Friday, June 4, 2010

Yanks Win 6-3 To Finish Off Sweep Of The O's

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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WP: C. Sabathia (5-3) LP: K. Millwood (0-6)
SV: M. Rivera (12)

The Yankees finished off a very successful 6-1 homestand with a 6-3 win over Baltimore to complete their three-game sweep.

CC Sabathia started for the Yankees and besides two mistakes he pitched very well. In seven innings the left-hander allowed three runs on three hits, walked one, and struck out seven on his way to his fifth win of the season. The first of those two mistakes came in the top of the third with the Yankees leading 2-0, when he gave up a home run to Adam Jones. It was the first base runner CC allowed on the day, and would be his last until Jones reached on an error by Sabathia in the fifth. He then retired the next five in a row before getting into some trouble in the seventh. Ty Wigginton singled with one out and then Luke Scott hammered a Sabathia offering into the second deck in right for a two-run homer. CC would then walk Garrett Atkins before retiring the final two batters he faced. Luckily for Sabathia, the Yankees had already scored six runs at that point so he was able to leave with a relatively comfortable three run lead.

Five of the Yankees six runs came in the first three innings. Derek Jeter started the game with a walk. Nick Swisher followed with a single. Then, with Mark Teixeira batting Jeter stole third and eventually scored on a balk by O's starer Kevin Millwood. Robinson Cano then made it 2-0 with an RBI double to center. The hit extended Cano's hitting streak to 17 games.

Later in the third, Alex Rodriguez made it 4-1 Yankees with a two-run homer to right center. It was his eighth long ball of the season. Then following a walk to Cano and a single by Jorge Posada, Curtis Granderson made it 5-1 with an RBI single.

The Yankees added their sixth and final run on a Brett Gardner solo shot in the sixth.

After CC was done the Yankees turned the ball over to Joba and Mo, but unlike CC's last start they held the lead this time. Joba Chamberlain threw just ten pitches to get through a 1-2-3 eighth. Things weren't as easy for Mariano Rivera, who allowed the first two batters he faced to reach on walk and a hit batsman, but he then settled down and retired the next three batters he faced to pick up his 12th save of the season.

The Yankees did what they were supposed to do and that's beat up on the bad teams. Now they head to Toronto to face the surprising Blue Jays in a three-game set up at Rogers Centre. A.J. Burnett will take the mound in the opener against his former team, and left-hander Brett Cecil will start for the Jays. First pitch is at 7:07 p.m. and the game will be on YES.

Derek Jeter, SS4110112.302
Nick Swisher, RF4110111.318
Mark Teixeira, 1B4120112.220
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5122005.300
Robinson Cano, 2B3111112.373
Jorge Posada, DH4010021.323
Curtis Granderson, CF4021000.269
Francisco Cervelli, C3000102.294
Brett Gardner, LF4121011.304

2B - Mark Teixeira (10, Millwood), Robinson Cano (17, Millwood)
HR - Alex Rodriguez (8, Millwood), Brett Gardner (3, Millwood)
RBI - Alex Rodriguez 2 (43), Robinson Cano (43), Curtis Granderson (11), Brett Gardner (18)
2-OUT RBI - Robinson Cano (13)
4-13 (M Teixeira 0-2, C Granderson 1-1, F Cervelli 0-2, A Rodriguez 1-4, J Posada 1-2, R Cano 1-2)
SB - Derek Jeter (6, 3rd base off Millwood/Tatum), Brett Gardner (19, 2nd base off Ohman/Tatum)
Team LOB - 10
E - CC Sabathia (1, Throwing)

CC Sabathia (W,5-3)73331724.14
Joba Chamberlain (H,12)10000005.32
Mariano Rivera (S,12)10001201.47
HBP - Wigginton (by Mariano Rivera)
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 94-60, Joba Chamberlain 10-6, Mariano Rivera 26-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 11-4, Joba Chamberlain 2-1, Mariano Rivera 1-0
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 26, Joba Chamberlain 3, Mariano Rivera 5

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Alex Rodriguez

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