Coming into tonight’s game, no one would have thought that Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner would be the ones to stop the bleeding to a Yankees 6 game skid, as they defeated James Shields (4-2) in a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
The game was tied going into the third when the Rays took a quick 1-0 lead over the Yankees with an Elliot Johnson home run, but the Yankees were quick enough to tie the game at one in the 4th after A-Rod hit it out, showing signs that the home run power was still there. A-Rod then homered again in the 6th inning. The Yankees scored 2 runs in the 6th giving them a 4-1 lead, helped by Jorge Posada’s 2 for 3 night and a beautifully placed bunt single by Brett Gardner. Yankees had gotten into a jam in the 6th when Ivan Nova (4-3) had the bases loaded which was when David Robertson was summoned from the bullpen. Robertson struck out both B.J Upton and Casey Kotchman preserving the Yankees lead by 3. The Yankees got two more in the 9th with a Russell Martin base hit, a Brett Gardner double and a Derek Jeter single which gave the Yankees a 6-1 lead.
In the 9th, the Rays stumbled into some trouble when Gardner made a catch, but wearily looked towards Curtis Granderson. The Rays thought that the ball hit the catwalk, which in Tropicana Field signifies a home run. Umpires took it to the video room and looked at the replay. The play was called an out and Gardner had made the catch. Rays scored 1 run in the 9th before turning the ball over to Mo who got former Yankee Johnny Damon to ground out, snapping the 6 game skid.
Note: This is Brett Gardner’s first 3 hit game this season. He raised his average to .265 surpassing Jeter, Teixeira, Rodriguez and Martin; After striking out three times, Jeter got a base hit, giving him 34 hits til 3,000; This is A-Rod’s first homer game since April 24th; After Saturday’s controversial day for Jorge Posada, he had a 2 for 3 night with a double and a single; Nick Swisher sat out tonights game with a stomach virus. Girardi said that Swisher was throwing up the night before which prompted Girardi to call up Chris Dickerson from AAA Scranton; Rafael Soriano was placed on the 15 day DL with elbow soreness. MRI’s were done and the tests shown inflammation. Soriano expects to start throwing in 10 days prior to coming off the DL.
The New York Yankees wanted to leave this home stand with a bang, and certainty they did against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The pitching match-up seemed a little threatening. It was Ivan Nova (1-2) against Jesse Litsch (2-1) and fans were wondering if Nova was going to get a win. In the first inning after Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson grounded out and struck out, Mark Teixeira hit a home run giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead, but they didn’t keep the lead for long when Adam Lind hit a home run that snaked the foul pole to tie the game.
The Blue Jays were in the lead in the third inning when Rajai Davis manufactured his own run by earning a walk, swiping second and third and coming home on a Jose Bautista ground ball to shortstop. The Yankees didn’t take it lying down and in the 5th inning the Yankees scored 4 runs.
It started on a Jorge Posada double and Brett Gardner single. Posada scored on a Derek Jeter’s fielders choice only Yunel Escobar couldn’t get Gardner at third. Curtis Granderson put the finishing touches by blasting a 3 run shot giving the Yankees the lead for the rest of the game.
After Joe Girardi used Chamberlain yesterday, he gave him the day off and went to David Robertson in the 7th inning. Robertson went a third of an inning on a strikeout, but there were 2 runners on and 2 outs thus Girardi bringing in Boone Logan. A ground ball came right back to Boone Logan, but he unknowingly caught the baseball before throwing it to first to get out of the jam. Rafael Soriano had a scoreless eighth and Mariano Rivera had a perfect ninth to give the Yankees there 16th victory of the season.
Note: Eric Chavez pinch hit for Robinson Cano in the 7th inning. The cause was a bruised hand, Girardi said that Cano was day to day; Phil Hughes goes to see specialists in St. Louis tomorrow; Brett Gardner had a perfect day today with a single and 2 walks. His average is now .200; Jorge Posada had his first extra base hit today raising his average to .133.
The Toronto Blue Jays were in town, and they made a first impression on the New York Yankees. The battle was between Ricky Romero (2-3) and Freddy Garcia (1-1) and while there was offense that went around, the Yankees couldn’t capitalize.
The Yankees had taken an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Russell Martin doubled on a fly ball which scored Robinson Cano, but Garcia gave up the lead in the top of the third when the hot hitting Jose Bautista clobbered a 2 run shot, putting the Blue Jays ahead and never looking back. Brett Gardner who had been getting his average up, had started 2 bases loaded rallies by hitting an infield single in the 5th and walked twice, but the middle order hence Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, couldn’t score any runs.
Note: Jorge Posada was benched today in favor of Andruw Jones but Jones made Joe Girardi regret his decision by striking out three times; Coming into today’s game the only Yankee with good numbers against Ricky Romero was Brett Gardner who was 4 for 9 with a home run (Grand Slam, July 3, 2010); Derek Jeter had one hit today making his magic number 51; Mark Teixeira entered the lineup today after complaining of shoulder aches the last couple of days; This is the third game this week that Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner had combined to become the offensive duo; Fransisco Cervelli was activated today with the Yankees sending down Gustavo Molina to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
When the Yankees were to take the field today, they knew there was one thing on the line: They were trying to avoid losing a series at home. Today, they were able to successfully do just that with the help of some heroics by Brett Gardner.
