After learning that Joba’s 2011 season is effectively over (Tommy John surgery), the Yankees came out and literally smacked the Tribe, 11-7. Things got ugly early as Indians starter, Fausto Carmona hit Mark Teixeira with a second inning fastball in the right shoulder. The pitch came immediately after Curtis Granderson connected with a solo blast (his 19th) to extend the Yankee lead to 4-0. Both benches cleared, Teixeira/Carmona got into a screaming match while Joe Girardi and Indians’ manager, Manny Acta got into an even more intense shouting match. After the dust settled, the Yankee offense, led by an A-Rod majestic three-run shot (his 12th), came away on top as the Yanks improved to 34-27.

 

Teix Yelling; Girardi Hand Waving Peeps

Recap

I for one am sick and tired of Yankee hitters getting drilled by pitches. CC sent a message yesterday by plunking Ortiz, but I’m still out for blood. There’s no excuse for Carmona throwing at Teixeira’s head one pitch after he served up a homer. Carmona is a pure sinkerball pitcher as well, so it’s not like it slipped out of his hand. The next two games of this series will be extremely interesting.

Back to baseball. Ivan Nova got the start for the Bombers and turned in a very respectable performance. He gave the Yanks seven innings of two-run ball. Despite walking three, he struck out six before handing the bullpen an 11-2 lead. Kevin Whelan, who was called up for Joba, made his Yankee debut, walking four hitters in 2/3 of an inning. Amauri Sanit was no better, giving up four runs on four hits in the ninth inning. After Lance Pendleton couldn’t get anyone out, an already pissed off Girardi gave the ball to Mo who came on to get the last two outs of the game, using only six pitches. Thank god for Mo.

Offensively, Robbie Cano and Jorge Posada each had three hits. The Yankee offense erupted for 15 total hits as every Yankee starter (outside of Swish Hawk) had a knock. Swish did have two walks and an RBI, so we’ll give my man some credit.

Key Stats

9: Derek Jeter went 1 for 5 tonight, moving within nine hits of 3,000.

13: Brett Gardner swiped two bases tonight, giving him 13 total for the season.

What’s Next?

The Yankees will look to extend their winning streak to two games tomorrow at 1:05PM

Saturday, 1:05 PM: Mitch Talbot (2-2, 4.18 ERA) vs. Bartolo Colon (4-3, 3.39 ERA)