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With the aid of television cameras, Jorge Posada was credited with a home run instead of a single in the sixth inning Wednesday night of the Yankees’ 5-2 victory over the Brewers. Good thing, too, because Jorgie would have been out otherwise since he had stopped running between first and second base.
Posada obviously thought a ball he drove that hit off the top of the right field fence and appeared to strike a fan in the first row was a home run. Posada went into his home run trot as he rounded first base.
First base umpire Adrian Johnson did not make the home run signal, however, so when right fielder Corey Hart got the ball back to the infield, shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt tagged out Posada, who was standing in the baseline wondering what happened.
Home run calls may be reviewed on video, which is what the umpires decided to do. As they jogged off the field, Posada ran around the bases, which was a breach of etiquette since a ruling was not yet official. After conferring with third base umpire Fieldin Culbreth, Yankees manager Joe Girardi brought Posada out of the dugout. The designated hitter chatted briefly with Culbreth and went back to first base where he awaited the umpires’ decision.
Replays clearly showed that Posada’s ball hit the top of the wall and against the hands of a fan and came back onto the field. Posada had seen all of this once before, that October night in 1996 when a New Jersey schoolboy helped Derek Jeter, then a rookie, get a home run in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Orioles.
That was before umps were allowed to watch replays of such calls. The umpires reversed the initial call and awarded Posada his ninth home run, which allowed him to circle the bases for real.
The situation marked the eighth time that a play was reviewed at Yankee Stadium and the second time a decision reversed. The other time was in Game 4 of the ALCS Oct. 19 last year when a call on apparent home run by Lance Berkman of the Yankees was changed to a foul ball.
There was some spectacular action in center field at Yankee Stadium early on Wednesday night with both plays going the Yankees’ way.
Curtis Granderson made one of the most outstanding defensive plays of the season for the Yanks in the second inning to choke a potential Brewers rally. After Corey Hart led off with a single to center, Mat Gamel hit a powerful drive to center that had Granderson on his horse. Running full speed, Granderson raced to the warning track, threw out his glove and caught the ball a foot in front of the wall.
Hart had rounded the bag at second thinking the ball would elude Granderson and had to high-tail back to first base. Granderson made a strong throw to second baseman Robinson Cano, who in turn made a perfect relay to first baseman Mark Teixeira that finished off an exciting double play, the second in two nights involving an outfield relay by the Yankees.
Brewers center fielder Nyjer Morgan wasn’t as fortunate in the fourth inning. Cano led off with a towering shot to straightaway center. Morgan went in hot pursuit, but the ball hit the wall beyond his outstretched reach. Morgan hit the wall next. Hard. He fell to the ground as the ball rebounded back toward the infield. By the time it was recovered, Cano had a triple.
Remarkably, Morgan, who ran directly into the wall, got up under his own power and did not need medical assistance. It is fair to say that the center field wall at the Stadium must be well-padded. Even so, Morgan took quite a hit in the line of duty.
Just as Granderson’s catch had snuffed one rally, Cano’s triple ignited a rally. He scored the tying run on a single to right by Nick Swisher, who seems to knock in a run every game these days. Jorge Posada singled off the wall in right, putting runners on first and third before Russell Martin tore into a 0-2 changeup from Shaun Marcum for a three-run home run for a 3-1 Yankees lead. It was Martin’s 10th home run and first extra-base hit in 69 at-bats since May 24.
The Zack Greinke the Yankees faced Tuesday night was not the Zack Greinke who won the American League Cy Young Award in 2009. Now in the National League with the Brewers, Greinke went into the game with a good record – 7-2 – but a poor ERA – 4.77 – which only got worse – 5.63 – after his two dreadful innings.
The Yankees had success against Greinke in his years with Kansas City when he was 2-3 with a 5.27 ERA against them, but Tuesday night was simply ridiculous. They knocked him out with seven runs on five hits and three walks in two innings. Greinke also hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and gave up a well-struck home run to Nick Swisher, who has been on fire lately.
The first inning was truly bizarre. Greinke began it by hitting Brett Gardner with a pitch. Curtis Granderson followed with a fly ball that center fielder Nyjer Morgan misplayed into a triple. Morgan turned the wrong way and then tripped as the ball fell free without his touching it. The Brewers played the infield back conceding the second run as Granderson scored on a grounder to second by Mark Teixeira.
Milwaukee next applied a shift defense against Alex Rodriguez with the second baseman, Rickie Weeks, playing behind the bag. This didn’t make sense to me since A-Rod has been hitting the ball to the right side quite a bit lately. Sure enough, he hit a grounder to the right side for a gift single.
One out later, the Yankees had the bases loaded after a walk to Swisher and a weird fielder’s choice on a grounder inside third by Jorge Posada. Third baseman Casey McGehee made a diving, back-handed stop but instead of going straight to the bag for the third out on a force he tried to tag Rodriguez, who eluded him and arrived safely.
