With evening temperatures dropping in the 40’s, the Yanks and Cubbies resumed their day-night doubleheader with the regularly scheduled game. Keeping the momentum of New York’s shut-down pitching of late, Michael Pineda again stepped up with another impressive start. Scattering 4 hits over 6 shutout innings, walking 1, and striking out 3, Pineda dropped his ERA to a tidy 1.oo while improving to a 2-1 record.
In encouraging testimony to his cool under pressure, Pineda pitched out of two self-induced jams. In the 5th inning, with runners on second and third and 1 out, Pineda struck out the next batter, then induced a soft fly to left to escape the carnage. In the 6th, he pitched around a 2-out triple with a pop-up to third to end the inning, keeping the day’s scoreless inning streak intact.
With solid pitching and defense holding down the corner in the nightcap, the offense was provided by a Brett Gardner single to left in the 4th, scoring Scott Sizemore. Then padded by a 5th inning Sizemore broken-bat, bloop single to left, scoring Alfonso Soriano for a 2-0 Yanks lead. That’s all the runs the Yanks needed.
The only serious drama in the game came after Pineda left, as David Phelps‘ 7th showed him pitching in and out of serious trouble. After putting 2 on with one out, with a single and a walk, Phelps dialed it in by getting a pop up, strike out and soft fly to center to escape the inning. Matt Thornton finished the 8th, and Adam Warren secured a dicey (first career) save in the 9th.
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