The Rest Of The Series With The Rays

It Was A Good One!

The two games after the doubleheader between the Yankees and the Rays were both great. We won both, so we swept the Rays. The Yankees were definitely the Drama Club in both of the final 2 games. On Tuesday the Yanks won in walkoff fashion by the score of 3-2. Yesterday, they won 4-2, and history was made.

Pitching Analysis: Chad Gaudin started for the Yanks on Tuesday. To our surprise, he was great. Gaudin cruised through 6 innings without allowing a run. I was proud of him. Who would have thought that Chad Gaudin could give us innings, quality, shutout innings?! When he went back on the mound for the 7th, he was not as sharp. He allowed a solo homer to Longoria, a single to Zobrist, and a walk to Burrell. Girardi decided that was all for Gaudin, and called on Marte to get the job done. Marte did his job well. In the 8th, Phil Hughes actually allowed a run, a homer off the bat of Bartlett. That tied the game at 2. Mo had a 1-2-3 9th, and the Yanks went on to win that game in walkoff fashion.

I even love the not-so-cute Yankees. Great job last night, Chad!!!

Last night it was Joba’s turn, and he was not too good, but not too bad. He went just 3 innings, and threw way too many pitches. Joba just is not the same pitcher. He probably can’t wait until next year when he can just be free and pitch like a pitcher should. He allowed 2 runs in the 1st. He got into a jam later, but escaped it thanks to the strikeout. Not his best start, but not his worst. The bullpen did a fabulous job last night. Aceves, Albaladejo, Bruney, and Coke held the score right where it was and gave the Yankees a chance to come back, which they did.

Defensive Analysis: I don’t remember anything outstanding or upseting about the defense, so I’m sure the Yankees were solid as they usually are. This team gets credit for the offense and power numbers, the pitching, but the defense is quite underrated. The Yankees are just amazing in every way.

Offensive Analysis: On Tuesday, there was not much offense for the Yanks. But there was enough to win. Nick Swisher had a solo homer in the 2nd, and it was quite a bomb. Arod had an RBI single in the 6th to make it 2-0. After the Rays tied it up in the 8th, the Yankees failed to score in the bottom of the 8th. The only way to win was a walkoff. Who wanted pie? His name rhymes with Mick Wisher. In the bottom of the 9th, Swishy came up to the plate. He hit another solo homer, this one to end the game. Walkoff!!! He was SO genuinely happy, and it made me smile to see a grown man so happy and running around the bases with a smile. When he got pied by A.J., he proudly showed the fans and held his arms up in the air. Victory! I always wanted to see Swish get pied. It was worth the wait. The look on his face after he got pied was priceless. Congradulations, Swish.

Last night, the offense came through when it had to. Jeter had some hits last night, and one of those hits tied him with Lou Gehrig for first on the Yankee’s all-time hits leaders list. I can’t believe that. Derek Jeter? We take him for granted. We need to soak up the moment just as he does, because it really is something else. We are witnessing arguably the best player to ever play the game. He has a great shot at breaking Rose’s record, he is well ahead of his pace. I would love to see that happen.

Derek Jeter salutes Yankee fans as he tips cap at first base after tying Lou Gehrig for the all-time Bomber hit record.

What a moment…imagine what is going to happen when he breaks it!!!

The Yankees were losing at the time of Jeter’s milestone. I thought it was a game they had to win. Apparently, so did Jeet’s buddy Jorge. Jorge hit a 3-run homer in the 8th to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead. They held on to win it.

Jorge Posada hits a three-run homer in the 8th inning that lifts the Bombers over the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium.

Jorge knew Jeet wouldn’t be happy unless the Yanks won. What a friend.

 It was an amazing game last night, and one that I will never forget. I will never forget Jeet’s inside-out swing that directed the ball into right field for a single. He has done that so many times, and that record-tying hit will stay in my mind forever.

Another sweep for the Yanks. The final two games were very good ones. The heroes for Tuesday’s game are Chad Gaudin and Nick Swisher. For last night, the heroes are the Yankee bullpen, Jorge Posada, and Derek Jeter. The Yankees have a 9 game lead over the Red Sox, and I am just absolutely LOVING life as a Yankee fan. I love this team so much. I really feel like they are so close to me. They really play a significant role in my life. I see them every day I can, and I long to be seeing them when I am not. I feel like I know them. Only 20 something games left, and then the postseason. But I am really going to miss these guys. I really do love them. Just ask anyone in my school, they’ll tell you :) 

7 Comments

I feel the same way you do about the Yanks, Virginia, and it’s been like that for a LONG time! As another she-fan once said to me, “I just want to have them all over at my house for a barbecue!” We do feel as if we know the players and we miss them when the season is over. But there’s still plenty of great baseball left and I expect the Yanks to be there right till the end.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Congrats to Jeter and the Yankees. You guys are playing really really well.
http://adriangonzalez23.mlblogs.com

Got to admit it here, the Yankees owned the Rays Bullpen.
The Rays starters in three of those games sweated their booties off, and got dissed by their Bullpen mates.
But, credit the Boys from the Bronx in being patient and knowing that a bad pitch would save the day.
From Lance Cormier’s 2 losses, to Dan Wheeler’s lunch plate special to Nick Swisher, the Rays were never in the game past the 8th inning in any of the contests.
Hats off to the Pinstripes, not only did the better team win in those 4 games, the smarter team made the other pay for their mistakes.
And that kind of play is made for October baseball and the playoffs.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

I feel the same way about my Dodgers, Virginia. I really am going to miss them. I will be going to Spring Training in Arizona just so I can see them sooner. My life is really wrapped up in baseball, so much that during baseball season it’s all baseball, work, baseball, work. There always is a big hole during the offseason.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

It was a great series! I absolutely agree. This is the time of year when you want to be taking care of these kinds of opponents and we did what we had to do.

Now as for Derek…..I don’t know what I can say about him that I haven’t said hundreds of times over the last couple days. I’m hoping tonight he breaks that record and then some so that the only thing on his mind after this is another number: 27.

Beth
http://yankeeschick.mlblogs.com

Yankees can keep going! It’s going to be weird to see Derek Jeter break the record on the 8th anniversary of 9/11.

Matthew Tang
http://matt7.mlblogs.com/

I. LOVE. THIS. TEAM. 2009 has been a good year for us Yankee fans thus far. Actually, I think ‘good’ is an understatement! I’m looking forward to bigger and better things come the end of the season!

- Lisa
http://perennialpinstriper.mlblogs.com/

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