The Yankees may lead the league with the fewest errors but you wouldn't know it by tonight's game. Sloppy defense really didn't help CC Sabathia, who gave up only one earned run over 5.2 innings. Unfortunately, he also gave up four unearned runs thanks to three errors by the tandem of Chris Stewart and Robinson Cano. Sabathia struck out three and allowed nine hits, all of which were singles.
Cory Wade relieved CC in the 6th inning, but allowed an inherited runner to score which tied the game at five a piece. He managed to work himself out of further trouble and left the bases loaded. Boone Logan was sharp once again, striking out two in 1.1 innings of work. It's nice not to have to cover our eyes when he enters a game these days. Houdini magic was in effect as usual for David Robertson to close out the 8th before Rafael Soriano came on for the save, allowing a two-out single to Lucas Duda before retiring Ike Davis to end the game.
Offensively, the Yankees did work against the recently unhittable R.A. Dickey. A sac fly by Mark Teixeira and a three-run blast by Nick Swisher ended the streak of no earned runs that Dickey had going and put the Yankees ahead 4-0. After the Mets came all the way back, Robinson Cano attempted to make up for his lack of defense by sending a solo shot to center that went beyond the giant apple. For all the talk of how it was more difficult to hit homers at Citi Field, the offense did a good job of showing that the dimensions don't really matter in this series.
Even Raul Ibanez got in on the hitting with three singles. Having him be less than terrible until Brett Gardner returns would be really nice. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I'm seriously about done with Chris Stewart. Yeah, yeah, backup catcher and all of that, but I haven't seen enough great defense from him to justify his complete lack of hitting ability. Not that they are really any obviously better options, sorry Cervelli.
Comment of the Game: YankeesJets for realizing who we need to catch Stewart's awful throws to second.