The Yankees needed a dominant outing from Michael Pineda to snap a two game skid, and they got one as the Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-1 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
Pineda earned his first win since 2011, going six innings while giving up one run on four hits with seven strikeouts. With the bullpen depleted from yesterday’s outing, Joe Girardi had to rely on Cesar Cabral and David Phelps to finish the game–and neither of them disappointed. Cabral went two-thirds of an inning striking out both men he faced while David Phelps pitched a two and a third inning save with three strikeouts. The last pitcher to pitch more than two and a third innings and still get the save was Adam Warren last season against the Cleveland Indians where he went four innings.
It was a pitchers duel between Pineda and Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz until the fourth inning when Brian McCann hit an RBI single to snap a 0-for his last-14 skid to plate former Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury. In the same inning, Alfonso Soriano grounded into a double play but Carlos Beltran scored from third on the play. In the fifth inning, Dean Anna hit his first home run of his Major League career in the right field seats while Jacoby Ellsbury had an RBI single later in the inning to plate Derek Jeter for the fourth and final run.
– Speaking of Jeter, he has a five game hitting streak after this game.
– Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner has an eight game hitting streak after this game, following an 0-for-4 performance on Opening Day.
– CC Sabathia will get the ball for the Yankees as he plans to shut down the Red Sox lineup for his first home start this season. Jon Lester will get the ball for the Red Sox. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.