Since the beginning of the season, the Yankees had not been hitting together as a team, BUT they had the home run ball working for them. Yesterday the Yankees had not 1 or 2 but 5 home run bombs from 4 different players: Russell Martin who homered twice, Jorge Posada, Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner.
The Yankees first scored in the first inning when A-Rod doubled off the wall in right field, sending Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira home for an early 2-0 lead. Then Robinson Cano doubled A-Rod home to make it 3-0 Yankees. After Brett Gardner’s double in the second inning, Brad Bergensen (0-3) shut down the Yankees for a couple of innings, until he gave up a three run home run to Russell Martin, making the game 6-0 Yankees.
The Orioles had came back though in the 6th when Adam Jones hit a three run home run against CC Sabathia (1-1). It would be the only time that the Orioles would score though.
In the 8th inning, the Yankees capped 7 runs in that inning, before that inning being the only Major League team to not score more than 5 runs in an inning. This included back to back home runs by Jorge Posada and Russell Martin followed by a Grand Slam to Alex Rodriguez after Jeter walked, Curtis Granderson had a clean single and Teixeira singled.
The 9th inning put the finishing touched to the game when Russell Martin was plunked in the back by Josh Rupe. All of the New York Yankees were so outraged they began to plan retaliation, but Brett Gardner had another idea in mind. On a 2-1 fastball, he connected for his first home run of the season towards right field. The Yankees are now 11-6 pushing the Orioles to last place with an 8-11 record.