Well, on a cold and rainy day in the Bronx that was exactly what they got from starter and new Yankee Freddy Garcia in his official debut.
Throwing six-scoreless innings and completely blanking the heavy hitting Texas Rangers, the Yankees could not have written it any better.
Garcia pitched like a genius by keeping ahead in his counts by dominating the fastball swinging Rangers with his off-speed pitches. Garcia only allowed two hits and needed 84 pitches in the outing.
Let me just say, I was in attendance for Garcia’s start and the weather conditions were about the least ideal possible. Garcia certainly put a smile on my face after six.
It was also great to see a still hyped up Joba Chamberlain come in the seventh. Joba seems to have been bitten by the same bug from 2007. It was utterly delightful to see Joba ecstatic about doing his job again.
The series finale is Sunday night at 8pm and both teams would like to come away with the series win.
*Look for my prediction and preview, about this Sunday night match-up to follow.
- See Ya and Garcia (timesunion.com)
- Tex powers Garcia’s first Yankees win (mlb.mlb.com)
- Teixeira, Garcia lead Yankees past Rangers 5-2 (boston.com)
- Rangers baffled by Garcia in 5-2 loss to Yankees (boston.com)
- “Freddy Garcia Shuts Down Rangers in First Start With Yankees As New York Wins 5-2″ and related posts (nesn.com)
- Freddy Garcia wins in Yankees debut | Baseball notebook (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Righty Garcia shuts down Rangers in Yankees debut (cbssports.com)