Yanks Win Battle Of The BombsPosted: April 3, 2011
After Thursday’s win and Friday’s day off, the Yankees came to the park yesterday refreshed and ready to play. On the mound, it would be a battle of ex-Marlins in AJ Burnett for the Yanks and Brad Penny for the Tigers, which meant uncertainty for both teams and the game showed. The Bombers would win it 10-6 thanks to the long ball.
The scoring started in the bottom of the first after AJ Burnett retired Detroit in order in the top half, the Yanks scratched out three on an Alex Rodriguez RBI double, a Robbie Cano RBI infield single, and a Nick Swisher sac fly. They were just getting started.
In the bottom of the second, Mark Teixeira hit his second three-run homer in as many days to double the lead and make it a 6-0 game. This is definitely good to see out of Tex due to his track record of ridiculously slow starts. Hopefully, that continues.
The Tigers finally got on the board in the next half inning with an Austin Jackson solo shot. Then, in the fifth Alex Avila hit an RBI single followed by a Will Rhymes RBI ground out which made it 6-3.
The Bombers basically put the game out of reach in the next two innings with a Russell Martin three-run home run in the fifth and then a solo shot by A-Rod in the sixth which made it a 10-3 game. The Tigers would go on to tack on three more runs against Luis Ayala and Boone Logan (only one unearned run against Logan) which made it a 10-6 final.
So besides the power display, what led to this win. Well, another gutsy performance from Yankee starter. Burnett would give up three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out six in five innings of work. This 86 pitch performance earned him the win.
With a huge win, Joe Girardi obviously used the bullpen a little differently. He brought in David Robertson to throw a scoreless sixth and then once it became a 10-3 game, he brought in Luis Ayala for two innings and then Boone Logan for 0.2 innings and then Mariano Rivera for 0.1 innings for the save. Sure it wasn’t as dominating of a performance as it was on Thursday, going four innings and giving up two earned runs, but with the type of game and the pitchers used, it’s something expected.
Today, the Bombers will go for the sweep as they host the Tigers in the last game of the series. Two youngsters will take the mound in Phil Hughes and Max Scherzer and it’s a 1:05 start on YES.