Cano & Kuroda lead Yanks to big win over Mets

Gardner begins rehab in Charleston win
Diamondbacks called Yankees about Austin Romine

Source: FanGraphs

One day after failing to complete a sweep of the Rays, the Yankees got right back on the horse and blew out the Mets in the first game of the 2012 Subway Series. The win was their fourth in the last five games, the sixth in the last eight games, and 11th in the last 15 games. Let’s recap…

  • Cano-han: Robinson Cano put any thoughts of back-to-back no-hitters for Johan Santana to bed pretty quickly. He jumped all over the first pitch he saw for a two-run homers in the second, then followed it up with another first pitch, two-run dinger the very next inning. Alex Rodriguez (walk and single) was on base for both. Those are only Cano’s second and third homers off a southpaw this season, but he has plenty of time to hit a few more.
  • Back-to-Back-to-Back: A pair of two-run homers from Robbie wasn’t enough. Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones followed up Cano’s third inning blast with solo shots of their own for New York’s first set of back-to-back-to-back homers since last August. Coincidentally enough, it was those same three players in that same order that time as well. Pretty neat. The four dingers made it six-zip Yankees before Johan was able to get his ninth out.
  • My Kuroda: Of course, it didn’t matter how many runs the offense piled on because Hiroki Kuroda gave the Mets nothing. He took a no-hitter into the sixth and it would have been a perfect game had Derek Jeter not booted a routine grounder in the fourth. Kuroda struck out seven and got 18 of his 21 outs on the infield because he was unpredictable — threw at least 14 four-seamers, sinkers, sliders, and splitters with some curves mixed in (Brooks) — and only threw three of his 91 pitches from the stretch. Three! The only reason Kuroda was unable to go the distance was because he took a comebacker off his left foot in the seventh, but thankfully x-rays were negative. Following an rocky start to the season, he’s now allowed two earned runs or less in seven of his last nine starts. Well done, Hiroki-san.
  • Leftovers: Ryota Igarashi made his Yankees debut in the ninth and became the 113th player to play for both modern New York teams, though he ruined the one-hit shutout by allowing an RBI double to Lucas Duda … believe it or not, the Yankees got two consecutive hits with runners in scoring position (2-for-6 overall) to widen the lead in the seventh … everyone in the starting lineup had a hit except for Jeter and Curtis Granderson, the guys who are supposed to set the table … the four through nine hitters went a combined 9-for-17 with four homers, two doubles, and four walks … Granderson was replaced by Dewayne Wise in the eighth inning of the blowout after playing every inning of every game this season. has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerd score, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees and Rays are tied in the loss column atop the AL East, though the Bombers have a sizable advantage in run differential (+37 to +16). Phil Hughes and Dillon Gee will square off in game two of this three-game set, a Saturday night game that will be broadcast on FOX. If you want to head up to Bronx to catch the game, check out RAB Tickets.

Gardner begins rehab in Charleston win
Diamondbacks called Yankees about Austin Romine
  • forensic

    From Mike’s intro to the game thread if anyone was curious:

    I’m not sure how often this has happened or even if it has ever happened before, but the Yankees open the 2012 edition of the Subway Series with fewer wins than the Mets.

    The seasons are actually pretty predictable thanks mostly to the teams at the end of Torre’s tenure…

    Same number of wins in 2008. Mets more wins in 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2000.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’ll take the same result as 2000. Thank you.

    Glorious game. I hope Johan Santana goes on to strike out 28 in his next start and pitches six no-hitters, since I appreciated him doing the J-O-B here. That changeup looks great when he’s pitching against the Our Lady of the Bleeding Ulcer softball team over in the NL.

    Did not appreciate Igarishi in the Buddy Carlisle role tonight but, really, do we ever appreciate anyone in that role?

    Robbie, glorious. Great win.

    • Havok9120

      Our Lady of the Bleeding Ulcer got a few guffaws out of me.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    And, yes, my sincere apologies to Hiroki Kuroda. Welcome to New York.

  • Cuso

    I get blacked out tomorrow. Guess. I actually have to go out and be social. Damn.

    • forensic

      I’m blacked out too. With so many damn west coast teams, it happens way too often. I really hate FOX and MLB’s terrible and archaic blackout rules.

    • BigBlueAL

      Do you have Fox Deportes?? They are showing the Yankees-Mets game nationally regardless of where you live I believe.

      I live in Miami and Fox is showing the Marlins-Rays game but Fox Deportes is showing the Yankees-Mets game.

