The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the first, and made it 2-0 in the fourth.
A.J. Burnett threw a gem out there tonight, and, in my opinion, is the player of the game. He let up only a walk through seven innings, when C.C. (Carl Crawford) broke up the bid with a single.
Burnett gave up two runs runs in the seventh, and was almost pulled from the game. But, Girardi let him pitch the eighth, which turned out a good idea.
On the Yankees side of the eighth, they scored a run thanks to Bret Gardner, and took a 3-2 lead.
In the top of the ninth, Derek Jeter, the POTG runner-up, hit a three-run shot to right center field, giving the Yankees a strong lead, especially considering they had scored a run earlier that inning.
Brian Bruney held the house down in the ninth, giving the Yankees the win.
The Rays usually consistent 'pen was exactly the opposite of consistent, with loser of the game Dan Wheeler giving up a homer, and Howell blowing the game.
Here's the box, thanks to http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/boxscore.jsp?gid=2009_04_14_nyamlb_tbamlb_1, and Yankees play tomorrow, same time, same place:
Pitches-strikes: Burnett 103-67, Bruney 10-9, Garza 112-73, Howell 21-12, Wheeler 24-19.
Groundouts-flyouts: Burnett 8-6, Bruney 0-0, Garza 7-4, Howell 1-2, Wheeler 1-1.
Batters faced: Burnett 27, Bruney 3, Garza 27, Howell 5, Wheeler 7.
Umpires: HP: Chris Glycine. 1B: Ed Montague. 2B: Jerry Layne. 3B: Tony Randazzo.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
April 14, 2009
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner