Posada Leads Yanks To Win In 1st Game Of Day/Night Doubleheader
April 23rd. That’s the last time Jorge Posada hit a homerun. A lot has happened since that time. The former catcher lost his spot as the Yankees DH, was dropped to 9th in the order and is now primarily used as a pinch hitter.
But Posada made the most of rare start in the first game of a day/night doubleheader at Cincinnati. His 2-run homerun proved to be the game-winner as the Yankees defeated the Reds, 4-2.
Posada, playing 1st base in this game, ended the second-longest homer drought of his career. Posada’s tiebreaking homer in the sixth off Mike Leake ended his stretch of 126 at-bats without a dinger.
In the last month, Posada has raised his average from .165 to .227. He also has a nine-game hitting streak.
New York has now won 4 games in a row and moved a season-high 14 games over .500 at 43-29. The Yankees have won 10 of their last 12 games.
Freddy Garcia (6-6) gave up two unearned runs in seven innings for his 4th win in the last 6 games. He allowed three hits and one walk in seven innings. Garcia is 22-10 in 39 career interleague starts.
Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 22 tries. He has a record 66 career saves in interleague games, including 22 in a row since 2006.