The game on Monday night, May 17, 2010 was your typical Yankees-Red Sox affair: It was high scoring, had a few lead changes and included ninth inning fireworks. Phil Hughes and Daisuke Matsuzaka were your starters and it was one of those two-game, weekday sets. Hughes fared well in the early going while Matsuzaka was victimized by a bit of an offensive explosion in the bottom of the first.
Derek Jeter and Brett Gardner hit back-to-back singles to start the game and Mark Teixeira walked to load the bases with no outs. Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run single which sent Teixeira to third. Robinson Cano followed up with a single of his own which scored Teixeira and advanced A-Rod to second. Francisco Cervelli hit a double which scored A-Rod but Cano was nailed at home for the first out of the inning and Cervelli advanced to third on the throw to home. Marcus Thames hit a sac fly to score Cervelli and Randy Winn struck out to end the inning.
The score was 5-0.
It was 6-1 at the end of two, 6-2 at the end of four, and 7-5 at the end of five.
When it was 7-5 going into the sixth, both Hughes and Dice K were done for the night. Boone Logan came in for Hughes in the top of the sixth and gave up a home run to Victor Martinez which cut the Yankees lead to one.
It would remain 7-6 until the top of the eighth when Chan-Ho Park who came into the game to relieve Logan, gave up back-to-back home runs to Kevin Youkilis and Martinez. Youkilis' was of the two-run variety and the Red Sox were now ahead, 9-7.
What a turn of events. Usually when a team jumps out to a 5-0 lead in the first, you'd hope they'd at least hold onto the lead but that sort of thing doesn't happen in Yankees-Red Sox games!
Damaso Marte came in to pitch the ninth for the Yanks, and after he got two outs, Joe Girardi went to Javier Vazquez to get the third out. And he did by striking out Kevin Youkilis on four pitches because that's exactly what everyone watching that game expected.
With the Yankees down two in the bottom of the ninth, Terry Francona went to his closer, obviously. Gardner started things off with a six-pitch at bat that ended in a double down the left field line. Teixeira hit a fly ball for the first out but moved Gardner to third.
Then this happened on the first pitch of A-Rod's at bat:
Cano hits a fly ball for out number two and it looks like the Yankees may not walk off. At least not yet. Cervelli steps up to bat and Papelbon hits him with his second offering of the at bat which sets the stage for this:
It was bedlam in the Bronx! What a game!
And by the way, Vazquez got his first career save for his four pitches of work. Not a bad day at the job.