Rapid Reaction: Yankees 7, Cardinals 4

May, 28, 2014
ST. LOUIS -- The Yankees finished their nine-game road trip at 5-4 after taking two of three from the defending National League champions at Busch Stadium.

Four spot: In the third, the Yankees' tattooing of Shelby Miller began with four runs on three hits and two walks.

The big knocks were a Jacoby Ellsbury RBI single and a John Ryan Murphy two-run single.

Ryan quandary: Ryan continues to impress, which could make him enticing trade bait come July or give the Yankees a big decision with Francisco Cervelli in the mix. Ryan has minor league options left. Cervelli does not.

Three more: Ellsbury is starting to pick it up. In the fourth, he added a two-run single. It was set up by a Kelly Johnson single and a Brian Roberts double.

Brian McCann added an RBI single. McCann has looked better at the plate lately.

McFirstbaseman: McCann's first major-league start at first base was pretty uneventful. He made a pretty nice play in the fourth, when, after a Ryan diving stop, the throw bounced in front of him. McCann didn't have to scoop the ball, but he did have to adjust. Jon Jay was safe anyway.

Standing O for Jeter: Before the seventh inning, the Cardinals showed Derek Jeter in the dugout on the Busch Stadium scoreboard. The fans and the Cardinals gave Jeter a standing ovation. He eventually stepped out of the dugout and tipped his cap. He also pointed to the Cards' bench.

They all must have liked his favorite movies of all-time selections.

Hiro OK: Hiroki Kuroda pitched well enough. In his 5 2/3 innings, he allowed nine hits but just three runs (all earned).

Jammed: In the bottom of the third, the Cardinals loaded the bases against Kuroda. Kuroda escaped by forcing Yadier Molina to pop out to end the inning.

One Pitch Wonder: With the lead cut to four and runners on first and third in the sixth, Joe Girardi turned to Dellin Betances. Betances needed just one pitch -- a slurve -- to force Matt Holliday to end the inning with a flyout.

Four closer outs: David Robertson didn't pick up the save, but he did come in during the eighth with two outs. He relieved Adam Warren. Robertson allowed an inherited runner to score on a Kolten Wong comebacker that nearly took off Robertson's head. Robertson struck out Holliday to end the inning.

In the ninth, Robertson allowed a hit and a walk to bring the tying run up. He then struck out Jon Jay, Matt Adams and Daniel Descalso to end the game.

Defensive Whiz?: Ryan made a fielding error in the second on a routine grounder. It did not cost the Yankees. While he has very good range, Ryan has been a bit inconsistent with the relatively easy ones.

What's next: The Yankees have a day off Thursday before starting a seven-game homestand that will see the returns of Phil Hughes and Robinson Cano. The Yankees face the Twins on Friday. The starting pitchers will be:

Friday: Vidal Nuno (1-1, 5.49) versus Ricky Nolasco (2-5, 6.12).

Saturday: Masahiro Tanaka (7-1, 2.29) versus Kevin Correia (2-6, 6.34)

Sunday: Chase Whitley (0-0, 2.57) versus Hughes (5-1, 3.23)

The Yankees face the Mariners on Monday in a make-up game. The final three games are against the A's before the Yankees go on another long roadie, a 10-gamer, to Kansas City, Seattle and Oakland.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »



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Jacoby Ellsbury
.271 16 70 71
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146