Luis Vizcaino is the first Yankee to win both games of a doubleheader since Lindy McDaniel at Cleveland on May 24, 1970.
Official scorer Bill Shannon awarded Vizcaino the victory in Game 2 based on Brian Bruney getting only one out.
Vizcaino on the day: 2.1 0 0 0 0 2. He has a 1.03 ERA since May 28. That’s nearly two months and that’s beyond coincidence and good luck.
The bullpen on the day: 8.1 9 2 2 1 9. Outside of Scott Proctor and Brian Bruney, the relievers were stellar.
The Yanks now trail Boston by 7.5 games and Cleveland by 6.5.
The Yankees made two smart moves today as well. Sean Henn essentially replaces Edwar Ramirez in the bullpen and gives them a long man. That allows Torre to use the newly effective Ron Villone in late-inning situations if he wants.
And while Wil Nieves is a Hall of Fame nice guy, Jose Molina is a legitimate MLB backup catcher.
Johnny Damon had two bloop doubles today that accounted for four RBI. But the guy has made a career on such hits along with an occasional blast to right field. Whether they were good hits or not, he was on base three times and scored three runs. That’s what the Yankees need out of him.
The game plan has been clear since the break and the Yankees are following it. They need to mash through series against these bad teams then see where they are on Aug. 10 when they face Cleveland.
That means win tomorrow behind Pettitte. Then three out of four in Kansas City. Three out of four in Baltimore (including the suspended game), two out of three against Chicago, two out of three against Kansas City, etc.
If the Yanks are 10 or 11 games over .500 before the day off on Aug. 9, they’ll be right in the mix.