The Yanks beat the Mets 4-0 on Father’s Day and the Marlins beat the Rays to give the Yankees sole possession of first place for the first time since April 21. It’s just the third day this season that the Bombers sit alone atop the AL East.
It was a pitcher’s duel, as expected, with CC going eight innings (he probably could have gone the distance if not for the 22-minute rain delay) and giving up four hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Johan was solid too, he gave up eight hits and four runs with three strikeouts to one walk. Over his last four outings, CC’s numbers look a little something like this: 29 innings pitched, 21 hits, eight runs, nine walks and 28 strikeouts. Granted, two of those starts were against Baltimore but one was against the defending NL Champs and the other was against a very hot Mets team. Keep it up big guy.
Mo came in after the stoppage and retired the side in order. He has now retired the last 22 batters he faced, with just one walk mixed in there.
The offense was solid as well. Tex had a grand slam, which was set up by a Gardner single, Jeter infield hit and Swish Dog”s bunt single (which was awesome). Tex then crushed the third pitch he saw over the wall in left to give the Yanks all the offense they’d need. Marky Mark went yard yesterday and this game “marked” the first time all season he’s homered in consecutive games, it was also his fifth career salami. In fact, Tex now has a hit in 10 of his last 12 games with six RBI and three homers over that span. It may be too early to make such a bold statement, but I think he might be putting his struggles of earlier this season behind him. One can only hope.
The first two were changeups then I got a fastball in.
Cervelli had a triple while Jeet and Posada both had two hits including a double each. Cano, though, failed to get a hit for just the second time in the last 13 games and just the fourth time in June (18 games) and saw his average “plummet” to .367. A-Rod was the only other starter not to get a hit. Curtis Granderson, who was 0-for-12 with six strikeouts lifetime against Johan, went 1-for-3 with a single against the Mets ace.
The Yanks, as a franchise, collected their 9,500th victory Sunday and now own the best record in baseball (43-26) and the best run differential (+101) as well.
Some sour news from the Bombers today, as Girardi announced that A-Rod (hip) and Georgie (foot) will be day-to-day next week as the Yanks head West to start interleague series against the D-Bags and the Dodgers. However, there’s also some good news: Lady Gaga has been banned from Yankee Stadium!
Happy Father’s Day and LET’S GO YANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!