The Red Sox and Yankees rivalry continued last night with a Yankees 21 run rout. The Pinstripers had 23 hits in the slugfest, and had Brad Penny heading towards the showers by the 5th inning. When the dust settled the Yankees came out on top 20-11.
"It's a Thrilla By Godzilla", as John Sterling calls Matsui's two home runs last night. He also racked up 7 RBI's. That total ties a record for most RBI against Boston by a Yankee, also achieved by Joe Pepitone in 1963.
Derek Jeter continued his hot streak and is now hitting .333 on the season with his three hits and two RBI last night. It has been a huge year for him, after being moved to the leadoff spot. That move looks to be paying off for Joe Girardi.
The Yankees got Damaso Marte back last night. He pitched two third of an inning and had one strikeout. A succesful return for him by all accounts. Now the Yankees have two lefties out of the bullpen. Ramiro Pena was sent back to Scranotn to make room.
It was not all good for the Yanks though. Andy Pettitte surrendered 5 runs, but still got the win. Sergio Mitre gave up four runs in two innings of work, furthering my point to release him. Most importantly Johnny Damon is out for today and maybe Sunday after fouling a pitch off his knee in the 1st inning.
With the win, the Yankees move to seven and a half games up over Boston.