The third inning went by with a whimper, as six batters hit and six batters walked back to the dugout. In the top of the fourth, the Yankees came alive. For a while, they were taking a passive approach to Carl Pavano. They were just asking Pavano to get ahead in the count by taking first and second pitches. The fourth saw them swing more aggressively, and it paid off.
Curtis Granderson swung at the first strike he saw, and doubled.
Mark Teixeira swung at the first strike he saw, and singled.
Alex Rodriguez swung at the first strike he saw, and lifted an RBI sac fly.
Robinson Cano swung at the first strike he saw, and hit the second for a single off the wall.
Nick Swisher then didn't swing at the first strike he saw, and he grounded into a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning. A missed opportunity for the Yankees, but they were still able to cash in and tie the game up. We'll see now how Pavano is able to adjust to a lineup that's decided to attack him early in at bats.