The Yankees ended June on a high note. They swept the NL Central leading Milwaukee Brewers. They won their sixth series in a row, won their 5th game in a row and ended the month with an 18-8 record.
I think it’s safe to say, the Yankees have been playing their best baseball of the season. They’ve gotten good starting pitching, timely hitting, and strong performances out of the bullpen.
Speaking of good starting pitching…
CC Sabathia has received a tremendous amount of run support this season – six starts with 10 or more runs – but even if the Yankees had only scored one run today, CC still would have gotten the victory. That’s how good he was. He struck out thirteen – tying a career high – and the Brewers weren’t able to get anything going against him. He threw 118 pitches, pitched into the eighth inning and picked up his 11th win of the year.
Amazing stat of the day: All of CC’s strike outs were swinging. Wow.
No A-Rod or Granderson, No Problem
Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson were given the day off and it didn’t matter. Thanks to clean up hitter Robinson Cano the scoring started early. He hit an RBI double in the first inning off Brewers’ starter Randy Wolf. Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher scored giving CC an early 2-0 lead.
Mark Teixeira’s home run in the bottom of the third gave him the Major League lead, again, over Toronto’s Jose Bautista – at least until tonight when the Jays play the Pirates and it was the 300th home run of his career. The last Yankee player to hit #300 at home was the last man to regularly play first base, Jason Giambi who actually hit both his 299th and 300th home runs on July 31, 2005 against the Angels.
CC’s battery mate Francicso Cervelli joined the RBI party with a couple of his own, one in the third and one in the eighth. After the game Cervelli was told by YES’s Kim Jones that Sabathia gave him some of the credit for his gem. Cervelli shook his head and responded by saying, “I just put the glove and he throws.” He also added, “He’s the king out there.” Indeed.
Some Fun Stats
- So far in Interleague Play: 11-4 record, averaging 5.4 runs, .254 batting average, 19 home runs, 3.11 ERA
- Yankees are 23-4 in the daytime.
- This was the Yankees’ third shutout of the season – before today they were tied with the Chicago Cubs with the least in the Majors.
The Yankees’ June Stats
- Hitters: .270/.358/.452 and averaging 5.8 runs a game
- Pitchers: 3.42 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 7.0 K/9
- Record: 18-8
Up next for the Yankees, that team in Queens. The Subway Series – Part Two starts tomorrow night at Citi Field.