If you were wondering why the Yankees were nicknamed ‘The Bronx Bombers’, then you needed to watch today’s Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees game. Five home runs powered the Yankees past the Pirates in a dramatic fashion, winning 7-1 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.
The Yankees started their barrage of home runs in the first inning when Mark Teixeira hit a two-run home run to right field to give the Yankees an early lead. The Yankees tacked on another home run in the third when Zoilo Almonte, who got the start due to Jacoby Ellsbury having the flu, crushed one to the right field seats. Brett Gardner joined in the fun in the bottom of the six, hitting his third home run of the year. Alfonso Soriano also entered the home run brigade in the bottom of the seventh, but the biggest blow was off the bat of Brian McCann, a two-run shot in the eighth inning. All seven of the Yankees runs were scored via the long ball.
David Phelps did not have a commanding start, but five scoreless inning resulted from it, earning him the victory. Dellin Betances went two innings, giving up one home run to Starling Marte, Adam Warren pitched a scoreless eighth and Matt Daley pitched a scoreless ninth to close the ball game and giving the Yankees their 22nd victory of the season.
– Tomorrow is a double dose of baseball, with the Yankees having a rare single-admittance doubleheader! Game one will begin at 1:05 p.m. and the second game will follow 30 minutes after the first game. In Game One, Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound for the Yankees and Charlie Morton will make the start for the Pirates. In Game Two, Vidal Nuno will make the start for the Yankees and Gerrit Cole will make the start for the Pirates. Both games will air on the YES Network.