NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon McCarthy's wife had more trouble
slogging through Yankee Stadium traffic than he did against the
McCarthy earned his first win for New York with
an impressive debut in pinstripes, and Brett Gardner drove in three runs
from the leadoff spot to send the Yankees past the Reds 7-1 on
Told his wife, Amanda, tweeted several wisecracks about
all the highway congestion that delayed her arrival at the ballpark,
McCarthy could only smile.
"If everybody isn't apprised of what she's doing every few minutes, God knows what would happen," he said.
Beltran homered, Kelly Johnson hit a two-run single and the Yankees
ended Alfredo Simon's six-game winning streak in the right-hander's
first outing since the All-Star game.
Derek Jeter had an RBI
single, and New York won the first two in a three-game interleague
series, leaving Cincinnati with five straight road losses.
think this is kind of a blip in the radar, but we certainly need to turn
things around if we want to get that game tomorrow," Reds manager Bryan
Acquired from Arizona in a July 6 trade, McCarthy
(1-0) struck out nine and walked none over six innings in his second
start for New York and first at home. He said the Yankees have
encouraged him to throw his cutter, a pitch he was instructed to scrap
with the Diamondbacks.
"He's got top-of-the-rotation stuff, and
we're really glad to have him," catcher Brian McCann said. "He was doing
whatever he wanted to on the mound today."
McCarthy threw 71 of
99 pitches for strikes, improving to 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA in his last
four outings after winning only once in his initial 16 starts this
"Actually, that was the frustrating part about the
beginning part of the season is, I felt sharp," McCarthy said. "I felt
like everything was where I wanted it to be, I just wasn't doing
everything I needed to to get the best out of it. So I felt like I've
thrown better this year than any year in the past, it's just the results
The right-hander was 3-10 with a 4.80 ERA for
Arizona before New York obtained him to upgrade a rotation depleted by
injuries to four starters. His first outing for the Yankees was a
no-decision July 9 at Cleveland.
"You realize that you're putting
the pinstripes on for the first time, but I try and wash all that away
as much as I can and just focus on execution, focus on my routine, what
I'm doing. All that stuff I can think about later," McCarthy said.
mean, you're pitching for the Yankees, and that's an opportunity no
matter what the circumstances are. For me, it's at a point in my career
where I want to be challenged. I really want to be in a pennant race. I
wanted to be closer to the playoffs. I wanted to be in a market that is
difficult. I wanted that kind of stuff to see if I could push myself to
the next level, so it's a great opportunity in that sense."
converted reliever, the surprising Simon (12-4) is tied for the big
league lead in wins — but he was betrayed Saturday by a Reds defense
that entered with the highest fielding percentage and fewest errors in
The right-hander allowed four runs — two earned — and
five hits in five innings, the first time he failed to finish six
innings since going 3 2-3 in a 6-3 loss at Dodger Stadium on May 27. He
went 6-0 with a 2.47 ERA in his next eight starts.
homered for the Reds, struggling to mount much offense this weekend
without injured boppers Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips.
Warren, Shawn Kelley and Matt Thornton finished for the Yankees, who
struck out 13. It was the first time they whiffed that many without
issuing a walk since July 7, 2006, at Tampa Bay.
Cincinnati has struck out 23 times and walked once in the first two games of the series.
"We've got to pick it up a little bit," Todd Frazier said. "That's not where we want to be."
Simon fell to 0-3 in seven games, including four starts, against the
Yankees. ... McCarthy entered 0-2 with a 14.73 ERA in two starts and one
relief appearance against Cincinnati. He had a 6.89 ERA in three
previous starts at Yankee Stadium. ... Before the game, Frazier and Reds
President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty gave Jeter framed
jerseys autographed by the club's two captains, Dave Concepcion and
Barry Larkin. Jeter also was presented with three photos taken June 3,
2003, the day he was named the 11th Yankees captain while the team was
in Cincinnati. ... Looking to avoid a three-game sweep, Cincinnati sends
another All-Star to the mound Sunday when RHP Johnny Cueto (10-6, 2.13
ERA) faces RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 4.10).