Chad Green Solid; Teixeira Hits 400th And 401st Homers As Yanks Defeat Padres 6-3
RHP Chad Green was recalled by the New York Yankees and made the trip to Petco Park for the start against the San Diego Padres in the series finale on Sunday afternoon. This was Green’s second starting appearance with the Yankees, his last wasn’t that promising but he has continued to work on his pitching since returning to Triple-A Scranton and was much better in this latest Major League stint.
The Yankees were up 1-0 in the top of the second after Didi Gregorius scored after Ronald Torreyes grounded into a double play. In the bottom of the second Green had just one of his only hiccups of the game as he allowed a solo homerun by Yangervis Solarte for a tied ballgame. Gregorius gave the Yankees the go ahead run in the top of the fourth with a solo homerun to right field for a 2-1 ballgame.
Green went a solid six innings with just one run allowed on three hits; striking out an impressive eight batters. This was also Green’s first Major League game with a plate appearance; he went 0 for 2.
In the top of the eighth, first baseman Mark Teixeira hit his 400th career homerun; he now ranks fifth among most homeruns by a switch-hitter; the Yanks were now up 3-1. Relievers Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller both escaped trouble in the seventh and eighth innings; keeping the Padres with just one run on the board.
But, the Yankees weren’t done just yet as they cushioned their lead in the top of the ninth to protect a win and break the two game losing skid against San Diego. A RBI single by Brett Gardner to send home Jacoby Ellsbury. Teixeira then followed up his next at-bat with yet another homerun; his 401st career homer and a two run shot to right field for a 6-1 game.
Although the Padres were able to tack on two more runs with a two run homer by Alex Dickerson in the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees were able to pull off the 6-3 win and prevent the sweep by San Diego;Green picked up his first Major League win (1-1).