The Yankees were expected to have less power than last year, but they hit five home runs and got a strong performance by Andy Pettitte in a dominating 14-1 victory in Cleveland.
Robinson Cano, Kevin Youkilis, Brennan Boesch, Ichiro Suzuki, and Lyle Overbay all homered. They were all kind of tack on home runs too as they scored four in the second and then the first home run on the night, Ichiro’s, made it 5-0. When Boesch hit the final home run of the night it was 13-1.
The 1-2 hitters, Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano, reached base a combined 10 times with four doubles and a Cano home run.
Of course that wouldn’t have been possible if not for Pettitte who was fantastic again. He gave up a home run to Asdrubal Cabrera in the sixth inning, but otherwise gave up just five hits over seven innings. He walked three and struck out just four, and was in control of the Indians lineup right through his final inning.
• The Yankees now have 15 home runs which leads the MLB. It’s a very small sample size, but if Hafner and Youkilis can stay healthy and Cano has a big season they will still have some pop.
• Brett Gardner had a much needed big game as he went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a walk, three runs scored, and two RBI’s. He had the worst average on the team this morning, but he’s up to .257/.333/.400 now.
• Robinson Cano went 4-for-6 including his homer he had two doubles and five RBI’s. People were complaining about him on Sunday and Monday morning and now he’s hitting .303/.361/.667 and has three home runs in eight games.
• Lyle Overbay had a strong night. Including his homer, he went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored. He’s hitting .250/.276/.429.
• Cervelli went 2-for-4 and improves to .353/.476/.588. That’s in just 17 at bats, but it’s a strong start as he vies to be the everyday catcher.
• Kevin Youkilis now has a hit in his first eight games after joining the Yankees. He tied with Bob Watson. If he gets a hit tomorrow he’ll have the most of any free agent acquisition in the team’s history. He’s hitting .367/.441/.700.
• Travis Hafner‘s hitting streak ended at seven after he went 0-for-4 tonight. He’s still hitting .333/.419/.556.
• Youkilis was hit by a pitch by Carlos Carrasco immediately after Cano’s home run in the fourth inning. Carrasco was ejected without a warning home plate umpire Jordan Baker. Baker, who made his MLB debut last June, was awkward during the ejection and threw the ball back to Carrasco before he meekly ejected him. Terry Francona argued, but there were no fireworks.
• Ichiro becomes the Yankee with the lowest average after Gardner’s 4-for-5 performance. Ichiro is hitting .185/.233/.296. His one hit in five at bats tonight was a home run, but he’s just 5-for-27 on the season.
• Adam Warren pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth innings in relief after Pettitte left. He gave up two hits, struck out one, and walked none.
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