Well, the Yankees have a hard row to hoe in this series against the Tigers, considering we’re facing not one, not two, but three consecutive Cy Young award winners, starting with last year’s winner, Max Scherzer. I always hate when we have to try to hit against really good pitchers, because more often than not, we do jack squat. We didn’t do much last night as it was, but thankfully it was enough to win.
Brandon McCarthy pitched a great game, and that really can’t be overstated. He’s not Cy Young caliber himself, and the Tigers are a good team, but he held them back as much as he could. In 5.2 IP, he gave up only 5 H and 1 R, and the one run was unearned. Our bullpen took over after that, giving up just 1 H and 3 SO combined. D-Rob and his magic high socks collected his 30th save of the season. I should add that Scherzer pitched fantastically himself, going 7 innings and giving up only 2 R on 9 H, but this is still a Yankees blog, so while he pitched well, I’m glad we still beat him anyway.
The offense was as weak as the pitching was strong, which was to be expected, given who we were facing. Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-3 with an RBI, and Brian McCann went 1-4 with an RBI, and that was our scoring for the night right there. Brett Gardner went 2-4, and he was the only other hitter, aside from Ellsbury, to get more than one hit. I’ll say this though, everyone in the lineup aside from Beltran and Drew got at least one hit, so there’s something.
Let’s do this again tonight, only against David Price this time, who we always have oh-so-much fun against each time we see him. I’d like to win this series, so it’s either we beat him or we beat Verlander, which yeah. You can see the pickle we’re in. Not to mention, Baltimore won last night, which is becoming endlessly irritating. Do you know how painful it is to root for the freakin’ Nationals to win a game? We need to try and overtop Toronto to keep pace with the Orioles, which is becoming a Herculean task in and of itself. Damn it, Washington….you’re first in war, first in peace, but can you be first at beating the O’s?????
On top of that, the Yankees win. Could the day get better? On our Countdown to Opening Night™ which is nearing the one-week mark BTW, we’re now at 11. The Yanks had a great game tonight, getting stellar pitching from Javy Vasquez (4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) and our pen (3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) and an awesome offensive performance from Alex (2-3, 2 RBI). Robbie went 1-3 and gave us our other RBI. So well done all around!
Stars of the Game™
So he was sent off for the always popular PTBNL (player to be named later). Is it too much to ask that it’s Adam Dunn? Okay, maybe so. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this move – on paper it looks good, I mean Brian had some flashes of dominance, but they were too few and far between. Maybe Cash was able to get something for him.
Thanks for everything, Brian. Much luck in DC to you.