The New York Yankees offense has been, well, stagnant of late. Last week wasn’t the best of weeks for the Yankee bats. This week is off to a much better start. With a couple of blasts and solid work out of the bullpen, the Yankees were able to beat the Cleveland Indians, 7-4.
Andy Pettitte made his first start in 18 days since being injured and was unable to get through five. The Indians got the first run on the board in the third. Michael Bourn led off with a single. Mike Aviles followed with a single. Asdrubal Cabrera bunted them over and Nick Swisher brought a run in with a fielder’s choice. The Yankees came back in the bottom half. Reid Brignac and Austin Romine singled. Brett Gardner walked to load the bases. Robinson Cano hit a sharp ground ball that Swisher made a nice play on to get Brignac at home. It wouldn’t matter that much. Mark Teixeira hit his first homer of the year to make it 4-1.
The tribe fought back in the fifth. Drew Stubbs lead off with a double. Bourn followed with a single. Aviles followed with a short sac fly to center. After a groundout, Swisher and Mark Reynolds walked to load the bases. Carlos Santana would follow with a ground-rule double off David Adams‘ glove to tie the game.
The game stayed tied until the sixth. Ichiro Suzuki led off with a walk and went to second on a groundout. After a strikeout, Romine would hit Justin Masterson with a comebacker and Ichiro went to third. Romine would steal second, right before Gardner singled in both runs. Travis Hafner added some insurance in the seventh with his ninth homer of the year.
YGY Player Of The Game: Teixeira
Notes: Lyle Overbay started for the first time in his major league career in right field. To make room for Pettitte, Brennan Boesch was sent to AAA. Robinson Cano leads second baseman in the early AL all-star voting.