With last night’s win, the Yanks pull one game ahead in the race for the AL East. The Yanks are finally getting healthy, with Mark Teixeira getting his first start tonight at 1B, Ivan Nova getting activated from the DL and Andy Pettitte reporting that he felt “great” during his simulated game last night. We...
Meanwhile, the Yankees bats continued to be cold, as they failed to get a hit in the third through the seventh. Pawtucket added some insurance in the top of the eighth. Jason Repko started the inning with a single to right, moving to second on an error by Cole Garner. A wild pitch moved Repko to third and J.C. Linares tripled him in. Ryota Igarashi was able to strike out Danny Valencia and get LaRoche to ground out, ending the inning with the Yankees trailing 3-0.
Gustavo Molina finally got the Yankees on the board with a solo homer to left in the bottom of the eighth. Kevin Russo started the ninth with a double down the right field line, almost getting thrown out at second. Corban Joseph grounded out, moving Russo to third. A single by Ronnier Mustelier plated Russo and brought the Yankees within one. Luke Murton promptly popped out to first, leaving the Red Sox just one out away from moving on to the Championship round.…
- The offense took a little while to get going, managing just one baserunner (a single by A-Rod to lead off the second inning) and forcing Orioles’ starter Wei-Yin Chen to throw just 35 pitches through the first three innings, but they broke out in a big way in the fourth inning. Nick Swisher got things started by taking a bouncing ball off of his leg, and then Robinson Cano worked a four pitch walk that included a bit of chin music on the first offering from Chen. With two on and no one out A-Rod struck out swinging to put the opportunity in jeopardy, but Russell Martin launched a pitch into the leftfield seats to put the Yankees up 3-0. After Curtis Granderson struck out for the second time in the game for the second out, Andruw Jones hit a first pitch single, and Steve Pearce added his first home run as a Yankee to give the Bombers a 5-0 lead, and radically altering the feel of the game.
Pessimism … or a reverse jinx? You decide.
|New York Yankees||Baltimore Orioles|
|Derek Jeter, SS||Nick Markakis, RF|
|Nick Swisher, RF||J.J. Hardy, SS|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||Nate McLouth, LF|
|Alex Rodriguez, DH||Adam Jones, CF|
|Russell Martin, C||Matt Wieters, C|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||Mark Reynolds, 1B|
|Andruw Jones, LF||Chris Davis, DH|
|Steve Pearce, 1B||Manny Machado, 3B|
|Casey McGehee, 3B||Robert Andino, 2B|
|Phil Hughes, SP||Wei-Yin Chen,...