This was not a night to play baseball. With the cold and the wind; it was akin to a Jets/Patriots football game; especially considering the final score of 14-5. Two touchdowns versus a field goal and a safety.
CC the grinder has fully replaced CC the flamethrower. He was very successful in his deceptive pitches He went 6.0 innings on 106 pitches (71 strikes) giving up two runs on three hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. I think CC has successfully put any worries about his effectiveness to rest.
Bullpen Pitching: Joe was dealing with the after effects of having to overuse his bullpen after Michael Pineda’s ejection. So Joe sent in one of the new guys , Shane Greene; just called up from AAA to help out to handle the bottom of the seventh. Not a fun way for a kid to start his career as a Yankee to face off against the Red Sox at Fenway on a night like that one. He went just one third of an inning; striking out one by walking three. Adam Warren had to come in to close out the seventh but in the end the RedSox scored three runs; via a double and a passed ball. Warren pitched a quiet eighth : his final line was 1.2 innings giving up a hit ( the double mentioned earlier) and striking out one. David Robertson came in an pitched a quiet ninth ( not a save situation given the score).
Offense: In the end; the Yankees offense produced 14 runs; helped immeasurably by 5 errors and one passed ball.
- Doubles: Soriano, A 2 (6, Doubront, Badenhop), Solarte (8, Doubront), Beltran (8, Breslow), Ellsbury 2 (8, Breslow, Mujica).
- Home Runs:Teixeira (1, 3rd inning off Doubront, 0 on, 0 out).
- Stolen Bases:Gardner, B 2 (4, 2nd base off Doubront/Ross, D, 3rd base off Doubront/Ross, D), Roberts, B (3, 2nd base off Doubront/Ross, D)
Even at this early point in the season; some trends are beginning to show up:
- Speed: I think you would have to go back twenty years to see a Yankee offense that would this. Ellsbury and Roberts seem to be complimenting Gardner quiet well
- Doubles!: Just like the 2012 version of Yankees was a home run team; 2014 seems to be unfolding as a season of doubles.
CC’s Great outing:
Tex’s first home run:
Gardy steals 2nd and 3rd: