Like I said, the Yankees looked dead. Freddy Garcia has become the new A.J Burnett or Sergio Mitre to the fans. Just about everyone’s given up on him, and with Andy Pettitte on the mend, Garcia’s clock is about to strike 12. Freddy failed to get out of the second inning as he collected just five outs while allowing five runs on seven hits. Clay Rapada followed him and allowed a run, and David Phelps allowed three in four innings of work.
The bats were also dead early on. Felix Doubront started for Boston and he was great through six innings, allowing just four hits and a Mark Teixeira solo homer in the sixth. But when Bobby V. pulled Doubront in favor of his bullpen with a 9-1 lead in hand, all hell broke loose.
Nick Swisher hit an opposite field grand slam to start the offensive onslaught, his second homer of the series, to pull the Yankees within four runs, and everyone missed it because Phillip Humber of the White Sox was finishing off his perfect game (more on that later). When Fox tuned back to the Yankee game, Mark Teixeira was up with two runners on and the Yankees down four. And like Swisher, Tex promptly hit an opposite field homer over the Monster. Down 9-0 to start, the Yankees cut it to 9-8.
The Yanks took the lead in this epic game in the eighth when Swisher hit a 2-run double scoring Eduardo Nunez and Derek Jeter to give the Bombers a 10-9 lead off old friend Alfredo Aceves. The Yanks would then get 2-run doubles from Teixeira and Russell Martin, as well as a Jeter infield single to give the team a 15-9 lead which would be the final score. The Yankees scored 15, (fifteen!), unanswered runs to beat the Red Sox. Calling this game unbelievable is an understatement.
Final score as noted was 15-9, Yankees. The Yanks will go for the sweep on ESPN, weather permitting, as CC Sabathia opposes Daniel Bard. Can’t wait.
--Jesse Schindler, BYB Lead Staff Writer
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