NEW YORK - MAY 21: Curtis Granderson #14 of the New York Yankees is congratulated by teammate Mark Teixeira #25 after hitting a two-run homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning against the New York Mets on May 21, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Tonight, everybody did what they were supposed to do.
A.J. Burnett pitched well enough, scattering 6 hits and 3 walks over 6.1 innings while allowing 3 runs. He got off to a shaky start early, allowing two runs in the first on a walk, single, double, and sac fly, but then settled down, allowing just 4 baserunners and a run over the next 5 innings. He came out for the seventh inning on a typical Girardi short leash and was pulled from the game upon allowing a hit Jose Reyes. The bullpen did it's job, allowing just 1 hit (thank you, Boone Logan) through the remainder of the game.
The Yankees offense made their hits count tonight; 4 of their 7 hits were of the home run variety. Derek Jeter reached base twice and scored twice, while A-Rod, Tex, Curtis Granderson, and Russell Martin contributed home runs to the effort. With all those homers, this game could have been a blowout if the other four hitters in the Yankees lineup hadn't combined to go 0-12.
Play of the Game: Mark Teixeira's third inning home run increased the Yankees chances of winning by 19.4%.
Quote of the Game: YankeeCarp, talking about how difficult it was for A-Rod to pull an outside pitch for a home run:
Tim McCarver said as much, and he should know feats of strength: he was a schoolmate of Hercules…