The Yankees bats started to wake up in the top of the third. Gardner led off with a single and he then stole second. Francisco Cervelli, who took the start as Russell Martin got the day off, reached on an error by Beltre. A single from Jeter scored Gardner. Curtis Granderson then grounded a RBI grounder to right and the Yankees trailed just 4-2.
Sabathia seemed to find his groove in the third, pitching a 1-2-3 inning. He found himself in some trouble in the fourth, but escaped without giving up another run. In the top of the fifth, Jeter led off with his much-anticipated first homerun of the season. Granderson singled to right and Mark Teixeira followed with a double, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Rodriguez hit a grounder to Andrus at short, who threw out the Yankees’ third baseman as Granderson scored the tying run.
Sabathia had rare fielding errors in both the fifth and sixth innings, but was able to hold the Rangers scoreless. Then, in the top of the seventh, Jeter drove his second homer of the game to give the Yankees their first lead of the game. Granderson followed with a homer of his own and the Yankees had a 6-4 edge.
Sabathia started the seventh, giving up a single to Andrus before Girardi called on Joba Chamberlain. Young flew out, but Andrus stole second and then got to third on a wild pitch. Beltre then singled to third, scoring Andrus and the Yankees lead was down to 6-5.
The Yankees used a big eighth inning to finish off the Rangers. Nick Swisher, Jorge Posada and Gardner hit back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases. Cervelli then followed with his first career grand slam. Granderson worked a one out walk and Teixeira knocked a two-run shot, giving the Yankees a commanding 12-5 edge. Rafael Soriano and Lance Pendleton each pitched a scoreless inning of relief and the Yankees held on for the big victory.
- Jeter had gone 259 at bats before hitting his first homer. (In 1997 he went 311 without one, so believe it or not, this wasn’t his longest stretch without a longball). He didn’t wait long for his second, which came in his next at bat. Both went into the Rangers bullpen.
- Jeter also had his first stolen base of the season.
- While the Yankees bats were cold for much of this roadtrip, Jeter’s bat had slowly warmed up. He had a hit in all seven games.
- The Yankees have scored twelve runs in three games this season, and each one has resulted in a CC Sabathia win. Stats like this make you wonder why it seems to have taken people so long to realize how little Wins tell you about a pitcher’s ability.
- Granderson leads the AL in homers with 11. Last year it was August 14th when Granderson hit his 11th homer.
- Quote of the Game: Francisco Cervelli discussing his first career grand slam, “I’m close to Alex now. Lou Gehrig and Manny. I’m going there now.” He couldn’t remember hitting one since he was in High-A ball in 2007.
Bronx Cheers: CC Sabathia: It was another disappointing outing for the Yankees big hurler. He lasted six plus innings, and gave up five runs (three earned) on five hits. He struck out just two and issued four walks and also had two fielding errors.
Robinson Cano: Robbie went 0-4 with one walk. He left five runners on base.
Brett Gardner: Despite a really ugly fielding error, Gardner had a good day. He went 3-5 with two runs scored. He picked up his fifth stolen base of the season.
Curtis Granderson: Grandy went 3-4 with three runs scored, two RBIs and a walk.
Bullpen: Joba Chamberlain, Rafael Soriano and Lance Pendleton each pitched one inning of scoreless baseball. They each gave up one hit and Joba and Pendleton each had a strikeout.
In The On Deck Circle: New York gets a much-needed day off on Monday, as they head back to the Bronx. On Tuesday, the Bombers will host the Kansas City Royals and Kyle Davies. The Royals’ pitcher lasted 6.1 innings for his longest start of the season, giving up three runs for his third straight loss. Davies is getting hit hard this season, with lefties hitting .365 off him and righties hitting .302. He has been particularly bad during his four games on the road, where he has an ERA of 10.00. Freddy Garcia will take the ball for the Yankees. He is coming off his longest outing of the season, when he went seven innings. Garcia has been striking out batters in his last few games, picking up 21 Ks in eighteen innings. First pitch is at 7:05pm on Tuesday in the Bronx.