(Swishalicious! Courtesy of The AP)
I'm going to save my rant on the Yankees' decision to not add bullpen reinforcements for another post in a few hours. The important thing is they got the job done last night with the players they had and completed the series sweep in Baltimore.
- After a so-so Opening Day outing where his fastball command was spotty and he had to battle through 6 innings, it was more of the same for CC last night. He struggled with his fastball again, missing up with it a lot and practically eliminating it from his arsenal after 3-4 innings. His slider was money as an out pitch and he used that to battle his way through a 6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K line.
- Orioles' starter Jake Arrieta did his best Wei-Yin Chen impression, giving up a leadoff double to Derek Jeter and a follow-up HR to Curtis Granderson in the top of the 1st, but then settled down after that to mostly keep the Yankee offense at bay. He made it through 6.2 innings before succumbing to the vintage Yankee patience and giving up the game-tying 4th run in the 7th.
- After the last 2 games, the Yankees entered the game with only Boone Logan and Clay Rapada definitely available out of the 'pen, and Rafael Soriano a game-time decision after his fingernail tearing incident on Tuesday night. Logan and Soriano both came up big picking up CC in the later innings, combing for 0 R allowed on 1 hit in 3 innings.
- Despite using him in each of the previous 2 games, Joe channeled his inner Herm Edwards and played to win the game by going to Mo after Swish cracked a 2-run HR in the top of the 10th to give the Yankees the lead. Mo did what he does, and the Yankees left Baltimore with a sweep and a record back at .500.
- C-Grand: 2-5, HR, 1 R, 3 RBI. Outside of him and Jeter, the Yankee offense was near non-existent last night for most of the game.
- Swish: Game-winning 2-run homers in extra innings will tend to get you in this section of the AB4AR recap.
- Robinson Cano: 0-5 with 4 LOB, and 2 pop-ups with RISP. Still needs to find his groove.
Thankfully, the Yankees get an off day to rest up the majority of their bullpen that wasn't available tonight before heading back to The Stadium for their season-opening home series against the Angels.