The New York Yankees completed a three game sweep in Washington D.C. on Sunday afternoon. The Yankees had been rolling coming into the series in Washington but so had the Washington Nationals. They both were on six game winning streaks coming into the series. The series was a tough one but the Yankees found a way to win all three games and stretch their win streak to nine games. The Yankees have been getting great starting pitching and that is where it all really begins. This is a look at the series and what allowed the Yankees to sweep the series.
They won the three games by the scores of 7-2, 5-3 and 4-1. The common theme has been the great starting pitching they are getting. CC Sabathia is their ace and he has been their worst starter. The first game was a lot closer then the final score would indicate. Phil Hughes started the game and pitched really well, the Yankees had an outburst in the seventh inning and put the game away. Curtis Granderson had a big game with a couple of hits and three RBI.
In the second game it went 14 innings and Mark Teixeira finally hit a two run double to win the game. Andy Pettitte started and pitched very well, the bullpens of both teams were excellent. The third game was a dominant pitching performance by Ivan Nova and the Yankees had a couple of homeruns to secure the nice tidy 4-1 win. Rafael Soriano had an easy 1-2-3 inning to close out the game. Soriano has been great as the closer saving 13 of 14.
The Yankees have gotten some timely hitting during the win streak and during this three game sweep. The story though is the pitching, they were able to win all three games and the nine on this winning streak because their starting pitching has been so good. The Yankees have such a good team but it always starts and ends with the pitching. If the Yankees continue to get this type of starting pitching to go with their superb defense and bullpen they will be tough to beat.
The Yankees will now have a brief three game home series with the Braves and then three at Citi Field against the New York Mets to close out interleague play. How long can this winning streak last?? Can the Yankees get to double digits? Can they sweep the last two series and sweep right through this portion of the interleague.