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A Tex Message

Homer #31 For Tex Means Difference In Game

It was a pretty good game last night. It may be classified as a Drama Club win. The Yanks were up 3-0, and then late in the game the A’s made it 3-2, but the Yanks held on for the final 2 innings for the win. Usually, the Yankees are “hitting” dramatic. No one said they can’t be “pitching” dramatic. So that’s what it was. A “pitching” dramatic win. The Yankees won 3-2.

Pitching Analysis: Chad Gaudin made his first start in a Yankee uniform last night. He pitched pretty well. Gaudin went 4 & 1/3 innings of shutout ball. He allowed just 1 hit, but 5 walks. He also struck out 5. Girardi pulled him early when he had bases loaded with 1 out. He was not too happy about that. But Aceves came in, and on the first pitch he threw, he got Suzuki (Melky’s horse!) to ground into a 1-2-3 inning ending double play. Nice!

Not the most flattering of photos. Anyway, Gaudin impressed me last night.

Aceves got the win and pitched 2 & 1/3 innings. He gave up 2 runs, but the rest of the Yankee bullpen managed to hold the slim lead. Coke, Hughes, and Mo had scorless outings, and Mo picked up his 36th save of the year.

I thought Chad Gaudin pitched pretty well, better than any of us would’ve imagined. His slider had nice bite to it. I can see he is a strikeout pitcher. Maybe the Yankees can work with him to make him into a dominant force on the mound.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was solid last night. There was an error made on a double play ball. Jeter flipped to Cano, who missed the ball. I thought it should’ve been Jeter’s error, but they gave it to Cano. Johnny Damon made a lovely play in the 3rd. Kennedy hit a foul ball that almost reached the seats. Johhny ran a LONG way to get that ball; we all know how much foul territory that place has. Johnny ran it down and gloved it for the out. Kennedy was pissed. Who says Johhny can’t field? It seems like every day he makes a nice play.

Offensive Analysis: There wasn’t much offense last night on either side. Both teams only got 6 hits, but the Yankees got 3 runs. Jeter singled to leadoff the first (what else is new?). He stole a base, moved up on a Damon groundout, and scored on a Tex groundout. 1-0 Yanks.

Derek Jeter scores the first Yankee run in the first inning.

Jeet had 2 hits last night. All he does is hit!

In the 4th, Johnny led off with a single. Then Tex came up. He hit a line drive homer to left, a 2-run shot. The ball took like 1 second to get into the seats. Whoever caught the ball received a Tex Message! Ha! 3-0 Yankees. They went on to win 3-2.

Tex is adorable.

It was a good game last night, always good when the Yanks come out on top. The heroes are Chad Gaudin, for pitching well in his first Yankee start, the bullpen for holding the lead, and Mark Teixeira, for providing all 3 RBI’s for the Yanks last night. Tex is MVP! And maybe Jeter for MVP, too. They are both having phenomenal years. The Yankee lead over the smelly Sox remains at 7 games since they also won last night. But look out, Sox! The Yankees are coming into town soon! Be afraid! Be VERY afraid! Hahahaha!

A Win And A Loss

Hey, We Can’t Win’em All.

My little blogging break is over, now that my 16th birthday came and went. It’s nice to be back to blogging about the Yankees, even if I have to blog about a loss. But they did win Saturday. On Saturday they beat the Mariners 5-2, while yesterday they lost 10-3.

Pitching Analysis: On Saturday, Sergio Mitre pitched for us, and I love saying that he performed very well. He really did. He gave up a run in the first on a sac fly, but Cano made an error that made the runner on in the first place. Mitre just allowed 1 more run in the 4th on an infield single by Jack Hannahan. He really did a nice job. I was so proud of him. He won for me!

Good job, hottie!

Yesterday was Joba’s turn, and he did not do too well. He got himself into trouble too many times, and unlike Mitre, he was unable to escape it. In 5 innings, Joba gave up 4 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks. He didn’t have his good stuff yesterday. Alfredo Aceves relieved him, but did not do much better. He allowed 4 runs in 1 & 2/3 innings. Chad Gaudin gave up 2 runs in 1 & 1/3 innings. The pitching wasn’t really there yesterday, but you can’t expect them to be dominant every day, so whatever.

Joba wasn’t too good yesterday.

Defensive Analysis: I don’t really remember anything spectacular or stupid to note about the defense, so I’m sure it was solid as usual for both games. There is one thing: on Saturday’s game in the 7th inning, Jose Molina caught Ichiro at 3rd base, which is always an accomplishment. Go Jose!

