Friday night’s win over the Mariners was pretty close to picture perfect. The offense scored early to take the league and then tacked on insurance runs late, all while the starting pitcher was in total control of a bad opposing lineup. Pretty great game. Let’s recap…
- Non-Personal Catcher: Chris Stewart may never catch CC Sabathia again. Sabathia utterly dominated the Mariners in the complete game win with Russell Martin behind the dish, though a garbage time two-run homer from Dustin Ackley makes his pitching line deceptively average looking. He struck out ten, walked just one, and got another eleven outs on the ground. Just brutally effective, he had no-hit type stuff going.
- Singles & Homer: The Yankees went 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position, and the first of the four was a nice solid single to right by Curtis Granderson to score a pair of runs in the third. Robinson Cano and Raul Ibanez singled in one run apiece in the seventh, the latter of which came off left-hander (!). In between all that, Eric Chavez hit a cheap little two-run Yankee Stadium homer in the sixth. He was using Andruw Jones’ bat for whatever reason, but it worked.
- Leftovers: Ichiro Suzuki beat out an infield single to start that third inning rally, extending his exactly-one-hit streak to ten games … every starter in the lineup had at least one hit while Cano (single and double), Chavez (single and homer), and Russell Martin (two singles and stolen base) had two each … Nick Swisher was noticeably flexing his left leg during his third at-bat, the same leg with the hip flexor issue from a week ago. He was moving fine around the outfield and played all nine innings though … the Yankees hit a homer for the 21st consecutive home game, two short of the franchise record set in 1963.
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the advanced stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Rays beat the Orioles to take over second place in the AL East, which the Yankees still lead by seven in the loss column. It’ll be Hiroki Kuroda against Felix Hernandez in the middle game of this three-game set on Saturday afternoon. Check out RAB Tickets for some last minute deals if you want to catch the game. I’ll be there and you should too.