GAME 65: With the upcoming stretch of divisional opponents on the calendar, the Yankees couldn’t have found a better time to rediscover their offense. Even with injuries to two-thirds of the starting rotation, pitching has not been the real problem as Chase Whitley proved again tonight. The Alabama native turned in yet another stellar outing with economy of pitches, and getting big outs when he needed them. In his longest mound stint to date, Whitley went 7.2 innings, allowing 2 ER, walking none, and striking out 6.
After the game, Whitley was quoted —
“I felt like I was pitching well in Triple-A, and I’m just trying to carry that over to here. I think I said it the first outing: it’s the same game I’ve been playing since I was 5, so you just go out and continue to compete.”
On the offensive side, Derek Jeter made his last game in The Emerald City one to remember. The Captain went 3-4 with 2 RBI, scoring 2 runs. Jacoby Ellsbury got the scoring going in the top of the first, extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a 2-run homer measuring over 400 ft. Alfonso Soriano shows signs of coming around with a 2-run double in the third inning. Encouraged by signs of the Yankees beginning to break out of their hitting slump, manager Joe Girardi said:
“It feels good to come out here and win three games. It’s not an easy place to win. They’ve pitched very well, and we haven’t scored a lot of runs off of them. It’s really good to see.”
In the field, both Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner robbed home runs, from Mike Zunino and Robinson Cano, respectively. It was a satisfying victory and more than one level, and the Yankees are looking to keep their ‘road warrior’ mojo going as the team heads down to Oakland for a three game set with the AL West leading A’s.
Here’s the box score and recap.
MEMORY LANE: On June 12, 1953, the Yankees signed Bobby Richardson as an amateur free agent … On this date in 1999, the Yanks edged the Florida Marlins in Interleague play, 5-4. Roger Clemens allowed 4 runs in 6 innings, but Ramiro Mendoza and Mariano Rivera combined to keep the Marlins off the board the rest of the way. New York’s offense was keyed by home runs by Bernie Williams, Scott Brosius, and Paul O’Neill.