeter homered in the bottom of the 1st to pull within 3-1, but Prado, Heyward, and Ross each hit solo shots in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings respectively to give the Braves a 6-1 lead.
The Yankees got a bit of that back in the 5th and 6th innings when Chavez hit one out in the 5th and then A-Rod and Cano went back-to-back in the 6th. Curtis Granderson picked up an RBI-single in the 7th that made it 6-5, but the Yankees blew a chance in the 7th to really do some damage.
They regretted that almost immediate as the Braves pushed the lead to 9-5 in the 8th when Freeman picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice and Heyward smacked his second homer of the day, a 2-run shot. Prado singled in a run in the 9th to tack on an extra run.
It was really an ugly day for the Yankees and a day like this makes you remember that Phil Hughes, as far as he’s come, is still quite capable of giving up homers in bunches. The Yankees are still 2-games up on Baltimore, who plays the Mets Wednesday night.
Fri: Mets 6, Yankees 4. W: Jon Niese (5-3, 3.75), L: Andy Pettitte (3-3, 3.29), S: Frank Francisco (18, 4.97). HR: Alex Rodriguez (12, off Niese), Robinson Cano (15, off Miguel Batista), Andruw Jones (7, off Niese), Ike Davis (8, off Pettitte).
This game was all about a bad 1st inning by Andy Pettitte. He put the Yankees in a 5-0 hole after a homer by Davis went in and out of Nick Swisher’s glove that ended up being the difference in the game.
Pettitte nearly even got out of the 1st inning after loading the bases with just one out, but a weak single to center by Justin Turner made it 2-0. Then Davis barely got one over the wall and the Yankees went from one pitch away from getting out of it into a huge, early hole. Pettitte settled down after that and didn’t struggle again over his final five innings.
The Yankees offense struggled against Niese. A-Rod and Jones homered, but it wasn’t until the 7th inning when the Yankees finally started having consistent at bats against him. Cano hit a 2-run shot off Batista in the 8th and they threated some more in the 9th, but ultimately a 7th inning tack on run, off a RBI-double by Wright, kept them out of reach.
Sat: Yankees 4, Mets 3. W: Clay Rapada (2-0, 2.91), L: Jon Rauch (3-7, 4.40), S: Rafael Soriano (14, 1.71). HR: Raul Ibanez (11, off Chris Young), Eric Chavez (5, off Rauch), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (7, off Ivan Nova).
Nova pitched a good game Saturday night, but had to put up with poor defense throughout the game as the Mets built up a 3-0 lead by the 6th inning. The Yankees then put up a 4-run 7th and the bullpen shut the Mets down to take the second game of the series.
The Mets struck first with the Nieuwenhuis solo shot in the 3rd, the Mets then got some help from the Yankees defense on the Josh Thole RBI-groundout and then a bit of luck on the RBI-single by the pitcher Chris Young to make it 3-0. Nova was chased after just 5.2 innings, but it was more because he had to make extra pitches to make up for the defense than because he pitched poorly.
The Yankees offense looked like it was taking the night off until the 7th when Teixeira walked and then four pitches later the game was tied at 3-3 after a Nick Swisher double and Ibanez 3-run shot. Eric Chavez had a pinch hit homer to make it 4-3 two batters later.
That’s where it ended thanks to the Yankees bullpen that struckout eight Mets in 3.1 innings.
Sun: Yankees @ Mets, 8:00, ESPN. LHP CC Sabathia (9-3, 3.55) vs. RHP R.A. Dickey (11-1, 2.00).