MLB: Bombers Break Out Brooms, Sweep 'Stros

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst IJune 15, 2008

In a squadoosh Sunday afternoon, The New York Yankees crushed the Houston Astros 13-0.

Yankees' hurler Chien-Ming Wang was superb. Wang tossed five innings, allowed no runs on six hits, issued no walks, and struck out three.

The Yankees' hit parade, which began in the third inning, marched all game long. Houston starter Roy Oswalt walked in a run and Robinson Cano followed with a two run single, making the score 3-0.

The score held at 3-0 until the sixth inning when the Yankees tacked on a reassuring eight runs. Alex Rodriguez clubbed a three run homer, his second in as many days, and Jorge Posada also hit a homer in the inning.

Although New York was happy about the run support, they suffered a major setback in the top of the sixth inning. Wang, who got on base with a bunt, injured his right foot attempting to score from second base on a Derek Jeter single. Even though Wang scored safely, he had to leave the game.

With Wang's departure, the Yankee bullpen continued to blank the Houston offense. Ross Ohlendorf, Edwar Ramirez, LaTroy Hawkins, and Dan Giese went a combined four innings allowing only one hit and no runs.

Wang picked up his eighth win and is now 8-2 on the season. It is unclear right now whether or not Wang will pitch in his next scheduled start and what the extent of his injury is.

Oswalt took the loss and is now 5-7 on the campaign. Oswalt gave up seven runs on eight hits, walked four batters, and punched out six.

With the series sweep, the Yankees will travel back home to open an interleague series against the San Diego Padres after an off day tomorrow.

On Tuesday night, the Yankees will throw Andy Pettitte (6-5, 4.64 ERA). San Diego will start Randy Wolf (5-4, 3.83 ERA).

(Reporter's note: I was very happy the Yankees won for me on my 21st birthday today:) )