Ivan Nova, who was fresh off the disabled list. With the series tied at a game apiece, the Yankees were looking for a good start out of Hiroki Kuroda as well as some big hits from the offense. In a 6-4 win, they were able to accomplish just that.
Alex Rodriguez at third plated two. Before the
bad-hop single, Steve Pearce should have caught an Evan Longoria pop up
that landed in the first row of seats. There was a fan that got in the
way, however, but the ball hit Pearce’s glove before popping out.
Thankfully all these fluky events didn’t cost the Yankees the game
considering they’ve had to deal with a lot over the past two-plus
Boone Logan, David Phelps, David Robertson, and Rafael Soriano. Logan retired
the only man he faced, Ryan Roberts, in the seventh, before Phelps came
in and allowed a double to Ben Francisco and a walk to Carlos Pena.
Phelps did escape the inning unscathed, as he struck out Desmond Jennings to end the threat. This was Phelps’ first action out of the
bullpen now that Andy Pettitte will be inserted back into the rotation
on Tuesday, and they need him considering the bullpen is thin. Anyway,
David Robertson and Rafael Soriano struck out a batter each in clean
eighth and ninth innings, respectively. The save for Soriano was his
40th in 43 chances.
Eduardo Nunez started off with a walk before stealing his
first of three bases on the afternoon, and then Derek Jeter got his 199th
hit of the season on an RBI single. He ended up advancing to second on
the throw home before scoring on an ARod single.
Russell Martin capped
off the five run rally with an opposite field three-run home run. All of
this damage came off Matt Moore, who cruised through the first two
innings before throwing 45 pitches in the third. That aforementioned
third inning was his final inning of the day. The sixth run came in the
following inning on an ARod sac-fly to score Nunez that was just short
of landing in the right field seats. After going 2-for-3 on Saturday
with RISP, the Bombers went 3-for-8 with RISP on Sunday.
Final was 6-4, Yankees
The win on Sunday guarantees the Yankees will be in first place by
themselves when they next play on Tuesday. Andy Pettitte ( 3-3, 3.52 ERA)
will make his return (hooray!) against the Blue Jays and struggling Ricky Romero (8-14, 5.87 ERA) at the Stadium.
--Jesse Schindler, BYB Lead Staff Writer
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