Daily Archives: June 25, 2011
NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez began the week six days ago in a cramped hallway outside the visitors’ clubhouse at Wrigley Field, denying a report that he had a left shoulder strain and insisting that part of his body felt like any other through the course of a 162-game season.
On Saturday, Rodriguez continued to verify the strength of that shoulder with another stellar performance, recording a pair of hits and driving in three runs in the Yankees’ 8-3 win over the Rockies.
Rodriguez’s timely hitting gave way for CC Sabathia to take center stage. The big left-hander powered through eight masterful innings and became the Majors’ first 10-game winner on the season. In his 85th start with the Yankees, Sabathia matched Chien-Ming Wang as the fastest pitcher to reach 50 wins in pinstripes over the last 30 years.
Sabathia dazzled all afternoon, striking out nine while walking just one. A pinch-hit RBI single by Seth Smith in the eighth inning accounted for the Rockies’ only run against Sabathia.
Another Colorado threat came in the sixth, when a pair of singles started the inning. But Rodriguez saved Sabathia by turning a Troy Tulowitzki grounder into a 5-4-3 double play that cleaned the bases and ended whatever momentum the Rockies would generate against the southpaw.
Rodriguez recorded the third of the Yankees’ three first-inning singles, driving in Curtis Granderson to make it 2-0. He followed Granderson’s single and Mark Teixeira’s double in the third by hitting a two-run double to right-center field to make it 4-0 Yankees. Nick Swisher drove Rodriguez home with a sacrifice fly two batters later, making it 5-0.
Even the one time Rodriguez did not get a hit, in the seventh inning, he reached base after a miscommunication between Chris Nelson and Eric Young in shallow right field resulted in a dropped ball, though Young recovered in time to throw Teixeira out at second.
Ramiro Pena replaced Rodriguez at third to start the eighth.
Rodriguez has been on a tear of late, recording 10 hits and batting .556 in the five games since the report on his shoulder surfaced, before Sunday’s game against the Cubs. He has recorded hits in his last six games and finished Saturday as the Yankees’ only .300 hitter.
Teixeira capped the Yankees’ onslaught with a two-run homer — his 22nd of the year — with two outs in the eighth inning.
Written by Matt Fortuna
|Rodriguez, Al, 3B||3||1||2||3||1||0||0||.300|
|Sabathia (W, 10-4)||8.0||7||1||1||1||9||0||3.25|
|Gardner LF||Gonzalez CF|
|Granderson CF||Young RF|
|Teixeira 1B||Helton 1B|
|Rodriguez 3B||Tulowitzki SS|
|Cano 2B||Giambi DH|
|Swisher RF||Wiggington 3B|
|Posada DH||Spilgborghs LF|
|Nunez SS||Nelson 2B|
|Cervelli C||Pagnozzi C|
Aaron Cook (0-2, 4.67 ERA) v.s CC Sabathia (9-4, 3.39 ERA)
- Phil Hughes pitched last night for Trenton while Brian Cashman stood in the stands. Cashman said that Hughes’s velocity was down to about 89mph and would suggest doing at least 2 more rehab starts before Hughes can return to the New York Yankees.
- Yesterday A.J Burnett had made a rare feat: striking out 4 batters in one inning. Burnett has done it once in his career before in 2002 when he was a Marlin v.s the New York Mets.
- Boone Logan was able to get out lefties last night after a pep-talk from Alex Rodriguez. Logan was able to do something that not even A.J Burnett could do, easily get Jason Giambi out.