September 2009

Just Another Win

Yankees Play Well And Win Game 3

It was just another win for the Yankees yesterday. The offense was good, the starter did well, and the bullpen was great. It seems like this is how it always is, aside from a few random losses like in game 2. It was a good game yesterday. The Yankees beat the Blue Jays 6-4.

Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte was the starter for the Yankees yesterday. He was pretty good, but not nearly as good as in his flirt with perfection in his last start. Andy went 6 innings and allowed 4 runs on just 4 hits. He issued 5 walks, a bit much, and he struckout 3 along the way. It was a nice outing for Andy as he picked up his 13th win of the year. I hope he decides to come back next year.

To leadoff the 2nd inning, Randy Ruiz hit a solo homer. I was pissed. It looked so foul. The umpires used the instant replay on it. It ws clearly foul in my eyes, but I always give the Yankees the benefit in the call. To my surprise, the umpires ruled the ball a foul ball, which really bothered Ruiz. He grounded out in that at-bat, but he hit his solo homer later in the game.

The bullpen did a fantastic job yesterday. Robertson, Bruney, and Hughes combined for 3 scoreless innings. Robertson and Bruney picked up holds, and Hughes got his 3rd save. Bravo boys!

Defensive Analysis: The defense was sloppy in some places yesterday, but it made enough of the plays for the win. In the 5th with runners on 1st and 2nd, a comebacker was hit to Andy, who looked toward 2nd to throw the ball. But neither Jeter nor Cano were covering the bag. Everyone was safe. Luckily, Andy got out of the inning unscathed. In the 6th with a man aboard, Bautista hit a ball deep to center that was a tough play for Melky. Melky couldn’t make the play. Hairston fired the ball to Jeter, who tried to get Bautista out at 3rd. But Jeter made a wild throw and Andy didn’t back it up, and Bautista scored! An inside the park 2-run homer? No. It was a triple, RBI, and an E6. Whatever it was, it was sloppy.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees made up for getting shutout by jumping out to an early lead in the 2nd. My man Melky got himself an RBI single to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. In the 4th, Robinson Cano led off the inning with a homer. 2-0 Yankees. With 1 out, Melky came up. He was hit by the pitch in his cute little butt (again) and he screamed before the ball even hit him. Oh, Melky. Cano and many others in the dugout where laughing at Leche. Why do they always laugh when Melky gets hurt? Is it THAT funny? Well, Melky seemed alright, so I guess it was. Just another Melky moment.

Yeah, Leche!!!

After the Jays tied up the game in the 4th, Mark Teixeira led off the inning with a home run. They were too busy showing a replay from the previous inning and when they went back to the game, Tex was rounding the bases. Go Tex! 3-2 Yankees. In the 6th, Alex Rodriguez came through with another clutch RBI single up the middle. I like this Arod. He is not trying to hit homers and be the big star anymore. I always said that sometimes all you need is a single, and now Arod sees that. Good for him. Posada added an RBI single of his own in that inning, making it 5-2 Yankees. Melky tacked on another one with another RBI single in the 9th.

It was a good game to watch yesterday. There was a little bit of everything. Homers, singles, interesting plays, instant replay, good pitching, it was just a good game. Better because we won. The heroes are Melky Cabrera, for again provideing comic relief for the club and for his 2 RBIs, Robinson Cano for going 3-4 with a homer, and the bullpen for holding the lead. The Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway were not at Fenway yesterday and they lost! So the Yankees now have an 8.5 game lead!!! There are only a few weeks left, and we have a huge lead! Don’t get me wrong. A lot can happen, it is possible. But hey. It isn’t probable. Sexy mu..mum..mu Mitre pitches today. I hope he does well. GO YANKEES!!!!!

 

What A Boring Game

Yanks are 1-Hit Versus Jays

Last night’s game was the most boring game I have seen all year. Nothing good happened for the Yankees. It was very frustrating. Ugh. The Yankees’ winning streak was snapped last night as they lost to the Blue Jays 6-0.

Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain had another short start for the Yankees. He did not pitch well. He went 3 innings and allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. He threw about 60 pitches. Do the math and that is 20 pitches per inning. That is unacceptible. After 3 innings, Mark Melancon took over and gave up 1 run in 2 innings. He was absolutely wild. He hit like 10 batters. He could not control anything he put inside. Jonathan Albaladejo went next, and he pitched a scoreless inning. Michael Dunn pitched next, and by this time I wasn’t watching. He gave up 2 runs in 2/3 of an inning. Last came Edwar Ramirez, who pitched a scoreless inning and a third. The pitching wasn’t great last night, but all the Jays needed to win was 1 run.

Joba Chamberlain allows six hits and three runs in just three innings of work.

