It’s always good to take the first game of the doubleheader. It puts less pressure on you for game two, knowing you at least have one victory for the day. Well, the Yankees did just that, taking game one of the day/night doubleheader against the Dodgers 6-4 in Don Mattingly‘s return to the Bronx.
The Yankees got the first runs of the game off Hyun-Jin Ryu in the second inning. Thomas Neal and Ichiro Suzuki singled. Two batters later, Lyle Overbay drove them home with a double. Ichiro made it 3-0 in the sixth, when he hit his third home run of the season.
LA finally got to former Dodger Hiroki Kuroda in the seventh. Hanley Ramirez led off the inning with a single, one of his four hits on the day. Andre Ethier walked. Two batters later, Skip Schumaker to load the bases. A.J. Ellis hit a sac fly make it 3-1 and knock Kuroda out of the game. Shawn Kelley entered and was greeted rudely by ex-Yankee Jerry Hairston Jr, who singled home Ethier to make it 3-2.
The Yankees would get those runs back in the bottom half off J.P. Howell. With one out, Jayson Nix and Robinson Cano singled. Ronald Belisario came in and committed a throwing error on Vernon Wells‘ comebacker, which brought home a run. Neal was hit by a pitch. Paco Rodriguez came in and gave up a two-run single to make it 6-2.
The Dodgers came right back in the eighth. Yasiel Puig doubled and Ramirez followed with his second homer of the year.
YGY Player Of The Game: Suzuki