Saturday, May 18, 2013
Cano and Phelps Ride Yankees to Victory
David Phelps gave the Yankees a career high seven inning pitched, allowing just one earned run in the process. There is no doubt that this was the best start of Phelps' career as he is trying to cement a spot in the starting rotation. The Yankees will have a dilemma when Ivan Nova comes off the DL, but you have to believe that Phelps will stay in there if he keeps giving them representative outings. David Robertson pitched the eighth inning and surrendered a solo home run to Edwin Encarnacion to cut the Yankees lead to three runs at the time. After Hafner's two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth, Mariano Rivera was able to sit down as the Yankees led by five runs. Boone Logan closed the game out by pitching a perfect ninth inning.
The Yankees have an American League best 18-0 record when scoring first in a game, which is also the best start in that category in American League history. Tomorrow is a battle of the aces as CC Sabathia will get the ball for the Yankees. RA Dickey will get the start for Toronto. Dickey has struggled in his transition to the American League, but things can change on a dime. That's why you play the game.