The Swish Is Back

April 29, 2011 – 9:39 am

Nick SwisherNYY 12, Chicago White Sox 3. For the first four innings it looked like the offense was going to sleep walk through their fourth consecutive game, but then all of a sudden the alarm clock went off and boom! They went from being no-hit through four innings to whatever the exact opposite of no-hit is, as the first nine Yankees to bat in the fifth all got on base, scoring more runs in that one inning than they had in the first three games of the series combined. Brett Gardner of all people, coming in to the game with a mighty .145 BA, led off with a line drive home run to right, and three batters later it was the slumping Nick Swisher (.208 BA) breaking an 0-for-19 streak with a run-scoring single. And proving that neither hit was a fluke, Gardner again doubled in the seventh, and Swisher followed up with a single in the sixth and two-run homer in the seventh, breaking a 75 at-bat streak for him without a home run. Swisher ended the day 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs and Gardner 2-for-3 with 3 runs scored. If both of those guys have truly busted out of their slumps, then we could be in for a nice offensive run here.

While the Yankees were finally starting to hit, though, the Sox couldn’t do likewise against CC Sabathia, as CC pitched yet another gem, going seven innings and not allowing a single earned run. For the four-game series, Yankee pitchers gave up just nine runs in total, with no more than three in any one game. Now it’s hard to say how much of that was due to the pitching as opposed to the Sox just not being able to hit anything these days — but we should get a better measure of where the starting pitching is in the weekend series with Toronto. The Jays are coming off a 3-1 series win over the Texas Rangers, where they roughed up a pretty decent pitching staff for 27 runs, better than six per game. Should be a fun weekend series.

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