I needed that one. After days and nights of close contests, it was such a relief to pound the Rangers for 19 hits in today’s 11-1 win in Texas.
Stars of the game?
* Phil Hughes got into a jam in the second, had a visit from Dave Eiland, and promptly struck out Byrd, Davis and Teagarden to end the inning. After that, he cruised. I would have brought him back out for the ninth and let him try to go for the complete game shutout, especially with the bullpen down a man. But he was at 101 pitches and I guess Girardi thought he might turn into this.
* A-Rod had five hits and four RBIs – none of them via a homer. Was he helped by having the red-hot Cano batting behind him instead of the ice-cold Matsui? Or does he just like hitting in that ballpark in Arlington? It seemed as if every pitch he saw was fat.
* Kevin Cash had three hits. No, that’s not a typo. So what if the third hit was a blooper that dropped between the pitcher and two infielders. Nothing wrong with getting on base thanks to some Three Stooges defense by the opposition.
* The Yankees defense has now gone 12 straight games without making an error. That means everybody is Gold Glove caliber right now.
* Melky provided some levity. In the fifth, he hit what should have been a double, but he tripped and fell after rounding first base and was stuck there. Once it was clear he was OK, the guys in the dugout broke up laughing.
* Matt Harrison and Kris Benson were a delight to watch. I wish the Yankees could face them every day. When they weren’t walking batters or hitting them, they were giving up doubles.
There’s another game tomorrow night and the Rangers could easily come right back and bite us. But until then, I’ll enjoy the rest of Memorial Day knowing my team won. Here’s hoping everyone had a good holiday. Hat tip to all our vets!