    • Jesse

      Blacked out, too. I’m stuck with Dodgers/Mariners, sadly. Though I do believe Kershaw is going, so there’s that.

      • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

        Same here. Having FIVE games kinda defeats the purpose of a national broadcast if you ask me. Focus on 2 or 3 good matchups instead of 1 or 2 good ones and then a bunch of not so good ones. I mean, wouldn’t they want to show the casual baseball fan Yankees-Mets instead of Dodgers-Mariners, or Royals-Pirates?

      • G

        Could always watch some hockey eh? I’m blacked out today but I wasn’t exactly planning on watching.

  • JimAbbottFan

    Just came back from the game; definitely one of the best I’ve been to. Putting the kebab on Santana’s hitless streak early in the game definitely took the wind out of the Mets fans’ sails; that hit being a Cano homerun made it even sweeter. Then the back to back to back homeruns was just surreal and throw in a Kuroda no-hitter into the sixth made the game enjoyably one-sided.

    This was only the second game I’ve gone to in the new stadium; the last was the huge blowout against the Red Sox in September when their collapse just started to take off. If these kinds of games happen when I go, I should attend them more often.

    • Havok9120

      No kidding. You need to attend key games.

  • forensic

    How potentially awesome is it that over two weeks Strasburg will face Boston, Toronto, and Tampa Bay while missing the Yankees series? 3-0 would be very nice, if I do say so myself.

    • Havok9120

      If it really does line up that way…we may owe the Natinals a favor.

      We’ll only take 2 of 3 for that.

  • Greg

    Meanwhile Jesus Montero is catching a no hitter through 8 innings against the Dodgers. A combined no-no

    • forensic

      And right now, because of the millwood injury, the guy in line for the win got one out and walked two guys. Really deserving there.

      • vicki

        *W-L record*

        • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          Most. important. stat.

          Micheal Kay

    • FIPster Doofus

      Combined no-nos are so blah. Couldn’t care less.

  • vicki

    it’s worth mentioning arod’s sac rbi, in addition to the two hits with risp. it’d be good to see that in close games….

  • Havok9120

    Fantastic win.

    That Game Thread was silent. Seriously, where did everyone go after yesterday? Surely they’re still on the site.

    • Pat D

      I was at work. But only 2 weeks left!

      • Havok9120

        Soooooo close.

    • forensic

      Personally, I don’t find the game threads quite as much fun and enjoyable on a daily basis as I used to, plus don’t have quite as much time and energy for it, so I’ve avoided them lately.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        There’s little point to fighting off the trolls sometimes. I also wind up with a ton to do at home on evenings. Also, yeah, Friday night.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Friday nights aren’t a big game-thread night outside of the playoffs.

  • Bunt Gardner

    Awesome game! Great pitching by Kuroda!

    Anyone catch Ian O’Conner’s beef on ESPN NY with Swisher’s celebration of the homers? What a whiny little bitch.

    • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

      No celebrating allowed!

    • pat

      It’s funny because if you watched it you could clearly tell that Swisher was trying to celebrate with his teammates. Yes, he ran through the dugout with his arms wide, but he was looking at and slapping hands with other guys in the dugout, not staring out at the pitcher. Look at Dom Brown’s HR fiasco earlier this week for a guy trying to show up a pitcher. I know Swish grates some people, but he wasn’t trying to blowup Santana, any normal person watching could see it.

  • Kosmo

    Jeter now has 10 GDP.
    Swisher and Martin appear to be turning it around.
    Cano is on a homer spree.
    Kuroda has pitched great B his last 3 times out.

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    The run in the 9th was the first run the Mets have ever scored in a game started by Johan at YS3. They’ve been outscored 28-1 in his 3 starts there. 15-0 loss, 4-0 loss and 9-1 loss.

    • Havok9120

      Holy crap.

      And Kuroda thinks HE doesn’t get any run support….

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    The video of Andruw waiting on that changeup is so sexy. He taps that left foot, hesitates, then turns on that pitch. Mama Jones should be proud.

  • Joe R

    Has anyone seen Derek Jeter’s offense?

    • forensic

      Games 4 and 5 of the 1996 World Series are on Yankees Classics next week. You can see some of his offense in one of those games…

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    Great game to be at, had to be one of the least stressed games i have ever been to. lots os mets fans there as well, but defintely the most packed game that i have been to so far this year. lets hope they can do it again tonight