Gardner homers in 2-1 victory over Athletics

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With Masahiro Tanaka on the mound, the Yankees felt they had a grip on this game and while the offense didn’t do much, Tanaka’s gem and Brett Gardner‘s home run lifted the Bronx Bombers¬†over the A’s in a 2-1 victory at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees first got on the board in the second inning on a Brian McCann single, advancing to second on an error by Brandon Moss and a RBI single by Alfonso Soriano to score McCann. With the game tied at one in the third inning, Brett Gardner connected on the first pitch, which landed in the second deck for his fourth home run of the season. Interesting tidbit: Gardner’s home run gave him his 200th career RBI. Wouldn’t it be something if Gardner suddenly turned into an RBI guy and got 1,000 of them? I’m getting ahead of myself here, continuing on…

Masahiro Tanaka once again gave the Yankees a great start, going six innings of one run ball. Adam Warren, Dellin Betances and David Robertson had hiccups during the home stand but they all redeemed themselves as they pitched scoreless innings to stop the Yankees four game skid.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees will pack up and go to Kansas City where they will face the Royals in a four game series. Chase Whitley will take the mound for the Yankees and Jeremy Guthrie will take the mound for the Royals. First pitch will be at 8:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.

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5 Responses to Gardner homers in 2-1 victory over Athletics

  1. John Murphy says:

    I think it's time to make a little lineup change. Ellsbury needs to lead off. His base running ability makes him a real headache for opposing teams and what better way to start off a game. Also think it's time for the Captain to be moved a little lower in lineup, with Gardner batting second and maybe Solarte third.

    • Mike Sommer says:

      "Little" lower? He surely wouldn't be in the 3-7 slots, but 8th. … and I doubt Girardi will do that even if he should.

    • Solarte batting third? I think people need a lesson in sample sizes. If a guy only has 100 at bats, numbers can do random things. However, baseball is an extremely long season compared to other sports and over 162 games guys like Solarte are going to play to their talent level. Solarte's numbers look great now because he got off to a fast start, but over time they'll be where they should be.

      Over Solarte's last 20 games, he has hit .222/.263/.333. I'd rather have Jeter bat 3rd.

    • Robert Rufa says:

      Can't be a base-running headache to the opposing team without getting on base, and Ellsbury doesn't seem to be doing enough of that.

      • Ellsbury is getting on base. He has a .355 OBP which is slightly higher than his .351 OBP and is pretty solid. It's his lack of power that is hurting him. When he came up as a 23 year old and when he had that great season in 2011, he had a slugging percentage over .500. With the Yankees he's down to .410. He probably needs to be at a .450 slugging percentage for his contract to really be worth it.