Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ain't it Sweep?

For the second straight series, the Yankees have swept the opposing team and have gone to a season high  six game winning streak. Tonight, the game had a similar outcome as last night's game. The Yankees found themselves losing after Brian McCann hit a two-run homer off Hiroki Kuroda in the fifth inning. It didn't take long for the Yankee offense to come right back into the game thanks to a single by Jeter to lead off the sixth followed by a home run hit by Granderson to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead which would be the final score of the game. Alex Rodriguez has turned a corner with men in scoring position after driving Jeter in from third in the first inning. He is slowly coming back to where he needs to be. The power comes sporadically but I'll take less power for more run producing singles and doubles.

Hiroki Kuroda was not sharp tonight. He fought through six innings and only gave up two runs but also allowed nine hits and two walks to go along with it. He evens his record at 6-6 for the year and continues to give the Yankees what they were expecting from him. The player of tonight's game in the pitching category goes to Cody Eppley. He worked with the tying runner on third base with one out in the eighth inning and induced a double play ball to retire Martin Prado. He should stay when Robertson gets activated on Friday.

The Yankees have won six straight and have a comfortable lead in the standings. They will look to continues their great baseball in Washington D.C. where they catch the hot Nationals. On Friday, Phil Hughes makes the start against lefty Gio Gonzalez, whom the Yankees have had some success off of when he played for Oakland. Gonzalez has been a top 5 pitcher in baseball this season and the Yankees will be put to the test as they try to break that trend.

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