August 2009

The Drama Club!

Yankees Win Again in Dramatic Fashion

I’m giving the Yankees the nickname “The Drama Club.” It seems like every time the Yankees win, they do it dramatically. That definetely was the case last night. I was so happy when they won, because I wanted them to win for Melky on his birthday. The Yanks beat the Blue Jays by the score of 7-5.

Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain pitched for the Yankees last night. It was an adequate start for Joba. He went 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits, striking out 5 along the way. He was good early, but then ran into a little trouble.

Joba’s performance was not as good as he wanted it to be.

Joba had a scorless 1st, and an easy 1-2-3 11 pitch 2nd inning. It got a little ugly in the third. Joba walked the #9 hitter (never a smart idea) Joe Inglett, who has a really cool batting stance. Then Scutaro singled. Hill forced out, and the Adam Lind walked to load the bases. Then cleanup hitter Lyle Overbay, the obvious annoying guy of this series, hit a double in the right-center gap which cleared the bases and tied the game at 3. Ugh. In the 4th, Joba gave up a leadoff home run to the rookie Randy Ruiz, which gave the Jays a 4-3 lead.

Bruney pitched a scorless 7th, Coke and Robertson combined for a scorless 8th, and Mo picked up the save in the 9th. But he actually gave up a run! (GASP!) Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo home run to centerfield. Mo actually did the worst out of all the relievers. But he got the save, so whatever!

The pitching was pretty good last night. If you take away the 3rd, Joba pitched very well. The bullpen did a wonderful job of keeping the game at 4-3, and giving the Yankees the opportunity to win.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was again strong last night. The Yanks played errorless baseball once again. In the 1st inning, Johnny Damon made a nice play. Scutaro hit a liner to left, and it was a little over Johnny’s head. Damon went back, and thanks to a little jump, he caught the ball. Nice way to start the game.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees came out swinging against Richmond. Jeter hit a first pitch single, followed by a Damon double. Tex singled to score Jeter. The Jorge hit a 2 out double, which scored Damon. For some unknown reason, Tex attempted to score, and failed miserably. He touched third base when the cuttoff man released the ball. That was a stupid way to end the inning. And for a long time, I thought that play would be the difference in the game.

In the 2nd, Cano got a leadoff double, moved to third because of a balk, and then scored on a sac fly by the birthday boy, Leche. That made it 3-0, and that was all the offense for a long time.

The bottom of the 8th is where it all changed. Hideki Matsui, who was 0 for 3 at the time, hit an ENORMOUS home run into right field. ENORMOUS!!! That tied the game at 4, and gave the crowd something to cheer about. Then Posada comes up, and he hits a home run to right field! But Cito Gaston wanted to make sure it was a home run. From his angle, it looked like a fan stole the ball from Inglett. But according to the replay, Inglett just missed it, and it was ruled a home run! YAY! Yankeed lead 5-4! How dramatic was that?!

Matsui hits a bomb to tie the game………

……and Posada hits one to give Yanks the lead! BACK-TO-BACK!!!

The Yankees weren’t done yet. Hinske hit a 1 out double. Then my man Melky hit a single, which scored pinch runner Jerry Hairston. Melky stole second, and scored on a Johnny Damon single. Melky had a nice birthday. He was 1 for 3 with 2 RBI, 1 run, and a stolen base. 

What a game for the Yankees! They jumped out early, then lost the lead, but came back dramatically late in the game and held on for the lead! The heroes for last night are Jorge & Hideki, for providing back-to-back drama, which was the 3rd night in a row the Yankees went back-to-back. The other heroes are Bruney, Coke, Robertson, and Mo for shutting down the Blue Jay offense and giving the Yankees the chance to make it dramatic. I’ll throw Melky in there as well, just for having a nice birthday. I love you, Melky! There was no change in the Yankee lead in the division. The Red Sox won as well, cheating it up at home and having brawls with cute rookie pitchers. How classless are they? The rubber game of the series will be played in the afternoon, and the Yanks look to live up to the new name I gave them. GO YANKEES!

I have a quick lookalike. I think there is a small resemblance between these two pitchers.

 

Last night’s starter Scott Richmond…..

 

  

……and Yankee star Dave Righetti!

They kind of look alike. They are making the same face. It is hard to tell from the pictures, but last night I noticed it.

Feliz Cumpleanos, Leche Mi Amor!

