Tuesday, June 12, 2012
ATLANTA—Considering the way he’s had to manage the Yankees’ bullpen of late, Joe Girardi needed a deep start from ace left-hander CC Sabathia against the Braves at Turner Field on Tuesday night.
Girardi got just that, but not without some tense moments before Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher turned a four-run deficit into a satisfying 6-4 win. It was the Yankees’ fifth win in a row and their 10th in a span of 12 games, leaving New York alone in first place in the American League East and at 36-25, the best record in the AL.
Rodriguez hit his 23rd career grand slam with one out in the eighth inning, tying legendary Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig atop the all-time list. Rodriguez’s 10th homer of the season and 639th lifetime knotted the score at 4. Moments later, Swisher launched a two-run shot, also his 10th, off Cory Gearrin to give the Yankees a lead they would keep.
When I turned the game on the Yankees were already down 3-0 in the bottom of the first after going 0 for 2 with RISP in the top of the first. Mike Minor made the offense look horrible through seven innings, but then came the furious rally in the eighth. The Yankees’ ineptitude with the bases loaded this year has been painful to watch. In his previous 10 PA with the bases loaded this year Rodriguez had one hit and three double plays. The grand slam was better.
It’s amazing how much more fun this team has been to watch lately, isn’t it?
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