Vernon Wells wakes up to lead the Yankees to victory

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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.

• Of course, Wells only had to play third because Eduardo Nunez is still not available, to hit or play in the field, due to his injured rib cage. He was available to pinch run though.

• 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.

• David Robertson, who was day-to-day with a minor injury, was back. He pitched a 1-2-3 eighth. Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.

• 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.

OTHER NOTES

• 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.

• Curtis Granderson will begin rehabbing at Triple-A Scranton today. The Yankees will officially have to call him up within 30 days once he plays.

Photo credit: (May 7, 2013 – Source: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images North America).

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17 Responses to Vernon Wells wakes up to lead the Yankees to victory

  1. mikefoxtrot says:

    Wells, VNYYLF31119173540716101931.294.346.504.850

    Swisher, NCLE1B29105172760512162200.257.363.457.820

    • That's great, but Wells wasn't Swisher's replacement. Ichiro was Swisher's replacement. Wells was the replacement for Andruw Jones.

      • brian says:

        You're right, but once again… Ichiro is NOT here for baseball, but rather business purposes…

        They used the "but he hit well in limited time with the yankees last year" as an excuse for giving him that 2 yr deal but it was strictly marketing

        funny thing is, no way he gets to 3,000 by the end of next season… so he may be here in 2015 as well, whatever

        • Fred says:

          …You're talking about Ichiro like he's Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Ichiro should have your respect, only Ty Cobb has more hits in pro baseball than him.

          Just because he's Japanese does not make him any less of a player than comparable stars of his age range. Unless you think we only re-signed Jeter and Pettitte for marketing as well.

      • mikefoxtrot says:

        yes, Rob, you're mostly right. but Wells, to date, has far outperformed those expectations ( as well as Swish) and is likely to continue to have a far larger role than the one that Jones had…. and he's likely to cut into Ichiro's or even Gardner's playing time when Granderson comes back.

        • Gonzalo Hiram says:

          We know Rob is in love with Swisher and Martin, hahaha

          • mikefoxtrot says:

            there are things to like about both of them, and re-signing Swisher to a multi-year contract worth $13 million/year to come off the bench seems to make some kind of sense to Mr Abruzzese… although by now I would guess he's changed his mind, much thanks to Mr Wells.

          • I'm a big Swisher fan, except in October, but I'm far from a big Martin fan. What I don't like is when the Yankees bring in nearly half a billion by selling part of the YES Network and then claim they are too poor to re-sign their catcher when there was no other alternative available. Chris Stewart should not be starting 100 games. It's sad.

          • mikefoxtrot says:

            I thought it was quite good that the Yankees allowed their failure to re-sign Martin to be attributed to budgeting concerns rather than to offer the truth about why they were not going to keep Martin.

          • What was the truth?

  2. mikefoxtrot says:

    they simply didn't want him back, not that they couldn't afford him.

    • olie says:

      I doubt that!

    • That's certainly possible, but Brian Cashman has done nothing but praised Martin over the years. He's given him high praise at that calling him Munson-like. Now that possibly changed while he was hitting .200, but they also talked a lot about the importance of defense and Martin is fine defensively.

  3. mikefoxtrot says:

    olie, Rob—–

    after 2012, what offers did the Yankees make to Martin? what effort to retain his services came from the team?

    did either of you notice anything to indicate (other than praise) that he was wanted?
    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/yankees/post/_/i

    • They made him multi-year offers the offseason before, three-years and $20 million. At a time when the Yankees weren't making any multi-year offers that is significant. I think Cashman just valued him at $7 million a year and wasn't going to pay a penny more than that.

      • mikefoxtrot says:

        yes, I heard the same about the 3-year offer….. but that was before he had such a poor season in 2012.

        as I said, I don't believe that they ever made him a serious offer after the season and have to think that Cashman wasn't driving the decision to part ways with Martin as much as Girardi and Pena, which I suspect was as much due to Martin's defensive decline as his low batting average.

        obviously that's all speculation, as is my belief that Martin neither caught the ball as well as in the prior season or threw to second as quickly.