Yankees Take First Game Of Doubleheader Over Boston
When you hit back-to-back homeruns twice in a four-inning span, and then your starting pitcher tosses almost seven full innings of brilliant one-run baseball, it's going to be hard to lose a game. Well that's exactly what the Yankees did this afternoon in Game One of today's day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park, as they knocked off the Red Sox by a score of 6-1.
If there was a de facto "player of the game" for the Yankees, it was Andruw Jones. The former all-world centerfielder was on the back end of the first set of back-to-back homers, sending a solo shot over the Green Monster after Nick Swisher's three-run laser in a similar area. Then in the fourth, Jones started the second back-to-back set of homers with another solo smash that went just over the Monster again. And oh yeah, topping it all off, Andruw made a terrific leaping catch against the Monster in the bottom of the sixth, who then started a 7-4-3 double play, doubling off David Ortiz at first base.
As for Garcia, he was terrific: went a strong six and two-thirds, allowing just one run on six hits, striking out five and walking two in the process. Freddy improved his record to 3-2 on the season and lowered his ERA to 5.23. Boston's starter Franklin Morales allowed all six Yankee runs in just three and a third, falling to 1-2 with a 3.50 ERA.
The finale of the day-night doubleheader will begin around 7:15pm tonight, as Phil Hughes will take the mound against Felix Doubrount. Coverage will begin at 7:00pm tonight on 104.5 "The Team" ESPN Radio!