The Yankees sweep a three game series from the Cleveland Indians

The New York Yankees completed a three game home sweep of the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday afternoon.  They won the three games by the scores of 7-1, 6-4 and 5-4.  I am going to take a look at all three games and how they won them and were able to sweep the three game series.  I will also take a brief look ahead for the Yankees.

In the first game Hiroki Kuroda started and pitched very well.  He gave up one run in seven innings and was able to win his seventh game of the season.  Robinson Cano and DeWayne Wise each had a big night to lead the offense.  They both had two hits and three RBI.  Wise, Cano and Nick Swisher each hit a homerun in the game.  The Yankees were able to jump out to a 6-0 lead in the first three innings and they didn’t look back.

The second game became a lot closer at the end then the game really was.  The Yankees had a 6-0 lead in the ninth and Cory Wade gave up four runs to make it interesting before Rafael Soriano came in and closed it out with two pitches.  Phil Hughes pitched eight great innings.  He won his eighth game of the season, Wade gave up four hits and four runs in 2/3 of an inning.  Derek Jeter, Swisher and Chris Stewart led the offense with two hits each.  Alex Rodriguez had the only homerun of the game for the Yankees.

The Yankees were able to win the third game of the series and sweep but it wasn’t a great day.  Andy Pettitte started the game and was taken out in the fourth inning after getting hit in the leg by a line drive.  He ended up fracturing his leg and will be out at least 4-6 weeks and then some time to build up after that.  I would guess that you won’t see Pettitte on the mound until September.  The Yankees bullpen did a good job piecing it together with Freddy Garcia really stepping up and getting the win.  Garcia retired all seven batters that he faced and won his second game of the season.  Soriano was able to pick up his 17th save in this game.  Cano had three hits and two RBI to lead the Yankees offense.  Eric Chavez had two hits and three RBI.

The Yankees will take on the Chicago White Sox in a four game series.  They will finish up Hope week and also have Old Timers Day on Sunday.  The Yankees will have to get by with CC Sabathia and Pettitte both being hurt.  Adam Warren will make his major league debut on Friday night.  If the Yankees can handle it from within they won’t make a trade but if not they could jump into the trade market.

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