Happy Birthday, Leche My Love

Today, August 11th, is Melky Cabrera’s 25th birthday. Melky has come such a long way as a Yankee. I remember back in ’05 when he was just a rookie. He was so nervous, and kept dropping balls in the outfield. What a cutie. And now look at him. He is such an important player to this team. I’m going to reminsice about some of my favorite Melky moments.

My most prized card: Melky’s rookie card.

When he was just a rookie and was dropping balls, I immediately fell for him. But after that, he got good. I remember on June 6th of 2006, in the 8th inning in a game against the Red Sox, Manny Ramirez hit a ball DEEP to centerfield, and it looked like a home run. But Melky had other ideas. He leapt over the wall, stealing a home run from Manny. This was known as “The Melky Catch,” and went down as the most outstanding catch of the season in ’06.

“The Melky Catch.”

On June 15h of ’07 Melky became the second youngest Yankee to hit a walkoff home run, second only to Mickey Mantle. Many more walkoffs followed for Melky, as he leads the team with 3 this year. Melky has been the clutchest Yankee this year, and has proved to be quite a threat from the #9 hole. In my opinion, Melky can bat in many places in the lineup, probably everywhere but 3rd, 4th, or 5th. He is a very versatile player.

A mob ready to greet Melky after a walkoff win.

Melky made Yankee history recently this year. On August 2nd in Chicago, Melky hit for the cycle, the first Yankee to do so since Tony Fernandez (I’m sure you all knew that!). I was so proud of him.

Melky being goofy on the day he hit for the cycle.

Melky always finds a way to make me laugh. On July 24th of this year against the Oakland Athletics, Melky had a typical Melky moment. In the 7th inning, he led off with a single.Then Jeter hit a ball to short, and Orlando Cabrera flipped to second, but a hustling Melky beat it out, giving Jeter a hit! But after being called safe, Melky started losing his balance, and dancing around trying to stay on the base. He fell over, but kept his foot on the bag! He was safe! That had me hysterically laughing for a good 10 minutes.

Another Melky walkoff.

There was another thing this year that was typically Melky. I think it was some time in May. I don’t remember the date, or who the Yankees were facing, because it was before I had my blog. But this was funny. Melky hit a foul ball that bounced and hit him in his….uhh…you know where. He winced and fell to the ground, the poor baby was in pain! The trainer had to come out and give him smelling salts. The whole dugout was laughing at him, and I was crying for him! Melky finally recovered, and continued his at-bat. After every pitch, poor little Melky stepped out of the box and jumped up and down, fiddling…uhh…”down there”. He wound up getting a hit and reaching base. When he got back into the dugout, his teammates were teasing him.

A random picture of Melky. He looks pumped up!

Whether making a great play, or getting a clutch hit, doing a crazy handshake in the dugout, or just being himself, Melky has become a great player for the Yankees. Melky is my favortite Yankee, because he is a great player with a unique personality. I hope he remains a Yankee for the rest of his career, because I know this team will not be the same without him. Melky, if you ever stumble across my blog and read this, I just want you to know that I think you are amazing in so many ways. I hope the Yankees win for you tonight.

Happy birthday Melky!

This is for you!

It Had to End Sometime

Yankees Winning Streak is No More After Jays Take Game 1

The Yankees 7 game winning streak came to an end last night, but come on. They can’t win every game. There were positives and negatives about last night’s loss. The Blue Jays beat the Yankees 5-4.

Pitching Analysis: Sergio Mitre started for the Yanks last night. He is really sexy. He struck out the first 2 men he faced, and I thought, “Oh boy. 2 out in the 1st, it’s time to give up 5 runs.” Well, Mitre allowed singles to Lind and Overbay, and I was beginning to think my prediction was right. But Mitre proved me wrong, and struck out Vernon Wells to end the inning. He struck out the side!

Mitre struck out 2 more in the 2nd, having an easy 11 pitch inning. In the 3rd, Inglett struck out for Mitre’s 6th of the night. I was just starting to think that maybe he found it. But then Aaron Hill hit a solo home run. Darn. Why did I have to think that? I’m always wrong!

