This was a completely uneventful game and if you missed it, you didn't miss much, especially since you wouldn't be able to watch it anyway. The Yankees were no-hit by the Marlins again for eight innings tonight, but still managed to pick up the win anyway, thanks to some fantastic pitching from the Yankees' pair of Japanese starters.
Hiroki Kuroda allowed three hits while collecting four strikeouts and four ground outs in three innings. One of the hits was actually a Christian Yelich leadoff bunt single to start the game, so he didn't give Miami much. Masahiro Tanaka came into the game in relief and was even better. He struck out a grand total of 10 batters in six innings as the Marlins were only able to get three hits (and an Eduardo Nunez error!) off him while being incapable of laying off the slider. It would have been nice to see such a beautiful thing over and over and over again. Only two batters were able to get hits off him. Beautiful.
The Yankees actually took the lead in the fourth without even collecting a hit. Brett Gardner reached on a Donovan Solano error at short. After that he stole second, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira walked, and Gardner stole third, because he's awesome. Brian McCann grounded to first base and was able to get the run in.
The Yankees then went the next three innings without a baserunner before finally breaking out in the eighth inning. Kelly Johnson hit a leadoff double and was replaced by stupid Eduardo Nunez on the base path. He took third on a wild pitch and then scored on a Brian Roberts single to make it a 2–0 game. Antoan Richardson came in for Roberts and immediately stole second. He advanced to third on an Ichiro Suzuki grounder and then scored on a Yangervis Solarte single to increase the lead to 3–0.
Word is that, while Dean Anna has made the team, the Yankees haven't decided on their final bench player just yet. After seeing Solarte collect an RBI and Nunez collect yet another error, maybe it's finally time to make the right call. How 'bout it, guys? Please?