Although everyone on the field tonight was wearing the same number, it would be hard to fool someone into thinking that these weren't the same two teams who squared off hours earlier.
Another game, another shutout of the Cubs by a young Yankees starter. This afternoon it was Masahiro Tanaka, and tonight it was Michael Pineda. The 25-year-old right-hander surrendered just 4 hits and a walk to Chicago while striking out 3, as the lineup gave him and the bullpen just enough run support for them to secure a 2-0 Yankees victory.
Pineda got into some trouble after allowing back-to-back singles to Starlin Castro and Luis Valbuena to open the 5th inning. But Wellington Castillo sac-bunted to move the runners over, Ryan Kalish struck out, and Darwin Barney flied out allowing Pineda to escape the inning unscathed.
The Yankees were able to get on the board just before that in the bottom of the 4th, thanks to an RBI single by Brett Gardner, who scored Scott Sizemore. Sizemore would then provide the Yanks with their second run of the night on an RBI single of his own in the bottom of the 5th, scoring Alfonso Soriano. Though they did come away with the win the Yankees' lineup left 12 men on base and against any other team, that probably would've been a much bigger issue.
This game became a nail-biter when it was clear that the Yankee bats were cold and the Cubs were desperate for a win. David Phelps came on in the 7th inning replacing Pineda, and quickly got into another jam like he did on Sunday night vs. Boston. But with Castro and Valbuena on first and second, he was able to get Castillo, Kalish, and Barney out like Pineda did in the 5th to avoid any runs from scoring. He then got 1 out in the 8th before Matt Thornton came on to finish the inning.
On a night where everyone was wearing number 42, number 42 did indeed jog in from the bullpen to record the save. Except, of course, it wasn't who you'd expect. It was Adam Warren. But he did indeed get the job done, albeit stranding runners on second and third.
So there you go. The Yankees sweep the doubleheader and record two shutouts in the process. I'm impressed, but not to offend anyone - it was only the Cubs.
Anyway, now on a plane bound for Tampa, the Yanks will meet with their division rival Rays for the first time this season as they open a 4-game series at Tropicana Field tomorrow night. In a "Throwback Thursday" matchup, Yankees "ace" CC Sabathia will face Tampa Bay's ace David Price. While Sabathia has done well in recent outings, he is no where near the ace that he (for some reason) is still expected to be. That game will begin at 7:10 PM and can be seen on the YES Network.