Yankees Split Double Header In Cleveland
For much of the day runs were at a premium in Cleveland for both the Yankees and the Indians, as the teams sped through an afternoon double header at Progressive Field.
The opener belonged to Justin Masterson, who threw a complete game four hit shutout to out-duel David Phelps for a 1-0 win. Phelps gave up a home run to Jason Kipnis in the bottom of the 1st before settling in for a solid start of 6.2 innings. Masterson improved to 6-2 on the season with a 3.14 ERA, padding his resume as an early contender for the American League Cy Young.
The Yanks kicked off the second game with a run in the first on a Vernon Wells ground out that plated Jayson Nix. The 1-0 lead lasted until the top of the seventh when the Yankee bats finally came to life, in a big way. Corban Joseph led off the inning with his first major league hit, a hustling double to left field. Corban was driven home by Austin Romine, who doubled and later scored on a single by Jayson Nix. Vernon Wells then singled to bring home Brett Gardner, who had walked, and Overbay followed that up with a double to the wall that drove in both Nix and Wells. Finally, Lyle Overbay trotted home on a throwing error by third baseman Mark Reynolds, which would have ended the inning. In total the Yankees rallied for six runs, blowing the game open 7-0.
Not to be lost in excitement of the 7th was an extremely impressive pitching performance by Vidal Nuno and the Yankees bullpen. Nuno threw five scoreless innings for his first win of the season, before passing the ball to a lights out Adam Warren, who added the final four scoreless frames.