Ichiro Suzuki capped his red-hot homestand in impressive fashion on Sunday night. The New York Yankees outfielder flashed seldom-seen power against the Boston Red Sox, clubbing two home runs in New Yorks 4-1 win. Suzuki received a curtain call after the second homer, a shot to right in the sixth. He obliged with a tip of the cap to the sold-out Yankee Stadium crowd.
“I was embarrassed,” he said afterward with a smile. For the Yankees, Suzuki has been an embarrassment of riches. He went .526 10-for-19 with four runs, a double, a triple and two homers during the Yanks seven-game homestand. Overall, hes batting .301 as a Yankee and has hit safely in 21 of 23 starts. “Ichis been great,” Derek Jeter said.
Sunday night was Suzukis seventh career mulit-homer game and his second of the season. He has two career multi-homer games at Yankee Stadium. Joe Girardi thinks that Suzuki might be tailoring his swing to Yankee Stadiums short right-field wall. “If he had been a Yankee for a number of years, who knows how many homers he might have hit? We know that theres power there,” Girardi said. But Suzuki dismissed that theory, saying he hasnt changed his swing at all. “For a guy my size, its still tough to get it out there — even at this ballpark,” he said with a laugh.
Hiroki Kuroda had another good outing allowing just 1 ER in 8 innings. He struck out 4 batters and allowed only 4 hits. He dropped his ERA to 2.96.
Junichi Tazawa made an appearance for the Red Sox pitching 0.2 innings and allowing no runs.