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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Chicago, IL (June 20) – The New York Yankees defeated the Chicago Cubs by the score of 10-4 on Sunday night. The Yankees were trailing this game 4-1 answering back by scoring nine unanswered runs with six of them coming in the eighth and ninth innings. C.C. Sabathia started for the Yankees and did not have his best stuff, his control was off but he was good enough for the win. Sabathia always gets run support and tonight he got more than enough of that.
Sabathia pitched seven innings giving up eight hits and four runs. He walked one and struck out three. Dave Robertson pitched one inning giving up two walks, a strikeout and Jeff Marquez pitched an inning giving up two hits, and he struck out one batter. Sabathia improved his record to 9-4 with a 3.39 ERA.
Brett Gardner had three hits and an RBI, Curtis Granderson had a hit and an RBI and Mark Teixeira had a hit, RBI and a walk. Alex Rodriguez had three hits an RBI, a walk, Robinson Cano had a hit, and Nick Swisher had three hits and four RBI. Russell Martin had a hit, RBI and a walk, Eduardo Nunez had an RBI and a walk. Gardner, Rodriguez and Teixeira each had a double. Granderson had a triple, Gardner and Swisher had homeruns. The Yankees were 6-12 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. Martin was caught stealing and Marquez made an error.
Gardner led off the game with a solo homerun. In the bottom of the first, Jeff Baker tied the game at one with an RBI groundout. In the third inning Alfonso Soriano hit a three run homerun to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead. In the fourth inning, Swisher hit an RBI single and Nunez hit into a force out that scored a run to make it 4-3. In the sixth inning, Martin hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at four.
The big hit in this game was in the eighth inning when Swisher hit a three-run homerun to give the Yankees a 7-4 lead. Granderson hit an RBI triple, Teixeira hit an RBI double, Rodriguez hit an RBI double in the ninth inning to make it 10-4, and that was the final score.
The Yankees won two out of three in Chicago over the weekend. The Yankees lost the first game on Friday afternoon by not hitting at all. They came back on Saturday afternoon and Sunday night to win with their offense doing a lot more damage.
The Yankees are one game back from Boston Red Sox in the loss column for first place in the AL East. The Red Sox continue to win even while they put two important pieces on the disabled list. The Yankees will now head to Cincinatti for a three game series. The Yankees have not been there since the 1976 World Series when the Big Red Machine swept them. The Yankees record is now 41-29.
The Yankees also got some good news today with Phil Hughes making a rehab start in Class A Staten Island. Hughes struck out seven and walked one consistently sitting 92-93 and touching 95 on the radar gun. If Hughes keeps progressing, he could be back with the Yankees in a couple of weeks. If Hughes is near his form from last year it could be like a mid season pickup for the Yankees.