With the entire team wearing No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, Robinson Cano provided the big blast and Ivan Nova and the bullpen handled the rest as the Yankees beat the Diamondbacks 4-2 in the Bronx Tuesday night.
The Yankees loaded the bases in the first two innings, but failed to score until they were trailing 2-0 in the fourth. Two of the Yankees weaker bats, Lyle Overbay and Chris Stewart, both picked up singles and then the Yankees biggest bat, Cano, obviously, smacked one to deep right center to put them up 3-2.
• The Yankees bullpen came up big tonight with four shutout innings. Boone Logan came in for the sixth, got a 1-2-3- inning and got the next batter to lead off the seventh. Joba Chamberlain relieved him and got two tough batters out, Martin Prado and Paul Goldschmidt, on just five pitches.
• Nova started and was decent. His line: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR. He could have been better though. He gave up a double in the second, two runs on three hits in the third, and another double in the fourth. He pitched well enough to help the Yankees win, but was hit hard throughout.
• Vernon Wells was the only Yankee in the lineup without a hit. He did reach on a walk though, but he’s still hitting .300/.391/.600 so it’s not like we can say he’s cooled off yet.
• Cano is absolutely crushing the ball. He went 2-for-4 with a walk today, and of course you know about the home run. He’s now hitting an MVP-like .327/.389/.653.
• Travis Hafner also crushed the ball with two doubles during a 2-for-4 night. He’s off to just about as good a start as Cano, .324/.419/.622.
• While we’re talking about all the hot players, Kevin Youkilis went 2-for-4 and is also putting up MVP-numbers, .348/.412/.565.
• A surprising star, maybe I shouldn’t say star, was Chris Stewart who scored on Cano’s homer and went 2-for-4. He’s hitting a decent .286, but that’s also his on-base percentage and slugging. So…yeah.
• Everybody else got exactly one hit. Nothing of note really except that Brett Gardner‘s hit was a double. Gardner was also thrown out on a drag bunt, but to me it was significant because it shows that he’s been getting more comfortable with the play. With his legs he can turn that into a real weapon.
• Eduardo Nunez played. He started even which is significant because he keeps getting hit with baseballs, on his wrist and his biceps before that. He went 1-for-3 with a sac fly.
• Ichiro Suzuki still has the lowest average of the starters with a line of .189/.262/.270, but he had a good game today as he got a hit and reached base twice.
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