This is what Brian Cashman envisioned. Michael Pineda taking the mound on a beautiful night in the Bronx against the Red Sox and just throwing darts. That’s exactly what Pineda did in his first start at home as a Yankee against the Sox, striking out seven over six innings as the Yanks beat the Sox in round one of at least 19 by the score of 4-1.
Jacoby Ellsbury started the Yankees first rally in the fourth as he reached on Johnathan Herrera’s error. Carlos Beltran followed with a single. Brian McCann followed with a single of his own to drive in Ellsbury. Alfonso Soriano would ground into a double but a run would score.
Dean Anna led off the fifth off Clay Buchholz with his first major league homer. Two batters later, Derek Jeter would hit a ground rule double. Ellsbury drove in Jeter with a single and got thrown out tryin to stretch it.
The Sox would get their loan run on a Daniel Nava homer.
The other pitching story in this game was David Phelps who recorded his first big league save with 2.1 innings of hitless relief.