From 2005-2013, Yankees fans saw Robbie Cano win a lot of games FOR the New York Yankees. According to WAR, he was their best player in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Today, Yankees fans saw Robbie Cano BEAT the New York Yankees. Cano hit two two-run homers off of Michael Pineda to lead Seattle to a 4-3 win. The loss drops the Yanks to 49-41 and decreased the AL East lead to 3 1/2 games.
Cano hit the first of his two-run home runs in the top of the first. Brian McCann tied it up for the Yanks with a two-run blast of his own, #15 on the season, in the fourth, but Cano’s second two-run dinger, hit in the sixth, proved to be the game winner.
The Yanks had a shot in the bottom of the ninth. Teixeira led off the inning with a double, and after McCann struck out, Headley also struck out but reached on a wild pitch, Teixeira moving up to third. Chris Young pinch-ran for Headley and a groundout by Garrett Jones plated a run, Young moving up to second. Didi Gregorius then grounded out to end the game.
I find it very interesting that Didi was allowed to hit there. This could be very telling as to what the Yankees think of Stephen Drew right now. Yes, a base hit there with Didi ties the game, and Didi is hitting 56 points higher than Drew (.238 to .182). But a HR there wins the game, and even if Drew had gotten just a single to tie it, it would be no trouble having Drew go in at SS. Drew, despite the .182 average, does have 12 HR, and 23 of his 45 hits are for extra bases. Didi has just 4 HR, and 16 of his 66 hits are for extra bases. I just found it peculiar that manager Girardi decided not to go for it with a possible PH GW HR by Drew there. Maybe it is a telling sign, maybe not.
Before the game, the Yankees sent down Bryan Mitchell to get stretched out. They brought up Brandon Pinder.
Pineda (L, 9-6, 3.77) 6 IP, 4 R, 2 walks, 2 K.
Shreve 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.93
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, `1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.60.