In the first inning, it looked all over for A.J Burnett (5-3). He was losing his control, the Mets were able to score against him and he threw 30 pitches. Burnett surprisingly settled in and made striking out the Mets look like the easiest job in the world. In the first inning Jason Bay for the Mets hit into a sacrifice fly to score Jose Reyes who had his first career hit against A.J Burnett. Then the red-hot Justin Turner singled to bring home Daniel Murphy and it was already 2-0, but the Yankees were just getting warmed up.
In the second, Russell Martin connected with a 2 run shot to tie the ball game and in the third inning Mark Teixeira connected to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead. Curtis Granderson also hit a homer against Chris Capuano (3-5) and after Alex Rodriguez hit a homer, Capuano was knocked out of the game. In the 8th inning was the only run scored that wasn’t on a home run. Derek Jeter had singled on a ground ball and then stole second, leaving it up to Mark Teixeira to hit a SAC fly, thus scoring Jeter.
With the win the Yankees skyrocketed back to first place, tied with Tampa Bay and Boston trailing half a game.
Note: Derek Jeter is 27 hits away from 3,000
It was the first day of interleague play, which meant not just the Yankees had played but for the Yankees it was an unhappy ending to the season opener. Taking the mound was R.A Dickey for the Mets and for the Yankees was Freddy Garcia. Both pitchers had pitched well, but unfortunately the Yankees offense couldn’t come from behind and take the victory.
The only Yankee run that was scored was a home run by Mark Teixeira, which was almost brought back in the park by Carlos Beltran, but a fan reached for it. The Mets had tied the game with a Justin Turner RBI double and later led the game with a Daniel Murphy home run. Garcia turned the ball over to Joba in the 8th and David Robertson in the 9th, but the Yankees were unable to capitalize on all the opportunities they had. Brett Gardner stranded the bases loaded with a force out, and Curtis Granderson, Teixeira and A-Rod couldn’t bring home Gardner and Derek Jeter.
With that loss the Yankees fall to third place with the Red Sox taking second.
Note: Derek Jeter had one hit which made his magic number 29 to reach 3,000; Brett Gardner stole his 6th stolen base this year, making his stolen base percentage .500; Alex Rodriguez continues to struggle at the plate after hitting in Baltimore striking out 2 times; Tomorrow A.J Burnett takes the mound against Chris Capuano. Burnett’s last appearance in a game was in Wednesdays 4-1 win over Baltimore as a pinch runner.
The game looked golden from the 1st inning to the 9th inning. Bartolo Colon had pitched marvelous, having a shutout through 8 innings, approximately 10 pitches per inning, rounding out to 87 pitches and he handed the ball over to Mariano in the 9th. Thought the game would be over right? Think again.
The Yankees were leading 1-0 going into the 9th inning and while Mariano Rivera was able to get the first out, he gave up back to back singles and a SAC fly which helped the Orioles tie the ballgame. In the most wackiest games of the season thus far, the Yankees were losing pitchers fast. They didn’t want to use Joba Chamberlain or David Robertson, they had used Boone Logan (who got them out of an 11th inning jam), Luis Ayala and Mariano, which didn’t give the Yankees much to chose from but they had one secret weapon: Hector Noesi (1-0). Sure he’s a kid that was JUST called up, but he could pitch in the 12th inning on and keep the Yankees hopes alive, right?
Noesi had done better than that. First batter he faced, he struck out; got into some bases loaded jams but wriggled right out of it and kept the Orioles off the scoreboard. The 15th inning was the oddest by far. The inning started out normally when Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez both singled for base hits off of Jeremy Accardo (2-1), who had pitched since the 14th inning. Orioles went to the bullpen and summoned Michael Gonzalez, who on the first pitch gave up 2 runs (which were charged to Accardo) to Robinson Cano, leaving him at third with a triple. The next batter Chris Dickerson had always wanted to see stars now that he’s on the New York Yankees, but he didn’t want to see them this way. Gonzalez plunked Dickerson in the head, leaving him with a welt on the side of his face. Gonzalez was immediately ejected from the game which stirred another problem for the Yankees and the Orioles. For the Yankees, who was going to replace Dickerson, and for the Orioles, who was going to pitch since they had no more pitchers. The Yankees easily settled there dilemma by putting Jeter in short, moving Nunez from short to Right Field and pinch running was A.J Burnett (it may be 12:30 in the morning, but this is not a typo). The Orioles decided to bring in tomorrow’s starter Jeremy Guthrie to stop the bleeding, which didn’t make sense to fans, seeing that he was going to face C.C Sabathia tomorrow. Brett Gardner was able to seal the door on this game by hitting a SAC fly to score Cano, the second Yankee to bring a runner home on an earned run.
Noesi had pitched the bottom of the 15th and in the beginning it looked like trouble with 2 on and no outs. With Nick Markakis and Brandon Snyder on first and second and with one out, Matt Wieters hit a ground ball which was going to go through for a base hit, until it hit the foot of Snyder thus calling him out on interrferance. One out later, the weary but somewhat happy Yankees were on there way to the clubhouse to talk to news reporters and to get some rest because like John Sterling says, “You can’t predict baseball.” And I can assure you Yankee fans, NO ONE saw this 15 inning game coming.
