The Yankees lived up to their ‘Bronx Bomber’ nickname tonight as they mashed four home runs en route to a 7-3 victory. After a very dicey first inning, AJ Burnett picked up his fifth win, giving the Yankees 6.1 innings of three-run ball. Mets starter, Chris Capuano gave way to all four Yankee home runs as he lasted only 5.1 innings. With the win, the Yankees improve their record to 24-20 while the loss drops the Mets to 22-23.

The Grandy Man After His 15th Bomb

 

 

Recap

The Yankees once again flexed their home run muscles tonight. Russell Martin (8th) and Mark Teixeira (12th) both hit two-run bombs in the 2nd and 3rd innings respectively. Curtis Granderson (15th) and A-Rod (9th) added solo shots in the sixth and eighth innings. The Yankees only mustered three other hits (two from Derek Jeter), but when a team is putting on an impressive power display, high hit totals aren’t needed.

Burnett had a very dicey first inning that had doom written all over. The Mets had bases-loaded with no-out as Jason Bay stepped to the plate. Bay’s sac fly plated Jose Reyes. Fernando Martinez struck out, but Justin Turner picked up Martinez, singling home Dan Murphy. Burnett got Josh Thole to fly to center to end the threat. In an inning where the opposition has bases loaded and no-out, taking a two-run hit is fine. Burnett prevented the big inning and kept his club in the game. Burnett grinded and gave the ball to his bullpen with a lead that they would not relinquish. David Robertson (9) and Joba (10) recorded holds as Luis Ayala closed out the game in the ninth.

Recap

52%: FOX had an interesting stat tonight stating the Yankees have scored 52% of their runs via the home run this season. Only the 2010 Toronto Blue Jays (54%) had a higher mark.

27: After two hits tonight, Jeter needs 27 hits for 3,000.

What’s Next?

Rubber game of this three-game set on Sunday afternoon.

1:05 PM: Mike Pelfrey (3-3, 5.11 ERA) vs. Ivan Nova (4-3, 4.33 ERA)