Greg Bird went 3 for 3 with a walk, single, double and 2-run HR to break a 1 for 26 slump as the Yankees’ concluded a weekend sweep of the Cardinals with a 9-3 win Sunday night.
The win, the Yanks’ seventh in a row, raised their record to 8-4.
In the second, Chase Headley singled, and Aaron Judge appeared to hit a 2-run HR. A fan interfered but the play still should have been ruled a 2-run HR since the ball would have cleared the fence anyway. Instead of being overruled, it was ruled a run-scoring triple. Bird then hit the next pitch far over the fence into the bleachers (1) to make it 3-1. (The Cards had scored in the top of the first).
Aaron Hicks wrapped a HR (3) around the right field foul pole in the fifth to make it 4-1.
The Yanks got the good Michael Pineda last night. He did give up a HR in the seventh to cut the Yanks’ lead to 4-2, but he went 7 innings and only gave up 2 runs.
The Yanks broke it open in the eighth. Headley and Judge walked, and Bird singled to load the bases. Austin Romine doubled in two, Ronald Torreyes doubled in two, and Torreyes later scored on a SF by Hicks.
Hicks was 2 for 3, 2 RBI. Headley 2 for 2 with 2 walks. Starlin Castro had 2 hits. Austin Romine 2 hits and 2 RBI and Torreyes, with his 2 RBI, still leads the team in RBI.
Pineda (w, 2-1, 3.44) 7 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 1.69
Mitchell 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.08.