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.
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.
For the third straight start, Ivan Nova (3-2) had pitched flawlessly and this time he has a win to show for it. He pitched a career high 7 1/3 innings with only 2 hits as the Yankees beat the Rangers 4-1.
3 of the 4 Yankee runs came on home runs by Curtis Granderson, a 2 run shot in the first inning and a solo home run in the 7th inning. The other Yankee run scored without a hit. Jorge Posada and Russell Martin both walked, but Brett Gardner bunted into a force play which got Posada out at third. Derek Jeter was on base when he grounded right back to Matt Harrison (3-4) but Harrison threw wildly, sending Martin home, Gardner to third and Jeter to first. The run was unearned.
The only Rangers run was unearned in the 8th inning when Mark Teixeira made a rare error, scoring Mike Napoli. The Yankees had secure there 18th win this season. Bartolo Colon takes the mount tonight against Derek Holland at 8:05 in the Ballpark in Arlington.
Note: Brett Gardner was scheduled to have the day off last night, but Nick Swisher was ill, giving Gardner his second start against a left hander; Eric Chavez was placed on the 15 day DL after breaking his pinky toe; Ramiro Pena was bought up from Triple A Scranton to take Chavez’s place on the roster; Kevin Russo was designated for assignment yesterday to make room for Jess Todd who they claimed on waivers from Cleveland.