Thursday, April 29, 2010
BALTIMORE—Robinson Cano continued a scorching start to the season with two homers and a double, A.J. Burnett remained in command and the Yankees completed their road trip with a 4-0 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards on Thursday.
Stepping to the plate as the Major Leagues’ leading hitter, with a .390 batting average entering play, Cano belted a solo shot in the fourth inning off left-hander Brian Matusz and added a sixth-inning double that nudged him up to .400.
Cano then slugged his second home run—and eighth of the season—in the eighth inning off Alberto Castillo for his sixth career multihomer game.
Derek Jeter opened the game with a single and moved to third on Mark Teixeira’s double before scoring on an Alex Rodriguez sacrifice fly. In the sixth inning, Cano and Marcus Thames connected on back-to-back two-base hits that gave the Yankees a three-run lead.
That proved to be more than enough for Burnett, who remained undefeated this season after posting his third victory in five starts.
Burnett stayed in control of the Orioles lineup, scattering just three hits and walking one. He is undefeated in his last eight road starts, dating back to last seaso
Cano = really, really good.
Burnett was good too.
With the nine game road trip wrapped up, here’s how the Yankees did compared to their log5 expectations heading in.
|23-Apr||@Los Angeles Angels||0.58||0.00||2.28||2.00||-0.28|
|24-Apr||@Los Angeles Angels||0.58||1.00||2.86||3.00||0.14|
|25-Apr||@Los Angeles Angels||0.58||0.00||3.44||3.00||-0.44|
xW: Expected wins using log 5
aW: Actual wins for games played
cxW: Cumulative expected wins using log 5
caW: Cumulative actual wins for games played
W+/-: caW - cxW. Negative means behind pace, positive means ahead of pace
Would’ve been nice to sweep Baltimore, but they essentially accomplished what we should have reasonably expected, only falling short by a quarter of a win.