It was a beautiful, warm summer Saturday afternoon in the City. Basically, a perfect day for a pretty good ball game, like this afternoon’s middle game in this weekend series against the visiting Twins.
Michael Pineda got today’s start and the worst thing I can say about his outing is that his pitch count was a bit high (94 pitches in 6 innings). But his other numbers were just stellar — 2 allowed hits, a walk, a run, and 8 strikeouts. The lone allowed run was a lead-off solo home run in the 2nd inning. Basically, Pineda was just dominant today, and that certainly helped the Yankees work their way to a win.
The Warriors Three were also on hand to continue the Yankees’ pitching dominance. Betances threw just 9 pitches, all of them strikes, in his 7th inning. Collectively, all 4 Yankee pitchers threw 12 strikeouts to the Twins.
Now, the Yankees were a little late to the hit party, but once they joined it was looking up. In the bottom of the 5th, with 2 outs, Ellsbury and Gardner singled to get on base, and Carlos Beltran’s single scored Ellsbury to tie up the game. Up until that inning, the Twins’ starter kept the Yankees to just a single hit. But once they broke through, they racked up the hits (total of 10 this afternoon), which didn’t exactly translate into runs.
In the 8th, Rodriguez led-off with a single and then was pinch-run by Hicks. Hicks moved to 3rd on McCann’s single. They sat on the corners watching a strikeout. Then Starlin Castro reached on a force attempt to try to get the out at 2nd, but made it on a sloppy fielding error. So Hicks scored, and McCann landed at 2nd. Gregorius loaded the bases, but then Headley flied out into a double play when the left fielder got the tag out at home. A challenge and replay upheld the call, and the inning was over.
But the Yankees held on and came through.
Final score: 2-1 Yankees.
Roster Update: Mark Teixeira is back, as predicted, at 1st base and in pinstripes once again after his brief detour on the DL for his knee issues. Before this afternoon’s game, the Yankees announced the corresponding roster move would be Ike Davis. Davis was officially designated for assignment. Now, he has expressed interest in a minor league assignment (back to AAA Scranton) to stay with the organization once he clears waivers, but you never know what happens with someone on DFA. Davis is a bit limited as he only plays 1st where as many of the other possible back-ups (like Refsnyder) are more utility players now.
FYI… Yankees are now 1 game over .500 after today’s game. Consider it an upswing. Fingers crossed for how long this lasts.
Also, less than a week left for the All-Star Game voting… go vote!