Michael Pineda tossed six scoreless innings as the Yankees beat the Orioles, 5-0, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
- Carlos Beltran's sacrifice fly in the first inning gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
- Mark Teixeira's solo homer in the fourth inning extended the Yankees' advantage to 2-0.
- Teixeira's bases loaded walk in the sixth inning upped New York's lead to 3-0, and Brett Gardner's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning made it 4-0.
- Beltran's home run in the eighth inning increased the Yankees' lead to 5-0.
- Pineda allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out eight during his six scoreless innings.
That's four straight wins for the Yankees, all aided by solid starting pitching. Yankees starters have allowed just three runs in 23 1/3 innings. What's more impressive is they have done it against the strong offenses of the Boston Red Sox and the homer-happy Orioles -- teams both in playoff position through today's games.
Further, the Yankees' relief crew has not allowed a run during the last four games (12 2/3 IP), getting key contributions from middle relief and the back-end of the bullpen. Finally, the Yankees' offense has shown signs of life in the last couple of games (12 runs total) in which they have tacked on runs late, enabling manager Joe Girardi to give rest to the big arms at the back-end of the bullpen.
When the All-Star break came along, talk of a big sell-off was rampant and warranted, but ownership openly refused to commit to such an endeavor. All of a sudden, the Yankees look like a team that wants to push ownership to hold off even longer, and potentially jump to the other side of the board and become buyers.
In my view, there is a long way to go before they can be considered a serious threat, but the squad is doing its best to force the issue.
CC Sabathia (3.94 ERA, 1.39 WHIP) will face Chris Tillman (3.29 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) in the finale of a four-game series on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. ET.