Thursday, August 2, 2012
Call Marla Gibbs, Yankees on "227"
Last night, the Yankees were on "227." They scored 2 runs in the 1st inning, 2 in the 2nd, and 7 in the 3rd, on the way to a 12-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles, salvaging the last game of a 3-game home series.
The Yankees teed off on Zach Britton (1-1). Curtis Granderson hit his 29th home run, giving him 60 RBIs as a Number 2 hitter on August 1. Robinson Cano hit his 24th, a grand slam, giving him 62 RBIs. Nick Swisher hit his 24th double, giving him 55 RBIs and raising his batting average to .263 after an atrocious start.
Casey McGehee made his Yankee debut, wearing Number 45 and playing 1st base in place of the injured Mark Teixeira, going 0-for-2 but hitting a sacrifice fly that drove home Cano with his first Yankee RBI, and drawing 2 walks and scoring each time on a Derek Jeter single.
Phil Hughes (11-8) pitched very well for 6 innings, then made way for the return of Joba Chamberlain. I'm sure a lot of people thought this was another example of NBC's awful tape-delay, but then, baseball is no longer an Olympic sport. Joba was a bit rusty, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk over an inning and 2/3, but that he was able to pitch without pain after not appearing in a major league game for 14 months -- especially since we didn't expect to see him again until early next season -- is good enough. Clay Rapada and David Robertson each got 2 outs without allowing a hit, much less a run.
The Yankees are now 61-43, 6 1/2 games (7 in the loss column) ahead of the Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Eastern Division. The Boston Red Sox are 8 1/2 back (9 in the loss column), and the Toronto Blue Jays are 10 back. The elimination numbers are 48 for the Jays, 49 for the Sox, and 51 for the Rays and O's.
The Yankees have today off, and the Seattle Mariners come into town for a 3-game series tomorrow. Then it's off on a roadtrip, 4 games in Detroit, and 3 in Toronto.