In a 4 hour and 38 minute game, it seemed that the Yankees (2-3) were hopeless early on. Freddy Garcia pitched atrociously in his first start of the season, throwing 5 wild pitches which gave the Orioles (3-2) 3 of the 4 runs. The Yankees were 4-1 going into the 6th inning until a small rally got the Yankees 3 runs to tie the game at 4, and the game stayed that way for 6 innings when the Yankees scored the game winning run courtesy of Raul Ibanez.
GARCIA HAD AN ‘OH NO’: In his first start of the season, Freddy Garcia did not pitch well at all. He had no control, he got behind hitters and he threw too many wild pitches. Girardi eventually lifted Garcia in the 5th inning, which allowed the Yankees to start their rally to an eventual victory.
PHELPS HAS DAZZLING APPEARANCE: David Phelps came out of the bullpen today and pitched 2.1 innings, retiring all seven men that he faced; four of them on strike outs. If Phelps is trying to keep his spot on the team, then by golly it’s working.
AN ‘EL CAPITAN’ MONSTER SHOT: The first inning didn’t go the way Derek Jeter planned it; it was better. He sent a monster shot to center field which made the game 1-0 at the time. Jeter was 2 for 6 in the 12 inning game.
GARDNER HITS vs. LHP: If I’m Brett Gardner, I would be feeling pretty good right now. Gardner had 2 hits off of a left handed pitcher and set himself up for good night at the plate. Gardy was 2 for 4 with an RBI, his second of the season. Joe might want to pencil him in more often.
IBANEZ DELIVERS: Raul Ibanez was regularly not in the lineup tonight, but it was a good thing Girardi put him in or else the Yankees probably wouldn’t have won without him. Ibanez had a double in the 12th inning which plated Robinson Cano for the go ahead run. Ibanez isn’t looking like that player that he was in Spring Training. He seems to be a dominant force all on his own.
WHAT’S NEXT: Yankees will try for the series sweep tomorrow as CC Sabathia will take the mound. The game will be on YES Network at 7:05pm. Let’s hope that this time, his outing is much more dominant. Yankees could use it.