Much like Cy Colon last night, Fabulous Freddy shook off a bad start and threw a terrific game.
Fab Fred (8-7) went 6 2/3 innings and gave up eight hits with seven strikeouts to no walks as the Yanks beat the Rays, 4-0. He missed his season high in strikeouts by one (eight on May 4 against the Tigers) and looked great with his location and movement. Great bounce-back start by Fred.
Another huge point of the game was Boone Logan striking out Casey Kotchman with two men on and two outs in the seventh. That was a heck of a performance by Boone.
D-Rob and Mo were lights out — as usual — in the eighth and ninth, respectively, to nail down the win.
Grandy did it all tonight — he hit a two-run homer, made a great catch that preserved the lead and took a beaning from Price in the back like a champ. Grandy really made up for the botched catch last night, but don’t be surprised if he gets a day off tomorrow. He and Freddy were the co-players of the game, great showing from them. It was Grandy’s 26th dinger and he now has 10 home runs off lefties this season, or double what any other AL lefty hitter has.
Swish Dog went 2-for-3 and scored and is 9-for-27 on the road trip, while Gardy went 1-for-3 with a stolen base — his 30th of the year and 16th in as many tries. Brett is now 14-for-25 on the road trip.
Jeet went 1-for-4 with a stolen base while Eddie Nunez went 1-for-3 with a huge two-run single and two stolen bases, although he also made a couple of gaffes in the field. He let a ball roll foul but didn’t field it and it rolled back and caught the corner of third base to become a fair ball, and he made yet another error — his 13th in 58 games.
The Yanks ran wild on rookie catcher Robinson Chirinos, going 10-for-11 in stolen bases so far in this series…It was the Yanks’ fifth shutout of the season, two of which have come against the Rays in the last 10 days…David Price had been 4-0 against the Yankees at Tropicana Field prior to this loss.
CC will be going tomorrow in the finale as the Yanks try to take the series. However, Panty Shields will be on the bump for the Rays, who hope to earn a split. The game starts at 7:10 and can be seen on YES.
So will make his second rehab appearance on Thursday — again for Tampa — and Chavez will also play in that game. It will be Chavez’ third rehab start but first playing the field (3B).
SuperNova’s ankle injury isn’t serious, tests came back negative, but he was still placed on the seven-day DL. He could be ready for a start during a July 30 double header against Baltimore. Nova said he feels much better today than he did yesterday; he didn’t roll the ankle, he just felt some pain in the same spot he took a liner off it on July 7.