Bang. Bang. Bang. Bang. Bang.
Five home runs tonight from the Yankees in an impressive display of power in an 11-5 victory over the Blue Jays.
Mark Teixeira (his 28th), Marcus Thames (fifth), Jorge Posada (16th), Curtis Granderson (14th) and Derek Jeter (10th) did the honors. The Yankees also hit five homers -- three by Alex Rodriguez -- Aug. 14 in Kansas City.
“That was a true team effort tonight,” said Teixeira, who has reached base safely in 62 of his last 68 games. “We were aggressive, and we were swinging at good pitches. They came after us and we just swung the bats really well tonight.”
Said Posada: “It’s [hitting five home runs] not easy to do. We came swinging today. We got a lot of good pitches to hit and we didn’t miss them.”
Considering the way the Blue Jays have hit the Yankees at times this season, Dustin Moseley had his best outing since taking over for Andy Pettitte. He retired the first eight batters and lasted six innings, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings.
“I had all my pitches working for the most part," Moseley said. "I had a good changeup and good cutter tonight, and made pitches when I needed to.”
Posada said, simply: "“Moseley did a hell of a job."
*** Nick Swisher fought to stay in the game but Joe Girardi yanked him with a 2-and-2 count, two pitches after the outfielder fouled a ball off his left knee.
"I just didn't see him finishing his swing, using his lower half," Girardi said. "So I decided to take him out."
Swisher, his knee heavily wrapped, said he hopes to play tomorrow.
“Hopefully tomorrow when I get up, everything feels better,” said Swisher, who planned to give Brett Gardner all sorts of grief for taking over his at-bat and looking at a called third strike, which counts as a Swisher strikeout. "I don’t want to be out of that lineup so whatever I can do to get back in that lineup tomorrow I’m going to do.”
And with that, the Yankees try to take the series tomorrow night as it's Phil Hughes (15-5, 3.90) against Brett Cecil (10-6, 3.90).