Yankees Power Past Red Sox 5-4
The Yankees (80-62) lived by the long ball as usual in their 5-4 victory over the Red Sox (64-79) on Wednesday night scoring all of their runs that way. Luckily the Yankees got some solid starting pitching from David Phelps in one of his best performances as a Yankee starter. Phelps went 5 2/3 gave up one run on five hits and struck out five. It wasn’t all good for the Yankees however; they may have added Derek Jeter to list of injured Yankees when he came up limping after trying to beat out a groundball in the eighth inning.
Curtis Granderson who has been under a lot of scrutiny as of late for his slumping bat provided the big bat for the Yankees homering twice in the game. In the fourth inning Granderson got the Yankees on the board taking Aaron Cook deep putting the Yankees up 1-0. Granderson’s second home run came in the seventh inning, a two run shot off of Alfredo Aceves. The two homers put Granderson at 37 for the season.
In the top of the fourth Robinson Cano also hit a home run. An opposite field two run shot over the green monster. Cano now has 30 home runs. Red Sox starter Aaron Cook went five innings have up three runs on seven hits and struck out two.
Nick Swisher seems to be breaking out of his slump, after two hits last night Swisher had three more tonight. Eric Chavez went 2-2 with two doubles.
Rafael Soriano went into the ninth inning with a 5-3 lead but surrendered a lead off solo home run to Jarrod Saltalamacchia keeping Yankee fans on the edge of their seat. Soriano converted his 37th save.
The Yankees will play the Red Sox again on Thursday night. Phil Hughes (14-12 4.13) will start for the Yankees while Felix Doubront (10-8 5.21) goes for the Red Sox. Pregame coverage begins at 6:30, first pitch at 7:05 right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.