Offensive Analysis: On Saturday, the Yankees scored 5 runs, most of them came early. In the 2nd, Molina singled to knock in Cano. Then Jeter knocked one in on a sac fly, and then with 2 outs Nick Swisher hit a 2-run homer, bringing the Yankee lead to 4-1. They got another run late in the game. When the pitching is on, offense is less important. So 5 runs was enough on Saturday.

Yesterday, the pitching was bad, and the Yankees only scored 3 runs, which was not enough. Jeter singled, and Ramiro Pena scored all the way from first! In the 4th, Swisher hit his 20th homer of the year, a 2-run shot which made the Yankees have a 3-2 lead. But the pitching could not hold the lead (cough, cough, Joba) so the Yankees lost 10-3.

Yesterday, Jeter passed Luis Aparicio for the most hits as a shortstop. Way to go, Jeet!

So the Yankees took 3 out of 4 in Seattle. Not too shabby. The heroes for Saturday were Nick Swisher for his homer, and Sergio Mitre for looking sexy and pitching a great game. Although they lost yesterday, the Yankees still have a really cozy 7.5 game lead over the Sox! What is happening to the Red Sox? Whatever it is, I like it! They won for me on Saturday, but they lost on my actual birthday. Hey, we can’t win’em all.

I don’t really care about the loss too much. I had a wonderful birthday despite it. I want to thank all you guys for wishing me a happy birthday. THANK YOU!!!! If I get a chance later, I’ll post some pictures.  

 

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!

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.

Yanks Beat Jays, Have Momentum On Their Side For Sox

Yanks Take 2 From Jays, While Red Sox Lose 2 to Rays!

Looking back, I’m kind of glad the Yankees lost 3 to the White Sox. I know it sounds crazy, but if they won those games against the White Sox, then realistically they would’ve had to lose versus the Jays, and then would be facing the Sox after losing. Now, they had a short bad stretch, and are hot as they get ready to tackle Boston. The Red Sox just lost 2 to the Rays, and are going into the Bronx with those loses in their heads. I like the way this is going right now. The Yankees won last night by the score of 8-4.

Pitching Analysis: I thought the key for Mitre’s success last night would be to get out of the 1st inning with a goose egg on the board. He got 2 quick outs, and from the dinner table I was shouting, “Come on, Serg! 1 more!” Well, after the 2 outs, Mitre surrendered 4 straight singles for 2 runs. Shucks. But after that, Mitre didn’t give up another run intil the 5th, where Adam Lind hit a leadoff homer. That was all for Mitre. Even though he only gave up 3 runs, I don’t think it was a great start by Mitre. He went to 3 balls on almost every hitter, and because of that, he failed to go deep in the game. But he did keep the Yankees in the game, which is really all we could ask from a 5th starter.

Poor guy.

Mitre was relieved by Aceves, who got the win. Then it was Coke, Hughes, and Robertson. The bullpen did a nice job last night. There were a lot of innings to eat, and I thought Girardi did a nice job managing the pen. Overall, pitching was a plus, but I’m still waiting for Mitre to be able to go deeper into the game.

Defensive Analysis: When you have a pitcher that you know is going to struggle, defense becomes even more important. Defense was a plus last night. In the 3rd, Vernon Wells was on first with 2 outs after forcing a runner. The Yankee-killer Alex Rios was at the plate. But thanks to Jose Molina, Mitre wouldn’t have to face him for long. Molina did a snap throw to first, which nailed Wells for the final out. Nice.

In the 8th when Hughes was pitching, my man Melky made a nice play. Rios hit a ball to deep center which chased Melky back. Leche made a lovely running backhand catch, and he couldn’t stop running, so he sort of crashed into the wall. He didn’t have to do that to make the play. I love Melky. He always finds a way to make me laugh.

Cano and the Bombers hope to turn their fortunes around Thursday night against the Red Sox.

Cano is so smooth at second.

Offensive Analysis: The offense was great last night. The Yanks scored 2 in the 3rd. Hairston led off with a walk, Jeter singled, and Johnny singled, scoring Hairston. Tex had an RBI ground out, which tied the game at 2. The 7th was the big inning for the Yanks. Nick Swisher led off with a homer, then Cano doubled. Matsui got a pinch hit single to drive home Cano. Molina walked, and Damon singled to score Matsui. Then Tex singled to score Molina. By the end of the inning, the Yanks had a 6-3 lead.

