DENVER -- The quintessential American League team won a quintessential National League game tonight, the Yankees beating the Rockies 3-2 by scratching across a ninth inning run without hitting a ball out of the infield. Vernon Wells was the hitting star of the game, with three hits including a two-run homer, and David Phelps staked claim to a spot in the starting rotation with six innings of three-hit, two-run ball.
• One night after Joe Girardi expressed some frustration at his apparent reluctance to run, Brett Gardner re-took the team lead in stolen bases, swiping second in the first inning and scoring on Wells' 7th HR of the season. Gardner now has five steals in seven attempts.
• David Robertson made his first appearance since May 1, having missed six games with some hamstring soreness, and threw a scoreless eighth inning, but it was not without some problems. He slipped on his first pitch of the inning, causing his manager some heart palpitations, and lost control of his first pitch to pinch-hitter Troy Tulowitzki, which sailed behind Tulo's head and hit him on the back.
• Brennan Boesch, who beat out the infield hit that scored the go-ahead run in the ninth, would not declaratively say he was safe on the bang-bang play. "Your guess is as good as mine," he said. But he did point out that because of his size -- 6-4, 225 -- infielders tend to discount his speed.
"Sometimes you can fool the third baseman," he said. "Sometimes my speed is kind of underestimated as a bigger guy. I don’t think [Nolan Arenado] has been in the league very long, so who knows? I think he thought he had more time. I'm kind of a taller, bigger guy but sometimes I can sneak up on some infielders."
• A quote I left out of my Vernon Wells column that sums up the kind of player he has been for the Yankees so far: "To a man in this clubhouse, when you’re asked to do something and it’s going to help this team in any way, there’s not a man in here that will say no. Once the pitch is thrown, nobody really cares of it’s the first time you've done anything. You have to go out and compete and we did that."