Yankees came in for Game 2 of the Yankees and Red Sox series with 6.97 ERA Freddy Garcia on the mound. Having lost his first two games, you weren’t really sure how he was going to perform.
I think i should start at the turning point of the game. The Red Sox were up 9-0 going into the 5th inning. Freddie Garcia lasted all but 1.2 innings giving up 5 runs. The Yankees finally got on the board in the 6th, with a solo homerun by Mark Teixeira but the Yankees were still down by 8. Red Sox had a pitching change in the 7th, and thats where the game went a complete 360.
After a strikeout by Andruw Jones, Russell Martin and Eduardo Nunez singled and Derek Jeter walked to get the bases loaded for Nick Swisher. On the 1st pitch, Nick Swisher connected for a grand slam which was his 1st as a Yankees and 5th in his career. The Yankees were back in the game, being down by only 4. Red Sox chose to keep Padilla on the mound, but took him out after giving up a double to Robinson Cano. AROD reached base on an error by Red Sox’s shortsop Aviles, to bring up Mark Teixeira who had already hit a homerun in the previous inning. With a 2-2 count, and a 92 mph sinker with no surprise Tex was able to connect again for a homerun to bring the Yankees down by only 1. So when all hope was lost for the Bombers, Teixeria helps bring them back into the game.
Rafael Soriano came in to pitch the 7th and retired 3 straight batters after giving up a ground rule double to Saltalamacchia. After a remarkable 7th inning for the Yankees, it was hoped by all that they would have a great 8th inning to gain the lead. It was now (as well as the 9th inning) or never for the Yankees. The Red Sox brought in Aceves after Nunez hit a single to left. Aceves walked Jeter, and gave up a double to Swisher to bring Nunez and J
eter in.. and just like that the Yankees had taken the lead!!!!!! Aceves walked Robbie intentionally to create a force out, but ended up walking AROD on 7 pitches to load the bases and bring up the dangerous hitting Mark Teixeira. Tex hit a ground rule double to bring Swisher and Cano in, giving the Yankees a slightly comfortable lead over the Red Sox. However with a double by Martin and a single by Derek, the Yankees were able to extend their lead by 6.
The game ended in a unbelieveable Yankees victory of course. Down by 9, and the Bronx Bombers never gave up.
Mark Teixeira speaks on the Yankees performance:
We take every at-bat seriously, whether it’s the first inning or the seventh inning, up nine or down nine. We don’t want to just give away at-bats and go through the motions. Tonight, we just got on a little roll. That was a lot of fun
Bobby Valentine on the devastating lost:
"It all happened pretty quickly, and it’s all kind of confusing right now"
Rafael Soriano who pitched the 7th got the win for the Yankees. Former Yankee Alfredo Aceves received the loss for the Red Sox. So the Yankees moved on to a 9-4 record while the Red Sox moved to a 4-10 record.