The Yankees got things started in the first inning – again.
Curtis ‘I’m not a home run hitter’ Granderson hit a home run into the second deck in right field putting the Yankees up 1-0 right away. It was his 29th of the year.
Baltimore answered with a one of their own in the bottom of the first.
In the bottom of the second, with runners on first and third, Derek Jeter smacked a single to right, scoring McGehee to give the Yanks a 3-1 lead. After Granderson struck out, Nick Swisher hit a single, scoring Jayson Nix to make it 4-1.
Phil Hughes had himself an interesting game. While watching him today, it seemed to me like he was a little out of whack and didn’t look comfortable. Yet, he always got an out when he needed it.
Case in point: In the top of the third, Baltimore led off the inning with two straight singles. Hughes needed a double play and he got one. The next batter lined out and he escaped trouble. It actually happened in the fourth inning as well. It was like he was doing a David Robertson impression.
The Yanks broke the game way open in the bottom of the third with the big blow being a grand slam by Robinson Cano to make it 11-1.
Here are the key plays:
- Russell Martin walks
- Casey McGehee walks
- Nix hit a ground rule double, scoring Martin to make it 5-1
- The Orioles mercifully take Zach Britton out and replace him with Kevin Gregg
- Jeter singles, again, McGehee and Nix score and it’s now 7-1
- Granderson singles
- Nick Swisher walks to load the bases
- Cano hits a 1-2 pitch into the right field seats to make it 11-1
By the way, six of those runs were scored with two outs. Does that sound familiar? If it doesn’t, you must have missed last night’s game when Ivan Nova had it happen to him – seven runs with two outs which led to Baltimore winning 11-5.
Joba Chamberlain made his 2012 debut in the seventh and was greeted rudely by JJ Hardy who took his 0-1 pitch deep into the left field seats. Chamberlain also gave up an RBI double to Endy Chavez in the eighth. He finished his day: 1.2 IP, 4H, 2R, 1BB and 0K.
I’ll chalk it up to nerves.
The Yankees added a run in the bottom of the eighth on sacrifice fly by McGehee.
- Hughes improved to 11-8 and lowered his ERA from 4.08 to 3.96. He finished with nine hits in six innings, gave up one run, walked two and struck out one.
- The Orioles were looking for their first three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium since June 1986. They didn’t get it.
- Ichiro extended his hitting streak to nine games.
- Jeter now has 276 games of three hits or more – he also collected three RBI
- Jayson Nix finished the day 3-4 with two singles and a double.