Saturday, May 4, 2013

Yankees Bounce Back After Being Shutout by A's

By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

May 4th, 2013

Oakland Athletics vs. New York Yankees

Final Score: Athletics 2 Yankees 4

The New York Yankees were able to bounce back nicely after being shutout on Friday night by the Athletics, as the Yankees picked up a win on Saturday afternoon, and moved themselves to (18-11) on the season. The Bronx has been good to the Yankees thus far this season, as they have a (12-6) record at home.

Phil Hughes got the start on Saturday, and had his best outing of the season, while earning his first win of the season. Hughes has been very good lately but factoring in decisions has not happened much until today. Hughes went eight shutout innings only allowing four hits and two walks. The velocity was great for Hughes in this one despite throwing 118 pitches; he was able to get it up to around 95 mph, which helped him strikeout nine batters.

Things got interesting after Hughes left the game however, as Joe Girardi went to Shawn Kelley with a four-run lead, but after a leadoff single, Kelley was pulled for Mariano Rivera. In the non-save situation, Rivera was not as sharp as he has been lately, as he walked a batter and allowed a hit, and the Athletics were able to get two runs in the ninth inning.

On offense for the Yankees, their Catcher Chris Stewart got them going with a solo-homerun in the third inning off Ex-Yankee Bartolo Colon. For Stewart it is his second homerun of the season, and with a nice one for three day at the plate, his average is up to .275.

Lyle Overbay joined Stewart in the homerun department in the fifth inning also off Colon. The solo shot from Overbay was one of his two hits in the ballgame, and was his fifth homerun of the season.

The final run the Yankees got off of Colon came in the sixth inning, as Robinson Cano hit his 334th double of his career and 10th of the season, and was knocked in with a base hit by Travis Hafner. The double from Cano ties him with Mickey Mantle for eighth most in franchise history.

The Yankees will be back in action at 1pm on Sunday in the rubber game of the series, as Andy Pettitte (3-2, 3.86) will be facing Dan Straily (1-0, 6.35).

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