The Yanks grabbed a 6-4 win in their rubber match with the Rockies on Old Timers’ Day thanks to the long ball.
The offense finally solved Juan Nicasio in the fifth inning as Robbie Cano broke up a perfect game with a one-out single to left. Swish Dog followed with a homer to right and Posada followed suit with a solo jaunt into the Yanks’ bullpen. It was just the third time this season that the Yanks have hit back-to-back homers, the last coming on May 8 at Texas when Jeet and Grandy went yard.
The Yanks added a run in each of the next three innings to seal the victory. A-Rod knocked in Gardy in the sixth and now has a seven-game hitting streak and a six-game RBI streak. Eddie Nunez had an RBI single in the seventh and Tex crushed a solo homer to left in the eighth. It was Tex’ 298th career homer and 23rd this season, which ties him with Jose Bautista for the ML lead.
Ivan Nova didn’t have as good a game as he did his last time out, but he did enough to keep the team in the game. SuperNova went six innings and gave up four runs on six hits — including a career-high three homers — with four strikeouts to three walks. He wasn’t great by any means, but he kept the team in the game for the most part. The bullpen took it from there.
Ayala came in for the seventh and gave up a single to Chris Iannetta, but it was lights out from there as Boone Logan retired the next three batters in order. He had his third straight great outing and lowered his ERA from 3.50 to 3.32. Baby steps.
D-Rob was lights out as usual, fanning two in a perfect eighth, and Mo struck out the side in the ninth for his 20th save. D-Rob has now struck out at least one batter in 23 of his last 25 appearances, and the Yanks moved to 22-4 in day games this season.
The actual game was almost as good as the 65th old timers’ game, which saw Bernie Williams (first timer) hit a double and Tino Martinez crush a two-run homer in a 2-0 affair. Joe Torre also made his first appearance at OTD and got the biggest ovation out of anyone, narrowly edging Bernie.
The team is off tomorrow before welcoming the Brewers for a three-game set starting on Tuesday.
Topics: A-Rod, Bernie Williams, Boone Logan, Brett Gardner, David Robertson, Eduardo Nunez, Ivan Nova, Joe Torre, Jorge Posada, Luis Ayala, Mariano Rivera, Mark Teixeira, Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, Tino Martinez