The Yankees got a strong outing from Ivan Nova to take three of four from the Red Sox at The Stadium. He pitched into the eighth allowing a pair of runs to pick up the win in a 3-2 decision over Boston.
After Matt Thornton got David Ortiz to line out to the warning track thanks to a web gem from Ichiro Suzuki robbing him of a potential tying home run, David Phelps wiggled out of a bases loaded jam by fanning pinch hitter Mike Carp to erase the threat.
On to close for a second straight game, Shawn Kelley retired the Sox in order striking out two to pick up his third save. Outside of giving up two runs in Boston’s only win of the series Friday, he’s done a solid job filling in for David Robertson.
The hitting star was Carlos Beltran. He went 3 for 4 with two RBI’s including his third homer coming from the right side off losing Boston starter Felix Doubront. A two-run shot that put his team up 2-1 in the home third. The Yanks scored all three who pitched into the seventh. That included an overturn of an out call made by first base umpire Bob Davidson which allowed Brian McCann to score the winning run from third.
On a potential inning ending double play, Davidson originally ruled Francisco Cervelli out on a close play. However, after Joe Girardi came out from the dugout and asked for a challenge, they overturned it signaling Cervelli safe. Immediately, that drew the ire of Boston skipper John Farrell, who had a call go against him Saturday despite replays showing otherwise. Already the replay system has caused controversy.
Boston slugger Mike Napoli got one run back by going yard off Nova to deep left. But it wasn’t enough for the Red Sox, who fell to 5-8. The Yanks improved to 7-6 and are in a three-way tie for first with Tampa Bay and Toronto. Baltimore is 5-7. Two games separate the division.
One area of concern for the Yankees is their bench. Injuries continue to nag them. On the key play that led to the all important third run, Cervelli hurt himself while touching first. It appeared to be a right hamstring which is a bad sign for a team that doesn’t have another catcher on the roster to backup McCann. He took a ball off his index finger but stayed in the game and will have X-Rays tomorrow.
Cervelli played first for Mark Teixeira, who is still on the disabled list. Girardi moved Beltran to first. It was the first time in his 16-year career he played first. Beltran later indicated that it was good that no one hit any balls his way. It shows what type of player he is. An All-Star outfielder who’ll do anything to help his team win.
The Yankees had another scare with Yangervis Solarte coming up hobbled after running out a grounder. Fortunately, he was able to stay in the game. The utility man has been a blessing so far. He played second due to Brian Roberts getting a day off due to a sore back. Derek Jeter sat out a second consecutive day due to a tight right quadriceps. Dean Anna played short.
Assuming Cervelli heads to the DL, figure Austin Romine to get recalled.