NEW YORK (PIX11)—As Yankee legend and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra once said, "it isn't over 'till it's over." That cute and famous saying could not have been more true for the Yankees last night as they defeated the Twins 7-6.
It looked like it was going to be a rough day for New York, as starting pitcher Phil Hughes gave up 4 unearned runs in the first inning thanks to an Eduardo Nunez throwing error.
"I make a ton of mistakes out there," Hughes said of Nunez's error. "The fielders make mistakes, too. It's part of the game. I had to find a way to get out of the inning. Unfortunately, I gave up the double. It was a rough way to start things out" (Yankees.com).
However, New York showed off why they are nicknamed the "Bronx Bombers" by answering right back in the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run from Curtis Granderson and a 2 run homer Mark Texiera, his first of the season, to set the score at 4-3.
Hughes was able to settle down and put zeroes on the board for the next few innings. He eventually hit the showers after giving a 2 run home run to Ryan Doumit in the sixth inning. Hughes gave up 6 runs, 2 of them earned, on 6 hits and was able to record the win.
But the night belonged to Granderson. The all-star center fielder went on to smack a two run home run in the second inning, and another round tripper in the fourth inning. Granderson's three home run performance was the first one seen at the "New" Yankee Stadium. He ended the day by going 5-5 with 3 homers and 4 RBI's.
I've played a lot of baseball, but I've never done what I did tonight, so it's kind of cool," Granderson said. "Alex [Rodriguez] told me it was definitely a night to remember. And I definitely will" (Yankees.com)
Jeter also made some history last night when he recorded an RBI single in the second inning to drive home Eduardo Nunez. Jeter's hit was his 3,110th of his career and tied him for 19th on baseball's all-time hit list with Dave Winfield.
The game ended by a dominant 1-2-3 ninth inning from Mariano Rivera to secure the save and the win. Plenty of home runs, milestones, and another save for the Sandman; everything was great in Yankee land last night.
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