NEW YORK (WPIX)—A two run home run, a game changing catch. Those are two ways to fix the mistakes of the previous night's game.
On Tuesday night, Curtis Granderson lost sight of a fly ball late in the game. That error led to a Tampa Bay Rays rally and eventual comeback victory.
On Wednesday night, Granderson was the main factor in adding another tally in the win column for the Yankees. His two run homer was his 26th of the season and came in the bottom of the first. New York would never relinquish the lead.
"The big thing is just reset," Granderson said. "No matter what ends up happening, good or bad, both yesterday and today, just forget about it, you move on, you get yourself ready to go for the next day."
Furthermore, Granderson proved he could was not a liability patrolling centerfield as he made an outstanding, game changing catch in the 5th. With two on and two out, Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria smashed a long fly ball that looked to be a 2-run double. Granderson was able to race towards the ball, snag the ball, and crash into the wall. A play that manager Joe Girardi simply called "outstanding."
"Initially, when it was hit I thought right away I might have had a shot," Granderson added. "I didn't know how hard it was hit and how far it was hit. If anything, just continue to get back there and let's see what happens."
Starting pitcher Freddy Garcia also rebounded nicely from his last stint of action. The veteran gave up 6 runs (5 earned) in his last outing but held the Rays to zero runs over 6 2/3 innings. He now has a respectable 3.21 ERA and has produced 12 quality starts in 17 outings.
"He's been really, really consistent for us, and has been outstanding for us," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He did it for us again today."