The 4th inning was gross. Overbay led off with a walk, followed by a Vernon Wells single. Bautista hit a comebacker, that was snabbed nicely by Mitre. Mitre fired to 2nd, not too accurately, and it went off Cano’s glove into centerfield, scoring a run, and no outs were made on the play. He got the double play ball, and just screwed it up! By the end of the inning, the Jays were up 4-2. In the 5th, Mitre allowed a solo bomb to Lyle Overbay.

Mitre’s biggest problem last night was throwing the ball to 2nd!

Mitre didn’t really pitch THAT badly. He went 5 innings, allowing 5 runs of which just 3 were earned, on 6 hits and he struck out 6 along the way. It was a better performance. That throwing error really messed the whole game up. If he can fix that problem, and then pitch the way he did last night again, I guarantee the Yankees will win for him. But that’s IF he can do it again!

Alfredo Aceves pitched the rest of the game. He was marvelous, allowing just 2 hits over 4 innings. He is a weapon out of the pen!

Defensive Analysis: Aside from Mitre’s crazy throw, the defense was great. Robinson Cano made a nice play in the 3rd. Scutaro hit a ball in the hole to Cano’s left, and he ran it down and threw across his body from the outfield to make the play. Underrated!

Offensive Analysis: The offense started out good, but then it sort of died toward the end of the game. Jeter hit a leadoff home run for the Yankees. Then in the 3rd, he hit a single up the middle to lead off  the inning. He stole 2nd, and Barajas’ throw went into centerfield, allowing Jeter to go to 3rd. Speed kills! Then Swisher hit a sac fly, which gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead.

In the 4th, the Yankees were trailing 4-2, and Robinson Cano stepped up to the plate. He went deep to leadoff the inning! Then Jerry Hairston Jr came up. He’s adorable. Anyway, he hit a home run, his first as a Yankee, to tie the game at 4! Cano and Hairston back-to-back! He was a great pickup for the Yankees. When they got him, I was like, “Why did they get him? They have an abundance of benchies.” Well, I’m sure happy they got him. He has impressed me in every game he was in. And now the Yankees have a killer bench, in Hairston, Hinske, Pena, Gardner, (I miss him) and backup catcher Molina. (I would rather have Cervelli, but whatever!) That was all the offense for last night. They had chances to score more, but they couldn’t get the big hit.

Jerry Hairston Jr. hits a solo home run in the 4th inning that ties the game.

Hairston has been nothing but a nice surprise for me. He was a wise acquisition.

So the Yankees lost a game. They didn’t really play badly, they just got beaten. It happens. It’s annoying, but it happens. The Red Sox are back at Fenway, cheating by stealing signs (it’s my theory) and they beat the Tigers last night, narrowing the Yankee lead to 5.5 games. It is very important for the Yankees to win these last 2 games at home, because then they go on the road to Seattle. Even though they are pretty good on the road, they are way better at home and can’t really afford to lose at home, especially while the Red Sox are cheatin’ it up (again, it’s just my theory) at Fenway. With Joba on the mound tonight, the Yankees are seeking a win to start a new winning streak. GO YANKEES!

My Autographed Renegade Ball

Here it is!

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More Renegades!

My 2nd Renegades Game This Year

I went to the Hudson Valley Renegades game last Sunday, and there was an hour and a half rain delay. They said that anyone who stayed through the delay can renew their tickets for any game on the homestand. I renewed my tickets for yesterday, Sunday August 9th’s game. They played the baby Pirates, the State College Spikes. The Renegades lost 3-2 in 10 innings, but I had a wonderful time.

Once again, there was rain in the forecast, but we decided to go because the worst thing that could happen was that the game would get rained out, and we would get out tickets renewed. Throughout the game, there were a few showers, but it was fine. The best stuff happened before the game.

When I went last Sunday, I tried to get the players to sign stuff for me, but I was too late. This time, I was determined to get some signatures. We arrived at the ballpark early. My brother and I went to the gift shop and bought Renegade baseballs for the players to sign for us. After the gift shop, we went to our seats. But they were in a different spot than last time, much further from the Gade dugout. But me and my brother Tommy were determined to do anything to get our balls signed. We walked all the way to the other side of the park, balls and Sharpies in hand. When we got to the dugout, we didn’t see any players in it. Most of them were loosening up on the field. But all of a sudden, a little cutie poked his head out of the dugout. I did not know who he was. He was wearing a sweatshirt, so I couldn’t see his number. Before we left for the game, I went on the Renegade’s website and studied the players’ numbers and names, so I could call them when I saw them. But I did not kow who this guy was.

