Pineda Dominates Jays, 'Pen Hangs On

Mark Teixeira launches a two-run home run to right-center field to extend the Yankees' lead to 5-0 on May 5, 2014 versus the Toronto Blue Jays

Game 27 | 17-10, 1st : With Masahiro Tanaka on the shelf, it took new staff ace Michael Pineda a few innings to find his groove, but was masterful his last three, leading New York to a 6-3 road victory. It got dicey however, as the Yankees took a 6-0 lead into the 9th inning and the bullpen didn’t get the job done. Joe Girardi was forced to call on closer Andrew Miller to lock it down.

“He’s a big-time pitcher. If you don’t have one of your pitches, it’s a game of adjustments, not only from the offense’s side, but from a pitcher’s side. If you can go in there knowing one pitch isn’t working for you and find a way to get outs, that’s very impressive.” ‐ Jacoby Ellsbury on Michael Pineda  (Hat tip: Chad Jennings @ LoHud)

Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.

Game 27 Notes

  • Jacoby Ellsbury   The center fielder continued his hot hitting with a 3-5 night, raising his average to .358.

  • Didi Gregorius   Showing arm strength that brings a former second-baseman who shall remain nameless to mind, Didi robs Kevin Pillar of a sure hit.
  • Timely Hitting   The Yankees were 4-8 with runners in scoring position, and good things happened. Go figure.

  • David Carpenter   A rough outing for the big righty, who got knocked around hard for 3 runs. Girardi said afterward it was all location, as Carpenter allowed one home run, while almost giving up 2 others.



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