BOSTON, MA - JULY 7: Freddy Garcia #36 of the New York Yankees pitches during the first inning of game one of a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on July 7, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
The Yankees continued their domination of the Red Sox today, defeating the struggling Boston team 6-1 in game one of a day-night doubleheader. The Red Sox are now at .500 and are in last place in the AL East. This is fun.
Freddy Garcia looked like the 2011 version of Freddy Garcia, surrendering one run in 6.2 innings pitched. The Chief allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out five. Don't look now, but Garcia has given up only four runs in his last twenty innings pitched.
Cody Eppley and Chad Qualls shut down the Red Sox lineup, which was more of a AAA lineup than a MLB roster, for the remainder of the game to help the Yankees get the victory.
New York scored four runs in the top of the first inning thanks to a three run home run off the bat of Nick Swisher, followed by a solo home run from Andruw Jones. Later in the game Jones hit another solo home run, this time followed by a solo home run by Jayson Nix. Some would say that's too many home runs, but I'd say that's winning baseball.
Every Yankee had at least one hit except for Mark Teixeira and the Darnell McDonald/Dewayne Wise centerfield combo. The Yankees did not exactly put together their best lineup, but the lineup hit enough to beat the Red Sox ugly lineup of their own.
The Yankees will at least split the doubleheader, but hopefully Phil Hughes can lead the Yankees to a doubleheader sweep tonight at 7:15 ET.