The only thing on the mind of baseball fans, was who was going to win the rubber series, the Mets or the Yankees. In the first 6 innings, it seemed like the Mets were going to be the contenders of that scoring 3 runs (one unearned) against Ivan Nova. Nova hadn’t had the greatest control like his last start where he only gave up one run, but he kept the Yankees in the game. Unfortunately, Nova earned a no decision for being pulled a little too early in the game in favor of Luis Ayala (1-0).
The Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey (3-4) had the Yankees off balance besides a Curtis Granderson home run through the first six, which included Jorge Posada being gunned down at second, Brett Gardner being called out on strikes (and unusually vocal towards the umpire) and Posada called out on strikes and firing away towards the umpire before Girardi came and saved him from being ejected.
Going into the seventh inning, the Yankees had only one plan, just get 2 runs. The Yankees rallied for 8 runs in the inning, starting off with a single off the bat of the red-hot hitting Gardner, a single by Chris Dickerson, a hit batsmen by Fransisco Cervelli, and RBI double off Derek Jeter, a SAC bunt by Granderson, an intentional walk by Teixeira, an RBI single off A-Rod, an RBI single for Robinson Cano, a double by Brett Gardner plating two, and a soft fly ball by Chris Dickerson to overcome the Mets 9-3.
Note: Derek Jeter had 2 hits today which brings his total to 25 to 3,000; Alex Rodriguez had a 4 for 5 night making it the second time this season that A-Rod has had 4 hits in a ball game,.
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.
There was rain. Lots and lots of rain, but that didn’t stop the Yankees from beating down on the Orioles 13-2 behind CC Sabathia (4-3) who pitched an 8 inning shutout. After there was a 48 minute rain delay, the Yankees were ready to go. In the first inning Derek Jeter led off with a double and Curtis Granderson had a triple, which scored Jeter. Mark Teixeira grounded out, but was able to bring Curtis Granderson home. Robinson Cano was hit by a pitch, Russell Martin walked and Jorge Posada walked which brings us to Nick Swisher. Nick Swisher had a bases clearing double which gave the Yankees a 5-0 lead.
In the4th, Swisher walked which brought up Brett Gardner who was batting .377 in the last 22 games becoming the Yankees hottest hitter. Getting a bit hit Gardner did, as he scorched an RBI triple to extend the Yankees lead to 6-0. Derek Jeter came up with an RBI triple which scored Gardner. Mark Teixeira homered which gave the Yankees a 9-0 lead. In the fifth the bases were loaded again with Cano, Martin and Posada. This is where Nick Swisher became a clutch hitter once again. He singled on a ground ball which scored Robinson Cano giving the Yankees a 10-0 lead. In the 6th inning Jorge Posada doubled and brought home Robinson Cano who was on base for a third time. The icing on the cake was in the 9th inning when Brett Gardner singled on a ground ball. The next batter was Eduardo Nunez, and he did the unthinkable; he hit a home run. The game was sealed for the Yankees at 13 runs. CC’s night was done after 8 innings and the Yankees brought Amauri Sanit to pitch. He gave up two runs but it could have been more if Gardner hadn’t flashed the leather and stopped the bleeding. Yankees had won there third game in a row and took the Baltimore series. Baltimore this season is 0-6 against the Yankees.
What’s Next: Yankees come back to New York and inter-league play starts with the Yankees taking on the New York Mets in Yankee Stadium, R.A Dickey gets the start for the Mets while Freddy Garcia gets the start for the Yankees.
Note: Jorge Posada had his 17th career start at first base while Mark Teixeira took over DH duties in the series finale against the Orioles; Jeremy Guthrie was scheduled to pitch the series finale but due to pitching in the 15th inning he was replaced by Brad Bergesen who pitched 3 1/3 and gave up 8 runs on 5 hits. In the 9th inning was the first time that all three catchers (Francisco Cervelli, Martin, Posada) were on the field together. Cervelli was behind the plate, Martin was at third and Jorge Posada was at first. Russell Martin was charged with an error in the 9th for booting the game ending double play ball.
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.
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.
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.