On the heels of a 5-2 win over the Mets, the Yanks have won seven games in a row and seven straight series. In addition, they have allowed just seven runs over their last five games and are a season-best 19 games over .500 (50-31).
The story of the game was Bartolo Colon (6-3). Cy Colon, making his first start since going on the DL on June 11, went six scoreless innings and gave up five hits with six strikeouts and no walks. He threw 80 pitches with 56 going for strikes. He didn’t miss a beat and his hamstring didn’t seem to bother him, the guy was dealing as he has been all season. Over his last two starts, Colon has gone 12 2/3 innings and given up seven hits, no runs, one walk and 12 strikeouts. In his last four starts, he is 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA; he has given up no earned runs in three of his last four outings and four of his last six.
The story of this Subway Series, so far, has been Eddie Nunez. He went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run today (and should have been 4-for-4 if not for a nice diving stop from Justin Turner), and is 7-for-8 in the first two games of this set. Eddie was hitting .234 coming into this series but raised his average to .278 after these two games. His defense has been sketchy, but the guy can flat-out rake. It sucks for him that he won’t see as much playing time when Jeet gets back Monday.
Grandy put the kibosh on a 48-at-bat homerless streak with a solo jaunt in the sixth inning; it was his first dinger since June 14 and 22nd on the year. The homer also served as his 900th career hit, and got the offense going with a four-run sixth. What’s interesting is that Curtis has hit 24 percent of his CAREER home runs (36 of 148) since his work with hitting coach Kevin Long last August.
A-Rod, a notorious poker player, went 2-for-4 and scored a run. He passed Vada Pinson for 50th on the all-time hits list with his 2,758th base knock. Over his last 11 games he is hitting .452 with eight multi-hit games to raise his average 26 points (.304); he’s now the only Yankee regular batting over .300.
RBInson Cano had a two-run triple in that fateful sixth. It was his fourth three-bagger of the campaign, the most he’s had in a season since he recorded seven in 2007.
Corey Wade threw two innings of two-hit ball and has now failed to allow a run in seven appearances (eight innings). Sergio Mitre, on the other hand, looked like trash. The recently reacquired bum gave up a leadoff double to Murphy in the ninth, then unleashed a wild pitch before walking Pagan. Bay and Duda followed with run-scoring ground outs, and Thole grounded out to end the threat, but the shutout was gone. Welcome back Meat Tray!
The Yanks’ seven-game winning streak is their longest since winning eight in a row from August 28 to September 4 last year.
Prior to the game, the Yanks optioned Brian Gordon to Triple-A to make room for Colon. Girardi said that Flash will work in the rotation in the minors to keep him stretched out. The Yanks also released Carlos Silva.
Fabulous Freddy will be on the hill tomorrow going against RA Dickey in the finale of this set. First pitch is at 1:10.
LET’S GO YANKS!!!