The Yankees edged the Baltimore Orioles 11-10, in the series finale on Labor Day, in a game in which the Orioles scored in six different innings but the savior Jesus Montero, who was called up on September 1st, hit his first two major league home runs.
The starting pitchers did not produce on either side as neither pitcher lasted more than 2.2 innings. Brian Matusz gave up five runs in 1.1 innings, including Mark Teixiera’s 36th home run and Curtis Granderson’s 21st double which scored Derek Jeter and Montero. Matusz has likely been the worst starter in the American League as he has an ERA of 9.84.
On the other hand, Freddy Garcia lasted slightly longer but did not see much better results. He pitched 2.2 innings while allowing a grand total of seven runs, on nine hits and two home runs. This abnormal performance by Garcia sent his ERA from a very respectable 3.09 all the way up to 3.50. Garcia will likely be able to bounce back as he has been one of the most consistent starters the the Yankees this season besides CC Sebathia.
However, Scott Proctor made his first appearance for the Yankees since 2007 and was able to somewhat stop the bleeding as he allowed one run in two innings, and the combination of winning pitcher Aaaron Laffey and Luis Ayala would hold the Orioles at eight until the seventh inning.
The Yankees bullpen did their job, as they were able to pitch nearly seven innings while only surrendering three runs. One of those runs was by the nearly perfect Mariano Rivera who is on the verge of breaking the all-time saves record held by Trevor Hoffman.
The main takeaway from the game was Montero because he will be able to be an asset as the Designated Hitter for the team down the stretch and in the playoffs since Jorge Posada has been struggling. He has been quite literally a breath of fresh air as he has hit better each game, going from hitless in game one to smashing two homers on two hits in start number four. Montero currently is 5-13 which proves he is handling the adjustment from AAA Scranton to the Show with ease.
Curtis Granderson was recently named the Player of the Month for August after he had a .286 average with 10 homers, 29 RBI and 19 runs scored.
Phil Hughes, who is coming off two rocky starts where he allowed a combined 12 runs, was scheduled to start tonight but the game seems like it will get extremely delayed or made up as a double-header tomorrow because of rain.