CC was on as the Yanks rocked the Rockies, 8-3.
The big guy went eight innings (and probably could have went the distance, he only threw 103 pitches) and gave up a run on seven hits with a walk and nine strikeouts. With his punchouts he moved into sole possession of 82nd place on the all-time list with his 1,880th K; he is now the active strikeout leader among lefties.
Domination has been a recurring theme for CC (10-4) recently, in his last eight starts he is 7-1 with a 3.03 ERA. Following a Yankee loss, CC is 6-2 with a 3.79 ERA in eight starts this season.
It really should have been 8-1, but Buddy Carlyle gave up a pair of runs in the ninth. Buddy was so bad that Mo had to warm up.
The Yanks feasted on Aaron Cook, as every starter had a hit except for Cano. It was the second time this season that the team had six players with two-plus hits.
Posada drove in a run and recorded his third three-hit game of the season (all of them coming in June), and in his last 16 games he’s hitting .417 (20-for-48). The hot streak saw his average rise from .169 to .232.
A-Rod went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. He moved into sole possession of 51st place on the all-time hits list with his 2,752nd hit and is now the only Yankee hitting .300.
Tex (2-for-4) added a two-run homer in the eighth, while Swish Dog (2-for-3) also knocked in a run.
The teams will play the rubber match of this series tomorrow at 2:05 with SuperNova going against Juan Nicasio. Prior to the game, the Yankees will hold their annual Old Timers’ Day. Festivities begin at 11:30.
Phil Hughes had a sub-par rehab outing for Trenton last night, but he did top out at 94 mph. This second start, which saw Philthy throw 72 pitches — only 42 for strikes, wasn’t as good as his first, though he said it was a “step in the right direction.” He also said he’ll get one or two more starts before returning to the real Yankees.
Colon threw off a mound on Friday, using all his pitches. Girardi said Colon wasn’t favoring his injured left leg. He also said that Colon will throw a simulated game on Monday consisting of 50 pitches.
Jeter took 27 swings off a tee and 30 swings of soft toss on Saturday, but there is still no timetable for his return because he hasn’t started running yet. He is eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday but Girardi said that is unlikely.