Saturday, July 7, 2012

Yankees take Matinee Game

The Yankees opened the floodgates almost immediately today as the scoring started in the first inning. Swisher blasted a three-run home run into the monster seats followed by another home run by Andruw Jones, who would have two on the game to go along with a highlight-reel catch later in the game. All six of the Yankee runs today came via the home run after scoring ten runs last night without a long ball. The Yankees have gone past their struggles with runners in scoring position. They have shown the baseball world how they score their runs and they have proven they do not need to hit for power to win games after last night's game. Today made up for their drought last night though. They gave their starter six runs to work with which would not go to waste as they did yesterday.

Jones hitting his second homer
Freddy Garcia came into the game with the Yankees hoping they would give them some semblance of a quality start. Garcia pitched into the seventh inning and allowed one run on six hits to the Red Sox lineup. This lineup is not the one Bobby Valentine thought he had before leaving spring training but they still have a decent hitting team. With Crawford suffering a setback in his rehab, his presence may not even be felt this season after the Red Sox paid him an enormous amount of money on a seven year deal. Nevertheless, Freddy Garcia gave the Yankees more than they had hoped for, as well as giving their bullpen a breather after last night's marathon. The most the Red Sox can hope for now in this series is a split as the Yankees game another half game on everyone in the division.

In the night-cap, Phil Hughes will pitch for the Bombers. His last start turned out to be great against the White Sox after giving up two first inning runs. He settled down and went eight innings in that game to earn the win. He will be facing Felix Doubront who pitched well against the Yankees in the epic game where they came back with fifteen runs to beat the Red Sox in April.

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