It looked like it was going to turn into a blowout early, but I'll still take the double up 6-3 win for the Yankees last night. Michael Pineda pitched pretty well again, the offense continued its recent power surge, and the Yankees pulled one game closer to sucking everybody back in again before hitting another 2-week skid at the end of the month.
Pineda retired the 1st inning on 8 pitches and looked like he was absolutely locked in. He didn't end up being that on, but he was plenty good enough in his 7 innings of work. The only real mistake he made was a hanging changeup to Kole Calhoun that went for a 2-run home run in the top of the 5th. Other than that the Angels managed 3 hits off him and it didn't really seem like there was that much hard contact, at least not nearly as much as there was against Pineda in April. Job well done, Michael.
Facing former Yankee David Huff, up for a spot start because lefties, the Yankee lineup teed off early and often. Carlos Beltran smacked a 2-run homer in the bottom of a 3-run 1st inning to get things started, and the Yanks tacked on 3 more runs with an Austin Romine single, a leadoff double and a Rob Refsnyder sac fly, and a Starlin Castro right field cheapie solo shot to take a sizable 5-0 lead after 3 innings.
That lead stood up even after Pineda's 5th inning hiccup and Joe had both Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller available to preserve the lead. Naturally he used them. Betances fanned in a perfect 8th and Miller worked around a double in the 9th to pick up his 7th save. The Yankees have won 4 of 6.
- 2-4 night for Starlin with 2 runs scored. He's off to a nice 9-24 start in June after a sluggish May.
- Also 2-hit nights for A-Rod and Hicks, who could both use them. A-Rod singled in the Yankees' final run in the bottom of the 7th.
- Betances' first scoreless appearance in his last 5 and he looked much more like his usual self. Threw 14 pitches, 10 for strikes, and was hitting his spots. Maybe he just needed a quick break.
- 4 ER in 12.2 IP in Pineda's last 2 starts since the 6-run disaster against the Rays in late May. Perhaps that was rock bottom.