The Yankees rode to victory Tuesday night on the two things that everyone thought would be their strong points this season: solid starting pitching and a potent offense.
CC Sabathia threw 7 solid innings, holding the Twins batters to three scattered hits and only one run, while walking one and striking out 3. Sabathia looked like the dominating pitcher the Yankees hoped he would be this off-season when thy signed him to the richest contract ever given to a pitcher.
Kudos goes to the Yankees pitching staff Tuesday: Sabathia and reliever Bret Tomko. Both pitchers kept the powerful Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau hit-less in six at-bats – a big reason why the Twins couldn’t muster up any offense
Now, if they can only get Sabthia to be more consistent on the mound. Tuesday’s gem came after a poor outing against Seattle last week in which he allowed 10 hits and 6 ER in 5 innings. His 3-hit win against the Mets on June 26th, was preceded by a 1 and 1/3 inning outing against Florida which saw him leave with an arm injury.
The Bomber’s offense was dominant against Minne starter Scott Baker, a man who was 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two previous outings against NY. He lasted only three innings before allowing 5 runs by the top of the fourth and was pulled from the game.
Robinson Cano finally broke a career-long hit-less streak with runners in scoring position – 22 at-bats – with a two-run single in the sixth inning. Cano’s streak was odd. He kept hitting and hitting and hitting – just not with anyone in scoring position. His average without RISP was over .350, with RISP his average was under .200. Very odd. Either way, its over and hopefully he’s back to his old self at the plate.
Mark Teixeira led the Yanks with 4 hits and Brett the Jett Gardner had 3 hits, 2 RBI and 2 RS, while Cano and Francisco Cervelli also added two hits and two RBI.
The highlight of the game for the Twins, if you can even find one, was a leaping catch by outfielder Carlos Gomez leapt over the fence and robbed Alex Rodriguez of a grand slam homerun. Instead, it counted as an RBI sacrifice fly.
The Yankees are now 5-0 versus the Twins this season after sweeping them at home earlier this year. They have two more games this week and then don’t face them for the rest of the year.