Rapid Reaction: Yankees 2, Athletics 0
May, 27, 2012
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com
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What it means: That the Yankees have their first series sweep since early April, and move on to phase two of this nine-game, three-city road trip riding a five-game winning streak. Their 2-0 win today came at the expense of a particularly weak opponent, and it was a pretty uneventful game, but a win is a win is a win.
Hip, hip, Hiroki: The ever-puzzling Hiroki Kuroda comes up with a winner today, eight innings of four-hit shutout ball over the punchless A's, which is exactly what the Yankees needed on a day when all they could manage offensively was two runs. In fairness, Kuroda pitched well in his last outing against the Royals, but his pattern of one good start, one bad start and his inability before today to win on the road makes it almost impossible to predict the outcome of his starts.
Tex strikes again: A day after hitting two HRs and driving in five runs, Mark Teixeira came up with a clutch hit in the seventh, doubling off the base of the wall to drive in Curtis Granderson with the Yankees' second run of the game.
Show me the way to go home: The Yankees wasted a bases-loaded, one out situation in the first and once again, hit poorly with runners in scoring position (1-for-11). By contrast, the A's were just 0-for-3 w/RISP, which just goes to show you that sometimes, the stats don't mean a thing.
Andruw Jones makes his bones ... And the distant seats with a second-inning drive into the section high above the 388 sign in left-center. It was his fifth of the season and gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead. It turned out to be all they would need.
So Sori: Rafael Soriano continues to roll along in his new role as Interim Closer. Sori grabbed his fifth save in as many tries, allowing just a two-out single in the 9th. The fastball he spotted on the corner to punch out Jemile Weeks for the first out was a honey.
What's coming: All sorts of goodies from the postgame clubhouse, which is guaranteed to empty out quickly as the Yankees head off to fly to Anaheim.
Monday, Monday: First game of a three-game series with the Angels in Anaheim, at an unusual time -- 9:05 p.m. ET Phil Hughes (4-5, 4.94), pitching in his SoCal backyard, faces early Cy Young frontrunner Jered Weaver (6-1, 2.61).