I just called out, “Hey!” He did not hear me. I said it again, and he turned around. I asked him if he would sign, and he nodded. The signatures were hard to read, but they all put their jersey number next to it. His name was Angel Chapa, #13, and he was adorable.

He’s a pitcher.

So he went back into the dugout, and I was all proud that I got his signature. Then I saw a really cute guy, and I gasped when I saw him. He was the starting pitcher I saw last Sunday! I tried to get his signature last week, but when I went to the dugout, he was gone. I was not going to blow my chance. I called to him, saying, “Hey! Will you sign?” He came over, and as he was signing, I told him that I saw him pitch last Sunday, and that he was really, really good. He smiled and laughed a bit. He had the cutest smile. Kyle Lobstein, pitcher, #49, signed right below Angel on my ball.

Cutie!

Then I saw another guy, and asked him to come over. As he was signing, another player went up to him to talk, and he gave the ball to him to sign for me! What a sweetheart!

He passed the ball over to the cutie below to sign for me.

Then the players on the field came back into the dugout. I saw my favorite guy from last time, Mayo Acosta. He was all the way on the other side of the dugout. I gasped when I saw him, and yelled, “Mayo!” he didn’t hear me. But Angel Chapa did. He looked at me, and then looked a Mayo. I didn’t know what he told him. I saw Mayo walk down the dugout, but then he disappeared! “No!” I thought. But before I knew it, a Gade hat appeared before my eyes, and under that hat was Mayo Acosta! I was freaking out. He’s adorable. He smiled at me, with his cute little face, and signed my ball in a nice, prominent spot beneath the Renegade logo. I thanked him, and he said, “Your welcome.” in a cute hispanic accent.

There’s Mayo!

I wasn’t done yet. I saw my other favorite from last time, the 2nd baseman, Tyler Bortnick. I said, “Tyler! Tyler!” he was walking out of the dugout, it was almost game time, but he heard me and looked at me. I motioned to him with the ball and marker, and said, “Can you sign quickly?” Sure enough, he smiled and he did. There were a bunch of other little kids there at this time, and he used my marker to sign all their stuff. Imagine that! My marker! Then we was like, “I’ve got someone’s pen here.” I said, “Oh, that’s mine. You can keep it if you need it.” He chuckled, and then gave it back. What a cutie.

He wrote the neatest out of them all.

After Tyler, a coach walked by. I thought, hey, what the heck? I asked him to sign, and he said sure. My brother and I wished his Gades luck. He thanked us, we thanked him, and he left. His name is Michael Johns, and he is the Renegade bench coach.

The game was about to start, so we went back to our seats. Tommy told me that I was too pushy with the players. I don’t think I was. I asked politely, and they were all happy to sign the ball. I don’t think they know how much they mean to us. We love them.

It was a good game, although they lost. Every game, there is a “K Man” on the opposing team. If the “K Man” strikes out 3 times, everyone in the crowd gets free mini golf at Fun Central. Well, the K Man struck out 3 times, so we got free mini golf! I felt bad for that guy.

Deybis Benitez, the K Man.  

I really enjoyed my night at Dutchess Stadium.  For more information about the Hudson Valley Renegades, click on the link to their website I have on the side of my blog.

 

Sweepin’ Away the Sox

Yanks Complete Sweep of BoSox, and are Pulling Away in the AL East

Yesterday I wondered what kind of exhilerating experience game 4 would be. It sure was amazing. The Yankees won by the score of 5-2.

Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte was great last night. He went 7 innings of 5 hit, shutout baseball and struck out 4 along the way. He did not get a win, but I’m sure he is happy with his performance. It was a dandy from Andy.

Andy did get into some trouble in the 4th. With 2 out, Bay and Drew singled. Then Lowell walked to load the bases. Varitek then hit a line drive shot into left, but right at Johnny Damon, who put it away for the final out, and the end of the Red Sox threat. Andy really did a nice job last night. Two thumbs up for Andy!

What a game from Andy. He’s like having a 3rd ace!

Coke came in to pitch the 8th, since Hughes was not available. Pedroia got a 1 out single, and Victor Martinez followed with a 2 run homer, the first Red Sox run in a LONG time. But more importantly, the Red Sox had a lead! Uh-oh….

It all worked out, though. Mo picked up his 32nd save of the year, completing the sweep.

