Yankees Win Eighth Straight on Home Run
Last July the New York Yankees won eight straight games in that up and down season that ended in failure. Now it is eight consecutive wins again for the Bronx Bombers, this time in mid May after their 11-4 win over the slumping Baltimore Orioles at the Stadium Wednesday evening.And this eight-game winning streak is coming with hits and plenty of runs.Once again the home run bats of the Yankees produced the runs they needed and nine of their hits were three more long balls. The second inning home runs staked the Yankees to a 3-0 lead that helped starting pitcher Phil Hughes at the time who got the win.The home runs came in three consecutive at bats from Nick Swisher his ninth and first one at home in the new Stadium. Robinson Cano got his 7th and Melky Cabrera hit one deep to right for his fifth of the season. Swisher hit a fastball, Cano a changeup and Cabrera a curve which made the home run inning that more interesting and all were hit to right field which has become a Yankees home run alley."Its baseball and you start to get a good feeling of yourself when you walk in the clubhouse,” commented manager Joe Girardi about the winning streak and attitude of his Yankees. The streak started with a Yankees 8-2 win on their last road trip up in Toronto.All the home runs came off Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie (3-4) who now has given up an American League leading 11 home runs. “We got within good striking distance but the real bugaboo was the big inning that they put up in the end, more so the home runs,” said Orioles manager Dave Trembley.The Yankees at their new home in the Bronx are coming accustomed to hitting the long ball. The three home runs in an inning was the 11th time in franchise history that was accomplished and first since June 21 of 2005 vs. Tampa Bay and the team took over the AL lead in that category with 64.The combined six home runs hit by the Yankees and Orioles now have provided a total of 71 home runs hit at the new Yankee Stadium in the fist seven weeks of the season.A six run eighth inning where the Yankees batted around made it easier for Mariano Rivera to register his first save of more than one inning this season, his 8th. “And for Hughes, who had his best stuff of the season the early run support was a relief.“When you get run support it’s a lot easier to pitch,” said Hughes who impressed Girardi enough and will make the Yankees warrant some decisions with injured pitcher Chien-Meng Wang due back from injury soon.Hughes gave way to Phil Coke and Alfredo Aceves out of the pen who pitched scoreless ball. Mariano Rivera recorded a four-out save his 8th of the season and gave up a run to Nolan Reimold, the first of his career.The Yankees look to sweep the three game series in the Bronx Thursday evening. Joba Chamberlain (2-1) will make the start for New York opposing (2-4) Adam Eaton of the Orioles..