June 5th, 2013
Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Indians 4 Yankees 6
The New York Yankees were able to finish up their home-stand on a positive note, by sweeping the Cleveland Indians before they head out to the West Coast. The win moves the Yankees to (34-25) on the season, and are now 1.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox for the division lead.
Indians Starter Corey Kluber got hit hard early in the game by the Yankees, who did a very good job against Indians Starters throughout this series. Travis Hafner got the Yankees on the board in the first inning with a two-run homerun, which was his 10th of the year, and scored Robinson Cano, who was on Second Base due to Michael Bourn dropping a line-drive hit by Cano. The Yankees would tack on their final four runs of the game in the second inning, as Chris Stewart had a RBI single to score Lyle Overbay, and then Brett Gardner continued his power surge this season with a three-run homerun scoring Jayson Nix and Stewart. For Gardner it was his sixth home run already this season, which is just one shy of his career-high of seven in 2011. Kluber did settle down after the big first two innings for the Yankees, and was able to throw four scoreless innings.
The Yankees on the other hand got a very good start from their ace C.C. Sabathia, who went the distance for his sixth win of the season, and saved Joe Girardi from having to use his tired bullpen. Sabathia looked extremely sharp early retiring the first 14 batters, but wasn’t perfect in this one giving up four runs to the Indians. The Indians finally got to Sabathia in the sixth inning with a little rally, as Jason Kipnis had a RBI base hit scoring Drew Stubbs, and then Nick Swisher had a RBI ground out that scored Michael Bourn, which cut the Yankees lead to 6-2 at the time. Things got interesting in the seventh inning, when Yan Gomes hit a two-run home run, which was his sixth of the year, and made it a two-run game. Sabathia would lock in during the next two innings to finish off the complete games, as he only allowed one base-runner on a walk to Nick Swisher in the final two innings.
Notable again for the Yankees was the struggles of Vernon Wells, who went zero for four, and is now just one for his last 22 at-bats.
Next up for the Yankees will be the beginning of their West Coast trip against the Seattle Mariners, as Phil Hughes (2-4, 5.37) will face Aaron Harang (2-5, 5.82) to start the series.