If you were to tell me that a Yankee lineup without Derek Jeter, Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira would be going up against Shelby Miller and putting up seven runs, I would’ve thought you lost your mind. Well, you’d be right as the Yankee offense went to work off Miller in the 7-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
The offense went to work in the third with one out. Brett Gardner walked. Brian Roberts and Jacoby Ellsbury singled to make it 1-0. Ellsbury stole second and first baseman (!) Brian McCann walked to load the bases. John Ryan Murphy drove in two with a single and Ichiro Suzuki plated another run with a fielder’s choice.
They added to it in the fourth. Kelly Johnson singled and Roberts doubled. Ellsbury drove in two more with a single and stole second again. McCann drove in another with a single.
Alas, the seven run lead dwindled as Yankee pitching couldn’t hold the fort the entire time. Hiroki Kuroda got the start but couldn’t get out of the sixth even with a big lead.
The Cards began to chip away in the bottom half of the fourth. John Jay singled, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Daniel Descalso‘s single.
Carpenter would score on Wong’s RBI double in the eighth.
David Robertson got another four out save, including striking out the side in the ninth.