After yesterday’s threats of inclement weather pushed that game to Sunday for a doubleheader, today ended up being the first game of the weekend series against Pittsburgh. And the Yankees decided to make a point.
David Phelps took today’s start and really did an amazing job. It was reminiscent of last year’s performance from Phelps. Over 5 innings and 100 pitches, he allowed 5 hits and 3 walks, no runs, and struck out 5 Pirates. That’s right. The Pirates couldn’t cobble their hits and walks into a scoring scenario through 5 innings. When Dellin Betances took the 6th inning, his solo mistake was a first-pitch solo home run. Betances, however, kept the Pirates from adding to that through the 7th. Adam Warren’s 8th and Matt Daley’s 9th finished off the Pirates and kept them to that single run scored.
In the meantime, the Yankees decided to put on a show this afternoon in the Bronx, reclaiming their time-honored title of “Bronx Bombers”. In the 1st, Jeter on base with a single, Mark Teixeira continued his home run streak with a 2-run shot, the 350th home run of his career. Then in the 3rd, 6th, and 7th innings, a Yankee hit a lead-off solo home run — Zoilo Almonte (making his 2014 debut with a splash and donning #24), Brett Gardner, and Alfonso Soriano, respectively.
Then in the 8th, Gardner on with a walk and 2 outs, Brian McCann smacks a 2-run home run to push the Yankees up to a 7-1 lead. And that’s where they landed. 7-1 victory over the Pirates. A great way to start this weekend series and work their way back to the top of the heap in the AL East (now just a 1/2 game behind Baltimore), where they belong.
Tomorrow’s game will be a single-admission doubleheader, meaning if you had tickets to one game, you get to go to both. I cannot even imagine the nightmare that awaits the stadium people (the box office, specifically) because my mind is spinning in circles over seating dilemmas based on my own experiences with tickets over a weekend series. However, something tells me that the Yankees have it under control. They usually do.