God bless you Arod, but the hero in tonight’s Yankees win was Marcus Thames.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees seemed doomed to lose after being up 5-0 after the 1st inning.
After Brett Gardner, who once again hit a single under pressure, was on base when Arod came up to the plate.
Arod tied the game with a two-run homer, and Thames won the game with a blast to left field with a final outcome of 9-7.
All these hits were off Red Sox closer Johnathan Papelbon, who is not a favorite anywhere. Paps, with his blow fish face, drives me crazy but it is rare that he gives up a save. It makes it more enjoyable to run circles around Paps for the win.
Phil Hughes struggled tonight but left with the lead 6-5, in the sixth inning. His command was not as hazardous and he overused the cut-fastball again. Both Red Sox homers came off that exact pitch.
Joba didn’t even go a whole inning on Sunday, so he easily could have been used tonight. That’s when I realized that maybe he left the game against the Twins with an injury. The timing was weird, but I just blamed it on Girardi’s micromanaging.
Coming home never felt so right for the New York Yankees.
Tonight’s win, against the 1st place Minnesota Twins, was especially needed, as the Yanks have been away 22 of 34 games. The team was taking a beating, as the injury list was rivaling their active roaster.
Clearly, the Yankees were struggling.
As fans flooded onto the 4-train, the air filled with talk of how coming home was all the team needed to get back on their feet.
This mentality has worked in the past, and the Yankee fans determined to make it happen again.
The fans, including myself, cheered our hearts out. It was not easy as the first three innings featured strikeouts from Jeter, Tex, Cano, Swisher, Cervelli and not even runners on base to strand.
Unlike in the past, there was no booing at all, no silence either, only chanting from fans all around the packed stadium.
The players will tell you how pleasant it felt, but it was Brett Gardner that gave the group spirit again.
Gardner’s homer in the fourth inning got the bats going, but it was his overall determination started to spread like a virus.
In the fifth inning, Twin’s superman Joe Mauer went yard to tie the game at 2-2, but Gardner’s impressive defense made sure no more damage was done.
Bottom of the fifth, with two outs it was Gardner again who hit a single and kept the inning going. Teixeira had to have been inspired to back up his teammate by hitting a double to deep right field. This allowed Gardner to score, and the Yankees were up 3-2.