A couple friends of mine and I discussed on twitter who the proper comparision is for Travis Hafner. Is it Raul Ibanez or Eric Chavez? I think at this point it may be a little too early for comparissons, however if he keeps this up, he’ll have a category all his own. Hafner came up with the game tied and promptly un-tied it with a huge solo blast to give the Yankees a 4-3 comeback victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks got to CC Sabathia early in the game. A.J. Pollack doubled to lead off the game and two batters later Paul Goldschmidt hit his third homer of the year. The game stayed that way til the fifth when Josh Wilson tripled and Pollack drove him in with a sacrifice fly.
Wade Miley kept the Yankees at bay for 6.1 innings. Then the wheels fell off. With one out, Ben Francisco singled for his first hit as a Yankee. After a strikeout, Brennan Boesch doubled. Eduardo Nunez walked and the bases were loaded. Jayson Nix followed with a walk for the first Yankee run. That was it for Miley as Tony Sipp came in to face Brett Garnder. That didn’t work as Gardner tied the game with a single.
In the eighth, with two out, Hafner pinch-hit for Francisco and hit his fourth homer of the year. Mariano Rivera came in and got the Diamondbacks three up and three down to shut the door.
YGY Player of the Game: Hafner
Notes: Mark Teixeira took swings underwater Tuesday and took dry land swings today. He could take BP by this weekend. Tex and Cano received their Gold Gloves tonight.