Well it was bound to happen, and in the rubber game of the series it did, the Yankees and Red Sox needed extras to determine this one. The game started with two clean innings to start, with John Lackey and Andy Pettitte looking on top of their game. Andy ran into a little trouble in the 3rd inning where the Red Sox scored the first run of the game on a David Ortiz single scoring Dustin Pedroia. Only problem for Boston was that would wind up being the only run of the game for the Sox.
As Lackey got out of the 6th inning with the score still 1-0 Boston it seemed like maybe one run would be all the Red Sox would need, but with both starters out after the 6th the game was far from over. In the top of the second the Yankees used a Jorge Posada double off of Scott Schoeneweis then a RBI single by Nick Swisher off of Daniel Bard to tie the game at one after six and a half innings. For the Yankees it was Chan Ho Park, making his second appearance as a Yankee, to come in relief and he did a great job. The Yankees could not find the scoreboard in either the 8th or 9th so it was Park who came in for both of those innings after his clean 7th and he got it done in all three innings.
In only the third game of the season the Yankees and Red Sox would have to battle it out in extras to decide the opening series. With Jonathan Papelbon in the first batter in the 10th was brand new Yankee Curtis Granderson C. Granderson took a Papelbon pitch and hit a no doubter HR to deep right to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. It was Granderson’s second HR as a Yankee but his first big Yankee moment. The Yankees would go on to add an insurance run in the inning after Mark Teixeira grounded out with the bases loaded. With a two run lead in the bottom of the 10th inning Joe gave the ball to the only man he possibly could have, Mariano Rivera. Rivera came in and sat down Boston’s 1,2, and 3 batters in their lineup to give the Yankees their second win of the season, the series victory, and his 528th career save.
Final: Yankees 3 Red Sox 1
Games MVP: (Co)- Chan Ho Park and Curtis Granderson
- Granderson: 2/4 HR 1 RBI
- Park: 3 IP 1 hit 0 R 1 K
- Teixeira and Johnson are both still hitless on the season
- A-Rod: 0/5 5 LOB
- Pettitte: 6 IP 6 hits 1 ER 3 BB 4 K
- Lackey: 6 IP 3 hits 0 ER 2 BB 3 K
- W: Chan Ho Park L: Jonathan Papelbon Sv: Mariano Rivera
- Only extra inning game of series but was shortest of the 3 games
Around the AL East:
– Tampa Bay: 4, Baltimore: 3
– Toronto: 7, Texas: 4
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