The Yankees completed their first sweep of the season with a 4-1 victory over the Elizabethton Twins Wednesday night in front of a historic crowd at Calfee Park.
The Twins scored the first run of the game for the first time in this three game series with a double to right-center field that scored a runner from second to give the Twins the 1-0 lead early on against Yankees starting pitcher, Ryan Anderson.
Anderson made his second start of the year and went three innings and gave up just the lone run while striking out three batters and giving up only two hits. The Yankees – as they have all series – answered the Elizabethton run with a run of their own in the bottom of the first inning when Antonio Cabellolaunched his first home run of the season 416 feet over the left field wall and then over the visiting clubhouse. The home run marked the fifth home run of the three-game series is the most the Yankees have hit in a series this year.
Gustavo Campero played some small ball for the Yankees to give them the go ahead run in the bottom of the second. He laid down a perfectly placed bunt that had the Twins pitcher and third baseman waving their gloves over the ball trying to push it foul as the ball trickled down the third base line. Campero then stole second and third base to place him just 90 feet away from home when Nelson Alvarez drove him in to score with a two out single.
After forcing the Twins to hit a ground ball that turned into a double play in the third inning, Anderson struck out the last batter that he faced in the game with a breaking ball down and in that had the batter walking back to the dugout as the umpire rung him up.
Yankee manger Luis Dorante called on Nelvin Correa to pitch the middle innings for Pulaski and he rewarded his skipper with another solid performance. He went 4.2 scoreless innings and gave up just three hits while striking out four batters and earned his second win of the season.
The Yankees scored their third and fourth runs of the game in the bottom the sixth inning when Gustavo Campero hit a double off the very top of the right field wall and scored Oliver Dunn who was standing on second base after he drew a lead off walk before stealing second. A pair of Twins errors allowed Campero to come around for his second run of the game and pushed the Yanks lead to 4-1.
Derek Craft came in to the game in the top of the eighth inning with two outs and closed the game for the Yankees by throwing another 1.1 innings without giving up and run and struck out two Twins batters. In 6.2 innings in relief this year, Craft has only allowed one hit and struck out 11 opposing batters and earned his second save of the season tonight.
The Yankees closed out their first of two seven game home stands this year with a record crowd in attendance to witness the first sweep at Calfee Park since August of lasts season when they swept the Kingsport Mets in a three game set. 4,869 people piled into Calfee Park to join the Yankees and got a jump on their Fourth of July festivities. The Yankees will hit the road for a five game road trip of their own before returning to Calfee Park on July 10 when they host the Bluefield Blue Jays in another three game series. The Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 2-1 in the Yankees first home series of the year back on June 21-23.