Well, hello there everybody. Welcome to This Week In Yankees Baseball. The Boys from the Bronx finished off the Pirates this week and then headed for the windy city to battle the Cubs and the White Sox. The Yankees offense could muster little more than a Mark Teixeira RBI single in Masahiro Tanaka´s first loss. After the game Tanaka was disappointed, but remained confident and determined to get a new streak started.
On Wednesday, Chase Whitley boosted the Yankees spirits with a solid outing. Even though he gave up six hits in 4.1 innings, he held the Cubs to just one run.
When manager Joe Girardi came to the mound to take the ball from Whitley, he didn’t know that he would need 8.2 innings of relief help before the Yankees would get the win. Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Yangervis Solarte and Ichiro Suzuki had two hits each. But it was John Ryan Murphy who came up with the game winning hit after a successful saccrifice bunt by Preston Claiborne.
On Thursday, the Yankees ran into a fire sale in the person of the White Sox Chris Sale. In his first start coming back from rehab, Sale retired the first 17 Yankees he faced and struck out ten in the game to top the Yankees 3-2. Sale spoiled an excellent effort by David Phelps, who allowed only two runs in seven innings. Phelps dropped his ERA to close to three. It was the inability of Alfredo Aceves to hold the Sox in the eighth that cost the Yankees the game.
On Friday the pen faltered again. Brian McCann had put the Yanks up 3-0 with a three run home run in the first. But with the Yankees up 5-4 and David Robertson in for the save, Adam Dunn hit a two run homer to give Chicago the win.
But the Yankees turned the tables on Chicago on Saturday. Down 3-0 in the ninth, Ellsbury singled, Alfonso Soriano doubled and Yangervis Solarte singled to put the game into extra innings. Then Ellsbury homered in the tenth to give the Yankees the win and give Chicago a taste of their own medicine.
So the week ended with the Yankees in second place behind the red hot Blue Jays. But they stood four games ahead of Tampa and six ahead of Boston.
How about that!