For an eventual blow-out…this game had some back-and-forth swings for me…in terms of a comfort level.
When Jason Giambi hit that slam in the third, to turn a 3-1 hole into a 5-3 lead, I still wasn’t feeling too comfortable about getting a “W” here – because of how the Yankees have been playing lately and because Sidney Ponson was pitching for New York.
And, when Chris Davis hit that long homerun off Ponson in the sixth to give the Rangers the lead again, 7-6, I thought “O.K., here we go again…”
But, then came the bottom of the seventh. Wow. Welcome to the big leagues, Warner Madrigal.
Once the Yankees had an 8-run lead with 6 outs to go, I was pretty darn comfortable. And, the dress was in the bag.
However, before we get too giddy about this one in Yankeeland…we should remember that the big 9-run seventh inning did come mostly at the expense of Warner Madrigal – who, again, was making his big league debut; and, who just converted to pitching (after being an outfielder) three years ago. It’s not everyday that you get to run your $209 million team up against someone that green.
Still, it’s better to face the Red Sox coming off a game like this in the Bronx – than to face them coming off a sweep, by the Rangers, for sure.