Game 2: The Empire Strikes Back

0-162? As if. The Yankees rebounded quickly with a win in game number two of the season, defeating the Red Sox 6-4.

After the Yanks went down quietly 1-2-3 in the top of the first, the Red Sox and Jacoby Ellsbury jumped on AJ Burnett in his season debut immeadiately. Ellsbury led off with a single, and proceeded to steal second, and due to a Jorge Posada throwing error (one of THREE Yankee errors on the night), allowed him to take third. Kevin Youkilis drove him in on a sac fly. The Bombers responded in the second with an RBI double from Nick Swisher into the corner in right. (Score after 2: 1-1).

After another 1-2-3 Yankee inning, the Red Sox took the lead again with a 2-run homer from Victor Martinez into the Yankee bullpen. After a scoreless fourth, the Yankees took the lead after a Mark Teixiera RBI fielders choice, followed by an Alex Rodriguez RBI double, and a Robinson Cano sac fly. Victor Martinez provided some more offense in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double. (Score after 5: 4-4).

Alfredo Aceves worked a scoreless sixth and seventh. The Yanks couldn’t score the leadoff man those two innings, and the game remained even until the eighth. Posada led off the inning with a ground rule double into right, and with two outs Brett Gardner (replaced Marcus Thames earlier) singled to left. With runners at first and second and two outs, Derek Jeter hit an easy ground ball to new Nation member Marco Scutaro, who came up throwing too quickly and left it in the dirt. Youkilis was unable to pick it, leaving the bases loaded. OBP-man Nick Johnson followed with a walk from Hideki Okajima. Teixiera flew out to end the rally. David Robertson allowed a single to Youkilis to start the inning, and was relieved by Damaso Marte, who retired David Ortiz after a careless error on a pickoff attempt, allowing Youk to take second. Joba Chamberlain was then brought on to face Adrian Beltre and JD Drew, and struck them out with ease, reaching 96 mph on the YES gun. Robinson Cano provided insurance with a home run to right in the ninth, and Mariano Rivera shut it down while looking sharp for the save. Final: Yankees 6, Red Sox 4

Game MVP: Robinson Cano

Notes:

  • The tandom of Burnett and Posada looked a little shaky at the start of the game, but when Burnett found his curve and changeup, things began to click a little better towards the fourth and fifth.
  • Cano: 2/3, 1 HR 2 RBI 2 R
  • Swisher took 30 pitches, including 8-pitch and 11-pitch at-bats
  • Martinez: 2/3, 3 RBI
  • Burnett: 5 IP  7 H  3 ER  1 BB  5 K
  • Lester: 5 IP  5 H  4 ER  3 BB  4 K
  • Chamberlain: Hold, 0.2 IP  2 K
  • W: Aceves (1-0)  L: Okajima (1-1)  S: Rivera (1)

Around the AL East:

- Tampa Bay: 4, Baltimore: 3

- Toronto: Off

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3 Responses to Game 2: The Empire Strikes Back

  1. Stephen Crociata says:

    I wonder if this game told Girardi anything about Thames. Granted he didn't kill the team but he wasn't an impact in the box score. He failed to make the catch on the shallow fly ball from Ellsbury in the first (a play I believe both Gardner and Winn would've made) so it is only one showing take it with a grain of salt, but I still didn't like that move so early in the season.

  2. smurfy says:

    Agreed, Stephen. Seemed early to me to disturb young Brett's progress. Gardner in the 8th? was uncomfortable with the Monster and blew a catch. That Monster is tough, and it probably scared Thames. He did take one mighty swing, but missed, a near moon shot, though. Ease him in, I say.

    Aceves was the MVP of this game, the potion that calmed the bullpen of its heebeegeebees.

    The Yanks need to smooth out, toughen up defense, but it is still spring. There were 5 errors if you count Brett's and count the pop Thames wasn't there for.

  3. Ed says:

    I can’t think of a more exciting way to start a season than a Yankees vs. Red Sox series.