Game 50: Indians 3, Yankees 7

Burnett and Indians’ pitcher Justin Masterson both kept hitters guessing until the seventh inning.   With two outs, Burnett hit Luis Valbuena with a pitch.  Valbuena stole second and scored when Marson reached first base safely due to a throwing error by Derek Jeter.  Donald followed with a triple to center and the Tribe leapt out to a 3-0 lead.

Nick Swisher got the rally started for the Yankees in the bottom of the seventh, singling to center.  Swisher moved to second on a ground out by Juan Miranda.  Brett Gardner hit an infield single to put runners on first and third.  With two outs and two on, Jeter made up for his error by lining a RBI single to center, scoring Swisher and Gardner.  Curtis Granderson followed with a double and Mark Teixeira came through with a monster homer into the stands in left field, giving the Yankees a 5-3 lead.

Burnett held the Indians through the eighth inning, but the Yankee offense wasn’t done.  …

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Photo courtesy of the NY Daily News

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1.  Loss of command

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Vazquez BB/9 rate

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