Brett Gardner’s RBI single in the bottom of the 12th inning broke a two-all tie as the Yankees finished off the three-game sweep of the Rangers. 32-year-old journeyman Brian Gordon made an impressive Bronx debut, giving up two earned runs in 5.1 innings. The Yankee bullpen backed up Gordon, tossing 6.2 innings of scoreless ball. With the win, the Yankee finish off their ten-game home stand with a 6-4 record and improve to 39-28 on the season.

How About Some Pie, Brett?

Recap

How about some pie, Brett? The speedy left fielder came in for Andruw Jones in the ninth inning and proved to be the difference as he helped the Yankees walk off against the Rangers. Gardner singled off reliever, Michael Kirkman, plating Curtis Granderson. Speaking of the Grandy Man, he went 3 for 5, raising his average to .285. Russell Martin was back in the lineup, going 2 for 4 with a walk.

Despite not knowing literally anything about Mr. Gordon, he showed a lot of poised on the Yankee Stadium mound. He was spotting his fastball, placing his big curve ball, and staying out of the middle of the zone. His only mistake came in the fifth inning where he plunked Adrian Beltre on an 0-2 count with the bases loaded and two out. He got Mitch Moreland out on the next pitch, but showed some moxie in the big spot. The beat writers all said Gordon was throwing with a Yankee official on the field across from the stadium. Pretty funny, right?

Give it up for the bullpen. The foursome of Hector Noesi, David Robertson, Mariano Rivera, and Cory Wade only gave up two hit over the last 6.2 innings. The respective ERAs of this foursome (1.59; 1.32; 1.71; 0.00) Ironic that Mo has the highest ERA among the group.

Key Stats

47,847: Today’s attendance. Not bad for a Thursday afternoon.

6: After getting swept by the Red Sox, the Yankees won 6 of the next 7 to finish with a solid 6-4 home stand.

What’s Next?

The Yankees will head to the Windy City for three games against the Cubs. Time for the pitchers to grab the lumber.

Friday, 2:20 PM: Freddy Garcia (5-5, 3.60 ERA) vs. Doug Davis (0-5, 5.90 ERA)