A lot of the postgame chatter was about the errant pitches in this 9-5 Yankees victory.
Jeremy Bonderman hit Brett Gardner in the leg in the first inning apparently to retaliate for his hard slide Monday night that put Carlos Guillen on the DL with a badly bruised knee. Chad Gaudin then hit Miguel Cabrera in the back in the eighth after he had launched two homers off Dustin Moseley. Then Enrique Gonzalez threw behind Derek Jeter’s legs in the bottom of that inning.
“I think it got ugly,” Joe Girardi said. “It’s unfortunate that it did. It happens sometimes.”
Bonderman and Jim Leyland, who was ejected for arguing that Gaudin should’ve been tossed since warnings were issued in the first inning, wouldn’t comment on the intent of the pitch that hit Gardner.
“I don’t know if it was intentional or not,” Gardner said. “If it was, so be it. If it wasn’t, so be it. If there were some hard feelings over what happened the other night, I would’ve thought something would’ve happened yesterday because of it. Whatever. It’s over and done with. No hard feelings here.”
Asked if he thought Gaudin’s pitch was intentional, Bonderman did say, “You saw it.”
Even Girardi admitted it looked bad.
“Did you do that on purpose?” Girardi asked Gaudin.
Gaudin said no. He said it was just a sinker that got away from him. …
Dustin Moseley now has two quality starts and three so-so starts in place of Andy Pettitte. He got the win after allowing three homers and four runs in five innings.
“He’s giving us a chance to win ballgames,” Girardi said. …
The Yankees’ bullpen, outside of Gaudin, did a wonderful job again. Joba Chamberlain gave up a leadoff double in the sixth, then got out of it 1-2-3, although Curtis Granderson helped with a sliding catch to end the inning. Kerry Wood struck out two to escape unscathed in the seventh with the bases loaded, thereby leaving Cabrera in the on-deck circle. And David Robertson inherited a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the eighth from Gaudin and gave up just one run on a long sac fly. Since the run wasn’t charged to him, he’s now credited with 18 straight scoreless appearances.
The bullpen has a 1.21 ERA and has allowed a .167 batting average since July 26. The relievers have given up just three earned runs over the last 13 games, covering 39 innings. …
The offense erupted for 15 runs over the last two games after scoring one run combined over the previous two. The nine runs were the most the Yankees have scored July 29. …
Thursday’s series finale is scheduled for 1:05. It will be Phil Hughes vs. Rick Porcello.
That’s it for tonight.