The Yankees won 9-6. Alex Rodriguez hit a home run. Brett Gardner hit a three run triple in the sixth inning to give the Yankees the lead for good. CC Sabathia had another disappointing night. I think that's all that happened, right?
In his first at bat of the game, Alex Rodriguez was hit by a Ryan Dempster pitch leading to screaming by Joe Girardi, warnings for both teams, and the beginnings of a wild game. In the end the Yankees came away with the win, but the road there was interesting.
The Red Sox quickly opened the game's scoring in the bottom of the first. Jacoby Ellsbury led off by drawing a walk against Sabathia. Shane Victorino then singled on a ball that just got past Eduardo Nunez. After Dustin Pedroia flied out, David Ortiz walked to load the bases. Jonny Gomes then flied out to right, but it was deep enough to score Ellsbury, making it 1-0. Victorino moved to third, and he then scored too on a Jarrod Saltalamacchia single. CC finally got out of it by striking out Daniel Nava, but the score was 2-0 and Sabathia had already thrown a ton of pitches.
The game turned into the insanity it became when Alex Rodriguez led off in the second inning. The first pitch Ryan Dempster threw to Rodriguez was behind him. The next two were inside. And on the fourth, Dempster drilled him in the back. It was pretty clearly intentional, especially considering everything that's been happening in the A-Rod saga. The umpire immediately and emphatically warned both benches. Joe Girardi came out of the dugout screaming, arguing for Dempster to be thrown out of the game. Girardi was soon tossed himself after continuing to argue.
Because of the warning, the Yankees were hamstrung if they wanted to retaliate, but for that inning, they let the offense do the talking. Curtis Granderson doubled, moving Rodriguez to third. Nunez then singled, scoring Rodriguez, moving Granderson to third. Lyle Overbay's sac fly was enough to tie the game. Chris Stewart and Brett Gardner couldn't keep the momentum going, both going down weakly.
Instead of retaliating, CC came back and threw a easy 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the second. And in the top of the third inning, the Yankees took the lead. Ichiro Suzuki and Robinson Cano led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Alfonso Soriano took a Dempster pitch fairly deep to right, but the ball eventually died and was caught. Ichiro was able to move over to third, though. That brought Rodriguez back to the plate. The cheers came heartily from the crowd as A-Rod grounded out, but funnily enough, the grounder scored a run and gave the Yankees the lead.
The Red Sox did get that run back in the bottom half of the third, though. Victorino led off the inning with a double and came around to score after a wild pitch and an Ortiz ground out. And then an inning later, the Red Sox took the lead. Saltalamacchia led off with a double and came around to score after a Nava sac bunt and a Stephen Drew sac fly. Will Middlebrooks added to that with a solo home run to give the Red Sox a 5-3 lead after four innings.
CC's struggles continued on into the fifth, when he allowed another run. Pedroia hit a one-out single, followed by a ground rule double by Ortiz. After Gomes popped out, CC walked Saltalamacchia to load the bases. That was followed up by a walk to Nava which brought in a run. The score was now 6-3.
It took a couple innings, but in the sixth, Alex Rodriguez got his own retaliation. He led off the inning by crushing a home run off Dempster to cut the Boston lead to 6-4. That seemed to wake the offense up a bit after their slight slumber. After Granderson grounded out, Nunez and Overbay both hit singles. After Stewart drew a walk to load the bases, Nunez had to be replaced. He appeared to hurt himself going back to first on his single. Jayson Nix was brought in for him. The Stewart walk was also the end of the night for Dempster. He went 5.1 innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits and a walk. In the end, the Yankees should be thankful he didn't get thrown out, as he was terrible.
Drake Britton came into the game in Dempster's place. Gardner led off against Britton, and cleared the bases with a triple. The Yankees were suddenly back in front with a 7-6 lead. Gardner followed that up with a mistake, as he tried to score on a grounder by Ichiro. He was out by a decent margin. With Ichiro on first, Cano came up next and kept the inning alive with a single. Soriano couldn't bring home another run as he grounded into a force out to end the inning.
Sabathia came back out for the sixth. He proceeded to walk Middlebrooks on four pitches, but fought back to strike out Ellsbury. That would be the last batter he faced. It was another very disappointing start from CC. He went 5.1 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and five walks. Shawn Kelley came in and got two easy outs to end the inning.
A-Rod was again due up first in the seventh inning. There was no home run this time, but he did hit a single. Granderson then grounded into a force out at second. Nix was due up next. Granderson stole second during that at bat, but Nix ended up striking out. The Yankees sent up Mark Reynolds to pinch hit for Overbay, and the Red Sox brought in Franklin Morales to pitch. Reynolds got the best of that match up, lining a single up the middle. Granderson came around to score to make it 8-6.
Boone Logan came in to pitch the bottom of the seventh. He struck out Ortiz to start, but then walked Gomes on four pitches. However, he quickly got out of that by getting Saltalamacchia to ground into an inning-ending double play.
The Yankees loaded the bases in the top of the eighth but came away with no runs. David Robertson came in to pitch the bottom of the eighth for the Yankees. After striking out the first two hitters, Robertson gave up a double to Middlebrooks. Middlebrooks was able to move up a base on a wild pitch, but Houdini struck out Drew to end the inning.
A Yankee insurance run was tacked on in the ninth, thanks to some unlikely sources. Nix reached after getting hit by pitch. He moved up a base on a wild pitch. After Reynolds grounded out, Nix stole third and then scored on a Stewart single. Gardner would keep it going with a single. Ichiro then hit a deep fly out, but Stewart was able to move to third. Cano came up next and he too was hit by a pitch. Despite the second inning warnings and three Yankees getting hit by pitches, Joe Girardi remained the only ejection. Soriano couldn't make them pay and flew out.
In the ninth inning, it was time for Mariano Rivera. Mo quickly got the first two outs, bringing Ortiz to the plate. Mo got us all scared again, giving up a single to Ortiz and walking Gomes. But he came back and got Saltalamacchia to fly out to end a crazy game. Mo broke his skid and gave the Yankees a 9-6 win.
Following an off-day, the Yankees return home to face the Blue Jays in a series starting Tuesday.