So tonight’s game turned out to be a good one, eh?
It started off with Chris Sale was being Chris Sale and with Hiroki Kuroda struggling for the fourth consecutive start and it looked as though the Yankees were on their way to a “punch to the gut” kind of loss. But thankfully, they had other ideas and after a five-run eighth inning, the Yankees were able to pull ahead and win their second game in a row.
Kuroda lasted 6.1 innings but labored through most of them. He gave up four runs on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. He also surrendered a solo home run to Alejandro De Aza. If Kuroda had been facing a better team, I think he would have been out of the game earlier.
There were runners on second and third with one out.
Robin Ventura brought Nate Jones in and he gave up a two-run single to Alfonso Soriano. That cut the Yankees deficit to 4-3. Alex Rodriguez followed that up with a single to move Soriano to third, and then Curtis Granderson who was pinch hitting for Vernon Wells rudely greeted Donnie Veal with an RBI single which tied the game at 4-4.
After Mark Reynolds struck out for the second out of the inning, Eduardo Nunez and his usually ill-fitting helmet came through with a huge two-out double to left which completed the comeback and gave the Yankees a 6-4 lead.
It wasn’t only shocking that Nunez came through with a big hit but also that his helmet stayed on his head as he motored into second base.
Boone Logan who pitched a hitless eighth inning, earned the win and Mariano Rivera picked up his 40th save of the season. It’s the ninth time in his career that he’s saved at least 40 games in a season tying Trevor Hoffman.
- Joe Girardi announced after the game that Phil Hughes would be moving to the bullpen and that David Huff would be making Saturday’s start in Fenway.
- Brett Gardner didn’t hit a double for the first time in about a month (just kidding but it has been a few games)
- Derek Jeter and Eduardo Nunez both finished with two hits and it was the 975th time in his career that Jeter’s had at least two hits in a game. Not too shabby.