The Yankees came back after a disappointing game on Friday night with key players stepping up when required and they got a 5-3 win to level up the series at one game a piece.
Until the fifth inning it was a complete pitching duel but that was until Brett Gardner broke that when he singled up center field to bring home Luis Cruz and also give the Yankees a 1-0 lead on the day.
The Yankees bats absolutely exploded in the seventh and it all started when Luis Cruz singled to center to bring home a quick Eduardo Nunez and to extend the Yankees lead to 2-0. Robinson Cano then singled to center to bring home Luis Cruz and make it 3-0 Yankees. Lyle Overbay then hit a hard shot straight to the green monster, which was enough to bring home Ichrio Suzuki and to make it 4-0 to the Yankees going into the bottom of the seventh.
The Red Sox hit back in the bottom of the seventh when Jonny Gomes hit a sac fly to center field to bring home David Ortiz and also get the Boston’s first run on the board. The Red Sox tacked on another run when Mike Carp scored on a wild pitch for Hiroki Kuroda and the Red Sox managed to get two runs out of the inning and to make it a 4-2 game heading into the ninth. Hiroki Kuroda’s day also finished in the eighth and he finished yet again with a excellent stat line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s (104 pitches, 72 strikes).
The Yankees added some insurance runs in the top of the ninth when Robinson Cano got his second RBI of the game when he hit a sac fly to center to bring home Luis Cruz for his third run of the game.
We all know how it ended when Mariano Rivera stepped on the mound in the bottom of the ninth as the Yankees closed out this game with a 5-3 win and will be facing the Red Sox tomorrow at 8:00 PM ET for the series decider.
Some of the notable performances in this game for the Yankees were of Brett Gardner who went 3-5 with 1 RBI, Robinson Cano who went 1-4 with 2 RBI’s, Lyle Overbay who went 3-4 with 1 RBI, and Eduardo Nunez who went 3-4 while scoring once. But the best performance of the night goes to Hiroki Kuroda who went seven innings strong to grab the Yankees and himself another W.
Note: The impossible was seen today. A Yankee player was given a standing ovation at Fenway Park when walking out of the bullpen. Yes. I’m sure you can guess who it is… Mariano Rivera, who picked up his 35th save of the season.