Yanks get back into the win column

The Yanks snapped their longest losing streak of the season — three games — with a 4-1 victory over the Rangers.

SuperNova was absolutely filthy in the longest outing of his career, going 7 1/3 innings and giving up an unearned run on two hits with one strikeout and one walk. Of his 22 outs recorded, 18 were in the infield or via strikeout and 12 of the first 15 outs came on ground balls. His only trouble came in the eighth — an inning he had never made it to before — when he walked Mike Napoli and let Mitch Moreland reach after failing to cover first properly (although Tex was credited with the error).

SuperNova threw 98 pitches — 62 for strikes — and, since appearing in relief in the 10th inning of that loss in Toronto and then being skipped, has gone 6 1/3 innings, 6 1/3 innings and now 7 1/3. Prior to those starts he had never made it to the seventh. Let’s hope he keeps this progression up.

So threw the final two outs in the eighth but still failed to record a perfect appearance. He gave up an RBI single to Julio Borbon. Mo then came in and tossed a perfect ninth — with two Ks — to notch his 12th save of the year.

Grandy continued to kill the ball, going 2-for-4 with a pair of homers and three RBI. He recorded his second dinger of the season off Matt Harrison — and now has four homers in 28 at-bats this season against lefties — and then added another off righty Ryan Tucker (no relation to this guy) to bring his league-leading total to 10 (he didn’t reach that point until July 26 last year).

C-Grizzle’s first homer traveled 433 feet and his second went 394 feet, coming in his average long ball went 384.4 feet. It was his eighth career multi-homer game and first since September 20 (against the Rays) of last year. In related news, Jeter scored his 1,700th career run on Grandy’s first homer.

The team continued its trend of scoring early but not often. After giving up his third run of the game and loading the bases in the second inning, Harrison retired 10 batters in a row; he was around 50 pitches in the second stanza but still managed to go six innings giving up just the three runs on four hits. I hate to be the guy who bitches after a win, but gimme a friggin’ break. Talk about letting a guy off the hook.

Cano — who has just three walks on the year — saw 21 pitches in his first three at-bats. He also worked two full counts — his fourth and fifth time doing so in 121 plate appearances.

Besides that Tex error in the eighth, the defense was on point. The offense could have been better but a win is a win. I’ll take it.

Other news:

  • Eric Chavez was placed on the 15-day DL with an irritated fracture in his left foot. The doctor thinks it was an aggravation of a childhood injury. They’re saying Chavez MIGHT be back in four weeks, and I’m saying if he is I’ll eat my shoe. In a corresponding move, Ramiro Pena was called up.
  • Swish Dog was scratched a couple of hours before the game with a head cold. Andruw Jones, who was supposed to start in left in lieu of Gardy, played right and went 0-for-3 with a walk but made a spectacular catch.
  • The Yanks claimed RHP Jess Todd off waivers from Cleveland’s Triple-A team. Normally I hate guys whose last name is a first name, but Todd was a prized prospect in the Cardinals organization at one point so I’ll let it slide. However, he hasn’t exactly set the MLB world on fire.

The Yanks will get back at it tomorrow with Cy Colon going against LHP Derek Holland at 8:05 p.m.


Tags: Curtis Granderson Derek Jeter Eric Chavez Ivan Nova Jess Todd Mariano Rivera Mark Teixeira Nick Swisher Rafael Soriano Robinson Cano

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