The Yankees erupted for eleven runs in the third inning as they evened the weekend series up at a game a piece. Brett Gardner’s grand slam subsequently put the game out of reach. Andy Pettitte battled for six innings, picking up his tenth win of the year.

NYSOS Columnist, Adam Poedubicky was at the game, covering it. He’ll check in with us shortly.

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Initial Reaction:

Talk about an offensive eruption. Brett Gardner led the charge by crushing a grand slam as the Yankees erupted for eleven runs in the third inning. Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira each had two-RBI doubles in the frame.

The Jays took an early lead, aided by a first inning, two-run home run by Jose Bautista. After Vernon Wells walked and John Buck singled, right fielder Chad Huffman saved the game by robbing an Aaron Hill screaming line drive. If Huffman doesn’t catch that ball, a 2-0 game turns into a 4-0 game.  The game is completely different.

Positives From The Game:

Brett the Jet: Brett Gardner’s third inning granny was his fourth home run of the season. Gardner’s .398 OBP and 24 stolen bases rank in the Top 5 among outfielders in the game.

Welcome aboard, Dustin: Pitcher, Dustin Moseley made his Yankee debut today by tossing two scoreless frames.

Bottom of the 3rd: For obvious reasons.

Negatives From The Game:

HRs?: Even though Andy Pettitte had a bit of an adventure in the first inning, he battled today. He did give up homers to Jose Bautista and Alex Gonzalez, but he’s Andy Pettitte. The guy just battles.

Interesting Facts:

.398: Brett Gardner’s .398 on-base percentage is top among American League outfielders. He definitely deserves to be an All-Star.

61: Even though he’s hitting .278 with only 12 HRs, Alex Rodriguez has the third most RBIs in the American League.

What’s Next?:

The Yanks and Jays will play a very patriotic, decisive game tomorrow. Go Yanks.

Sunday, 1:05 PM, YES: Brandon Morrow (5-6, 4.50 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (10-2, 3.58 ERA)

Last Start:
Morrow: Loss, six innings, three earned runs, eight strikeouts (at Cleveland)
Hughes: Loss, 5 2/3 innings, seven earned runs, five strikeouts (vs. Seattle)

Career Stats:
Morrow: 1-0, 3.13 ERA (three starts)
Hughes: 1-1, 3.44 (five starts)

**Morrow is 0-5 with a 6.68 ERA in eight road starts this season.