Yankees Suffer Two Player Losses Wednesday in Fifth Consecutive Victory
The New York Yankee’s starting pitchers have been the foundation of the team that has dropped only three of their last 18 games. But on the day of a 5-4 Bronx matinee victory over the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, the Yankees took two tremendous hits to their starting rotation.
Just before the game, Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi declared that C.C. Sabathia would be sent to the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin. Sabathia said he felt a little discomfort in the fourth inning against the Mets on Sunday, but still felt he could stay on the roster.
”I wanted to go out and pitch Friday, but it’s early in the season and I want to be healthy,” Sabathia said to Yahoo Sports.
Losing the 9-3 ace for several starts was alone a tough loss for the team. But next came the injury to New York fan-favorite starting pitcher Andy Pettitte.
The Yankee’s veteran left-hander was struck with a line drive hit up the middle by Cleveland first baseman Casey Kotchman in the fifth inning of last night’s game. Pettitte limped off of the field after throwing one more pitch to the next batter, later to be diagnosed with a broken fibula, which could keep him out of the rotation for up to six weeks.
”I’ve been hit in the shin, in that area, so many times and I’ve never had to come out of a game,” Pettitte said to Yahoo Sports. ”As soon as I threw that first pitch, I had an awful lot of pain, all the way down to my foot.”
On the bright side, the Bombers extended their winning streak to five games in the victory, with the help of Robinson Cano, who has become the hottest hitter in all of baseball.
In the past two weeks, Cano is 16-41 at the plate with seven home runs. On Wednesday, Cano had three hits, starting with an RBI single off of Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez for the Yank’s first run of the game. With New York trailing by one run late in the game, Cano would rope a two-run blast into the left field seats to give the Yankees a lead that they would never surrender.
Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez (7-6), who was handed the loss, was amazed with Cano’s opposite field power in a count where he had two strikes against him.
“We were trying to throw a backdoor slider, and it was. It was a backdoor slider, and it was even off the plate—I saw the replay,” Jimenez said to MLB.com. “He was able to just to hang in there. You could even see he hit it with one arm, and he hit it out.”
The Yankees’ bullpen got the job done again, in an extended performance resulting from Pettitte’s early injury. Freddy Garcia’s outing was key, as he ate up 2.1 innings, retiring 10 straight batters and setting up Rafael Soriano for his 17th save of the season. Garcia looks to be one of the candidates who can fill the holes in the Yankee’s starting rotation.
“Until the All-Star break, there’s going to be four starts where guys have to fill in,” Girardi said to MLB.com. “If we have to score more runs, we’ll score more runs.”
Mets Come Back to Life in Wrigley in 17-1 Win
With the New York Mets’ just one game away from their longest losing streak of the season, the team came to life on Wednesday night with their best offensive performance of the season in a 17-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley field, marking the team’s largest victory (as measured by run differential) since their 1999 victory over the Houston Astros.
In the Mets’ recent four-game losing streak, the team had been struggling finding production at the plate and hitting with runners in scoring position. None of this was evident on Wednesday, where the Mets collaborated for season highs of 17 runs in six doubles, four home runs and 10 extra base hits.
Leading the charge was Ike Davis and Daniel Murphy, who each had three base hits and four RBI. Davis belted a three run home run in the fifth inning as he managed to raise his batting average over .200 for the first time this season.
“I don’t want to hit .200 for the year,” Davis said to MLB.com. “It’s a step in the right direction from whatever I was at for a long time.”
Murphy sent two homers into the seats at Wrigley Field, the first home runs that he has hit since April 20, 2011.
The two other impact players in the Mets’ lineup were David Wright and Scott Hairston. Hairston launched a grand slam in the sixth inning for his second hit of the game. The third baseman Wright led the team with a total five RBI and had two base hits as his average plateaued to .357.
“We haven’t had a lot of days where we’ve had multiple guys in the lineup come up big,” Met’s manger Terry Collins said to MLB.com. “We kind of thought going into spring training we’d have more of those. I’m hoping that’s something that continues.”
The Mets scored just four runs in the first two games of the series against the Cubs and had two straight innings where they scored six runs a piece in the fifth and sixth of this game.
Mets’ starting pitcher Jonathon Niese picked up his sixth win of the season, as he pitched seven innings, allowing just one run. The southpaw stuck out six and lowered his ERA to a solid 3.55. In his last seven starts, Niese is on a 4-1 tear with a 2.35 ERA.
“You could tell before the game he had that edge to him today,” Collins said to MLB.com. “I was very happy. I knew he’d go out and pitch well. In the second inning, he was furious that he gave up the run.”
The Mets hadn’t scored more than 11 runs all season and the team will look to take this newfound confidence into their four game series in Los Angeles against the first place Dodgers starting tonight.