I finally caught some Yankee baseball over the long weekend, although it would be short-lived due to another stunning day in New York City featuring a fantastic picnic in Central Park that capped off a phenomenal Memorial Day weekend.
The Yankees took care of business, routing the Indians 11-2 and taking three of four, as I expected they would. I'm still mildly disappointed that they didn't sweep, but it's hard to quibble with 37 runs scored over four games. That's right; the Yankees averaged more than nine runs per game against Cleveland's AL-worst pitching.
I ended up catching the first five innings and left for the Park after the 5th with the Yankees up 2-1. Alex Rodriguez would see to it that the team had plenty of room to breathe in the bottom of the 7th inning, belting his 20th career grand slam -- his seventh of the season and 590th career home run -- en route to a 6-RBI day.
And Andy Pettitte -- well, what else can you say about Andy Pettitte? He tossed another gem, hurling seven innings of one-run ball and yielding only four hits. I think it's safe to say he's been the Yankees' most reliable starter thus far -- perhaps even a shade better than Phil Hughes -- and we can only hope his dominating run continues throughout the summer.
The Yankees almost made my wish of a second consecutive 11-1 Memorial Day victory come true, but I'll happily take 11-2 all day every day. It's pretty amazing how much horrible starting pitching can ignite an offense, and the bats need to continue to rake this week with three games at home against the woeful O's.
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