A frustrated Joba.

Defensive Analysis: The defense didn’t help Joba out too much. There were plays that should have been made that the defense screwed up. In the first inning, Aaron Hill hit a ball to deep right that Hinske ran to get under. He jumped, and the ball went off his glove. Hill had a double. It was not the easiest play to make, but I am confident that Swisher would have made it, however silly he had to be to glove it. Later in the inning, Ramiro Pena made an error on a routine grounder. He lifted his glove, anticipating a high hop on the artificial turf, but instead the ball stayed down and got through, allowing a run to score. It was not a pretty defensive night for the Yanks.

Not a pretty play.

Offensive Analysis: Where were the Bombers last night? The Yankees looked dead at the plate. The only hit was off the bat of Ramiro Pena. That was it, accept for 3 walks scattered into the lineup. The Yankees failed to make adjustments last night. They stared at strikes, fell behind, and wound up striking out. It was awful and upseting to watch, which is why I didn’t watch the whole game. After 6 innings I called it quits. 1 hit? Come on.

It was an ugly game all around last night. But luckily, the Red Sox lost. That must kill them. The Yankees finally lost a game, and then they lose too. Ha. I guess the Yankee loss was not so bad. I mean, they didn’t play well, but it didn’t cost them anything. It cost me time, though. It was boring. Whatever. I am sure the Yankees will bounce back with another 7 game winning streak. It seems like they always do. 1 loss in every 8 games? Hey, I’ll take it. GO YANKEES!!!

 

Another Offensive Explosion!

They Won Again, Their 7th In A Row

Seriously, the Yankees are amazing. They can’t stop hitting. It’s so cool. And all things considered, the pitching was pretty good, too. The Yankees beat the Blue Jays last night 10-5.

Pitching Analysis: Chad Gaudin started for the Yanks, and he was…ehh…decent? He only went 3 & 2/3 innings and threw 80 pitches, but he kept us in the game. He gave up 3 runs on 4 hits 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. Not too bad, considering he is Chad Gaudin. Alfredo Aceves relieved him, and he went 2 & 1/3 and gave up 2 runs. Robertson, Bruney, and Marte combined for a scoreless rest of the game. Damaso Marte is not making me nervous anymore. Since coming off the DL, he has been superb. His ERA is now only 8.38, which sounds awful, but it used to be like 15. He is proving that he will be very valuable for this team. And Robertson, he is something else, too. He is a strikeout machine. I hope the Yankees hold on to him, because I think he has the potential to be a dominating force in the pen.

They both have high socks and cool windups. And they are both suprisingly good!

Defensive Analysis: It was pretty good last night. Arod made an error, but whatever. Jeter made a nice play, though. He is having a fabulous offensive season, but his defense has been great as well. I think Jeter has proved this year that he can play shortstop and will for the rest of his Hall of Fame career. Jeter should be MVP this year. I don’t care if Joe Mauer hits .400. Without Mauer, the Twins would still be losing. Without Jeter, the Yankees wouldn’t be in the position they are. They would be behind the Sox. Jeet has been so clutch for this club, and he means so much. He is the MVP, no question about it in my mind. I just hope the voters aren’t as blind and stupid as I think they are. Vote for Jeter!!!

The only time A-Rod and the Yanks get tripped up is when A-Rod collides with police officer Lisa Hayford while chasing down a fly ball in foul territory during the fifth inning.

….Awkward…That’s not Kate Hudson, Alex…..

Offensive Analysis: In the 1st with the bases loaded, Matsui got a bases clearing triple, but it was changed to an error on the right fielder. But who cares? The runs counted. Then Jorge drove in Matsui with an RBI single. 4-0 Yankees.

My man Melky got himself an RBI double in the 4th. He is out of his slump. His average is at .277. He is quite a force from the #9 hole. I love Melky. In the 5h, Johnny led off with a walk, followed by Tex’s walk. Arod came through in the clutch again with an RBI single. He is hitting the ball so much better lately, using the whole field, this is the Arod I remember. Mmm…I like this Arod! Later in the inning, Jorge got another RBI single. 7-3 Yankees.

In the 9th, the Yankees were still swinging the bats well. Alex Rodriguez hit a 2 out, line drive homer. It was amazing. It got out so fast. Michael Kay was like, “Does it have the heig- See ya!” He couldn’t even finish “height,” the ball was already out. It was cool. Matsui walked, Jerry pinch ran, and Jorge crushed the ball for a 2-run homer. it was 10-5, and that was the final score.

It was another fun day to be a Yankee fan. The heroes are Jorge Posada, for going 4-5 with 4 RBI, and Arod for his 2-4, 2 RBI night and for once again proving that he is clutch. The Yankees have won 7 in a row, and things look great right now. The Smelly Sox won, too, so our lead remains the same. The Yankees are 86-48. Look at how good that is. They are almost 40 games over .500! GO YANKEES!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!

