By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
April 9th, 2013
New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians Post Game Recap
Final Score: Yankees 14 Indians 1
After a rough beginning to the season the Yankees have gotten three straight wins, as the offense has been great, and so has the pitching, both of which has led the Yankees back to the .500 mark at (4-4).
The Yankees were once again led by a great start from their 40 year old pitcher Andy Pettitte, who picked up his second win in as many starts on Tuesday. Pettitte went a strong seven innings only allowing one run on five hits, and three walks. Pettitte’s one mistake came in the sixth inning, when he allowed a solo homerun to Asdrubal Cabrera, which was his only blemish.
The Indians starter Carlos Carrasco got shelled in his first start of the season, which resulted in the loss. Carrasco went only 3.2 innings before getting ejected for hitting Kevin Youkilis, but the Yankees were able get seven runs on seven hits before he was tossed. Tomorrow’s projected starter Brett Myers was called upon to pitch the final 5.1 innings for the Indians, but he didn’t fair very well either against the Yankees. Myers gave up seven runs on 11 hits, as it would be safe to say the Indians are going to have to start someone else for tomorrow’s game.
Robinson Cano has caught fire in the last two games after a bad first week, Cano is now hitting over .300 and is showing off his power. On Tuesday Cano went four for six with two doubles, and a homerun, which resulted in five RBIs for Cano. Cleveland pitching has treated Cano well, as in the first two games of the series he is seven for 10 at the plate, with three homeruns and seven RBIs.
Brett Gardner finally got going in the leadoff spot after a tough first week, as Gardner went four for five, with his first two doubles of the season, three runs scored, two RBIs, and a walk. For Gardner the good night at the plate resulted in almost a 100 point jump for his batting average.
Many thought that in order for the Yankees to score runs they would have to use small ball, but on Tuesday they Bronx Bombers were just that, as the long ball helped the Yankees crush the Indians. In total five different Yankees hit homeruns in the win, as Ichiro Suzuki went deep in the third inning, Cano in the fourth, Youkilis in the sixth, and Lyle Overbay and Brennan Boesch in the eighth for a good power outing for the Yankees.
The Yankees will be looking to make it four straight wins on Wednesday, as Ivan Nova will take the mound, but his opposing starter hasn’t been decided yet for the Indians.