Given the disappointing month the Yankees have endured, victories like last night’s do wonders for the soul, as the Yankees rode eight extra-base hits — including three triples — to a 13-2 blowout of the Orioles. If there was anything to be disappointed about, it’s that Amauri Sanit was terrible in the ninth and couldn’t hold the shutout, making the Yankees still the only team in MLB without one in 2o11.
CC Sabathia was utterly dominant in tossing eight shutout innings (nine strikeouts, no walks), marking the second straight night a Yankee starter hurled eight blank frames, the first time this has happened for the team in back-to-back games since David Wells and Mike Mussina did it in 2002 (h/t @The_Stace, @Rebexarama and @Yankee10570).
Not only was CC spectacular — this was his second-best outing of the year by Game Score, and the third-best start (by Game Score) by a Yankee this season — but you couldn’t have asked for more from the Yankee offense, who tagged O’s starter Brad Bergesen for five runs in the first inning — punctuated by a Nick Swisher bases-clearing double – and never looked back. Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner also each hit triples, marking the first time the Yankees had a three-triple game since May 13, 2o09.
The Yankees improved to 6-0 on the season against Baltimore, and after their six-game slide are now riding a nice three-game win streak. The Mets come to the Stadium tonight for the first round of Interleague Play, and despite the Yankees’ uneven play for much of May, the Bombers really should be able to dispatch of the Amazins without too many problems. Look for the Series Preview and Game Thread later this afternoon.
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