Yes, the four-hour slug-fest returned Monday night for yet another memorable game.
I’m going to try to keep this as short as possible. The Yankees spanked Daisuke Matsuzaka in the first inning. Derek Jeter singled to lead off the inning, followed by a Brett Gardner single and a Mark Teixiera walk to load the bases. Alex Rodriguez singled to drive in two, and Robinson Cano singled to score Teixiera. Francisco Cervelli doubled to right to drive in Alex, and Cano was thrown out at home for the first out. Marcus Thames hit a sac fly to drive in Cervelli. Score after 1: Yankees 5, Red Sox 0.
In the second, Adrian Beltre put the Sox on the board with an RBI single. Teixiera got the run back in the bottom of the inning with a double to right. In the fourth, David Ortiz hit a shot off Phil Hughes to make it 6-2. In the fifth, JD Drew hit a two out, three run home run to make it a 6-5 Yankee lead. That was the end of the night for Phil Hughes, who looked shaky throughout the night. In the bottom of the fifth, Thames doubled to drive in Cervelli and end Matsuzaka’s night. In the sixth, new pitcher Boone Logan gave up a bomb to Victor Martinez over the Yankee bullpen. In the eighth, Chan Ho Park (who was removed from the DL today), allowed back-to-back home runs to Kevin Youkilis and Victor Martinez to give the Sox a 9-7 lead. Note: Javier Vazquez entered in the ninth with two outs and struck out Youkilis.
In the bottom of the ninth, Gardner led off with a double. Teixiera followed with a flyout, moving Gardner to third. On the first pitch of the at bat, A-Rod saw a fastball right down broadway that he drove deep into the night, tying the game at 9′s. Cano then flew out, so with two out, Cervelli was hit on the arm. On the first pitch of his at bat, Marcus Thames saw an even more irresistable fastball than Alex’s, which he drove into the porch in left. Final Score: Yankees 11, Red Sox 9.
- Derek Jeter went 1-for-4 with a walk, a run and 2 strikeouts
- Brett Gardner went 2-for-4 with a walk and 3 runs (.399 OBP)
- Mark Teixiera went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI
- Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-5 with a home run, 4 RBI, and 2 R
- Robinson Cano went 1-for-5 with an RBI
- Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-4 with and RBI and 3 R (.400 season average, .471 OBP)
- Marcus Thames went 2-for-4 with a home run and 4 RBI (First career walk-off)
- Randy Winn went 1-for-4
- Ramiro Peña went 1-for-3 with a stolen base
- Phil Hughes’ line: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 K, 1 BB, 2 HR (104 pitches)
- Boone Logan’s line: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, HR
- Chan Ho Park’s line: 1+ IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 HR
- Damaso Marte’s line: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 R
- Javy Vazquez’ line: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 R (WIN)
- NY is 5-2 against Boston this season, and 14-3 dating to last season
- Derek Jeter’s average is down to .268. He has been anything but clutch the past two weeks or so. In the bottom of the eighth with a man on first, he struck out on a 3-2 sinker against Daniel Bard. Now, it was a filthy pitch, but Jeter has to know the scouting report for Bard, who throws a consistent 97 mph fastball. Jeter’s lucky everyone around him is picking up his slack.
- Phil Hughes had his worst performance of the season tonight. He looked solid through the first two innings, but after that the stuff wasn’t there. Hopefully he’ll bounce back against the Mets.
- Everyone needs to calm down about Chan Ho Park. Maybe it was foolish of Girardi to put him in such a tight spot just off the DL, but it’s baseball. Having said that, things will hopefully turn around for Park, who has an ERA of 8.10. However, he did such a solid job for the Phillies last season out of the bullpen, you have to hope he’ll turn it around (like Javy Vazquez).
- Javy Vazquez got his second win of the season for a third of an inning out of the bullpen, just saying. But we’ll have to find out if his move means he won’t be starting Friday night at Citi Field.
Line of the Day
Marcus Thames went 2-for-4 with a home run and 4 RBI (First career walk-off)
Quote of the Day
- vs. Boston, Tuesday 7:05 pm: RHP Josh Beckett (1-1, 7.46) vs. LHP CC Sabathia (4-2, 3.71)
- vs. Tampa Bay, Wednesday 7:05 pm: RHP Wade Davis (3-3, 3.38) vs. RHP AJ Burnett (4-1, 3.31)
Around the AL East
- Kansas City 4, Baltimore 3
- Tampa Bay 4, Cleveland 3
- Minnesota 8, Toronto 3
25-13 (13-3 at home) 2 GB in East