MLB Game Summary - Cincinnati at NY Yankees|
(Saturday, July 19)
Final Score: NY Yankees 7, Cincinnati 1
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Brett Gardner knocked in three runs and
Brandon McCarthy made a good impression in his first home start as a Yankee,
tossing six strong innings in New York's 7-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Making his second overall appearance since being acquired from Arizona on July
6, McCarthy (1-0) racked up nine strikeouts while scattering six hits -- one
of which was a solo homer by Chris Heisey.
"He's got the ability to do what he did tonight every fifth day, I truly
believe that," Yankees catcher Brian McCann said of McCarthy. "I think his
stuff's always been there. What I saw today and from his first start, he's got
McCarthy received ample support from his new teammates, with Carlos Beltran
going 2-for-4 with a solo home run and Kelly Johnson delivering a two-run
single as part of a 2-for-3 day at the plate. Brian Roberts also had two
hits while scoring three times to help the Yankees hand All-Star Alfredo Simon
his first loss since May 27.
"I think we're going to swing the bats better in the second half," said
McCann. "I think our pitching's been there all year, guys have stepped up and
played key roles."
Simon (12-4), who came in 6-0 over his final eight outings before the break,
lasted only five innings and permitted four runs -- two earned.
Beltran, playing his second game since missing seven straight with a broken
nose and a sore knee, opened the scoring by hammering a Simon curveball into
the right-field seats in the bottom of the second. Gardner made it a 2-0 lead
an inning later with a single that plated Roberts, who had reached second on a
dropped fly ball from Reds right fielder Jay Bruce.
McCarthy did his part early on by limiting Cincinnati to two singles over the
first four innings, striking out the side in the last of those frames. He
surrendered Heisey's homer in the fifth and a pair of hits in the sixth, but
prevented further damage by fanning Brayan Pena on his final pitch.
"We really did struggle to put the ball in play and really just to create
anything offensively," said Reds manager Bryan Price. "We fell behind early
and really didn't ourselves back in the game at any point."
The Yankees owned a 4-1 advantage by that point after putting up two more runs
in their half of the fifth. Singles by Roberts and Johnson and a passed ball
by Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco set up Gardner's sacrifice fly that preceded
Derek Jeter's RBI hit.
New York then broke the game open in the sixth against J.J. Hoover, who was
greeted by singles by McCann and Beltran before Roberts poked a base hit to
load the bases with one out. Johnson followed with a two-run single and
Gardner added another sac fly to increase the margin to 7-1.
The Reds have now dropped five in a row on the road, including Friday's opener
of this three-game set ... Simon had a string of eight consecutive quality
starts halted ... The Reds lost their initial series following the All-Star
break for the first time since 2007 ... McCarthy had lost six straight
interleague starts since beating the Dodgers on June 19, 2012 while then a
member of the Oakland A's.
07/19 18:51:42 ET