Greinke avoided further damage when Russell Martin flied out to end the inning, but the Yanks started up quickly again in the second. Eduardo Nunez led off with a single. Gardner won a nine-pitch at-bat and walked. The two pulled off a double steal. Teixeira got his second RBI grounder, which was the second out, but Greinke couldn’t finish the inning off. He walked A-Rod, gave up a run-scoring single to Robinson Cano and grooved a 2-0 fastball to Swisher, who connected for his 10th home run.
Swish hit .213 with three home runs and 20 RBI over the first two months of the season in 169 at-bats. His low point was May 27 when he was batting .204. In 29 games since then, Swish has batted .320 with 14 runs, 8 doubles, 8 home runs, 23 RBI and 23 walks in 97 at-bats. The switch-hitter had been atrocious from the left side, but he has gradually worked those stats up to where he is finally over .200 (.211) with 7 home runs and 29 RBI in 175 at-bats.
Swisher, who got a fourth RBI with a double in the eighth, was active on both sides of the field Tuesday night. He threw out Corey Hart trying to score to end the sixth and was part of another inning-ending play in which a Brewers runner, Mat Gamel, was thrown out on the bases in the fourth.
After getting two RBI on balls that did not leave the infield, Teixeira picked up two more RBI in the sixth on a ball that left the yard, for his 24th home run. That kept Tex in a tie for the home run lead with the Blue Jays’ Juan Bautista, who also slugged his 24th at Toronto.
The Yankees poured it on to the extent that by the seventh when he was trailing, 11-2, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke started emptying his bench. So did Yanks manager Joe Girardi. That same inning, Hector Noesi took over for Freddy Garcia and threw 34 pitches – 24 combined to only two batters. Jonathan Lucroy got a well-earned single in a 13-pitch at-bat, and Noesi struck out Weeks on the 11th pitch of that at-bat.
There was plenty of weird stuff to go around in this one, but it was a great night all around for the Yankees, who pushed their lead in the AL East to 1 ½ games over the Red Sox, who were shut out by Cliff Lee at Philadelphia, and moved to a season-high 15 games over .500.
There were mixed reviews for the Yankees in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at Angel Stadium, a 3-1 National League victory.
Joe Girardi became the first American League manager to lose an All-Star Game since the Indians’ Mike Hargrove 14 years ago at Philadelphia. If you don’t think 1996 was a long time ago, consider that only six players on the rosters that year are still active – three from each league – Andy Pettitte, Alex Rodriguez and Ivan Rodriguez from the AL and Chipper Jones, Mark Grudzielanek and Jason Kendall from the NL.
Girardi did a good job getting players into the game. All the position players except for A-Rod did time. Girardi left himself short in the ninth, however, and did not have anyone to pinch run for David Ortiz after he opened the inning with a single. A-Rod was available, but Girardi said he needed him either to pinch run for hamstring-aching Adrian Beltre if he reached base or to be the designated hitter had the game gone into extras.
Beltre did not reach base and struck out. Blue Jays catcher John Buck dumped a flare to right in front of the Cubs’ Marlon Byrd, but he fired a blazer to Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal covering second to force the plodding Ortiz and essentially kill the rally. So Alex Rodriguez never got to swing the bat.
Phil Hughes was hung with the losing decision, the first Yankees pitcher to lose an All-Star Game since Tommy John in 1980 at Dodger Stadium. Hughes came on in the seventh and got the first out before yielding singles to Reds third baseman Scott Rolen and Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday. Rolen’s reputation for savvy base running was evident as he challenged Angels center fielder Torii Hunter and got to third.
Girardi pulled Hughes at that point for White Sox lefthander Matt Thornton, who got righty-swinging Chris Young of the Diamondbacks on a foul pop. Byrd worked out a walk in an eight-pitch at-bat to fill the bases before lefty-swinging catcher Brian McCann cleared them with a double, which earned him the game’s Most Valuable Player Award.
A wild throw in the fifth inning by Dodgers pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo had given Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano the opportunity to drive in what proved to be the only AL run with a sacrifice fly. A base-running blunder by Twins catcher Joe Mauer, thrown out at third base trying to advance on a grounder to Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez, spoiled the AL’s chance for another run that inning.
Derek Jeter reached base twice in his three at-bats with a walk and a single. Pettitte pitched the third and looked sharp striking out the Dodgers’ Andre Ethier and the Brewers’ Corey Hart before Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina reached the lefthander for a single. Pettitte ended the inning by retiring Ramirez on a fielder’s choice. Nick Swisher batted as a pinch hitter in the seventh and struck out on a nasty curveball by the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright. CC Sabathia was not eligible for duty because he pitched Sunday.