GAME 6 : After the obligatory Melkman home run ball in the first, CC Sabathia cruised until the 6th, retiring 16 of 17, as the Yanks built a 6-1 lead. Then it got interesting, as Toronto’s 3 run, 2 out rally make it 6-4. Adam Warren took over with a 1-2-3 7th, giving way to Shawn Kelly’s scoreless 8th.
David Robertson closed it out in the 9th for his second save, but not before a tension-filled showdown against Melky Cabrera with 2 on and 2 out. Melky skied to Ichiro in right to end it.
As former skipper Joe Torre used to say, “Just win series”, and after losing the opening one in Houston, the Yanks took 2 of 3 on the road against a powerful lineup. Aside from CC’s first two innings against the Astros, the starting pitching was outstanding — issuing only one walk in the three game set.
RUN PRODUCERS : Timely hits by Kelly Johnson, Yangervis Solarte, and Brett Gardner.
OFF THE SCHNEID DEPT: Brett Gardner went deep in the 4th for the first Yankee HR of 2014. Alfonso Soriano ended a 17-at bat hitless streak with single in the 5th.
MILESTONES : Derek Jeter‘s 3rd inning single tied him with Paul Molitor for 8th place on the all-time hits list with 3,319, and another single in the 4th moved him one ahead and in sole possession of 8th. Honus Wagner holds 7th place with 3,415.
ONCE UPON A TIME : On April 6th, 1948, the Yankees signed Lew Burdette as an amateur free agent. (Source: Baseball Reference)
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