The Yankees received a quality start from A.J. Burnett and a three-run blast in the fourth inning from Nick Swisher, as they completed their sweep of the Athletics this afternoon.
Yankees 4, A’s 2
W: A.J. Burnett
L: Gio Gonzalez
S: Mariano Rivera
You would hope a switch hitter hits better from the left side because there are far more right-handers in the league than southpaws. That’s not the case with Swisher, who was hitting .306/.393/.408 against lefties compared to .175/.310/.275 against righties heading into today. His homer came off Gonzalez, a lefty.
Burnett has allowed three earned runs or fewer in five of his last six starts. His record in that span (2-2) doesn’t reflect that, but he’s meant a lot to this rotation. Just think about how awful he was last season.
A-Rod-Cano Chase to .300 Update:
Alex Rodriguez singled and doubled to boost his average to a team-leading .292. Robinson Cano singled, but sits at .284. A-Rod is #winning the chase to .300.
Mo Ends Drought:
For the first time since May 10, Rivera recorded a save. He did blow one save between then and now, but the drought was more of the Yankees not giving him save situations than him not doing his job.
Pitching staff. A.J. to Joba to Mo. So simple, and it worked beautifully today.