The Yankees kept pouring it on in the bottom of the second. A one out single by Brett Gardner started things for the Bombers. Gardner stole second and ran to third on a grounder to short by Jeter. Jhonny Peralta, instead of making the safe play to first, tried to get Gardner at third, who slid in before Brandon Inge could tag him, leaving everyone safe. Teixeira then followed with his second three-run homer in the young season, driving the ball out to right and giving the Pinstripes a 6-0 lead.
The Tigers got on the board in the top of the third, thanks to a solo shot by former Yankee prospect, Austin Jackson. Burnett settled down and the score stayed at 6-1 until the top of the fifth. Brennan Boesch singled to center to start the inning for the Tigers and was followed by a single by Peralta. Alex Avila grounded another single past Jeter and the Tigers scored another run. A sac bunt by Inge moved the runners to second and third and gave the Yankees the first out of the inning with Jackson up to bat again. Burnett walked Jackson, his first of the day, and the bases were juiced with one out. Will Rhymes grounded to first and Teixeira made the smart play, getting the out at first while Peralta crossed the plate. Burnett battled back to strike out Magglio Ordonez and end the inning. Still the damage was done and the Yankees lead was cut down as the score stood at 6-3.
The Yankees got back to business in the bottom of the inning. Cano drove the ball off the top of the wall in left for a double. Jorge Posada worked a walk and Granderson grounded out, moving the runners to second and third. Russell Martin continued to make an impact in his first series in pinstripes, hitting a big three-run homer out to the left field stands, giving the Bombers a 9-3 lead. Rodriguez drove a solo shot off Brayan Villarreal, making his major league debut, in the bottom of the sixth.
Luis Ayala came into the game in the seventh and pitched a scoreless inning, but got into trouble in the eighth. He gave up a double to Don Kelly and then Victor Martinez drove a homer to right center, making the score 10-5. Boone Logan pitched the top of the ninth and struggled, allowing a couple of base runners before the Tigers scored on a throwing error by Eduardo Nunez. Mariano Rivera came out and make a quick one out save, giving the Yankees a 10-6 victory over Detroit.
Some Interesting Tidbits and Random Thoughts:
- Teixeira got his sixth RBI in his twelfth game last season and his second homer in his fifteenth. I like his pace better this year…
- Jeter’s two hits tied him with Hall of Famer Al Simmons for 35th all-time with 2,928 hits.
- Burnett only lasted five innings, being pulled after his shaky fifth inning. He looked pretty solid through the first four and considering he has been pretty sick this week, I think the Yankees should be happy with his first start. He struck out six and only walked one.
- I thought Martin looked pretty good behind the plate, blocking some tough pitches from Burnett. They always make a big deal out of who catches Burnett, but from a defensive standpoint, it’s nice to see a guy who can stop those pitches that could easily get away from a catcher.
Luis Ayala: Ayala pitched a scoreless seventh, but gave up a couple runs in the eighth. The late addition to the Yankees’ roster went two innings, giving up two runs on three hits with one strikeout. To his credit, he came back and pitched well after giving up the homerun to Martinez.
Nick Swisher: Swish went 0-4 with a RBI and a strikeout. He stranded three base runners.
Boone Logan: Logan gave up a hit and a walk and an unearned run.
Mark Teixeira: Teixeira’s notorious slow starts are nowhere to be seen – yet. He went 1-4 with a big three run homer, two runs scored and a walk. He also struck out twice.
Rodriguez: Alex went 2-3 with two runs scored, two RBIs, a walk and a homer.
Brett Gardner: Gardy went 2-5 with a run scored and a steal.
Derek Jeter: The Captain had a nice game offensively, going 4-2 and scoring two runs. His defense will continue to be up for debate.
Robinson Cano: Robbie went 2-5 with a RBI and a run scored. He missed a homerun by inches (or perhaps a fan who could actually catch a ball, depending on how you look at it).
In The On Deck Circle:
New York will look to sweep the Tigers out of the Bronx on Sunday afternoon. Max Scherzer will take the ball for Detroit. He went 12-11 with a 3.50 ERA and a 3.71 FIP in 2010. He has made one appearance against the Yankees, going six innings and giving up no runs, while picking up the win and six strikeouts. I believe Phil Hughes should take the mound for the Yankees, though their webpage still has the pitcher slated as To Be Announced. Hughes is coming off his first All-Star season, having a strong first half of 2010, before struggling at times down the stretch. First pitch is at 1:05pm in the Bronx.