WP - Chad Gaudin (6-10)
LP - Luke Hochevar (7-12)
It was a meaningless game so I'll make this short, but even with a bunch of backup players the Yankees were still able to easily defeat the Royals by the score of 8-2.
Chad Gaudin started, pitched very well, and picked up his sixth win of the season. In 6.2 innings pitched he allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. He threw 92 pitches on the night, 57 for strikes. The two runs came on a Mark Teahen solo homer in the fifth, and a Mike Jacobs sac-fly in the sixth.
Ramiro Pena hit his first career homer, which was greeted by the silent treatment in the dugout, which was pretty funny to see. He also drove in a second run later in the game with an RBI single in the seventh.
The big blow of the game came off the bat of Robinson Cano, a grand slam in the seventh to blow the game wide open and give the Yanks an 8-2 lead. For a guy who has struggled so much with runners in scoring position this year it was great to see. It was Cano's 25th homer of the season. He also doubled in the game, his 48th of the year.
Erick Hinske and Shelley Duncan also had RBI singels on the night.
The bullpen did a good job tonight. Damaso Marte retired the only batter he faced, and then Alfredo Aceves threw two perfect innings.
It was the Yankees 101st win of the season, three more wins would give them the most they've had since 1998. Besides that 1998 season they've only won more than 103 games in the last 46 years, and that was in 1964.
Boston lost again tonight, 11-5 to the Blue Jays. But remember they're apparently not trying to win, at least according to Dan Shaughnessy they're not.
In Detroit the opener of that big four-game set between the Tigers and Twins was rained out. They will play a day-night doubleheader tomorrow.
|Cabrera, Me, LF||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.273|
|Duncan, S, RF||3||0||1||1||0||1||2||.231|
|1-Guzman, F, PR-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Pena, R, SS||4||2||2||2||0||0||0||.290|
1-Ran for Duncan, S in the 6th.
2B: Cano (48, Hochevar), Posada (25, Hochevar), Cervelli (4, Hochevar).
HR: Pena, R (1, 5th inning off Hochevar, 0 on, 1 out), Cano (25, 7th inning off Hochevar, 3 on, 0 out).
TB: Gardner; Cabrera, Me; Cano 6; Posada 3; Hinske; Duncan, S; Cervelli 3; Pena, R 5.
RBI: Hinske (25), Pena, R 2 (9), Duncan, S (1), Cano 4 (84).
2-out RBI: Duncan, S.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hinske; Miranda 2.
GIDP: Cabrera, Me; Duncan, S.
Team RISP: 6-for-11.
Team LOB: 5.
SB: Guzman, F (2, 2nd base off Hochevar/Olivo), Pena, R (4, 2nd base off Hochevar/Olivo).
CS: Cervelli (3, 2nd base by Hochevar/Olivo).
DP: (Pena, R-Cano-Miranda).
|Gaudin (W, 6-10)||6.2||4||2||2||2||5||1||4.68|
|Marte, D (H, 5)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||9.49|
Pitches-strikes: Gaudin 92-57, Marte, D 6-4, Aceves, A 18-12.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Robinson Cano (2-for-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R)
HONORABLE MENTION: Ramiro Pena (2-for-4, first career HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB)
Game Time: 7:05 p.m. TV/Radio: YES, WCBS
RHP A.J. Burnett (12-9, 4.19) vs. RHP Anthony Lerew (0-1, 3.86)