For 6.2 innings A. J. Burnett was in complete control. Up to that point he hadn’t allowed a run. In fact, he’d only allowed one hit through the first five innings. But he walked two in the seventh. Then, former Yankee farm hand Shelley Duncan singled in Grady Sizemore to make it 2-1 Yankees. Austin Kearns came up next and knocked a three run homer, his first of the season. Suddenly it was 4-2 Indians.
Josh Tomlin was excellent for the Tribe. At one point he had retired at least twelve consecutive Yankees. He didn’t allow a hit until the seventh inning, when Mark Teixeira singled. Later that inning Nick Swisher doubled in Tex and Robinson Cano to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. At the time it looked like that would have been more than enough because up to that point Burnett had been unhittable. In total, Tomlin’s line was seven innings, three hits, two runs, one walk and five strike outs.
Curtis Granderson hit a solo shot in the eighth inning to make it a 4-3 ball game, but Cory Wade gave up a two run homer to Carlos Santana in the bottom of the inning, making it 6-4 Cleveland, putting the game out of reach for the Bombers. Fortunately, the Red Sox and Rays both lost earlier today, limiting any damage.
This was also Derek Jeter‘s first game back from the DL. You’ll be shocked to learn that he went 0-4.