The Yankees finally won a game with me (and my brother) in attendance. To be honest, I almost said, "No." when my brother texted me and asked me if I wanted to go to today's game. We both have had such bad luck this season and I was afraid we'd ruin Derek Jeter's first game back. But, we didn't and it feels like a tremendous weight has been lifted off my shoulders!
Now, when Andy Pettitte gave up three runs in the top of the first, my brother and I were both thinking, "Here we go again."
After the Yankees cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the frame, we felt slightly better and thought, okay, this isn't too terrible. Maybe they can keep them at three and chip away. Then, we felt bad again when Pettitte gave up another run in the top of the second to put the Royals up 4-1.
When the Yankees halved the score (4-2) in the bottom of the second, thanks to an Austin Romine RBI double, no that is not a typo, I felt that if the Royals were held to four runs, the Yankees could get to Ervin Santana the second time through the lineup.
I was right.
It took a little while but the Yankees pulled ahead for good in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a Lyle Overbay RBI single, a Zoilo Almonte RBI single and an Eduardo Nunez RBI single to put the Yankees up 7-4.
They added a run in the sixth on a Jeter groundout to short, Luis Cruz was on third and able to score. Jeter was taken out of the game after that at bat because of a tight right quad. Because of course he was. It's the Yankees and they can't go a day without an injury.
Andy Pettitte wasn't great today but thanks to the offense exploding - as much as they can explode while only hitting most singles - he earned his seventh win of the season. He finished with 5.2 IP, four runs (three earned) on eight hits, one walk and one strikeout.
Shawn Kelley came in and pitched an inning and third, striking out two. David Robertson, who lost the final vote for the AL All-Star team to some dude named Steve Delabar, pitched one inning, gave up one hit and struck out three. One of them was at the command of my brother who said, "Come on, strike this fool out!" Next pitch, strike three.
Boone Logan "closed" the game by pitching a flawless ninth inning and the Yankees picked up their 50th win of the season.
- Romine, Nunez and Almonte all had two hits.
- Ichiro Suzuki played centerfield and made a few good plays. One was a Willie Mays-esque basket catch right in front of the wall in almost dead center. And he ended the game with a nice catch as well.
- Brett Gardner didn't start but came in to pinch hit for Jeter so I guess he's feeling better.
- Shawn Kelley now has 49 strikeouts in 32.2 IP. Yeah...that's pretty good.