Note: Nick Swisher had the start today a day after being out with a stomach virus, but was pulled from the 8th inning for Chris Dickerson; Andruw Jones also had the start today, but was lifted in favor of Brett Gardner; Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson both had days off and Girardi refused to use them during the game; Hector Noesi was called up before, but was sent down before he could make his major league debut; Derek Jeter had 2 hits today, which brings his total to 32 hits away from 3,000; Colon who pitched an 8 inning shut out did not get the win, but instead got a no decision.
EDITED NOTE: Jeremy Guthrie who pitched to the final 3 batters of the 15th inning will NOT pitch in the series finale against the Yankees. Brad Bergesen will take his place in the rotation and pitch against CC.
A.J Burnett was dealing. The Yankees had scored 5 runs, they knocked out David Price and they were looking to break there 5 game skid…until Burnett ran out of gas. In the 6th inning, the Rays came in trailing 5-1; they exited the inning leading 6-5. Burnett had given up a double to John Jaso, a two run homer by Sam Fuld, a 2 run homer to B.J Upton and Evan Longoria scored on an RBI. The Yankees were retired quickly in the 7th, 8th and 9th making this the first 6 game skid during Joe Girardi’s career with the Yankees.
Note: Curtis Granderson connected with his 14th homer of the season; Brett Gardner was given the day off along with Jorge Posada. Posada’s day off was because Price (a lefty) was on the mound, while Gardner had played a week straight.; Derek Jeter was hitless so his streak stays at 35.
A.J Burnett (4-2) pitched a whale of a game, giving up only two earned runs, but the Yankees committed too many mistakes which lead to their third straight loss.
Rick Porcello (2-2) was able to hold the Yankees to two runs even though he gave up a triple to Eric Chavez and a single to Eduardo Nunez. Chavez was forced to leave the game in the 4th inning, with Alex Rodriguez to pinch hit for him. Rodriguez along with Derek Jeter were scheduled for a day off today, but A-Rod’s turned into him working. The Yankees and Tigers were tied 2-2 until the 7th inning when Burnett’s stuff got erratic.
He had walked a batter, hit a batter and given up a single to load the bases with no outs. Brandon Inge sacrificed which made it a one run game. It would have stayed one run if Eduardo Nunez hadn’t committed a throwing error causing two runs to score. The Yankees were able to get one run back in the 9th when Brett Gardner had a base hit which brought home A-Rod but the Yankees rally was shut down when Nick Swisher struck out. The Tigers had won the series 3 games to 1.
What’s Next: The Yankees are flying to Texas for a three game series before coming home and taking an off day Monday. The Yankees would then play the Royals and the Red Sox. The Tigers are flying to Toronto to play against the Blue Jays for a four game home stand.
Note: Eric Chavez was taken out of today’s game in the fourth inning after he was limping towards third. Tests were done and Chavez had broken his pinky toe. He is taking a trip to the DL which will most likely send Jorge Vasquez up from the minor leagues; Brett Gardner was the lead off hitter this afternoon going 2 for 5 with an RBI, raising his average to .225; Nick Swisher is now batting .214 after going 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts; Derek Jeter’s hip wasn’t bothering him today but was a little shocked to not find his name on the lineup card today; This is the Yankees first series that they had lost.
As A.J Burnett (4-1) took the field, anybody could see that he was ready to take on the Toronto Blue Jays against Kyle Drabek (2-1).
Burnett had worked himself into some jams, starting with Rajai Davis getting to third base due to a miscalculation by Curtis Granderson though the Yankees were able to bounce back from the 1-0 deficit in the first.
Russell Martin had an RBI single and Derek Jeter hit a SAC Fly to plate Granderson in a 3 run second inning. In the third inning the bases were loaded and two runs scored on Eric Chavez and Brett Gardner’s RBI singles before Drabek was taken out in the third inning. Since then it was lights out pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The score was 5-4 in the 7th inning when Joe Girardi went to his bullpen. Joba Chamberlain pitched a perfect seventh inning with just 6 pitches, Rafael Soriano had a scoreless eighth and Mariano Rivera had a scoreless ninth to shut the door on the Jays. The Yankees had secured there 15th win this season.
The White Sox got there only run from A.J Burnett (3-1) when what should have been a caught single in the forth inning turned into a double when Curtis Granderson attempted to flash the leather, only missing the ball as he landed to the ground. Despite getting two ground balls, the run scored but that was the only run they were going to get from Burnett.
Phillip Humber (2-2) for the White Sox had a no hitter into the seventh, until Alex Rodriguez broke it up but the Yankees couldn’t get anyone to score as they hit into 4 double plays that night.
Rafael Soriano gave up the second and last run of the game and when fans thought the Yankees were going to rally right back, there hopes were dashed when Mark Teixeira grounded into a double play.