Forgive the late update, I was enthralled by an exciting New York Rangers 5-0 victory. Henrik Lundqvist just pulled off back-to-back shutouts to beat the Washington Capitals.
The Yankees played twice earlier in the day. They were shutout 1-0 in the first game and did the shutting out in the second game during a 7-0 win to split the doubleheader which was necessary due to a pair of rainouts during the second week of the season.
GAME 1 (1-0 loss)
David Phelps pitched the best start of the season, 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K, 1 HR. His only mistake was a solo home run to Jason Kipnis in the first inning. He settled down after that and gave the Yankees a good chance to win. Behind him Boone Logan and Preston Claiborne were effective for 1.1 shutout innings.
It didn’t matter though. Justin Masterson completely shut the Yankees down. Just four hits, one single from Brett Gardner, Brennan Boesch, Chris Nelson, and Chris Stewart. That was it. It wasn’t even like they had a lot of walks, 3. They were just completely dominated and lost despite a great effort from the pitching staff.
GAME 2 (7-0 win)
Vidal Nuno was a great story today. He only started because of the doubleheader and was great. 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. He wasn’t dominant, but got the job done. He hasn’t been stretched out though so Joe Girardi lifted him after just 89 pitches and brought in Adam Warren. Warren was even better, 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. His ERA is down to 1.45 in 19.2 innings so far this season.
The Yankees offense were certain to score right away with a Vernon Wells RBI groundout in the first. However, they didn’t break out until a six-run seventh inning. It all started with a Corban Joseph double, the first hit of his major league career. Practically the entire team chipped in too as they got RBI hits from Austin Romine, Jayson Nix, Wells, and Lyle Overbay and added another run on an error.
• Corban Joseph was called up to be the 26th man. It’s a new rule in the MLB for doubleheaders. He will be sent back down on Tuesday.
• Before the second game, Brennan Boesch was optioned to Triple-A. After the game he actually said he’d prefer playing in Triple-A to being on the bench in the majors. Really? That’s a new one. Right handed pitcher Brett Marshall was called up to take his place.
• These games were technically part of a larger four game series from the first week of the season. Splitting this series means they took two out of three from the Indians in Cleveland. The Indians are 20-13 against the rest of baseball.
• Home grown Yankees pitchers combined for this line today: 16.2 IP, 10 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 8 BB, 14 K, 1 HR. Nuno wasn’t drafted by the Yankees though and coincidentally he was drafted by the Indians.
• Speaking of home grown, Corban Joseph got his first major league hit and Romine picked up his first hit since 2011.
• Vidal Nuno did not get a single swinging strike, but got 22 called strikes (via @KTSharp).
• Vernon Wells went 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI’s during the doubleheader. Robinson Cano went 1-for-9.
• The Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez played short during both games. He went a combined 2-for-6.
Photo credit: (May 12, 2013 - Source: Jason Miller/Getty Images North America).