Masahiro Tanaka mystified in Game 1 of the doubleheader and tonight it was Michael Pineda‘s turn. He threw six innings of shutout baseball, giving the Yankees a 2-0 victory and a sweep of the twin-bill against the Chicago Cubs.
Pineda was able to pitch in his third consecutive brilliant outing, coming off a controversial start where he pitched with a suspicious gunk on his wrist against the Boston Red Sox. The Cubs advised the Yankees they were going to keep an eye on Pineda’s wrist, but they had more issues with Pineda’s fastball and slider.
The Yankees didn’t hit Travis Wood very hard, but two of the 11 hits ended up with the Yankees scoring two runs. Brett Gardner had an RBI for the Yankees first run in the fifth inning, scoring Scott Sizemore. In the sixth inning, Sizemore singled home Alfonso Soriano, which was Sizemore’s first RBI since 2011.
The Yankees swept their sixth twin bill at the New Yankee Stadium since the stadium’s inaugural season in 2009.
– The Yankees now travel to Tampa, Florida for a four game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. CC Sabathia will get the start for the Yankees as the Yanks attempt to extend their win streak to five games. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.