What if I told you that Phil Hughes pitched his best game at home this season? What if I told you a utility player would provide the offensive punch to help the Yankees win today’s game? What if I told you that guy was Jayson Nix? Well, all those things came to fruition as the Yankees swept the doubleheader against the Blue Jays today, winning game two 3-2.
The Jays got to Hughes early. Rajai Davis led off the game with a single, stole second and went to third on a groundout. Davis scored when Hughes uncorked a wild pitch. The Yanks would tie it in the third. Austin Romine singled and Vernon Wells walked. Robinson Cano drove home Romine with a single.
The Jays would take the lead back in the fifth. Munenori Kawasaki tripled and scored on a sac fly by Davis. The Yankees would tie it in the seventh when Nix hit his third homer of the season off Mark Bueherle.
The Yanks would win it in the ninth off Daren Oliver. Mark Reynolds led off with a walk and Ichiro Suzuki pinch ran for him. Eduardo Nunez bunted him to second. Ichiro would then steal third. Nix singled him home to win the game.
YGY Player Of The Game: Nix
Notes: Ryan Dempster was suspended for five games (aka one start) for throwing at Alex Rodriguez Sunday night. Joe Girardi was fined for his argument after. Ichiro is now one hit away from 4,000 after today’s action. Derek Jeter played in another simulated game, this time running the bases.