I’m not sure what’s more amazing: Russell Martin hitting a home run or the Yankees and Red Sox playing a game that only lasted two hours and 41 minutes. Well, both of those things happened tonight and what resulted was a 10-3 Yankees victory.
Actually, I thought of something more amazing. It’s July 27 and tonight was the first game the Boston Red Sox played in Yankee Stadium in 2012.
And it started off well for Boston as Dustin Pedroia hit a home run in the top of the first inning but the Yankees – as they seem to always do against the Red Sox – answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first.
The Yankees have scored 15 first inning runs in their last four games against Boston.
This time, Mark Teixeira grounded into a force out which scored Curtis Granderson from third – Granderson hit a double off starter Aaron Cook earlier in the inning. Raul Ibanez stepped in and hit a two-run home run which scored Teixeira to give the Yankees a 3-1.
Phil Hughes struggled a bit early and ended up throwing a lot of pitches but he recovered well and despite serving up two more solo shots to Carl Crawford and Jarrod Saltalamacchia he finished strong. Hughes ended up lasting seven full innings, which considering how he threw 28 pitches in that bottom of the first, is pretty impressive. He only gave up those three runs, five hits, struck out five and walked one.
The Yankees broke the game open in the eighth inning on a Granderson grand slam – a “granderslam”, if you will. It was the seventh grand slam for the Yankees this season and Granderson’s 28th home run of the year.
Rafael Soriano was warming up to prepare to pitch the ninth inning, thanks to Granderson, he sat back down.
Cody Eppley came in to pitch the ninth. He struck out Cody Ross and Saltalamacchia, then gave up singles to both Will Middlebrooks and Daniel Nava. Luckily, Mike Aviles grounded to Jeter who got Nava at second to end the game.
The Yankees are now 6-1 against the Red Sox this season.
Fun fact: Tonight’s game was the fastest Yankees-Red Sox matchup since September 11, 2005 when Randy Johnson out-dueled Tim Wakefield, 1-0. The lone run of that game was a solo home run by Jason Giambi in the first inning. How do I know this? I was there that day.