On a night when the Yankees honored Jackie Robinson after their off day yesterday, it's only fitting that the man named after him would help power them to a win with a home run that may not have yet landed. After the Yankees loaded the bases in the first and second innings with nothing to show for it, Robinson Cano put them on the board in the fourth with a mammoth three-run home run into the bleachers in right field. That would be all the scoring the Yankees would need tonight, though, that doesn't exactly tell the whole story.
Ivan Nova was nothing you could call sharp for five innings. He allowed only two runs, but scattered seven hits and two walks to make things dicey more often than not. He loaded the bases with no outs in the third inning, and after a sac fly by Miguel Montero and an RBI single by Cody Ross, the Yankees were down 0-2. Give him credit for limiting the damage to only two runs, but his pitching hasn't inspired much confidence that he's turned a corner from last season just yet. The bullpen brigade of Boone Logan, Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera were actually all fantastic this evening, allowing only one hit and no walks in four innings combined. Logan, who had been struggling to start this season, even managed to pitch a clean inning and a third.
Every Yankee hitter with the exception of Vernon Wells got a hit in the game, but even Wells reached base on a walk. The big blast came from Cano, with a sac fly by Eduardo Nunez chipping in the only other run. It's a little frustrating that twelve hits could only amount to four runs (with three of them coming on one swing), but it isn't really the time to be too picky after a win. Travis Hafner continued his hot hitting with two doubles, Kevin Youkilis singled twice to start a new hitting streak (we hope), and Chris Stewart even had a couple of hits. He shouldn't be playing over Francisco Cervelli, but when he does, he better be contributing.
The Yankees also paid their respects to Boston after the horrifying events at yesterday's Boston Marathon between the third and fourth inning by playing Sweet Caroline over the PA. It isn't much, and could never make up for what was so senselessly done yesterday, but hopefully the show of support through sports helps as much as that type of thing can at a time like that.
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