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July 20, 1996: Yankees snap skid, beat Brewers 4-2

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The Yankees snapped their frustrating three-game losing streak today thanks in part to Mark Hutton who silenced the Milwaukee bats. The Yankees have been searching for a dependable fifth starter this season, and it appears they’ve found one for the time being.

Hutton allowed two runs and four hits while striking out four over four and two-thirds innings. He was knocked out of the game after Ruben Sierra misplayed a line drive in left field, which lead to two Brewers runs. Hutton came within one out of qualifying for his first win in nearly three years.

“I thought he was spectacular,” said Manager Joe Torre. “He was great. He has a chance to get the win if we catch the ball in left. Unfortunately, we didn’t. He pitched well enough to win. We’ll see him again in five days” (via NY Times).

The offense was paced by catcher Joe Girardi, who hit a key two-run triple in the top of the second to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. The 31-year-old catcher is currently hitting .301 on the season, and has taken over seamlessly for the fan-favorite Mike Stanley.

The Yankees added a run the very next inning when Darryl Strawberry doubled home Bernie Williams. The Yankees were able to swipe four bases on the day, putting pressure on the Brewers in crucial spots.

After Hutton, Torre went to Bob Wickman, Mariano Rivera and John Wetteland, who tossed a scoreless ninth in his first appearance since his blown save against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

After losing the first two games of this series, the Yankees are now in a position to go for the split in tomorrow’s game. Jimmy Key starts against Jeff D’Amico, with first pitch scheduled for 1:06 pm at County Stadium.

Box score and current stats

         1 2 3  4 5 6  7 8 9  R H E
         - - -  - - -  - - -  - - -
Yankees  0 3 1  0 0 0  0 0 0  4 9 0
Brewers  0 0 0  0 2 0  0 0 0  2 6 1

Batting       AB R H RBI BB SO BA  OBP  SLG
                                                          
Boggs 3B       4 0 1  0  1  1 .324 .396 .405
B.Williams CF  4 1 1  0  1  1 .317 .397 .547
ONeill RF      5 0 0  0  0  1 .316 .435 .468
Strawberry DH  3 1 1  1  2  0 .244 .392 .488
Martinez 1B    3 1 2  1  1  0 .288 .345 .460
Sierra LF      4 1 1  0  0  2 .265 .335 .409
G.Williams LF  0 0 0  0  0  0 .310 .367 .503
Duncan 2B      4 0 0  0  0  1 .311 .331 .452
Fox 2B         0 0 0  0  0  0 .206 .297 .282
Girardi C      4 0 2  2  0  0 .301 .366 .378
Jeter SS       4 0 1  0  0  1 .284 .356 .398

 

2B:Strawberry (4, off Van Egmond).
3B:Girardi (2, off Van Egmond).
RBI:Girardi 2 (26);Strawberry (8);Martinez (68)

Baserunning
SB:Strawberry (2, 2nd base off Van Egmond/J Levis);
Sierra (1, 2nd base off Van Egmond/J Levis)
Martinez 2 (2,2nd base off R Bones/J Levis, 3rd base off T Van Egmond/J Levis).
Pitching         IP H R ER BB SO HR  ERA
                                                 
Hutton          4.2 4 2  2  3  4  0 5.04
Wickman         0.1 0 0  0  0  1  0 3.79
Rivera W (4-1)  2.2 2 0  0  2  5  0 1.60
Wetteland S (34)1.1 0 0  0  0  1  0 3.22