The Bronx Bombers are back…at least they were for one day.
After not hitting a home-run through the first 5 games of the season, the Yankees enjoyed a coming out party in the teams 7-4 win over the Boston Red Sox. New York hit five home-runs on the day, including two by Brian McCann, his first two of the season.
Carlos Beltran got the Yankees going with a 2-run-home-run in the bottom of the first off John Lackey. Boston quickly responded in the top of the 2nd when A.J. Pierzynski drilled a first pitch fastball from Hiroki Kuroda into the 2nd deck in right to tie the game at 2.
In the bottom of the fourth, Brian McCann and Alfonso Soriano went back-to-back (belly-to-belly. That was the first time the Yankees hit back-to-back home-runs since June of last season.
Then in the bottom of the 6th, McCann did it again hitting a 2-run shot into the Yankees bullpen to make the score 6-2. Lackey gave up a career high 4 home-runs in his 5.2 innings of 6-run ball. The Red Sox though, would not go quietly.
With the bases loaded with Red Sox in the 7th, Mike Carp beat the shift driving in two, to cut the Yankees lead to 6-4. That’s as close as Boston would get.
Kelly Johnson added a home-run in the 8th, and Shawn Kelly pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to bring the Yankees back to the .500 mark.
Hiroki Kuroda earned his 2nd win of the season giving up 4 runs on 6 hits in 6.1 innings. Matt Thorton and Dellin Betances came on to get the final 2 outs of the 7th.
These two teams will meet again tomorrow in the 4th and final game of the series. Ivan Nova will square off against Felix Doubront. Both Nova and Doubront have gotten off to shaky starts in 2014. Nova has given up 9 runs in 9.1 innings, and Doubront has given up 8 runs in 8 innings.
**Koji Uehara was unavailable for the 2nd day in a row with what’s being called “shoulder soreness”. Any time the word pitcher and shoulder are used in the same sentence, it’s not good.
**Derek Jeter sat out today’s game because Joe Girardi didn’t want him playing a day game after a night game. Dean Anna got the start instead.