Mark Teixeira (l.) and Alex Rodriguez get high fives after scoring on a Toronto error in first inning.

Cutest team ever!!!

Break Out The Brooms In Baltimore!

Yanks Sweep O’s And I Returned To School

I blogged about the first game of the series, which was a great game despite it not being a perfecto. And these last 2 were just as good. On Tuesday, the Yankees won 9-6. Last night they won 10-2. They swept the Orioles! Yay!

Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett started for the Yanks on Tuesday night, and he was not too sharp. The offense kept giving him a lead, and he kept blowing it. I thought it was because Jorge was catching him, and those two cranky fellas can’t get along, but Girardi said that was not the case. A.J. was just missing hs spots. His curveball didn’t give me that feeling of satisfaction. It was a lame curve and was being hit hard. But he managed to grind out 6 innings. Damaso Marte did a nice job on Tuesday. I am slowly building confidence in him. Robertson and Coke also pitched. 6 runs were allowed, but the offense picked up the pitchers. We won, so it couldn’t have been too bad.

Last night was CC’s turn, and every start he pitches I only love him more. I always say it, and I am going to say it again: CC Sabathia was worth EVERY PENNY. He is AMAZINGLY GOOD. I love him. He went 7 innings of 1 run, 9 strikeout ball. And he reached the 200 inning mark on the year. Congrats CC!!! Brian Bruney pitched a third of the 8th and allowed a solo homer to rookie Nolan Reimold. The “Philthies” both were scoreless to finish out the win.

CC Sabathia delivers on way to victory No. 16 as Yankees sweep Baltimore for 10th win in row over Orioles.

CC is the first to 16 wins! Yeah! Love ya, CC!!

Defensive Analysis: I don’t remember anything special about Tuesday, so let’s look at last night. In the 7th, Robinson Cano (Gold Glover!!!) made a spectacular play to end the inning on a double play ball. The way he flips his wrist and the ball just flies to first base; it’s just amazing! He is so talented. If he doesn’t win the Gold Glove award, then no one should.

Offensive Analysis: In both games, the Yankees were swinging the bats well. On Tuesday, Jorge Posada had 2 homers, a solo and a 2-run. Maybe that’s why Girardi played him that night! In the 7th, Swishalicious hit a 2-run BOMB, and Eric Hinske went back-to-back with Swish with a solo shot of his own.

Last night was another offensive explosion for the Bombers. There were 10 runs on 17 hits! One thing both of these games had in common was that they consisted of a big inning. Tuesday it was the 7th where 3 runs were scored. Last night, it was a huge inning. 7 runs in the top of the 9th. I kind of felt bad for the Orioles. No one they put in was effective. But I loved watching Yankee after Yankee produce with the bat. That was fun. Here are the hitting stats from last night’s game, courtesy of Yankees.com:

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 1 1 1 1 1 2 .332
  Hughes, P, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Damon, LF 5 2 4 1 1 0 0 .293
Swisher, 1B 4 2 2 0 2 1 3 .250
Rodriguez, A, 3B 5 1 3 4 0 1 2 .274
Matsui, H, DH 5 0 1 1 0 0 2 .264
  1-Pena, R, PR-DH-SS 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .277
Cano, 2B 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 .320
Cabrera, Me, CF 5 1 2 1 0 0 1 .274
Hinske, RF 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 .253
  Hairston, J, RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .256
Molina, J, C 4 1 1 1 1 0 3 .232
Totals 42 10 17 10 6 4 18

 

The Yankees are playing great baseball. The first thing my gym teacher said to me this year was, “How ’bout those Yankees.” I was like, “Yeah, I know.” Last year at this time they were out of it, and this year they are leading the way. I absolutely LOVE every man on this team, some more than others as I am sure you know, hahaha. This team is special and I think they have a fabulous shot at going all the way. The heroes for Tuesday are Posada, for his homers, and Swishyboo and Hinske for going back-to-back. I love when that happens. Last night’s heroes are CC Sabathia, for another wonderful effort from the rubber, and Arod, for coming through in the clutch and picking up his 2500th career hit. Congrats, hottie!!! (Mitre is still hotter!!!) The Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway are now 7.5 games behind my boys. They are on the road now, so they might lose a few games. Then we can get an even bigger lead. I love it!!!

Alex Rodriguez connects on his 2,500th career hit in the fifth inning.

Yay Alex!

