Saturday, August 9, 2014

Girardi Impressed By Rogers' Performance Against Cleveland

Going into his spot start yesterday against the decent hitting Indians, how new Yankee Esmil Rogers would do was an absolute mystery.

The 28-year-old right-hander, who struggled mightily this season before being designated for assignment by the Blue Jays, hadn't begun a game since 2013, making the decision to go with him instead of Chase Whitley a little strange.

Nonetheless, after a few mistakes in the top of the first that led to a run Rogers became the fifth dominant Yanks' hurler of the homestand, finishing up with 5 innings of four-hit, one-run ball to impress the crowd as well as his manager. 

"He did an outstanding job," New York Skipper Joe Girardi told The Star Ledger after the victory. "This is what we've seen from him; I just wasn't sure how much he would be able to give us. He did a great job."

On the second pitch of the outing, interestingly, Cleveland Second Basemen Jason Kipnis doubled down the left field line, appearing to set up the Yankees for a long night.

Fortunetaly, though, that wouldn't prove to be the case, with Rogers not allowing another extra-base hit from that point on to eventually get the W, his second already this week.

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