The last two games the Yankees have been looking more like the Yankees of old with some good pitching timely hitting and a little bit of luck. Monday night the Yankees picked up their first victory behind a gritty pitching performance behind Ivan Nova. Nova struggled this spring and I personally was a little worried he was going to go out there and fall flat on his face. My fears were unjustified when he went out there and pitched seven innings of two run ball striking out seven along the way. He wasnt great giving up ten hits, but they were scattered and the Yankee offence gave all the help he needed in this 6-2 victory.
Last night was a bit of a different story as the starting pitching was less than spectacular. Freddy Garcia tied a Yankee record throwing five wild pitches and only lasted 4 innings giving up 4 runs three of them earned. This would be all that the birds would get as the Yankees bull pen went into shut down mode only allowing 2 hits giving the Yankees a opurtunity to rally and after the Orioles intentionally walked Granderson in the twelfth Ibanez earned his stripes with a ground rule double that turned out to be the game winner. Mariano Rivera came in and nailed it down in the bottom of the twelfth for his first save of the season as the Yankees 5-4 win improved their record to 2-3.
Tonight CC Sabathia will try to forget about a somewhat shaky opening day as he will hopefully put the bombers in position for their first sweep of the season as well. Sabathia is 16-2 against the Orioles with an ERA of 2.74 and Robinson Cano has a .456 bating average in his last 32 appearances at Camden yards with 10 HR. All good signs for the Yankees. Like I said before, they are going to be fine.