A-Rod’s Slam powers Yankees past Braves in 6-4 win

Coming into the 8th inning of tonight’s game, the Yankees were trailing 4-0. CC Sabathia was taken out of the game when Russell Martin pinch hit for him and flied out to the warning track. After the Derek Jeter single, the Curtis Granderson single and the Mark Teixeira walk, in came Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez only needed one more home run to tie Lou Gehrig for most grand slams in franchise history. He just needed to get one ball out of the park and now squander the Yankees chances. A full count later, Alex Rodriguez’s baseball landed right into seats for a grand slam.

The Yankees tacked on 4 runs vs. Johnny Venters which was enough to propel the Yankees over the Braves 6-4. Mike Minor had kept the Yankees off balance all night long, only allowing 1 run in 7 2/3 innings pitched. This was Minor’s first good outing since May when he was allowing opponents a .357 average against him.

CC Sabathia wasn’t bad but he wasn’t at his best during tonight’s start. He had he Yankees play catch up right from the first inning when he allowed 3 runs in the first inning and one more run in the 7th. CC’s final line was 7 innings pitched, 4 runs, 10 hits, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. Imagine if the Yankees had lost 4-0. We wouldn’t say that CC had an okay outing then.

The Yankees will turn to Hiroki Kuroda tomorrow in order for the Yankees to have a chance to sweep their second interleague series (they swept the Mets over the weekend). The National League shouldn’t be a problem for Hiroki since he has done it before with the Dodgers. The Yankees will face Tim Hudson who they know from his days with the Oakland Athletics. First pitch is at 7:10pm.

About Delia E.

Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on June 13, 2012, in Game Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Like Dave Winfield said (back in the day) Line drives often become HRs. I had mentioned A-Rods efforts to hit liners more this year, that one last night was a nice line drive HR…his 3rd line drive HR.

    • ARod used to hit towering HRs. He had that downward swing that got so much backspin and carry on the ball it was incredible. This year he’s hit much more line drives which is usually a good thing. However, I have seen quotes from KLong or Girardi that said Alex is working on how to get more lift on his swing. I know he always used to hit that way but what is wrong with hitting line drives? If Alex could hit .300 with 25 HRs I think that’s just as good as .270 with 33, probably better for this team. HRs

  2. Fish-

    1. Exactly – the B&B differentiated Alex from most. (backspin and boli)

    2. Aroid is a stud. Studs like HRs. He wants the backspin swing back.

    3. Girardi and Long want the 45 + Alex back.

    4. But that ain’t happening unless they put Yuri back on the bus

    • TWASP prediction

      One season Cano will hit 35+ HRs.

    • Twasp….
      Just because you don’t like A-Rod is no reason to fib about him! A-Rod has been tested every year he has been a Yankee. You also know, he tried drugs (as did most in Texas) but gave it up because his wife and he didn’t like it. Also, it wasn’t band when he tried it.
      Texas is a HR hitters park so he hit more HRs in Texas…01-52, 02-57, 03-47.
      Why not admit A-Rod is what he is…one of the 10 best all-around players in history.
      I believe most of the college guys tried drugs/Weed etc. in school but most of you quit, does that mean everything you do is not you’re doing but, because of the drugs you tried years ago?
      Get real Twasp, the last perfect man, could walk on water but, none of us can do it, therefore, we must not be perfect!
      Hey, was that much better than the last time Twasp?
      Just trying half-hearted fun and fact, besides…I am always for the underdog…if he deserves it!
      Now, be easy on me, I am very old and………you will fill this in! 🙂

  3. Ok youngyankee7

    I admit it …..Aroid is the best all around player I ever saw.

    You did it! You made me admit it with your keen logic.

    • Come on Twasp…
      We both know you don’t give up that easy, what have you got up your sleeve?
      Aroid? Oh well, I will keep trying. Have a good one, old Twasp! lol 🙂

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