This marks two great starts and two bad start for D.J. Mitchell, who earned his first loss of the season. Mitchell breezed through the order the first time around nine up, nine down and then things took a turn. Mitchell allowed four hits, all extra base hits, for four runs in the 4th inning. Nava lead off with a homerun, Gomez hit a two-run shot, and a triple and double later and the Yankees would be done for good. Brandon Laird hit his first homerun of the year, a two run shot, and then Doug Bernier brought Laird home on a sac fly later in the game. Steve Pearce was 3-for-3 with a hit by pitch to raise his triple slash to .391/.466/.578.
Brett Marshall was respectable enough to earn his 3rd win of the year, although he did have some struggles with his command. Much like Mitchell, Marshall breezed through the order the first time around. It was in the 5th when he allowed a leadoff homerun and then the 6th was a mess, after two fast outs. A Walter Ibarra throwing error extended the inning, Marshall then allowed a single, walked the bases loaded, and walked in a run before being pulled for Lee Hyde who picked of the K. Ibarra more than made up for his error with a 3-for-3 night at the plate that included a triple, two RBIs, and three runs scored. Ronnier Mustelier had RBI doubles in the 1st and 2nd inning in a 4 RBI night and Abraham Almonte had a big night going 3-for-5 with a double and 3 runs scored.
One step forward, two steps back. It looked like Jose A. Ramirez was turning things around last outing, but then today happened. Not only was his command spotty, but was way too hittable once again. This time it was 8 hits in 4 innings. It has really become a concern to me how hittable he has been this year, considering he was also very hittable in a brief stint with Tampa last year. If your are wondering what his WHIP is, it is a whopping 1.90, ouch. The offense was pretty stagnant all night, with 9 hits spread out throughout the game. The lone run was an unearned run in the first inning on a Kyle Roller single after Rob Segedin singled and advanced to second on a throwing error. Defensively JR Murphy committed error number 4 trying to catch a base runner stealing and Segedin botched a grounder to allow a run to score in the 5th.
Caleb Cotham continued his tear of the Sally since being made a starter for 2012. Cotham walked the leadoff man and then allowed a pair of hits in the 1st the Legends lone run. Cotham allowed only two hits the rest of the way. He also continued to rack up groundballs with 8 groundouts to 2 flyouts. Putting up 3 runs against Nick Tropeano has to be considered a good job by the offense. Gary Sanchez led the charge going 2-for-4 with a double and RBI and Cito Culver even picked up and RBI! Sadly Tyler Austin saw his 13 game hitting streak come to an end.