The Yanks bested the Indians 3-2 last night on a night where they were being two-hit going into the eighth inning. Fortunately for the Yanks, Curtis Granderson stepped up to the plate with one on and none out and he lifted a ball out to the stands in right field to turn a 2-1 game into their one-run margin of victory.
- The aforementioned Granderson went 2-for-3 last night and drove in the winning runs with his 10th HR of the season and his third in the last two games. Since the All-Star break (10 games), Granderson is hitting .306/.375/.583.
- OK, this is a little sarcastic but I wanted to praise Girardi for avoiding the natural instinct to use #62 last night. By going with Robertson, Logan and Rivera, the Yankee bullpen pitched two scoreless innings of one-hit ball and preserved the win.
- Javier Vazquez wasn’t brilliant (7 5 2 2 3 5) but he was effective and efficient and kept the team in the game before turning it over to his bullpen.
- Tribe starter Jake Westbrook was on his game so bad hitting performances will happen. I’ll spare the majority of the Yankee lineup for their lack of impact last night and simply point out that, for the second time in three games, the umpiring crew made calls that instant replay showed were incorrect. Note to the umps: next time, instead of Gatorade between innings, try some Red Bull.
Matt Garza pitched the Rays’ franchise first-ever no-hitter over Detroit and Boston shelled Danny Haren and company in Anaheim thus the Yanks gained no ground in the race to October. Tonight it’s CC Sabathia (13-3, 3.18) pitching against his former club. The Indians will send rookie Josh Tomlin to the mound in his MLB debut. Hopefully A-Rod can hit #600 on his 35th birthday.