for this game

Igawa rescues Yankees in win over Red Sox

Apr 29, 2007 - 2:07 AM BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- Kei Igawa has been a disappointment in his brief time as a New York Yankee. He picked a great time to take his first step toward redemption.

Igawa came out of the bullpen in the first inning and turned in his best performance as a Yankee, tossing six scoreless innings in a 3-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Igawa (2-1) began the day with a 7.84 ERA and nine walks in 20 2/3 innings. Relegated to relief duty after his last start, Igawa came on to relieve Jeff Karstens, who left the game after facing just two batters.

"I felt the team needed me," Igawa said through an interpretor. "I felt the surroundings have been negative the past few days. My mechanics were not great in the last outing. In the bullpen I felt relaxed and refreshed.

"We had a meeting before the game and we agreed to be aggressive and attack with first strikes. I felt I had better control by pitching from the stretch."

Yankees captain Derek Jeter complimented Igawa's performance.

"When you get a big pitching performance like Kei did today, it usually gets most teams out of slumps," Jeter said. "Boston is a tough team to shut down. He did a great job of that."

Karstens was hit in the knee by a line drive by Julio Lugo on his first pitch. After a single by Kevin Youkilis, Karstens was replaced by Igawa.

Already missing starters Mike Mussina and Carl Pavano, the Yankees used Igawa's performance to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Igawa allowed two hits and four walks in six innings. He struck out six and left with a 3-0 lead.

"He was great," New York manager Joe Torre said. "He threw like this at times earlier in the year. Gator (pitching coach Ron Guidry) felt he needed to be more compact in his delivery."

Jorge Posada hit a two-run home run in the fourth off Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield (2-3) to give New York a 2-0 lead. Posada scored on a ground-rule double by Melky Cabrera in the sixth to make it 3-0.

"I'm surprised he hit it fair," Wakefield said. "I reviewed it on tape and that ball was so far inside. Dougie (catcher Doug Mirabelli) was diving for it and it was almost behind him. It cost us the game. You have to tip your cap to him."

Mariano Rivera allowed a hit in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season. The legendary closer had been struggling of late and was 0-2 with a 30.38 ERA in his last four appearances.

"I felt good. I challenged the hitters," Rivera said. "My confidence is always good. If I didn't feel good, I would go home. The bullpen was tremendous today. Igawa picked us up. He deserved the win."








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BOSTON 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 2
    NY YANKEES 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 x 3 7 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: BOS - TIM WAKEFIELD, BRENDAN DONNELLY (6TH), J.C. ROMERO (7TH), KYLE
    SNYDER (8TH) AND DOUG MIRABELLI
    NYY - JEFFREY KARSTENS, KEI IGAWA (1ST), BRIAN BRUNEY
    (7TH), K

    Apr 28 7:22 PM
  • hotdawg Take THAT Coco Crisp! Go eat some cereal!

    Red Sox vs. YankeesApr 28 7:06 PM
  • 5
    roots
    hotdawg Added 5 roots

    Red Sox vs. YankeesApr 28 7:06 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE LOWELL SCORED KEVIN YOUKILIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M LOWELL ON FIRST, J DREW ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 1
    NY YANKEES 3 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: C CRISP (.234, 1-FOR-3)

    Red Sox vs. YankeesApr 28 6:59 PM
  • mark up 3-0? 8th inning? queue yankee meltdown.

    Red Sox vs. YankeesApr 28 6:54 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND RULE DOUBLE BY MELKY CABRERA SCORED JORGE POSADA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M CABRERA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 0
    NY YANKEES 3 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J DAMON (.250, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Red Sox vs. YankeesApr 28 6:02 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JORGE POSADA (3) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF TIM WAKEFIELD SCORED HIDEKI MATSUI.
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 0, NY YANKEES 2
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: R CANO (.289, 0-FOR-1)

    Red Sox vs. YankeesApr 28 5:20 PM