Brennan Boesch may only be hitting .211, but it’s the little hustle plays he’s made that have been impactful. Tonight, his hustle to first helped him beat out a groundball and gave the Yankees the eventual game winning run, as the Yankees beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2.
The Yankees got the scoring started right away in the top of the first. Brett Gardner led off with a single and stole second. Two batters later, Vernon Wells hit his seventh homer of the season. The Rockies didn’t waste much time, coming back in the bottom of the second. Willin Rosario doubled, and Todd Helton followed with his second homer of the year.
The Yanks took the lead in the ninth. Vernon Wells led off with a single off Rockie closer Rafael Betancourt. Lyle Overbay followed with a walk. Ichiro Suzuki dropped a great bunt to move the runners along. Jayson Nix was intentionally walked. After a strikeout, Boesch hit a ground ball to third that Nolan Arrenado made a great diving play on, but Boesch’s hustle got him to beat the throw and let Wells score.
Yankee starter David Phelps pitched well, going six innings, giving up only the two runs, three hits and struck out four.
Notes: Curtis Granderson will begin his rehab in AAA tomorrow. Don’t expect to see him for a couple of weeks. He needs 50-75 at bats. He will play all over the outfield. Ivan Nova pitched in a rehab game and went four innings and struggled. Vernon Wells played third base for the first time in his career in the ninth innning.