CC Wins A Pitchers’ Duel

May 4, 2010 – 10:23 am

Winn With The WinnerNYY 4, Baltimore 1. With CC Sabathia on the mound for the Yankees, there’s always the possibility of a low-scoring pitchers’ duel, but when it’s Jeremy Guthrie he’s up against — well, not so much. But that’s exactly what we got last night, with Guthrie matching up very well with CC — both scattering six hits while striking out two and walking two. But of course, one of those six hits that Guthrie gave up was a three-run homer to Randy Winn, and that spelled the difference. It was nice to see Winn get the big hit as he’s obviously been struggling (0.77 BA going in to the game). It’s got to be a difficult transition going from the every day player that he’s been for the last nine years to a bench player. But with Curtis Granderson now out for several weeks, he’s going to be an important part of the outfield, so good to see him (hopefully) come out of his slump.

The other big gun in the offense was Nick Swisher, who also seems to be coming out of his early season slump. He was 3-for-3 with one RBI, which makes three straight multi-hit games for him. With Swisher and Winn producing all the runs, it was once again all the offense coming from the bottom of the order, which has been typical for most of the season so far. In the 12-3 romp of the White Sox on Sunday I thought maybe the middle of the lineup was at last waking up — but last night it was back to business as usual, with the three-thru-six batters going 1-for-16. That really, really needs to change.

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