Well, the Yankees lived up to their alternate nickname this afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Bronx Bombers belted five home runs en route to a 7-1 victory at the Stadium.
Mark Teixeira, Zoilo Almonte, Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano and Brian McCann all went deep – Tex and McCann hit two run dingers, the rest were solo shots with Almonte’s landing way out in Section 203 of the bleachers.
Almonte was a late addition to the lineup after Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched with flu-like symptoms.
David Phelps pitched five scoreless innings but it was a tough five innings. He tossed 50 pitches through two innings and gave up five hits and three walks and worked out of a few jams.
The Yankees’ scoreless streak ended at 23 innings when Dellin Betances gave up a first pitch home run to Starling Marte deposited a solo shot into the left field seats but Betances recovered to pitch two innings while striking out three.
- Teixeira’s home run was the 350th of his career.
- Four of the five home runs were hit off Pirates’ starter Edinson Volquez.