Coming into today’s game, people were wondering when Brian McCann was going to break out at the plate. Well, the wait is over. McCann had himself quite a nice game with two home runs and a well-timed caught stealing that prevented the Red Sox from having an even bigger seventh inning – they scored two runs to make it 6-4 and give Yankee fans a bit of a scare.
McCann wasn’t the only Yankee to leave the park today.
Carlos Beltran started things off in the bottom of the first with a long two-run home run into the bleachers off Red Sox starter John Lackey. That home run came to be thanks to Jacoby Ellsbury’s two-out bunt. A.J. Pierzynski struck back in the top of the second with a two-run shot of his own off Hiroki Kuroda.
McCann hit his first homer in the fourth inning, a shot to the second deck in right field, to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead and in the next at bat, on the first pitch, Alfonso Soriano took Lackey deep into the short porch in right to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead.
McCann’s second dinger off Lackey came in the sixth inning. It was a two-run shot that landed in the Yankee bullpen and put them up 6-2.
Things got a little dicey in the seventh inning. Kuroda put two men on and Joe Girardi went to the bullpen. Matt Thornton came in and got a big strikeout of David Ortiz who took nearly three minutes to walk back to the dugout. Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration but he was definitely taking his time. Instead of taking Thornton out, Girardi pressed his luck and kept him in to face Mike Napoli and his beard. This was costly as Daniel Nava and Jackie Bradley Jr. stole second and third. Thornton ended up hitting Napoli with a pitch to load the bases and Mike Carp hit a two-run single to get the Sox set up for a potentially big two out rally. Girardi called Dellin Betances in the game and with a 1-2 on Xander Bogaerts, Mike Carp inexplicably tried to steal second and McCann nailed him to end the inning.
Mike Carp had the ill communication.
The Yankees looked like they could have a big seventh inning as well after Brett Gardner started things off with a single. So far, so good but then Brian Roberts sacrificed him over to second (why not a steal?) which was followed by a Jacoby Ellsbury walk which was then followed by Beltran strikeout and McCann pop out to sort.
Adam Warren came in to pitch the eighth inning and set the Sox down in order with two strikeouts and a ground out.
There was a review in the eighth inning after this double by Dean Anna:
It looks like he did come off the base and was tagged so he probably should have been out but the umpire in midtown ruled him safe.
Shawn Kelley closed the game with an uneventful, 1-2-3 ninth inning and the Yankees won their sixth game of the year.
The Good Stuff
- DINGERS! And especially since four of them were off John Lackey. No one likes John Lackey.
- McCann waking up.
- Beltran’s bomb. Man, that ball traveled so far it looked like it had a flight crew on it.
- Adam Warren‘s outing. Very impressive.
- Yangervis Solarte broke out of his David Ortiz induced slump. In case you hadn’t heard, Ortiz made it a point to meet with Solarte before Thursday’s game because he’s been impressed with his play so far this season. After that happened, Solarte had two not-so-great games. Thankfully the Ortiz jinx seems to have worn off because Yangervis was 2-4 today.
The Not So Good Stuff
- Kuroda was alright. His final line looks worse than it actually was: 6.1 IP, 4 ER, 6H, 3BB, 5K and the home run to Pierzynski. But hey, at least he didn’t have one of those complete meltdown innings like we’ve seen from other people on the pitching staff *cough*CC*cough*
- Brian Roberts was 0-4 which brings his BA down to .129. The last time I saw 129, I was in high school.
One More Thing
- The Yankees 3-6 hitters (Ellsbury, Beltran, McCann, and Soriano) combined to go 8-for-15 with six runs, a double, four home runs and six RBI. (Per @Yankees)
Tomorrow afternoon, we find out which Ivan Nova is going to show up. Super Nova or Meh Nova. I’d prefer Super.