Thursday, May 9, 2013

Cano Collects 1500th Hit in Win

In a game that took the Yankees nearly five hours to complete they come away with a victory and a series win at Colorado, who only gave up six runs to the Yankees in three games which was still good enough for the Yankees. The Yankees offense wasn't exactly firing on all cylinders in this series but they were able to get the hits that mattered in the latter two games of the set. The Rockies pitching is not the best in the league which shows just how the Yankees scratched to get the six runs they scored in the series. If the pitching was suspect for the Yankees in this series they would have suffered a sweep at the hands of the Rockies. The Yankees pitching did the Rockies one better by allowing five runs through the series to the Rockies offense. That translated to a Yankees series victory.

The offense was again, limited but came through when it mattered today. Vernon Wells continued his hot hitting in Colorado with an RBI single to right-center to score Jayson Nix in the first inning. Chris Stewart drove in the second run with a sac fly and Robinson Cano gave the Yankees an insurance run that they eventually wouldn't need with a solo home run, his 1,501th Major League hit. His 1,500th hit came on a bouncer into the second base hole. It's funny how milestone hits pan out sometimes. Hopefully Cano has another 1,500 hits left in him as a member of the Yankees.

CC Sabathia started the game, pitching four innings before the flood gates opened up for a two hour rain delay. When it was all said and done, Adam Warren came in to pitch in relief for 1.2 innings, earning the win, his first in the Major Leagues. David Robertson came in to clean up a mess that Claiborne got into when he struck out the go-ahead run in the seventh (Todd Helton) and pitched a scoreless eighth inning, leading to Mariano Rivera collecting his 13th save of the season. Mariano is a perfect 13/13 this season.

The Yankees roll into Kansas City this weekend for a three game set against the now struggling Royals. Phil Hughes will make the start for the Yankees. Wade Davis will pitch against the Yankees for the first time as a Kansas City Royal. The Yankees have faced him on many occasions back in his days with the Tampa Bay Rays.

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