Kind of random, but on Tuesday when I saw my darling love Francisco Cervelli in the dugout again, I screamed. If my brothers weren’t there, I think I would have ran up to the TV and kissed him through the screen. Yeah, I love him that much. Also, school was kind of gross. The AP classes are scaring me, but whatever, I’ll be fine. I don’t think I’m going to care much about school this year. I mean, I’ll try my best with the work, but I don’t really care much about anything else. I’m there to learn, so I can come home and blog it up with all of you.

Although he looks good in everything, I hope I never see my baby in a minor league uniform again. I want him to be a Yankee forever!

 

Flirting With History

Pettitte Goes For Perfecto

They were definitely the Drama Club last night. I thought last night’s game would be a Yankees Classic. I thought I was going to see history. I thought I was going to cry when Jerry…..(sigh)…poor Jerry. Poor Andy, but more poor Jerry. But you know what? We won. It’s okay. The Yankees beat the Orioles 5-1 last night.

Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte is the story. First inning, 1-2-3. 2nd? 1-2-3. 3rd? 1-2-3. How about the 4th? 1-2-3. 5th? 1-2-3. You’ve gotta be kidding me? Alright. What about the 6th? 1-Hairston made great play for 2-3. What about the 7th? Oh, the 7th. I don’t like this part…Jerry..(sigh)…now just a no-hitter….now not even that…(sigh)…it was heartbreaking….my heart is broken….I feel bad….for..Jerry….more than…anyone!

Andy pitched beautifully.

I need to pull myself together. It probably wouldn’t have happened anyway. Andy pitched 8 innings, 6 & 2/3 perfect, but gave up 2 hits and 1 run. Bruney started the 9th, but let it get messy. Mo was called upon, and he got his 37th save. Andy was fabulous. He was mixing his pitches very well, and his curveball was too good! It’s a shame Andy didn’t get the perfecto, but he pitched a helluva game for the win, and that is what really counts. You will always be perfect in my mind, Andy. :)

Defensive Analysis: Everyone was on their toes and ready to do anything to save the perfecto. In the 6th with 1 out, Matt Wieters hit a slow roller that was almost bunt-like. I was like, “No! This is it!” But then Jerry came into the picture. He barehanded it, and fired a strike to Tex for the out! “Wow!” I thought, “Jerry, you saved the game! If he does it, it’s because of you!” Ehh…In the 7th (gulp) with 2 out, Adam Jones hit a sharp grounder right at Jerry. I said “Yeah!” when I saw it off the bat. And then..I don’t know what happened…Jerry..just…missed it…He was right there…ready to make the play…but the ball….went through his legs!….Andy was heartbroken, although he tried to conceal it on the mound…Jerry just flicked the ball back like nothing happened…when you could tell that he was on the verge of tears…I almost cried for him. The next batter, Nick Markakis, singled. Now the no-no was gone, too. If Jerry would have made that play, who knows what I could be writing about now.

Jerry Hairston, filling in for A-Rod at third base, botches this routine grounder, costing Andy Pettitte (below) a shot at a perfect game.

God, why did you do this to Jerry?

Hairston was filling in for Alex Rodriguez at third base.   Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte can't believe he loses his perfect game after Jerry Hairston (below) makes an error with two outs in the 7th inning.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees were quiet until the 3rd, when Nick Swisher led off with a solo homer. In the 5th, Cano led off with a double, and then Swish doubled to score him. 2-0 Yankees, all thanks to Swish. Thanks Swish!

Swish Nicker.

In the 8th the Yankees got some insurance runs. Jeet led off with a double and scored on a single by Johnny. Tex singled. With 2 out, Cano doubled, scoring 2 runs. 5-0 Yankees. They wound up winning 5-1.

Jerry’s error was huge, I’m not going to lie. He is going to feel guilty for that for a long time. It was SO cute how after that inning, everyone in the dugout went over to console Jerry, inculding Girardi, who put is finger on Jerry’s chin and told him to keep his chin up. They were all so cute and sweet to him. I love this team. I love them. I have never felt this way about a Yankee team. I love every man on it. And they seem to all have a special bond with each other. This is a playoff team. I can feel it. They have the team attitude to go all the way.

The heroes for the victory are Andy Pettitte, for obvious reasons, Nick Swisher, who quietly had a great day at the plate, and the Yankee team, for trying to pick up Jerry’s spirits. Although it probably did not work, Jerry had to feel a little better that everyone cared. The Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway did not play last night, so the Yanks gained 1/2 a game and now have a 6.5 game lead. GO YANKEES!!!! I LOVE YOU, JERRY!!! ♥♥♥

**Note** Tomorrow I return to school. 11th grade. I have school Wed and Thurs, but I’m off Fri and Mon. I will try to blog either from school or at home after school. School is not going to tear me away from doing what I love. I will keep the blog going. I feel that it is my duty to. Thought I should just let you all know. :)

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