The Grandy man, Curtis Granderson, had one the greatest games of his career Thursday night. For the first time in his career, he hit 3 homeruns in a single game. A solo shot in the first, a 2 run bomb in the second, and another solo blast in the fourth. He also had 5 hits for only the third time in his career, improving his season average by 75 points. He led the Yankees to a 7-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins, earning a split series.
More Boo’s For Hughes: Yes, it’s true that Phil Hughes had his best stuff tonight, but that doesn’t mean he pitched well. It will go down as a win for the 25 year old starter, but he olny managed to go 5 1/3 innings, giving up 6 runs(2 earned). You really have to wonder how much longer excuses will be made about Hughes…
Bullpen Continues To Shine: With each of the 5 Yankee starters with ERA’s over 4, you might wonder how the Yankees have managed to win 7 games. Well, once again the bullpen shut the opponent down. Rafael Soriano struck out the side, David Robertson worked into and out of trouble, and Mariano Rivera was impressive, retiring the heart of the Twins order to close the game.
Look Ahead: New York now travels to Boston to play the Rival Red Sox, as they celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. Ivan Nova, the best starting pitcher the Yankees have had thus far, will take the mound against Clay Buckholtz of the Red Sox.
Question Of The Day: Where would the Yankees be without their bullpen?