Defensive Analysis: Once again, the defense was very solid, since the pitching was good. Swisher made a nice play on a liner by Lowell, catching the ball in front of him and then rolling forwards. I don’t know if that was necessary, but hey, it’s Swisher.

Offensive Analysis: It took the Yanks awhile to get on the board, and I was starting to think it would be game 2 all over again! Both Lester and Pettitte were very sharp. But lucky for us, Arod hit a solo bomb to left-center off Lester in the 7th, giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead.

That run was erased after Martinez hit his 2-run homer, but the Yankees did not give up then. In the 8th, all with 2 outs, magical things happened. Johnny Damon hit a home run to tie the game at 2, and then the “Texicutioner” went back-to-back with him, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead! Tex got himself a curtain call from the best fans. Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira now have the franchise record for Yankee teammates going back-to-back in a season; they have done it 6 times this year! Good for them.

Nothin’ like a little Yankee magic.

The Yankees weren’t done yet. Still with 2 out, Arod walked, Posada doubled, and Swisher singled, scoring them both and giving the Yankees a 5-2 lead! 

The sweep is complete, and the Yankees are pulling away in the AL East. They now have a 6.5 game lead! And the Red Sox are now TIED for first in the wild card with the Rangers! TIED! The heroes for last night are Andy Pettitte, for an amazing performance, and for Johnny and Tex for making Yankee history, and for giving us the lead. What a great series. It was Girardi’s Boston Massacre! Haha! I really like the way this team looks. Hopefully, they can remain strong, and bring #27 to the Bronx.

I love it!

Yankees Shutout Sox Again

Great Pitching, Solid Defense, & Timely Hitting Lead Yanks to a W

Game 1 was a messy, high scoring game in which the Yankees won. Game 2 was an exciting, long pitchers duel in which the Yankees won. Game 3 was a game that was all Yankees, and the Yankees won. I wonder what game 4 will be? Anyway, the Yankees dominated as they won game 3 by the score of 5-0.

Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia looked to mimic Burnett’s performance from the night before. CC was the best possible pitcher the Yankees could have sent out there, because he is a work horse and the bullpen really needed a breather after game 2. That’s exactly what he did. CC went 7 & 2/3 innings of 2 hit, 2 walk shutout ball with 9 strikeouts. He had a perfect game through 4 & 1/3, and then “walked” Big Sloppi. The pitch was such a strike that it wasn’t funny. Stupid Tim McCarver kept saying, “Oh, CC has a perfect game.” Then he said how he thought players were silly to believe that mentioning the perfect game would blow it. You could tell he was trying to blow it. God, is he stupid! Nothing he says ever makes sense. Anyway, Ellsbury got a hit in the 6th with 2 out, and the no-no was gone. But CC pitched a helluva game yesterday. He was really dealing.

... as CC Sabathia pitches in with 7-2/3 scoreless innings.

CC earned his money yeterday.

Hughes came in to get the last out of the 8th, and he struck out Nick Green with ease. David Robertson pitched the 9th. The pitching was once again remarkable.

Defensive Analysis: When a pitcher is at his best, so is the defense. That was the case yesterday. There were many nice plays, one by CC, one by Cano, but there was one play that stuck out to me the most. In the 7th, Martinez led off with a walk and Pukilis singled. After Big Sloppi struck out, Mike Lowell hit a double play ball to Cano. Cano flipped to Jeter, and Pukilis slid into Jeter, trying to break up the double play. But not to worry. Jeter jumped over Pukilis, landed safely, and fired a strike to Tex to get the non-hustling Lowell. Inning ending double play completed! It was awesome.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees had 9 hits yesterday, but they added up to 5 runs. In the 3rd, my man Melky hustled and got himself an infield single to start off the inning. Molina walked, and Johnny walked after Jeter grounded into a double play. Mark Teixeira singled to drive in Melky. 1-0 Yankees.

In the 6th, Cano had a leadoff double. He head a great day at the plate, going 3 for 4. Swhisher made a beautiful bunt which moved Cano to third. Melky was intentionally walked to get to Jose Molina. But Molina came through. He put the bat on the ball, and got himself a sac fly, and gave CC a 2-0 lead to work with.

