Yankees Complete Sweep Of Reds
Jul 20, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) singles to right during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Was this the prettiest of sweeps? No. Every win is important right now though. This 10 game homestand may be the season for the Yankees and they knew it. Right now, they are off to a 3-0 start as the Yankees completed the sweep of the Cincinnati Reds by a score of 3-2.
The pitching match-up of Johnny Cueto and Hiroki Kuroda lived up to it’s billing. It was scoreless until the fifth inning. Zack Cozart reached when Brian Roberts committed an error. Ramon Santiago bunted him to second, and two batters later, Skip Schumaker‘s ground-rule double made it 1-0.
The Yanks would respond in their half of the frame. With one out, Kelly Johnson and Brett Gardner walked. Derek Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury followed with singles to make it 2-1.
The Yanks had an opportunity to increase the lead, but with the bases loaded and two out, but Jeter would ground out to end the inning.
That would come back to haunt the Yanks a bit as in the eighth, Todd Frazier homered off Dellin Betances (he’s human) to tie the game at two.
Ellsbury would use his speed to frustrate Reds closer Aroldis Chapman and help win the game. Ellsbury led off the ninth win a single, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Brian McCann‘s pop fly single dropped in short right field as no one could catch it.
The Yankees begin a four game set with the struggling Texas Rangers. Shane Greene will oppose Miles Mikolas at 7:05.