April 7, 2010

The Grandy Man can!

We knew Curtis Granderson was a smart guy. He’s especially smart for hitting a game-winning homer in the rubber game and a homer on his first at bat as a Yankee. Now he’s won over all the fans, as his 10th-inning homer gave the Yankees a 3-1 win and a 2-1 series win over the Red Sox.

Quick ‘Cap:
Granderson wasn’t the only offseason acquisition that impressed Wednesday night. Pitcher Chan Ho Park, who took the loss in Game 1, hurled three sharp innings to earn the win after Andy Pettitte’s outing. John Lackey was in line for the win after six shutout innings, but Scott Schoeneweis blew the lead when Nick Swisher singled in Jorge Posada from second in the seventh.

David Ortiz made an attempt at quieting the writers after telling off the writers yesterday. Big Papi drove in Dustin Pedroia in the third inning for his first hit and RBI of the season.

It was fun watching Brett Gardner get in Jon Papelbon’s head in the 10th. After several throws over, Gardner swiped second and Papelbon ended up walking Derek Jeter. Mark Teixeira scored Gardner on a groundout later in the inning. Mariano Rivera did his thing in the ninth for the second time of the year. Full box score here.

Props to the new members of the team in this series. Javier Vazquez will make his first start of the year on Friday, but Granderson, Park and Johnson all had a very nice series. Even though Johnson didn’t get a hit, he still walked five times — one of which drove in the game-winning run on Tuesday night.

Park’s innings on Wednesday were particularly important because the Yankees bullpen could’ve used a break after Tuesday’s affair.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox bullpen has to be a major concern in New England.

Line of the Night:
Park: W, 3 IP, H, K. He made everyone forget what happened on Sunday.

Up Next:
I predicted this past series perfectly, let’s see if I can do it again for the series against the Rays that begins on Friday.

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