Don't look now, but the hot and cold Yankees are smoking hot again. They jumped all over Angels starter Garrett RIchards in the 1st inning last night and then coasted to the finish line behind another solid Adam Warren start, picking up their 5th straight win in the process. The game was won and lost in the bottom of the 1st. The Yankees sent 11 men to the plate and put 6 runs on the board, batting around and knocking Richards out before he could finish the inning. They started the assault off with a walk-single-walk-sac fly-wild pitch combo that made it 2-0, extended it to 4-0 on a Brian McCann 2-run homer, and after a few more singles finished off the 6-run frame with a 2-run base knock by Brett Gardner. That was all for Richards and it was all Warren would need.
Once again Warren was solid if unspectacular in his work, which is just fine for a 5th starter if he's going to put up the lines Warren has in the last month. He held the Angels to 4 hits in 6.2 innings, didn't give up a run until the 5th, and his only mistake was a pitch that Mike Trout hit for a solo home run in the top of the 6th. Warren was efficient, effective, and provided the length that Nathan Eovaldi couldn't to make life easier on the bullpen in the late innings.
The mop-up job fell on the shoulders of Justin Wilson and Chris Capuano last night, and they handled it just fine, teaming up to throw 2.1 scoreless with 3 strikeouts. An 8th-inning insurance run on a bases loaded walk to Mark Teixeira was more than enough cushion and the Yanks will look to complete another sweep today.
- It was a well-balanced offensive attack again. 4 guys with multiple hits, 3 with multiple ribbies, and 8 different players scored a run.
- Gardner went 2-4 with 1 run, 2 RBI, and his 14th stolen base of the season. He's done a fine job standing in for Ellsbury in the leadoff spot.
- A-Rod drew 3 walks in his plate appearances. He and Stephen Drew were the only Yankees without a hit.
- Didi's average continues to slowly climb (up to .236). He had 2 hits yesterday, has hit safely in 6 of his last 8 games, and has multi-hit games in 4 of those 6.
- As for Warren, that's 5 straight starts of 6+ IP and 3 < ER allowed. No way he should come out of the rotation. He's the third best starter on the staff right now.