This is exactly the game we all envisioned this afternoon when the Red Sox lineup was posted. The Yankees needed to beat up on a team that was trotting out six guys who were in Triple-A at one point in the season and who was without both Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury.
The Yankees actually didn’t score any runs in the first inning against the Red Sox which had been their specialty this year. They waited until the second inning tonight to drop a nine-spot on the hapless team from Boston.
Clay Buchholz started for the Red Sox and was not in the game as the second inning ended. He became the only Red Sox starter in the live-ball era to allow eight earned runs in fewer than 2 IP against the Yankees.
Cano’s was one of the longest hit at the new Stadium, Martin’s was reviewed and upheld and Teixeira’s was his 24th of the season.
CC Sabathia earned his 15th win of the season and thanks to a strong eight-inning performance, reached the 200 inning plateau. He gave up two runs on four hits with two walks and seven strike outs.
From Jeff Quagliata, research guru for the YES Network, “CC Sabathia one of just 2 pitchers since 1995 to throw 200 innings in 28 or fewer starts – the other was Cliff Lee in 2010.”
Freddy Garcia came in to finish the game in the ninth and induced two ground outs and struck out one.
The Yankees victory coupled with the Orioles loss in Tampa helped to give the Yanks a one game lead (again) in the American League East with two to play. The magic number is down to two.
In a cute moment, Melky Mesa came to bat in the bottom of the eighth inning and hit an RBI single – his first major league hit – which scored Eduardo Nunez. While he was running to first, the YES Network cameras caught Eric Chavez yelling, “Touch the base!!” from the dugout.
- Yankees have scored 9 or more runs in three of their last four games.
- Alex Rodriguez tied Stan Musial for 5th on the All-time RBI list with 1,950.
- Granderson and Martin hit back-to-back home runs in that explosive second inning. It was the 12th time the Yankees have done that this season.
- Nick Swisher hit the 250th double of his career.
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