The Yankees bounced back from their home opener beat down with a 6-5 win as Derek “Captain Clutch” Jeter homered in the bottom of the eighth to break a 5-5 tie and give the Yankees their 6th win of the season.
Brian Bruney got his second win of the season today, retiring the Indians batters 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth inning. Bruney got two strikeouts in the inning. In his last 5 2/3 innings, Bruney has retired every batter he has faced, including striking out 7 of the last 8.
Joba Chamberlain got the start and lasted 4 and 2/3 innings. Joba was all over the place, allowing 5 ER on 6 hits and 5 walks, while managing 4 strike outs. His ERA went from 1.50 to 5.06.
Five of the Yankees’ six runs today came on homeruns. Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira got the Yanks on the board in the third with back-to-back one-run homers. Teixiera’s homerun was a towering shot off the side of the upper deck in right.
After the Indians tied it up a 2-2 in the top of the fourth, Melky Cabrera answered back with his first homer since last July, a one-run shot. The Indians then rallied in the top of the fifth, getting three runs off of Joba before he was relieved by Phil Coke.
Robinson Cano then homered in the sixth, and Johnny Damon scored on an error by the Indians pitcher in the seventh to tie the score.
Captain Clutch then came to the plate in the eight and hit a nice shot to the right-field porch for his third shot of the season. Jeter then took a curtain call.
Mariano Rivera got his third save of the season by pitching the top of the ninth.
Player of the Game: Captain Clutch (1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, Game-winning HR)
Honorable Mention: Brian Bruney (1 inning, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K)