So the big question of the night was, 'Would David Phelps rebound from his last start and pitch well tonight?' The answer was a resounding yes. Phelps held the Indians' lineup to one hit in six innings. He walked four but worked out of trouble and he struck out seven batters. The Yankees got their four runs thanks to an RBI single by Ichiro Suzuki and a three-run home run by Mark Teixeira in the third inning.
Yes, two guys Yankee fans had been throwing under the bus lately helped them win tonight. Poor Teixeira, he had only been back a few games and people, mainly WFAN callers, were already turning on him. Hopefully his seven RBI in the past two games will help to shut those people up.
As for Ichiro, he's had a slowish start to the season but has been picking things up of late.
The Indians scored their runs in the seventh inning thanks to a three-run homer off the bat of Drew Stubbs. Joba Chamberlain was a little too reliant on his slider and was victimized by Stubbs and left the field to a shower of boos from the stands after surrendering the homer.
In the eighth inning, David Robertson made things a little sweaty for the Yankees and their fans by giving up a hit and walk but he got his good friend Nick Swisher to line into a 4-4-6 double play and ended up working out of trouble.
So the Yankees have a teeny weeny streak here. Let's see if they can build on it.
UPDATED TO ADD THIS COOL STAT FROM THE POSTGAME SHOW: David Phelps is the 1st Yankee with 6.0 IP scoreless after recording one out or less in previous start since Catfish Hunter in 1978. Wow.