In the 7th, the Red Sox put in Ramon Ramirez. He threw up and in at Tex, who was not pleased. Tex walked with 1 out. Then Arod got plunked in the elbow. It was obviously intentional, since Arod hit the walkoff the night before. Jim Joyce, the home plate ump, threw Ramirez out of the game, and Ramirez acted like, “What did I do?” Then Francona came out and acted like he had no idea why his pitcher got thrown out. How stupid. Anyway, they got a new pitcher, some triple A guy, and he loaded the bases. Swisher walked to force in a run. 3-0 Yankees.

In the 8th, Jeter hit and opposite field 2-run home run to give the Yankees a 5-0 lead. I love watching Jeter hit. I think it is so cool that he mostly goes the other way. In Yankee Stadium, balls really carry out in right, so it’s like the ballpark was built for Jeter.

Derek Jeter's two-run homer in the 8th inning puts the finishing touches against Boston.

Nothing like a couple of insurance runs!

It was another great win for the Yankees yesterday. They now have a ******** 5.5 game lead in the AL East! And, they have the best record in baseball. The heroes for the win are CC Sabathia for his amazing performance, and Jeter for his nice jump over Pukilis and for his homer. I wonder what will happen in game 4. Sweep, possibly? That would be something else. We’ll just have to wait and see. For now, I’m just going to brag that THE YANKEES HAVE A 5.5 GAME LEAD IN THE DIVISION! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Yeah, baby.

 

Where Did My Nails Go?

Yanks Win in 15 innings!

What a game! Altough there was no scoring for 15 innings, this was one of the most exciting games I have ever watched. It was that kind of edge-of-your-seat nail-biting palm-sweating I don’t-want-to-move-because-I-might-jinx-them games. It is a no doubt Yankees Classic. The Yankees won 2-0 over the Red Sox.

Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett was a frickin’ beast yesterday. It was a very important start for A.J., because he had to follow up from that bad one in Chicago, and he wanted to prove that he can pitch in big games against the Red Sox. His previous 2 starts against the Red Sox were also against Beckett, and A.J. was counted on to pitch well, but he didn’t. Last night, he definetely redeemed himself.

Burnett pitched 7 & 2/3 shutout innings, and only gave up 1 hit to the first batter of the game. He walked 6 along the way, and also struck out 6. Every time A.J. got into a jam, he would get even tougher and get everyone out. He really pitched a phenominal game. He was incredible. That was the best pitching performance I have seen all year. And to do it against the Red Sox, that is amazing.

The Assassin killed Red Sox hitters last night.

The bullpen did a sensational job yesterday. Evey guy that was put in had a different intensity about him. They all knew that 1 mistake, 1 bad pitch would be the difference in the game. Hughes got the final out of the 8th, and that was all for him. Mo pitched the 9th. Alfredo Aceves pithed 3 beautiful innings for the Yanks last night. The Yankees depended on him to give them innings, and he did in a dominating way.

When I saw Brian Bruney on the mound in the 13th inning, I became even more nervous. I knew Bruney has a tendancy to give up home runs, and everyone knew 1 run would be the difference. But Bruney was superb. He was throwing gas last night. He pitched the 13th and 14th, and proved that he can pitch in tight spots, because nothing was tighter than that! Phil Coke pitched the 15th, and picked up the win.

The Yankee pitchers were absolutely fabulous. They all dominated. All of them must have gotten a huge confidence boost out of that game, especially Bruney.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was also superb last night. Like everyone else, they knew that 1 mistake, 1 bobble, 1 wild throw could cost the game. They stepped up their game, just like the pitchers. In the 1st and the 4th when Burnett was in a jam, they turned 2 beautiful 4-6-3 double plays to get A.J. out of trouble. They made every play.

Offensive Analysis: There really was not much offense, but there was enough. The Yankees had a few chances to score off Beckett, but they failed in all of them. They had chances to score before the 15th inning, but again failed in all of them. But then the 15th inning rolled along. Derek Jeter lead off with a single. Then Damon tried to bunt him over, but the bunt was caught on a fly. Then Tex made out, and it was all up to Arod. Arod had chances to do something before, but like everyone else in the game, he could not get it done. He was also in a long homer drought. If you believe in “due,” you knew it was the time for Arod. I was going crazy with nervousness at this time. I was sweating, crossing my fingers, just trying to will a homer off his bat.

