Rick Ankiel connected with a solo homer in the top of the fourth, but Granderson answered in the bottom of the inning with his second home of the game and the score sat at 5-3. The score stayed like this and (after an almost two hour rain delay in the sixth) the Yankees added another run when Cano singled and Brett Gardner hit a RBI double.
Jeter lead off the bottom of the seventh with a single. Nick Swisher hit into a force out and moved to second on Teixeira’s walk. Rodriguez followed with a RBI single to second and the Yankees held a healthy 7-3 lead. After the rain delay, Boone Logan had done a good job holding the Royals scoreless and Joba Chamberlain came in for the top of the eighth. Joba gave up a lead-off walk to Getz and then a two-run homer to Podsednik, bringing the Royals within two.
The Bombers bats were far from done, however, as Granderson worked a lead off walk in the bottom of the eighth and then stole second. He moved to third on a throwing error. Gardner also reached base on a throwing error and stole second. Jeter was intentionally walked and the bases were loaded. Swisher singled to right, scoring Granderson and Gardner. Colin Curtis was put in to run for Swisher and Teixeira singled to load the bases. With Rodriguez up and the bases loaded the crowd was waiting for history, but instead, Royals pitcher Blake Wood hit him with a pitch, bringing in a run and eliciting a chorus of boos in the Bronx. A ground-rule double by Cano sent Curtis and Teixeira home and the Yankees big inning put them out in front 12-5. The Royals picked up one more run when Ankiel scored on a missed catch error by Posada, but it was far from enough as the Yankees took the series win.
Jorge Posada: Jorge went 0-5 and committed a catching error that resulted in a Royals’ run. Not a good day for the Yankees’ veteran backstop who now has six errors on the year. He had seven in 2009.
Joba Chamberlain: Girardi seems to be giving Joba as many chances as he can to show that he deserves this eighth inning spot, and Joba has done quite a bit to prove him wrong. In one inning, he gave up two earned runs on one hit and one walk. His ERA has ballooned up to 5.95. Seriously, he’s making Boone Logan look like a genius.
Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod may still be in search of #600, but you have to like that he is coming through with crucial hits for the Yankees and – apparently – not focusing on just getting his historical homer. He went 2-4 with three RBIs.
Derek Jeter: The Captain continues to put his slump behind him. He went 3-4 with a walk, two runs scored and a RBI.
Curtis Granderson: Grandy went 2-4 with a walk, three runs scored and two RBIs. He hit two homers.
Boone Logan: Phil Hughes was pitching a decent game when the rain shortened his outing. Boone Logan came in after the skies cleared, with a two run lead. He pitched 1.2 innings and did not give up a hit or a run, striking out one batter. We may like to poke fun at the relief pitcher, but he’s actually been pitching pretty well lately. In 11.2 innings of work through June and July, the hurler has given up ten hits and just three earned runs. He’s struck out eleven batters over that time and walked no one in July.
In the On Deck Circle:
The Yankees head to Cleveland today, where they will take on the struggling Indians and their old pal Shelley Duncan. Javier Vazquez will take the ball for the Yankees. He struggled in his last outing, but was able to pick up the win, despite giving up just five runs in five innings. The Tribe will send Jake Westbrook to the mound. He is 6-6 with a 4.74 ERA. First pitch is at 7:05pm at Progressive Field.