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Last Night Was So Much Fun, Let's Do It Again!

The Yankees, coming off a 12-4 thumping of the Rangers Tuesday behind a good but not great CC Sabathia, took the field Wednesday night behind the inconsistent Ivan Nova, with a line-up that resembled one that Billy Martin would occasionally pull from a hat.

With Derek Jeter “decalfinated” and lefty Derek Holland pitching for the Rangers, Joe Girardi chose to sit the hot Brett Gardner, and installed Nick Swisher as his leadoff man.  Swisher last led off back in 2008 as a member of the White Sox.  The line-up also featured Alex Rodriguez at DH, Ramiro Pena manning third, Eduardo Nunez at short and yet another start for the embattled Francisco Cervelli.  Fortunately for the Yanks, Mr. Holland’s opus when it comes to the Bombers is an atonal dirge.  Coming into the game, in 21.2 innings versus the Yanks, Holland had allowed 41 baserunners and an 8.31 ERA.

Neither starting pitcher distinguished himself.  They each had only one 1-2-3 inning before getting the hook.  Nova gave up two in the top of the first on two hits and a walk, and offered up one of the worst (highest) pitchouts seen in baseball in 2011, giving Cervelli no chance to cut down Ian Kinsler.

Mark Teixeira evened the score in the bottom of the frame with a long homer just to the left of the “State Farm” sign in left, and the Yanks could have had more if not for Holland deflecting a Nunez hot shot up the middle and turning it into a 1-6-3 DP.  They added a run in the second, but Nova promptly gave the lead back on a booming homer to Kinsler and an Adrian Beltre sac fly in the third.

Nunez, celebrating his 24th birthday, took Holland deep to tie the score at 4 in the 4th. After the Yanks took a 6-4 lead in the 5th, Curtis Granderson saved Nova’s night, thwarting a Ranger rally in the 6th, by cutting down Yorvit Torrealba at the plate on an Andrus single to center with two on and two out.  From there, the Yanks battered Mark Lowe, Darren Oliver and Neftali Feliz for six runs on five hits and three walks.  Included in the barrage was a bleacher shot by Ramiro Pena (!), another bomb by Teixeira (from the left side of the plate, marking the 11th time in his career he has homered from both sides in the same game), and a Robinson Cano three-run blast in the ninth.

Final score . . . just like before . . . 12-4.






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1 RIYank   ~  Jun 15, 2011 11:26 pm

It was a good night for the ñ scrubs.

3 thelarmis   ~  Jun 16, 2011 12:16 am

the 11 times Tex has homered from both sides of the plate in the same game, tied the MLB record, already shared by Eddie Murray and Chili Davis.

Swish has 10 such games, as do The Mick and Ken Caminiti.

Bernie has the playoff record, achieving this feat twice.

i dig switch hitters.

4 RIYank   ~  Jun 16, 2011 12:20 am

[2] Huh, I never knew who recorded that song.

[3] And, double-digit scoring, two nights in a row... and two double steals! I said in the game thread that you would enjoy this game.

5 thelarmis   ~  Jun 16, 2011 12:32 am

[4] oh, sweet! i saw the double-digit scoring and lohud mentioned ONE double steal, but i haven't checked the box score yet. there were TWO?! holy cool!!!

yeah, this game kicked ass. too bad i missed it...

also, too bad fuckett threw a 1-hitter and the bruins won the damn cup. ah, whatever.

i still can't believe nunez and pena went yard in the same game...

6 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 16, 2011 12:55 am

[2] Popular tune at Japanese weddings..certain you can guess my reaction to that, Chyll.

Yanks 1.5 against the Boston juggernaut..can they keep up?

7 monkeypants   ~  Jun 16, 2011 9:29 am

[6] Can the Sox keep it up? No way.

8 Evil Empire   ~  Jun 16, 2011 9:34 am

Sterling said he gave girardi the idea to lead swisher off.

9 Chyll Will   ~  Jun 16, 2011 10:51 am

[6] The same as Stan Marsh's when his grandfather locked him in a closet and made him listen to it?


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