Three-touchdown game for Yankees
The Yankees are going so well offensively that they just laugh at 5-0 deficits. Saturday night at Minneapolis, they were down by that score in the third inning and came back to win the game, 8-5, with a four-run ninth.
Tuesday night at Arlington, Texas, the Yankees did not wait that long to come back from the downside of a 5-0 score. In the very next inning after the Rangers put up a five-spot in the first against Chris Capuano, the Yankees bunched together 11 runs in an offensive outburst that oddly did not contain a home run, their main weapon.
The first eight batters for the Yankees in that 10-hit second inning reached base against Martin Perez, who was replaced before he got an out as all eight guys he put on base eventually scored. Four of the Yankees who batted that inning reached base twice.
Brendan Ryan drove in three runs, as many RBI as he had all season previously, with a couple of doubles. Chase Headley singled twice, knocked in two runs and scored two. Didi Gregorius was hit by a pitch, slashed a bases-clearing triple and scored twice. Chris Young doubled and walked and touched the plate twice. The other hits in the inning were singles by John Ryan Murphy, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner and a double by Alex Rodriguez.
The Yankees did not clear the fence until the third inning when Young bashed a grand slam. He added a fifth RBI with his second double of the game, in the sixth when the Yanks pushed their run total to 19.
By that point, Capuano’s dreadful first inning was a distant memory. This was in modern parlance a “bullpen game” for the Yankees since manager Joe Girardi decided to push the entire rotation back a day. The skipper had hoped to get at least 60 pitches out of Capuano, but the lefthander could not find the plate and walked five batters in addition to allowing three hits in a 42-pitch effort that required a bullpen call with an out remaining in the first inning.
Diego Moreno, called up earlier in the day from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, was magnificent in a long-relief role. He faced 17 batters and permitted only one base runner — on a walk – with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 hitless innings before Adam Warren took over in the seventh. Warren set down nine batters in a row to continue the bullpen no-hitter. The Rangers did not have a hit after the first inning. The last 19 Texas batters went out in order.
Moreno will have quite a memory from his first major-league victory. And Warren, who entered the game with a 14-run lead, was credited for a save because he pitched three innings.
The 21-5 victory featured just about everything for the Yankees. Gardner, who homered off position player Adam Rosales in the ninth, scored five runs. Young drove in five runs and scored four. Gregorius had four hits and three RBI. Ryan and Gardner also had three RBI apiece. Ellsbury twice reached base on catcher’s interference — by two different catchers. The Yanks had 11-for-21 (.524) with runners in scoring position.