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Friday night's game was a bummer. The Yankee one, not the Brewer game that I went to. CC was cruising along like he was in his prime and then that Grady Sizmore home run went out and it was like somebody pulling the e-brake. I just wanted a win today.
- He's not driving in a ton of runs, but Jacoby Ellsbury is making things happen in the 3-hole. He bunted for a base hit with 2 outs in the bottom of the 1st, and 5 pitches later Carlos Beltran hit a 2-run homer to give the Yanks the lead out of the gate.
- That lead didn't last very long. A leadoff single and an A.J. Pierzynski 2-run homer to start the 2nd inning and it was tied at 2. Kuroda missed with a few sinkers, which is never a good sign for him.
- He managed to settle down after the 2nd and his offense picked him up again a few innings later. Brian McCann finally broke out and clubbed his first Yankee HR to lead off the 4th, and Alfonso Soriano went back-to-back with him for his third of the season.
- McCann struck again in the 6th with his second homer in as many plate appearances, this time with Carlos Beltran on base to make it a 6-2 Yankee lead.
- Kuroda recorded an out in the 7th, but left after walking 2 batters. Matt Thornton couldn't do the job in relief after K'ing David Ortiz and the Sox got 2 back on an HBP and a 2-run Mike Carp single.
- Not to worry though. The rest of the 'pen held Boston at bay, Kelly Johnson tacked on an insurance HR in the 8th, and Shawn Kelley bounced back from his last tough outing to get the save.
- McCann: 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K, 2 LOB. I think he's finding his stride at the plate. That second HR was a byproduct of being a little more patient and selective. He took a cutter for a ball, fouled off the next one, and then hit a third straight one for the bomb.
- Beltran: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, 3 LOB. He and Big Mac heating up together for a week or 2 would be fantastic.
- Thornton: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP. You can't hit a righty batter right after striking out the lefty you were brought in to face. The runs were charged to Hirok, but they're on Thornton.
- Brian Roberts: 0-4, 1 K, 2 LOB. Not much of a day in the 2-spot in the lineup. Roberts was the only starter to not record a hit.
Series finale is tonight and it'll be Ivan Nova's next chance to turn things around. This game will be live blogged, so check back sometime before first pitch tomorrow night for that.