DINGERZ: Yankees 7, Pirates 1

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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.

Adam Warren and Matt Daley helped keep the Pirates to only one run and closed out the game.

Some notes:

  • Teixeira’s home run was the 350th of his career.
  • Four of the five home runs were hit off Pirates’ starter Edinson Volquez.

Tomorrow’s matchups in the single admission doubleheader will feature Hiroki Kuroda (2-3, 4.62 ERA) and Vidal Nuno (1-1, 6.43) against Charlie Morton (0-5, 3.22) and Gerrit Cole (3-3, 3.76).

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.