In the 3rd inning, White Sox pitcher Edwin Jackson (2-3) walked four straight batters: Brett Gardner, Eduardo Nunez (Jeter got the night off), Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher, before surrendering a fly ball to Robinson Cano to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Note that the Yankees were no hit at the time, but were able to play ABC baseball.
The Yankees had gotten there first hit off of the bat of Brett Gardner in the fifth inning, which was hit into the right field seats. The Yankees had capped 6 runs in the fifth and as a team they hit for the cycle. Gardner had a home run, Granderson had a triple, Nunez had a double and Swisher had a single.
CC Sabathia (2-1) went 7 shut out innings even though 3 runs had scored against him, all of them were unearned on two errors by Eduardo Nunez.
The Yankees and White Sox split the series 2 games a piece.
What’s Next?: Yankees host the Blue Jays this weekend before heading to Detroit for a four game series against the tigers and to Texas to play a three game series against the Rangers
Note: Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter were both out of today’s lineup. Jeter was given the day off and Mark Teixeira was still complaning about his aching shoulder. Joe Girardi gave Tex the day off just as a precaution; Nick Swisher hit his first home run today which means the only Yankee regular not to have a home run is Derek Jeter.
Just as the Yankees had figured with there young prospect Phil Hughes, something was wrong. After being placed on the DL and undergoing approximately 10 hours of testing in the past two days, doctors had discovered that there was a low risk of a circulatory problem. Joe Girardi didn’t want to take any chances, so he’s sending his young 24 year old pitcher to St. Louis to see Dr. William Thompson where he will undergo more tests.
If nothing more shows up on those tests, Hughes might see a decrease in his innings limit, something Girardi says might have been the problem for the 18 game winning pitcher.
Once again, the Yankees looked over matched against the White Sox. This time it was to the White Sox starting pitcher Gordon Beckham (3-1) who was battling against Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova.
The difference between Monday Night’s game and Tonight’s game was Nova left with the Yankees in the lead. The only two runs scored were on Robinson Cano’s home run in the 2nd inning and Brett Gardner’s home run in the 5th inning making it the second time this week that Gardner has hit it out of the park. The mistake that Joe Girardi made? Going to Rafael Soriano (1-1) in the 8th inning. While Soriano is the 8th inning guy, he didn’t act like it giving up 2 runs on the Paul Konerko home run giving the White Sox a 3-2 lead.
Yankees had runners on second and first with one out in the bottom of the 9th when Alex Rodriguez drove a ball to deep right field, only to be caught by White Sox replacement right fielder Brent Lillibridge. One batter later, Cano scorched a line drive down the line only for Lillibridge to make the catch and win the game for the White Sox. The Yankees had dropped 2 straight to the White Sox, prior to tonight’s game being the only team not to lose 2 straight games.
Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner congratulate each other in the still from today’s Yankees 6-3 win over the Orioles. The game wasn’t an easy game unlike the 15-3 win the Yankees had the night before. In a pitching battle Jake Arrieta v.s Freddy Garcia, it was pretty matched. The Orioles had collected 14 strikeouts while the Yankees rolled 13 K in the ultimate pitching duel.
The first two runs scored on a hard single by Derek Jeter and a 2 run homer by Curtis Granderson. Afterwards Arrieta slowed down and started striking out Yankees. In the 5th inning, Alex Rodriguez had grounded into what would have appeared to be a double play, until Cesar Izturis bobbled the ball, unable to get A-Rod meanwhile scoring Granderson on the play.
The Orioles responded in the 7th inning, when Joba Chamberlain gave up a 2 run homer to the struggling Mark Reynolds, making it 3-2 Yankees. The game would have went to the Orioles but Joe Girardi seemingly made 2 good plays. One of them was to put Mariano in the game, the other was to leave speedy left fielder Brett Gardner in. On a long drive to left field, Gardner made an over the shoulder catch before jumping the wall on a game saving catch which if it got over his head, the Orioles would have won it.
Mariano Rivera however was unable to get through the 9th inning without giving up the run in the bottom of the 9th, however Nick Swisher and Russell Martin tagged teamed to gun down Robert Andino at home plate, which made it a tied ball game. The Yankees started off there 10th inning with a Derek Jeter single, a Mark Teixeira single but everything went downhill when with one out A-Rod hit a fly ball which should have gotten Jeter home, until Adam Jones and Matt Wieters tagged teamed and got Jeter out at the plate. They say Karma comes right back around doesn’t it.
The 11th inning experienced a 45 minute rain delay before the inning continued, the Yankees capped 3 runs on 3 errors made by the Baltimore infield which didn’t go well with there pitcher Jason Berken (0-1). Boone Logan (1-1) had pitched the 10th inning and the first batter in the 11th before Joe Girardi went to his bullpen and retrieved Buddy Carlyle for mop up duty, which led to the Yankees 6-3 win. The Yankees (12-6) are currently in first place after sweeping the Orioles, sending Baltimore (8-12) down to there third straight game.
Note: Rafael Soriano did not pitch the 8th inning due to back stiffness. Soriano is expected to pitch tomorrow.