In the most bizarre Yankee game that I’ve seen, the Yanks blasted five homers, led by Derek Jeter’s first two of the year, and committed four errors in the field in a 12-5 win over the Rangers. Jeter and Curtis Granderson went back-to-back, and Francisco Cervelli hit the first grand slam of his career, leading the way in a barrage of power and slip-ups.
Jeter launched his first two homers of the season – a fifth-inning solo shot to chase Texas starter, David Bush, and then later hit a shot in the seventh that broke a 4-4 tie – to lead the way for the Bombers. Granderson, the AL’s home run leader, extended his early power surge by following Jeter’s seventh inning shot with his 11th, also off Rhodes, to give the Yankees a late two-run lead. Cervelli connected on a 3-2 fastball for his first career grand slam in the eighth inning, a rocket over the center-field wall. Mark Teixeira added a two-run blast later in the frame, his ninth of the year.
The Yanks’ display of power late in the game helped in patching up a sloppy game – the Yankees committed two errors behind left-hander CC Sabathia, and Sabathia was charged with two more errors himself – as the Bombers started the game off as the Blunders.
The Rangers took a three-run lead in the opening frame, thanks to two of those Yankee errors. Alex Rodriguez’s miscue started the inning off, as Mike Napoli ripped a bases-loaded two-run single and advanced to second when Brett Gardner bobbled the ball in left field.
The other two Yankees errors were committed by Sabathia, coming on a soft tapper in the fifth and on a ball that clipped his glove in the sixth. CC worked six-plus innings, leaving after he allowed a single to start the seventh. He finished allowing five hits, walking four, and striking out two.
Texas added a run in the second inning, but CC settled down a bit after that. The Yankees slowly chipped away at the Rangers’ lead, beginning in the third, as Jeter and Granderson laced run-scoring singles. In the fifth, Jeter broke his homerless streak of 250 at-bats – dating back to August 24, 2010.
Joba Chamberlain relieved Sabathia in the seventh and allowed one run to cross the plate – after a stolen base, wild pitch, and infield single – but exited after one inning without any further damage. Rafael Soriano worked a clean eighth, and while rookie Lance Pendleton was a bit shaky, he allowed no runs in the ninth. Mrs. Pendleton is proud.
June 24, 2009: Francisco Cervelli’s last home run. How long ago was this? To put it in perspective, NY SOS wasn’t even around then.
Jeter: 4-for-6, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, and 10 total bases.
Posada: Georgie snapped out of a 0-for-15 slump with a seventh-inning single.
The Yankees have an off-day tomorrow, before opening a three-game set against Kansas City on Tuesday night.
Matchup: Kyle Davies (1-4, 7.32 ERA) vs. Freddy Garcia (1-2 2.88 ERA)