Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY.
Yankees Overall Record: 31-20
Series MVP: third baseman Alex Rodriguez
Honorable Mention: Andy Pettitte
Quote of the Series: comes from manager Joe Girardi on the team's overall performance in the month of May
"Obviously you would've loved to have a better record in the month of May," Girardi said. "But 29 games in 31 days, some split doubleheaders, suspended games — we went through a lot. We went through some injuries. I thought our guys just kept going at it, and I'm proud of them for that."The Yankees returned home from Minnesota and got back to winning ways in the Bronx. The mediocre pitching staff of the Indians and the resurgence of the Yankees pitching staff was quite the dose of medicine the Bronx Bombers needed.
Friday's game allowed the Yankees offense to break out for the first time in a little more then a week. The offense scored eight runs in an 8-2 victory. Phil Hughes was once again masterful and allowed two earned runs, while lowering his earn-run average to 2.70, second to only Andy Pettitte. Hughes earned his sixth win of the season while striking out eight. Curtis Granderson returned from the disabled list and was in centerfield for the first time in over a month. To make room for Granderson on the roster, veteran Randy Winn was designated for assignment.
Saturday's game was rather unforgettable. CC Sabathia was a bit wild once again. Although he did have to sit through a lengthy delay in the third inning as Indians starter David Huff had to be attended to after taking a liner from Alex Rodriguez off of his head. Huff was sent to the hospital and was back by the eighth inning. But Sabathia gave up five runs in six innings. His ERA stands at 4.16, much higher then normal. The biggest culprit in Saturday's game though was reliever Joba Chamberlain. Chamberlain allowed four runs in 1/3 of an inning. The Yankees lost Saturday's game with a final score of 13-10
In Sunday's game AJ Burnett pitched eight masterful innings allowing three runs, only one earned, and had eight strikeouts. Burnett's biggest strength of the day was he had no walks, which almost never happens. (This is the guy who pitched a no hitter and had around nine walks in the same game.) The offense broke out and scored seven runs. Mark Teixeira hit his eighth home run of the season. Mariano Rivera came in in the ninth to pick up another save on the season.
Finally, Monday's game belonged to two people. Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte. A rejuvenated Pettitte pitched seven innings and allowed only one run. Oh did I mention he's 38 years old? The fact that Pettitte has been around for 15 years and still manages to rake up wins and have the second lowest ERA in the league at 2.48 in amazing. Rodriguez hit his second grand slam of the season, and 20th all time after Mark Teixeira was intentionally walked in the seventh inning. Rodriguez hits virtually everything in site after Teixeira is intentionally walked before he goes up to bat. Hopefully opposing managers won't read those statistics. Derek Jeter also had two hits in the game in the Yankees 7-2 victory.
Next Up: The Yankees are in the middle of a three game set with the Baltimore Orioles.