(Dude, I want that. Courtesy of the AP)
The Yankees were blanked in the early afternoon opener yesterday, not surprisingly succumbing to the weak lineup Joe was forced to put out there. They still had a chance to salvage a split of the doubleheader and finish off a 6-2 road trip in the mid-afternooncap. Vidal Nuno
was getting the start and Brett Marshall
was called up to add bullpen depth behind him at the expense of Brennan Boesch
, whose demotion to Triple-A may signal another exciting roster move coming today. It would have been hard for Nuno to make a better first impression in his first Major League start, and this time the offense gave him some support to earn the split.
- The offense wasted no time getting on the board in this one, plating a run on a pair of singles, a Carlos Santana
throwing error, and a Vernon Wells
groundout in the top of the 1st.
- Nuno retired the first 8 batters he faced into the 3rd inning, doing what he always does and pounding the strike zone with his 4-seam and 2-seam fastballs. Hopefully David Phelps
was paying attention.
- That 1st inning run was looking pretty lonely on the scoreboard for the Bombers. They failed to capitalize on 2 walks in the 3rd inning and a leadoff single in the 4th. Once again, the game was too close and the margin for error was zero.
- It didn't matter because Nuno worked brilliantly within his non-existent margin for error. He worked around 2 walks in the 4th and 2 2-out singles in the 5th to finish his outing in style with a strikeout of Asdrubal Cabrera
. 5 innings, no runs, 89 pitches. Not bad for having not pitched since last month.
- It took 15 innings, but the offense finally broke out to support Nuno in the top of the 7th. A pair of doubles by CoJo and Romine got it started, a pair of singles by Nix and Wells gave the cushion, and a 2-run double by Lyle Overbay
broke the game open. By the time the dust settled, it was 7-0 Yanks.
- Adam Warren
, who's been sneaky disgusting in his limited appearances, relieved Nuno and pitched 4 shutout innings of his own, with 0 walks and 4strikeouts, to earn a save and finish off the shutout.