NEW YORK — Four games. Four come-from-behind victories. One sweep.
That’s how the Yankees kicked off their current 10-game homestand, finishing off a four-game sweep of the rival Blue Jays with a 3-2 win at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. The four-game winning streak matches the Yankees’ season-high and marks the team’s first four-game sweep of the Jays since Sept. 18-21, 1995.
Stifled nearly all afternoon by R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball, the Yankees once again found a way to scratch out a victory behind another late rally.
Locked in a pitchers’ duel with Yankees starter Phil Hughes for much of the day, Dickey and the Jays entered the bottom of the seventh inning clinging to a 2-1 lead. Though it was only a one-run deficit, the Yankees had hardly threatened the knuckleballer all afternoon. New York, in fact, never had a baserunner on second or third base in seven innings against Dickey.
It turns out the Yankees didn’t need to. They instead relied entirely on a pair of home runs against Dickey. The first, off the bat of Brennan Boesch, staked the Yanks to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning and the second, a two-run shot by Lyle Overbay in the seventh, proved to be the difference.
“We didn’t have a lot [of success against him],” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner. “We had four hits and two of them were homers, that’s what helped. It’s tough, because you’re used to seeing guys throwing in the 90s, and all the sudden, you’re trying to hit a butterfly, so it becomes very difficult……Read More
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