Wow. What a game. I would say I’ve never seen anything like it but I have, in a way. I was at Yankee Stadium in May 2006 when the Yankees fell behind 9-0 in the second inning against the Texas Rangers and they were able to chip away, come back and win that game on a walk off home run by Jorge Posada.
Today’s game was different. The Yankees were down 9-0 going into the sixth inning and when they were finally able to score one run and most people were thinking, “Good! At least it’s not a shut out.”
Then the seventh inning happened. Most of us didn’t see the Yankees score their first four runs of that inning because across the country in Seattle, Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox was about to complete a perfect game against the Mariners. FOX rightfully switched over to that game so we could all see history unfold in Safeco Field. After it did – Congrats to Humber, the White Sox and their fans – FOX switched back to the action in Fenway.
When we returned, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver were talking about Nick Swisher’s grand slam. They showed the replay and then, the scoring just kept happening.
In what seemed like a blink of an eye, Mark Teixeira made it a one run game on a three run home run. Buck even made it a point to say, two different times, “And with one swing of the bat, Mark Teixeira can make this a one run game.” And then BOOM! He did. So thanks for that bit of foreshadowing Joe Buck!
By the time the seventh inning was over, the game was within reach. After the eighth inning was over, the Yankees had a 15-9 lead. Swisher and Tex contributed to the scoring again, as did pretty much every other batter in the lineup, minus Andruw Jones. Swisher finished with six RBI on the day and now has 20 on the year. He reached 20 RBI last season on May 29.
To say this game was insane is an understatement. It was like we were all watching two different games. In game one, the Yankees couldn’t hit anything, the Red Sox batters had all the luck and Freddy Garcia was stinking up the joint. Then something happened and the roles were reversed, in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings it was the Yankees who had all the luck and the Red Sox pitching that was horrendous.
Isn’t baseball grand?