After losing the all of the first eight games played this season to Boston, the Yanks turned the tables, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
The four-game sweep of Boston put the Yanks 6 1/2 games up on the Red Sox and reduced the Yanks’ magic # for an AL East title to 46 (I know, too early, but just giving the facts).
Once again, Boston bats were silent. The scoreless streak went to over 31 before Phil Coke gave up a 2-run HR to Victor Martinez.
Prior to that HR, A-Rod hit #574* in the bottom of the 7th to break a scoreless tie. Pettitte and Lester had a great duel, and Lester broke. Alex’s HR enabled him to pass Killebrew on the all-time list. Next up, McGwire’s 583*.
In the 8th, Coke gave up the dinger to Martinez, putting Boston up 2-1. I was upset at Girardi’s use of Coke vs. Martinez there. Hughes did pitch in the previous two games, but didn’t pitch long at all in either one. What was it, one batter each? A four-pitch K of Green the day before? I would have had Hughes in there. No way would I have had Coke (who has a propensity for giving up the dinger) pitching to Martinez.
Questionable decision aside, the Yanks came back with four in the bottom of the 8th, as JD and Teix hit back-to-back HRs and Swisher added a 2-run single. 5-2 Yanks and enter Sandman. The great Rivera closed it out.
The lead is 6 1/2. Flash those pearly whites and smile broadly, Yankees fans.