Vernon Wells had a big night last night in Colorado. He hit a 2 run homer in the first inning and scored the game winning run in the 9th on an infield hit by Brennan Boesch. But not only that, he made a perfect defensive play in the bottom of the 9th to help preserve the Yankees 3-2 lead over the Rockies... and then the Yankees won, just like that!
That defensive play was key, because he wasn't in the outfield at this point, he was at 3rd base... that's right, 3rd. According to the New York Times, "Girardi had no more infielders for the bottom of the ninth. He considered using catcher Austin Romine at third, but decided to go with Wells, whom he had seen take ground balls at third during batting practice earlier this season. Wells said he takes grounders as a way to keep his hands active and to practice catching bouncing balls. And he uses his own glove, a small outfielder’s mitt... In the bottom of the inning, Wells said he got chills after the brief infield warm-up when he was able to throw the ball to closer Mariano Rivera... With one out, Carlos Gonzalez hit a bouncer to Wells’s left, and he threw a strike to first baseman Lyle Overbay." Read HERE.
Good for him. The Yanks put a good win together. Only 3 other Yanks had hits last night...Brett Gardner, Chris Nelson and Brennan Boesch. Wells had 3.
David Phelps started and went 6 innings and allowed 3 hits and 2 runs. David Robertson got the win. Mariano Rivera got the save...Save number 12.
Final: Yankees 3 - Rockies 2.
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