Big Day. Big Announcements. First with the game.
Michael Pineda proved today why we are so frustrated with him, because he showed what he is capable of and fails to do consistently.
What he did today was great. He needs to become consistent and do this consistently to become great; to realize his potential.
This isn’t to throw a wet blanket on what he did today. It’s to say he needs to do this more often to make the Yanks a playoff team.
For what he did today was to take a perfecto into the seventh, provide length, pitching into the eighth, get the win (his first since Aug. 5th of last year) and be dominant. 2 hits and 11 K dominant.
Be consistent. Not tease us once a year.
The Yanks struck for a run in the third on a double by Ellsbury.
Judge homered (2) in the fourth to make it 2-0.
Headley homered (2) in the seventh to make it 3-0.
Meanwhile, Pineda retired 20 straight batters before giving up a double to Evan Longoria with two out in the seventh.
In the eighth, Logan Morrison homered to cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-1. But the Yanks struck back with five in the bottom of the eighth to ice the game and win 8-1. It makes their record 3-4.
In the eighth, Gardner reached on an error and stole second. After an out, he stole third (5). Good to see him being aggressive. After a couple of years, one in which he led the AL with 49 steals, to see him only have 16 last year was disappointing. 5 already. Keep it up.
Matt Holliday doubled in Gardner to make it 4-1 and Chris Carter tripled to make it 5-1. Starlin Castro homered (1) to make it 7-1. Then Headley singled, Judge singled, and an error and then an RBI groundout by Torreyes accounted for the final score of 8-1.
Pineda (W, 1-1, 3.97) 7 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 11K. Gave up 1 HR. Retired first 20 batters.
Clippard (H, 1), 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.70.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00
After the game, Shreve was sent down to AAA to make room for Jordan Montgomery, who won the #5 spot in the Yankees’ rotation.
Gary Sanchez will miss 4 weeks, a month, with his injury.