Friday, August 17, 2012
The Yankees connected for five solo home runs, including Nick Swisher’s blasts from both sides of the plate, powering a 6-4 victory over the Red Sox on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
Jayson Nix had the go-ahead hit for New York, lacing a sixth-inning RBI single to right field facing Clayton Mortensen, and Swisher cleared the fences batting right-handed in the first and stroked another batting left-handed in the seventh.
Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Derek Jeter also homered off Boston starter Franklin Morales, as the Yankees have now clubbed 27 home runs in 10 games against the Red Sox this season.
The support was enough for Phil Hughes, who pitched well except for a rocky four-run third inning that included Dustin Pedroia’s three-run homer—with none of the runs earned, thanks to Hughes’ own throwing error into center field.
Nice way to start the series. Hughes actually did look pretty darn good most of the game. Stick to the solo homers, though, Phil!
With Baltimore’s loss in Detroit, the Yankees picked up a game on the O’s, which is nice. The Rays are already up 1-0 after the top of the first, so I am not exactly expecting to see the Yanks pick up a game on Tampa Bay, as well.