For a second straight night the Yankees went to extra innnings. Tonight it was Nick Swisher who came up big, with a towering two run homerun to right field. Obviously its great to sweep the Orioles and get back to even water (3-3). Nothing has come easy this year, but New York battled to get back to .500 before their home opener against the Angels on Friday.
CC definately did not have his best stuff, but he battled to give the Yankees 6 innings. He gave up 4 runs, but it could have been much worse. The only thing that concerned me about CC tonight was his velocity, which topped out at around 91-92 mph. (I think I did see one 93 in there) He kept his team in the game, and gave them 6 innings, which was desperately needed after last night’s 12 inning game, when the only reliever not to enter the game was Rafael Soriano, who got out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth.
The offense continues to stuggle with runners in scoring position, but as long as the team is winning we’ll try to ignore that. Jeter and Cano both look to be confident at the plate, but I cant say that about many others. It’s good to see the Grandy man get off the schneid with a two run bomb in the first, and another RBI to tie the game.
Now we look ahead to Friday, and the home-opener against the Pujols led Angels. If the Yankees are going to make a run this year we all know that they’ll have to beat the Angels, who made waves this offseason signing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson to big deals. Hideki Kuroda will start for the Yankees, and lets hope he can improve on his first outing against Tamba Bay.