The first time the Yankees played at Coors Field, they won two of three games in a series of slugfests with the Rockies that saw New York outscore its host, 41-29, posting double-digit run totals in every game. Joe Girardi's club left Colorado with another series win following a 3-1 win over the Rockies Thursday afternoon, but it's clear that the days of homer-happy battles in this ballpark are over. The Yankees outscored the Rockies 6-5 in the three-game series, a number that used to be considered a run-of-the-mill night at the ballpark on Blake Street. "You just knew you were going to give up runs," Girardi said of his days playing for the Rockies in the mid-1990s. "If you were down 6-1, that was nothing in the third or fourth inning. You could almost guarantee there were going to be at least 12 runs scored combined every day." CC Sabathia held the Rockies to one run on one hit over four innings, but a two-hour rain delay ended his day much earlier than the Yankees would have liked. Still, four relievers combined for four scoreless innings, getting the ball to Mariano Rivera, who locked down their seventh series win in the last nine with his 13th save in 13 tries this season. The Yankees' pitching staff has now allowed three runs or fewer in nine of their last 15 games, continuing to serve as the backbone for the club during its improbable 20-13 start.
CC, Yankees bullpen combine to shut down Rockies in 3-1, rain-delayed win
New York Daily News | May 10