Swisher’s Two Home Runs Lift Yankees Over Red Sox
With Phil Hughes heading to the mound, the Yankees weren’t sure as to which version was going to show up. Lucky for them, the good Phil Hughes came through in a 6-4 win for the Bronx Bombers.
The Yankees got out on the front foot in the bottom of the first on a Nick Swisher solo home run off of Franklin Morales as the rain poured in at the Stadium.
Curtis Granderson followed suit in the bottom of the second with a solo shot to right field, his 31st of the season, followed immediately by a Russell Martin home run. The back to back jacks put the Yanks up 3-0.
The Sox got one back in the third on a fielder’s choice by Pedro Ciriaco, scoring Mike Aviles to make it a two run deficit for Boston. They then took the lead on a three run shot by Dustin Pedroia off of Yankee starter Phil Hughes.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Yankees drew level at 4 on a solo home run by Derek Jeter, his 250th career homer. In traditional Yankee fashion, all of New York’s four runs on the game were scored on home runs to that point.
The Yankees took the lead in the bottom of the sixth with a Jayson Nix RBI single to make it a 5-4 game. They extended by one in the seventh when Swisher went deep once again to push the lead to two runs.
Hughes’ seven innings, combined with Dave Robertson in the eighth and Rafael Soriano in the ninth were enough to make the lead stand.
Tomorrow, both teams square off once again in a 4:05 start. You can catch every pitch right here on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.
Player of the Game: Nick Swisher (2-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI)
Swish was instrumental to the Yankees success tonight, belting two home runs which made the difference in the game.
“Good Job, Good Effort” Player of the Game: Adrian Gonzalez (0-4)
The most fearsome hitter in the Boston lineup did nothing for them tonight, in a game where Phil Hughes shut him down. That sentence alone is deserving of a great, big “good job, good effort.”