I’m watching Joe Girardi‘s press conference as I write this. Joe was just informed that tonight’s 9-3 victory was the first time since 2004 that the Yankees beat a pitcher making his professional debut. Apart from sharing that nugget of information, I have nothing to add. It felt like seven years since the Yankees last did that.
Garrett Richards took the mound tonight for the Angels. He went from AA straight into the lion’s den. His only crime was lacking an off speed pitch (and being right handed). He could hit 95 mph on the gun, and the Yankees pounded him. Richards allowed six runs on six hits, including two home runs to Curtis Granderson, on just five innings of work. Welcome to the majors kid! Joel Pineiro took over for Richards and allowed three more runs over the final three innings, including a two run homer to Robinson Cano.
Ivan Nova, meanwhile, was brilliant through six innings. He didn’t strike a single batter out, but he was keeping the ball low in the zone and got fourteen ground outs. For a time it looked like Nova would be able to go into the eighth inning, but the wheels came off in the seventh. Nova had already allowed a run earlier the game on a Peter Bourjos homer. He allowed another run in the seventh, and left to a standing ovation, but the bases were loaded with none out. At the time the score was 7-2, but the Angels were threatening. Fortunately for Yankee fans, Rafael Soriano is looking great right now. He took over for Nova, induced a quick double play, limiting the damage to just one more run in the inning, leaving the score at 7-3.
Offensively, the Yankees never trailed in this one and never bothered to look in the rearview mirror. Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano were the offensive stars of the game. Curtis gave the Yankees an early lead with a three run homer in the first inning. He hit another solo shot in the fifth. Cano had three hits on the night, and put a two run shot into the people in the seventh to make the it a 9-3 ball game. In total, the Yankees had nine hits on the night, including three doubles, a triple (from Robbie) and three home runs. It’s hard to lose when you get seven extra-base hits.
The victory ends the Yankees brief, frustrating three game skid. The rubber match against the Halo’s is a day game at 1pm Thursday. Once again the pitching match up favors the Yankees, who look for Bartolo Colon to continue his strong season. The Angels will counter with 21 year old Tyler Chatwood. Hopefully the Bombers’ hot bats against young pitchers will continue into the day game.
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