Brett Anderson struggled early. Anderson recorded a single out which tells you as much as you need to about this game. Brett Gardner led off with a double. Aaron Hicks hit the ball to Anderson, but an error allowed Gardner to score. Hicks wound up at second. Starlin Castro doubled to make it 2-0 Yankee lead. Anderson struck out Aaron Judge for his lone moment of brilliance. Gary Sanchez singled to make it 3-0. Didi Gregorius singled and a Chase Headley double ended Anderson night. It also spotted the Yankees a 5-0 lead before the second out of the game. Felix Pena was the first reliever and he recorded two quick outs to keep the Cubs somewhat in the game.
In the third inning Gary Sanchez led off the inning with a Gary Sanchez single. Gregorius single to give the Yanks two on with no out. Headley struck out with a harumph. Chris Carter reached on a fielder's choice and error making it a 6-0 game. A Jordan Montgomery grounded into a double play prevented the flood gates from opening at this point. The Yankees would hold onto this lead easily. The Yankees added in the fourth inning. Hicks had a one out double, and Castro blasted his sixth bomb of the season to make it 8-0.
The Cubs made it some sort of a game with an Albert Almora walk in the fifth inning. Javier Baez doubled to give the Cubs a shot. New relief pitcher Rob Zasryzny flied out, but a Jn Jay ground out got the Cubs on the board. Ben Zobrist reached on an error to make it a 8-2 game. The Cubs ended Jordan Montgomery's night in the seventh inning. Jay walked with two outs, and Zobrist triple drove in the Cubs third run.
Rob Refsnyder walked with one out in the eighth inning. Gardner singled and an Aaron Hicks bomb put this one out of reach at 11-3. Castro followed it up with a solid single, but a double play ended this inning. An Addison Russell triple added a slight hint of drama in the bottom half of the eighth. Contreras walked and was exchanged on an Albert Almora fielder's choice. Baex singled to make it a 11-4 game. Miguel Montero delivered a two run pinch hit single. The Federalist doubled, but Ben Zobrist could not make it a game with his swinging strike out. Montero pitched the ninth inning, and managed through some guile to keep it a 5 run deficit. The Cubs couldn't even muster a tease rally in the ninth, and the Yankees took the second game of the series with an all too easy win.
The Brett Anderson Experience
I liked the Brett Anderson signing. Anderson was a top pitching prospect once upon a time and has done well when able to stay on the field. Tonight represents yet another example of past history not always predicting the future. Anderson's ERA continues to sky rocket, and makes me feel more and more like an idiot proclaiming his only concern was health and not production. Anderson has shown flashes of the highly thought of lefty, but more often than not it has been a poor outing from the southpaw.
The plus was the two recent call ups of Felix Pena and Rob Zastryzny pitched 7.2 innings that prevented a tired bullpen from being overtaxed. Pena and Zastryzny both gave up runs in thier work, but at the end of the day the key guys in the bullpen received another day off. The Cubs have Lester going tomorrow. A quality start from Lester should result in a win. The Cubs backend bullpen relievers will be ready for tomorrow's night game.
Starlin Castro has had quite the start to a season. Castro continue that with a 3-4 night with a home run. Castro was not the catalyst but his performance was a big component of the easy Yanks win. Castro was always a controversial player in his time here. It seemed like no matter what I wrote about him here would result in one side feeling I was biased. I especially enjoyed the recaps where I got comments claiming that I was being both too hard and too easy on Castro. Those were my favorites. Still I can't be upset to see Castro reaching the full potential of his amazing bat to ball skills.
I'll admit it. I was trying to run an errand after the Yankees extended a 11-3 lead. I needed to return a DVD to the store before midnight, and thought I would make it while little drama occured in the game. Of course the Cubs started a rally, and that turned my trip into the endinng of Ferris Bueller trying to race home while the action was going on.
Three Stars of Game
Third Star-Jordan Montgomery (6.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 3 K)
Montgomery struggled with his command, but he did more than enough to hold onto the big league.
Second Star-Starlin Castro (3-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI)
Rizzo playing Castro's walk up music makes me happy.
First Star-Aaron Hicks (4-5, 1 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI)
Yesterday it was Brett Gardner delivering the key hit. Tonight Aaron Hicks was the player the Cubs couldn't keep off the bases. Hicks bomb turned out to be a back breaker with the late rally in the eighth inning.