The Yanks increased their best record in baseball to 54-33 with a 5-3 win today. I was fortunate enough to be there, Section 433, behind the LF foul pole, upper deck.
You could say that three C’s helped to key today’s victory. Cano (HR, 3 RBI), Curtis (Granderson, HR, 2 RBI) and Cody (Eppley, who bridged the gap with two scoreless innings of relief).
Freddy Garcia started and got the win, barely making it through the minimum five for the win. He struggled, giving up two runs in the first. The Angels’ superb rookie Mike Trout hit a topper down the third base line that Eric Chavez had no chance at. Trout was 3 for 5 for the day (.348) and stole two bases (30). This kid looks special. After Trout singled, and Pujols flied out deep to left, both runners advancing. Morales struck out, and up came Trumbo, who had homered in each of the five previous games that the Angels played against the Yankees. Garcia gave him one of those unintentional intentional walks but Alberto Callaspo made him pay with a two-run single.
Trumbo’s streak did come to an end as he didn’t go yard today.
In the bottom of the first, Jeter got an infield hit, career hit #3202. With two out, Cano tied the game with his 21st HR of the year, an opposite-field shot that hit the top of the wall and bounced over. Tie game.
In the bottom of the third, after Stewart singled and moved up on a WP, Jeter made an out but Granderson put the Yanks ahead to stay with a 2-run HR. 4-2, Yanks.
Garcia gave it back in the top of the fourth. He walked the leadoff man in the third, fourth, and fifth. In the fourth, it came back to bite him. Kendrick walked, stole second, and A-B-C baseball. Groundout moves him over, groundout gets him in. 4-3 Yanks.
A nice play by Swisher ended the fifth and saved Garcia from giving up a game-tying double. At this point, Garcia had thrown 98 pitches in five innings, and I said, get him out of there, which Girardi did.
Garcia (4-2, 5.25) 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 5 walks, 4 K, 1 WP.
Here’s why I stated above that Cody Eppley was one of the keys to the game. Garcia didn’t go too far into the game—five innings, that’s all. Eppley entered a 4-3 game, and bridged the gap to Robertson and Soriano. 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Superb job. His ERA goes to 2.49.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Yanks got an insurance run when A-Rod doubled and Cano singled. 5-3 Yanks, which would be the final.
It was then up to Robertson and Soriano to close it out, which they did without much drama.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.45.
Soriano’s 22nd save. 1-2-3. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.51.