Arod did it. He hit a bomb into the left field seats, for a walkoff 2-run homer. Everyone was thrilled, except the Red Sox. A.J. Burnett had a pie ready, and pied Arod on the side of the head while he was being interviewed by Kim Jones.

It’s a beautiful thing.

The Yankees now have a 4.5 game lead over the Red Sox. The heroes for the game are A.J. Burnett, for an excellent performance, the Yankee bullpen, for dominating and giving the Yanks the chance to win, and for Arod for winning it for us. It could not have been a more perfect end to the game, or a perfect end to my day! I hit the sack at 12:58, and although I was exhausted, I was too excited to notice it. I laid awake for awhile, but peacfully drifted to sleep with the thoughts of a dramatic Yankee win in my mind.

Oh, Yeah Baby! There’s A 1 Now!

Yanks Take 1st of 4, Finally Fill That Win Column

YEAH!!! It took the Yanks 9 games, but they finally did it. The Yankees beat the Red Sox last night by the score of 13-6. All day I was waiting and waiting for 7:00. I was DYING to see this game. And the results were even better than I had hoped for.

Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain was a bit shaky last night, but he did pick up the win. He went just 5 innings, and gave up 4 runs on 6 hits. But the bad thing was he walked 7 men in 5 innings! It wasn’t Joba’s best start, but he gave the team the chance to win. Good enough for me.

To lead off the 3rd inning, Joba allowed a homer to Pedroia. I was so mad when that happened. I was SO close to throwing my shoe, but I caught myself. Then in the 4th, Casey Kotchman hit a 2-run homer. Settle down, Joba!

After the Yankees had an offensive outburst in the 4th, Joba got into some trouble in the 5th. He wound up walking the bases loaded, which was stupid because he had a huge lead. He made it out of the inning having only given up 1 run. The bullpen did a nice job last night, Robertson, Coke, and Melancon had scorless outings. Rookie Anthony Claggett pitched the 9th, and gave up 2 runs. He was the guy who gave up 8 runs to Cleveland in a 20 to something Yankee loss.

Joba Chamberlain is pumped for the win despite giving up a career high seven walks on the night.

Although he struggled, Joba made it out of some tought jams, and was surely pumped.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was fine last night. Even though Joba was laboring, the defense didn’t get lazy. They were able to make all the plays. In the 3rd, Ortiz grounded into a nice 4-6-3 double play. I love seeing him struggle. He went 0 for 5 and left 9 men on base last night. Ha! I guess he can’t do anything unless he’s all juiced up.

YOUK OUT! Derek Jeter leaps over Kevin Youkilis to complete a double play in the Yankees' 13-6 win over the Red Sox last night at the Stadium. The third-inning twin killing helped Joba Chamberlain survive five rough innings for the win.

A nice double play.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankee bats were on fire last night. They scored 13 runs on 18 hits! I felt bad for Smoltz, though. It’s sad because he used to be one of the best in the game, and now it’s like he is struggling and doesn’t know when to quit. But I had to get over that because my Yanks really needed this game.

After Posada’s baserunning blunder in the 3rd, I thought for sure that the Yankees would lose all life. Thank God I was wrong. In the 3rd, Damon homered to tie the game at 1. In the 4th, the Yankees were trailing again. Posada had a leadoff double, and scored on Cano’s single. Then Swish walked. So my man Melky came up to the plate. And then the game completely turned around. Melky smashed a 3-run homer into the second deck in right, giving the Yankees a 5-3 lead. Later in this inning, Posada hit a 3-run homer. He definetely made up for the baserunning mistake. The Yankees scored 8 runs in the 4th, and kept putting on runs throughout the game, winning in blowout fashion.

Jorge homers to add to the lead.

This game could not have been better for me. They got their first win against the Sox! The Yankees totally demolished the Red Sox. It was great. I woke up this morning with a smile on my face, and I’m ready for the game tonight. The heroes for last nights game are the Yankee lineup, for making the Red Sox look horrible, and mostly Melky Cabrera for providing the shift in momentum that lead to the Yankee victory. The Yankees now have a 3.5 game lead in the division. Hey, I know it was just 1 game, but it was a BIG one for the Yankees. I know the next 3 are going to be tough, but I know we are ready. LET’S GET THOSE SMELLY SOX! 

A Quick Celebrity Lookalike

Arod looks like…..

 

 

…..Hayden Christensen being Anakin! If you’ve seen the movie, you know he is Arod. 

 

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