This was a ‘tell’ game. Would the ejection of Michael Pineda last night and his coming suspension rattle the Yankees? Or would they put it behind them? That was answered early and often, as the Bronx Bombers broke out to a 7-0 lead after 2 1/3 and never looked back.
Starter CC Sabathia was in command, scattering only 3 hits over 6 innings, with 8 K’s and 3 walks in a 106 pitch effort. On the offensive side, Jacoby Ellsbury shined again in his old stomping grounds, going 3 for 6 with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs. The Yanks battered Boston starter Felix Doubront and the Beantown pen for 9 earned runs on 14 hits, and 12 walks — 5 by ‘reliever’ Mike Carp, an outfielder by trade, who took the mound with the game out of reach in the 9th to save some bullpen arms. Like our own Dean Anna did recently. A season-high five errors by Boston did little to help their cause, as well.
Mark Teixeira launched his first home run of the season over the Green Monster off Doubront in the third. Derek Jeter, Yangervis Solatre, Brian Roberts and Alfonso Soriano all contributed 2 hits apiece. Solarte’s two resulted in a career high 4 RBI.
Brett Gardner had a unique batting line, going 0-4 but scoring 4 times.