NYY 6, Atlanta 4

June 12, 2012 – 10:56 pm

What I forgot to mention in that previous post about problems hitting with RISP is that of the 10 hits that the Yankees do have with the bases loaded, four were grand slams. And with tonight’s grand salami by A-Rod, that’s 5 of 11 being grand slams. The BA with bases loaded is still a pretty pathetic .161, but the SLG is a respectable .411 after A-Rod’s blast. I’m not sure that’s a good trade-off in the long run, but tonight it sure worked out well!

So here we are, a little over a third of the way through the season, and the Yankees are in first place in the East and have the best record in the AL. It was only three weeks ago that this team was struggling to stay over .500 and in fourth place in the division. Pretty amazing. And there’s really nothing flukey about how they got to where they are. The pitching and bullpen are rock solid and there’s no reason to think that’s going to change. In fact, with David Robertson returning soon (knock on wood), the relief pitching is just going to get better. And after night’s like this, you sure want to think that the inconsistent hitting is about to turn the corner. I do like what I’m seeing these days!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 6 9 0 6 3
Braves 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 10 0 9 3
WP: C. Sabathia (8-3)   LP: J. Venters (3-3)   S: R. Soriano (10)
QS: NYY – C. Sabathia (7 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 0 HR)
QS: ATL – M. Minor (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – A. Rodriguez, N. Swisher, ATL– None
LOB: NYY 7, ATL 9   RISP: NYY 1-for-5, ATL 1-for-10

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