You know what would be delightful? An easy game. But no, the Yankees don’t ever allow their fans to sit through easy games anymore. Their fans always have to be sitting in their living rooms or at their computers, watching the ninth inning through their fingers.
Curtis Granderson was the hitting star of the night thanks to two home runs – in the first and in the seventh. He now has 37 home runs on the season and has 102 home runs with the Yankees. He seems to be heating up at the right time. Granderson finished 2-5 with three RBI.
Another guy heating up again is Nick Swisher. Swisher has five hits in his last two games including two doubles tonight – he finished 3-5. Eric Chavez added two doubles of his own before being lifted for pinch hitter Andruw Jones who worked a walk in his lone at bat of the night.
Robinson Cano was 1-5 but the one hit was a two-run home run in the fourth inning which put the Yankees up 3-0 at the time.
David Phelps got the win. He gave up one run on five hits in 5.2 innings.
The bullpen pitched 3.1 innings and gave up three runs on five hits – including a solo run by Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the ninth which cut the Yankee lead to 5-4.
That’s what I meant at the top of the recap. They can never make it easy. Luckily Rafael Soriano, settled down, sort of and was able to close the game and the Yankees – thanks to a win by Baltimore over Tampa – remain tied for first.
- The Yankees now have 213 home runs this season. They lead the league.
- In a scary moment, Derek Jeter pulled up lame after a double play to end the eighth inning. It’s been diagnosed as a bone bruise in his left ankle. He finished 2-5 with a run scored.
- The Yankees were 0-13 with runners in scoring position tonight and are now 1-25 so far this series.
- Tonight was the second time this season that Soriano recorded a four out save against the Red Sox.
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