Monday, May 13, 2013

Bombers Pound Tribe in Game Two

The second game started with Vidal Nuno making his first start in the Major Leagues. Nuno is known for his strike-throwing ability and his tendency to pitch at a quick pace. One of the two characteristics were present, as Nuno kept his infielders on their toes by working quickly, and it seemed that as the game went along Nuno worked even quicker. The starter who almost quit baseball went five strong innings, allowing zero runs and striking out three batters, including Asdrubal Cabrera twice. One of the K's against Cabrera came in the fifth for the final out of the inning with runners at the corners. Nuno walked three hitters which is more than he walked in the Minors throughout April. I have to imagine that Nuno had butterflies, and his three walks were just an abnormality. I wouldn't be as sharp either if I was making my first career start in the Major League for the Yankees! Regardless, the right handed pitcher still pitched a scoreless five innings and the Yankees bullpen picked him up, which assured him of his first win in the big leagues. The pitching for the Yankees has been fantastic on this roadtrip, aside from Hughes in a blowout that went the Yankees way.

The Yankees offense went on a scoring spree in the seventh inning, knocking Bauer out of the game and scoring six runs to turn this into a laugher. Corban Joseph recorded his first Major League hit in the inning, and he was driven in by Austin Romine who picked up his first hit and RBI of the season. Just like Cashman drew it up in Spring Training...

Lyle Overbay capped the Yankees scoring in the seventh with a two-run double into the gap in right-center field. Vernon Wells also added two RBI to his season total. The Yankees burst out into a scoring spree in the second game of the straight double header but could not score anything in the first game against Justin Masterson. You can't predict baseball...

The Yankees come back home tomorrow night to face the Mariners. In the first game, CC Sabathia will match up against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez who has a sparkling 1.53 ERA early in the season. The Yankees will play the first of six straight home games against the Mariners followed by another series against Toronto.

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