Every Yankee in the starting lineup had at least one run scored and one hit tonight. Outside of Hideki Matsui, everybody had at least one RBI.
The team batting average went from .261 to .272 in one night.
It was like watching two softball teams until LaTroy Hawkins (oh, the irony) settled things down by throwing two scoreless innings.
Hawkins, Billy Traber and the new and improved Brian Bruney combined for four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out three with one walk.
The Hawk’s last five appearances: 7 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. He’s thrown 59 of his 89 pitches for strikes. He’s throw five shutout innings against Boston already this season, allowing two hits.
Clay Buchholz allowed his first home runs as a starter tonight, snapping a streak of 31 innings. But if you watched him carefully, you have to admire how he pitches. There aren’t too many pitchers his age with the guts to throw changeups and curveballs while behind in the count. He’s going to have many more good days than bad.
CMW threw a clunker. But I’m not sure Cy Young himself would have survived as a starter on this night. There are nights when these two teams just mash and this was one of those nights.
The Moose vs. Gentleman Josh Beckett tomorrow. Then back on the road as the Pope comes to town.