The Cleveland Indians defeated the New York Yankees tonight by a score of 6-3. It was a pitchers’ duel that quickly turned into a slugging contest, a contest the Yankees rarely lose. With the loss, the Yankees have now lost two straight as their record dips to 50-33.

Ugh, AJ - AP

Recap

Both pitchers were near flawless through six today, then the wheels came off:

  IP H R ER K BB
Burnett 7 4 4 4 6 4
Tomlin 7 3 2 2 5 1

 

In Derek Jeter’s return, he went 0-4 (more on that below) in the leadoff spot. That wasn’t necessarily the problem though, as the rest of the Yankee lineup also contributed zero hits through six innings. Then, Nick Swisher doubled in Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano in the seventh to (finally) give the Yankees some runs.

The huge play of the game was when former Yankee Austin Kearns stepped into the box against AJ Burnett. Burnett had pitched a gem up to this point, allowing one run on two hits through 6.2 innings. Kearns, the ninth batter in the Cleveland lineup, sent a shot over the fence in right field. Curtis Granderson would hit his 23rd homer of the season later in the game, but reliever Cory Wade allowed a two-run home run to Carlos Santana (the catcher, not musician) to seal the deal.

Key Stats

3,000 Watch: Derek Jeter returned to the Yankee lineup just six hits away from 3,000, and after an 0-4 performance, he stayed there. Hopefully, he can get it done in the next home series against the Rays this weekend.

235: Happy 235th Birthday to this great country of ours, the USA.

Other Notables: Other July 4th Birthdays – the Voice of the Yankees John Sterling and the late George Steinbrenner were both born on this date.

What’s Next?

The Yankees stay in Cleveland for a few more games as The Big Stoppa goes for his ML-leading 12th win and Derek Jeter continues his quest for 3,000.

7:05 PM, YES. CC Sabathia (11-4, 3.05 ERA) vs. Carlos Carrasco (8-4, 3.54 ERA)