The New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles twice on Saturday; 8-3 in the afternoon game, and 17-3 in the nightcap. 25 runs in one day – wow. Both starters, Bartolo Colon and Ivan Nova, won their respective starts. With the two wins, the Yankees  move to 63-42 and pick up a half game on the Boston Red Sox, who defeated the Chicago White Sox 10-2. 

Total Team Effort on Saturday - AP

Anyone who caught the first inning of the second game certainly knows that it was absolutely ridiculous and became legitimately painful to watch. The inning has some of the most eye-popping stats you will ever see: 

  • By the time Nick Swisher hit a two-run home run in his second at bat of the inning, every Yankee that started the game had a hit. 
  • Zach Britton lasted 1/3 of an inning and allowed nine total runs. 
  • After Derek Jeter led off the inning with a strikeout, the next nine Yankees proceeded to reach base. 
It was fun to watch while it lasted, but you had to feel bad for the Orioles at that point. It looked like a game where the mercy rule would be seriously considered. Lost in the offensive explosion was the reemergence of Ivan Nova, called back up from Scranton, who worked his way around the 39 minute break between his first and second inning. He lasted seven innings and allowed six hits and two earned runs while striking out six. He really deserves a starting spot over Freddy Garcia or Phil Hughes, but Nova is the only one with options that will be taken. 
Here are the big performers from both games yesterday:
  • Robinson Cano: Robby went 5-5 in the second game for his first career five hit game. He could very well have gotten six too – he was taken out via a pinch-runner in the sixth inning. 
  • Nick Swisher: Nick hit a two-run homer in both games, both times scoring Robinson Cano. 
  • In game one, the 5-9 hitters in the Yankee lineup put together this stat-line: 10-19, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 6 runs
  • In game two, every starter not only had a hit. Even more impressive is the only starter who didn’t record an RBI was Curtis Granderson – but he made up for it going 4-6 with three runs scored.
Let’s hope the Yankees saved some offense for Sunday’s series finale. Freddy Garcia will take the mound against Jake Arrieta in a 1:05 start.