Another day, another win for the AL East-leading Yanks. Last night it was a 6-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics. The Yanks are now 58-37, a season-high 21 games over .500.
Things didn’t start smoothly for the Yanks. Not only did they have to sit through a 2-hour, 43-minute rain delay, but they also fell behind 3-0 in the top of the fourth. CC Sabathia was shaky over the first three.
The Yanks quickly turned their 3-0 deficit into a 4-3 lead with four runs in the bottom half of the fourth. Mark Teixeira got things started with a two-run homer. After A-Rod walked and stole second, Posada drove him in with an RBI double to tie the game. The Yanks then took the lead on a two-out RBI single off the bat of Eric Hinske.
They’d add on two more in next inning to put the game away. The first run came on a Teixeira RBI double, scoring Jeter, who led off the inning with a walk. Posada capped off the scoring with an RBI single.
After the Yanks took the lead CC settled down and held the A’s scoreless through the seventh. It was the thirteenth time this season that CC has pitched at least 7 innings in a start. Tonight he allowed 3 runs on 9 hits, did not walk a batter, struck out 4, and threw 71 of his 109 pitches for strikes. Tonight’s win was his team-leading tenth of the season.
Phil Hughes pitched two more spotless innings out of the pen to finish off this one and pick up his first major league save. He retired all six batters he faced and threw 19 of his 28 pitches for strikes.
These two teams meet again later tonight in the Bronx, with Joba Chamberlain going for his sixth victory on the season. The Yanks will be going for their eighth straight.