Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Yankees Edge the Astros

I would be very concerned about the Yankees if they did not manage a win in tonight's game. The Yankees came out to an early lead against Houston tonight, then Phelps promptly gave up the lead in the fourth inning by hitting batters and allowing sharp base hits. The Yankees were not able to manage to get any clutch hits in the latter portion of tonight's game but were able to score the run which ended up making a difference in the score. Ichiro's ground ball in the seventh inning was the difference in tonight's game and probably the series. Ichiro has been hitting all over the place lately which is an encouraging sign for Yankees fans and management, alike. Also, the bullpen was lights out tonight. Boone Logan went a dominant 1.1 innings in relief of Phelps who did not get a decision in the game. Boone Logan would turn out to be the winning pitcher shortly after getting winning decision earlier in the week when the Yankees came back to score after Logan's departure from a game in the latter innings.

Robinson Cano continues hit hot hitting by blasting another home run to give him eight for the season and the 185th of his Yankee career, tying him with Paul O'Neill for 17th place on the Yankees all-time home run leaders. Cano is a commodity that needs to be cherished and hopefully the Yankees brass feels the same way about the slugger. Ben Francisco, who will likely be released when Ronnier Mustillier gets healthy, hit his first home run of the season tonight, a wall scraper in left field that helped the Yankees ultimately get the win tonight.

The Yankees have taken the series from the Houston Astros and after an off-day tomorrow will welcome the Oakland Athletics into Yankee Stadium for a three game set beginning Friday night. AJ Griffin will pitch for the A's while CC Sabathia will get the ball for the Yankees. The A's have struggled since their hot start and the Yankees will try to take advantage of that.

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