Vernon Wells had been slumping pretty bad lately, but he woke up on Wednesday night to lead the Yankees to a 3-2 victory over the Rockies in Colorado.
The Yankees had just six hits during the game and Wells, who was just 10-for-48 (.208/.235/.271) going into this game, had three of those hits including a game tying two-run home run and the winning run.
Wells’ first hit of the game was a two-run shot that put the Yankees ahead with a 2-0 lead. The Rockies tied it in the bottom of the second on a Todd Helton two-run home run and that’s where it stood until the ninth inning. Wells lead off the ninth with a single to left. He stole second on a play that should have been made and eventually scored the winning run on an infield single by Brennan Boesch.
• Joe Girardi used Travis Hafner to pinch hit for the third baseman Chris Nelson in the top of the ninth without a replacement on the bench so he was forced to use Wells at third base (!). The move actually worked too as Wells fielded an easy grounder to get the second out of the inning.
• Another interesting thing that oddly worked out for the Yankees — Girardi batted David Phelps eighth and Austin Romine ninth. The reason it worked out was because with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth Girardi used Hafner to hit for Nelson and then used Boesch to hit for Phelps. Had Romine been up instead of Phelps it seems much less likely that he would have pinch hit in that situation. No pinch hit, no winning run.
• Preston Claiborne also pitched, a 1-2-3 seventh. He’s been perfect in three innings during his major league career so far.
• Aside from Wells’ three hits, and Boesch’s game winning infield single, the only other hits the Yankees had were from Brett Gardner, 1-for-3, and Chris Nelson, 1-for-3. Nelson’s hit was just a single, but he went to third on outfielder Dexter Fowler‘s error.
• Ivan Nova is a candidate to be activated for Monday’s doubleheader against the Indians. They have to see how he feels today after pitching in an extended spring training game yesterday though.
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