Wednesday, June 27, 2012
NEW YORK—On a day when the Yankees lost ace CC Sabathia to the 15-day disabled list before their matinee with the Indians and starter Andy Pettitte for at least the next six weeks to a fractured ankle suffered during it, the offense proved willing to carry the load.
Mostly, it was Robinson Cano.
The second baseman continued his torrid June, starting with a single—the first hit off Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez on Wednesday—and scoring New York’s first run, then belting a two-run homer to left field to give the Yankees the decisive runs in a 5-4 win at Yankee Stadium.
It was Cano’s second homer of the three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium, seventh in the past 10 games and 10th of the month. He is hitting .345 (30-for-87) in June, with 20 runs scored and 18 driven in over 24 games.
The most amazing part of Cano’s homer today is that it came with a runner in scoring position.
With Freddy Garcia pitching today in relief it looks like Adam Warren will get CC’s spot on Friday. I’d assume they’ll slot Garcia into what would have been Pettitte’s spot now. Let’s hope the hitters have their hitting shoes on for the next few weeks.