The baseball season is officially underway, but for the Yankees the opener did not go the way they had hoped. Early on the pitchers sis their thing as the 8 batters of the game were retired, but with two outs in the top of the 2nd that changed as Jorge Posada hit a Beckett pitch off of the Pesky Pole to score the first run of the season. Curtis Granderson was up next and belted a homer to right center past the bullpen then Swisher and Gardner followed with singles but the two out rally would end with a Jeter groundout. The Sox got a run back on a Beltre sac fly in the bottom of the second but no more damage was done (Score after 2nd: 2-1 Yankees).
The third inning was a 1-2-3 inning for both teams as A-Rod and Scutaro GIDP in each half of the inning. Once again the Yankees would rally with two outs as they scored three in the forth inning all with two outs. Gardner and Jeter singled in a run each then a double steal would result in Gardner stealing home giving the Yankees a 5-1 lead. But as we all know no lead is safe in a Yankees/Red Sox game. CC Sabathia looked strong after a 1-2-3 4th but had a minor bump in the 5th where the Sox scored one run on a Scutaro single bringing the game to a 5-2 Yankee lead after the 5th.
Going into the bottom of the 6th Sabathia had a three run lead and Beckett was already out of the game, but Boston refused to lay down. The Red Sox smacked Sabathia around in the 6th and he was pulled after allowing 2 runs. David Robertson relieved CC and inherited a runner on 3rd. His first pitch to Beltre resulted in a Beltre single and tie game. Robertson got his act together and brought the game into the 7th inning tied.
The Yanks immediately took the lead back in the 7th with an RBI groundout by Robinson Cano and a Jorge Posada RBI single bringing the score to 7-5 going into the bottom of the 7th. Chan Ho Park made his Yankee debut in the bottom of the 7th, but didn’t make the first impression he likely wanted to. Dustin Pedroia hit a 2-Run homer into the seats on top of the green monster to knot the game at 7, and Park was chased from the game after allowing a double to Kevin Youkilis. Damaso Marte was the next reliever in and Boston took the lead, 8-7, after a wild pitch and passed ball which allowed Youkilis to score. Joba Chamerlian would make his return to the bullpen by finishing the 7th inning off coming in with two out and getting Beltre to ground out. The Yankees went into the 8th inning with their 9,1, and 2 spots in the batting order due up and got it to Mark Teixeira after a Nick Johnson walk, but Mark would ground to 2nd to end the half inning. Boston added an insurance run in the 8th against Joba on a Pedroia single giving the ball to Papelbon with a 9-7 lead. Jonathan wouldn’t even need the insurance run as he worked around a two out single by Posada to put away Granderson and give the Red Sox a 9-7 victory on Opening Night.
- Posada: 3/4 with a HR and 2 RBI
- Jeter/Cano: 2/5 with 1 RBI each
- Posada/Granderson back to back HR was first time since May 2008 that Beckett gave up 2 HR in one inning.
- Youkilis: 3/4 (3 XBH) First BoSox player since Carlton Fisk in 1973 to have 3+ XBH in first game of season.
- Pedroia: 2/4 HR 3 RBI, Game tying 2-Run shot
- Sabathia: 5.1 IP 6 hits 5 ER 2 BB4 K
- Beckett: 4.2 IP 8 hits 5 ER 3 BB 1 K
- W– Okajima L– Park SV– Papelbon
- Time of Game: 18 Hours 24 Minutes (JK!)
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