In the 8th, the Yankees scored another run thanks to a leadoff double by Cano, who scored on a sac fly by Hinske. The Yanks tacked on another one in the 9th, courtesy of Damon’s big fly. It was a great game all around for the Yankees.

I hope we see this tonight!

When you beat Halladay for the first game, that feels pretty good. But when you win the next game and you knew your starter would struggle, that must feel just as good. The heroes for last night are the Yankee bullpen for getting us to the end of the game nicely, and one of the most underrated Yankees, Johnny Damon. He went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI. He’s really good. I always say it, and I ‘ll say it again: the Yankees have to be stupid to not sign Damon. With the Red Sox loss, the Yanks have a 2.5 game lead. Tonight they tackle Boston. I think they are ready, and I am ready too. YA HEAR THAT, BOSTON? WE ARE READY! BRING IT ON!

 

Pitching Struggles as Yankees Lose Game 2

Mitre Had Nothing, and Yankees Failed to Get Big Hit

It was another frustrating loss for the Yankees. Last night’s loss was the first time they lost 2 games in a row since the Angels swept them before the break. I hope this is not a downward slide for the Yankees. They lost to the White Sox 10-5 last night.

Pitching Analysis: There is no other way to say it, but the pitching was utterly dreadful last night. Sergio Mitre toed the rubber for the third time in a Yankee uniform. Since the Yankees did not get a pitcher before the trade deadline, a lot of pressure is now on Mitre to perform well. He did not perform well yesterday. He pitched 3 innings, and gave up 5 runs on 7 hits. He was missing with his sinker and became very predictacble for the White Sox hitters. He failed to make adjustments during the game. Many times, we have seen CC and A.J. go out there without their best stuff, and they manage to grind out the game and give the team a chance to win, because they knew the quality of the stuff they had, and they made adjustments. That is what separates smart pitchers and good pitchers.

After Mitre struggled through 3, David Robertson was called upon. He pitched 2 innings and allowed just 1 run, but recorded the loss. Alfredo Aceves was next, and he was horrible. He pitched 1 & 2/3 innings, and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. Aceves has not pitched in awhile due to shoulder fatigue, and I wonder if he was feeling some last night, because he was uncharacteristically bad. Mark Melancon was the only bright spot for Yankee pitching last night, going 1 & 1/3 innings of scorless ball, while picking up 2 strikeouts along the way. I really hope Mitre can pick things up and perform, because the Yanks are counting on him.

Defensive Analysis: It was not the greatest defensively played game. In the bottom of the 2nd, Podsednik bunted a ball that Mitre was going to field. Mitre rushed to the ball, so quickly that I thought he had a chance to get the out at second. But he fell down on his tushy, and failed to get any out at all.

Mitre on his butt.

In the bottom of the 7th, Johnny Damon made a fabulous catch to rob Carlos Quentin of an extra-base hit. Johnny is always trying. It seems like he never gives up in a game. I hope the Yankees are smart and sign Damon, because he is too valuable to this club to let go of.

Offensive Analysis: After the tough loss in game 1, I was hoping that the Yankees would go out there in the first inning with a vengeance and score a bunch of runs. They did. Jeter and Damon singled, Tex doubled, Arod got an RBI groundout, Matsui singled, and by the end of the inning the Yankees had 3 runs, which Mitre soon gave back.

In the 4th, the Yankees were down 5-3, and Eric Hinske hit a 2-run homer to tie the game at 5. But after that, the Yankee bats went dead. The Yankees only managed 3 hits through the rest of the game. They had opportunities to come back in innings where the leadoff man was on, but they failed to get the big hit.

It was not a good game last night. It made it worse that the Red Sox won, narrowing the Yankees’ lead to just 1.5 games. Yikes! It’s getting a bit scary. The Yankees better pull themselves together, because you cannot go through a bad stretch in the AL East. This division is too good. With A.J. on the hill today, the Yankees look to get back on the right track, and I’m with them all the way. GO YANKEES!!! 

Yankees Winning Streak Ends, My Blog is Lucky No More

For the First Time Since I Started This Blog, The Yankees Lost!

It was a frustrating loss for the Yankees yesterday. It started out as a tight pitchers duel, but eventually the A’s broke the game wide open. The Yankees tried to make a comeback, but it was all too late. It was really annoying to me because I started this blog on July 17th, and I thought it was a lucky blog because the Yankees won every game since I started it. The loss made me realize that my blog isn’t lucky, but come on. It’s not like they were going to win every game fot the rest of the year, right?

Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte took the hill for the Yankees yesterday, and started out really good. He did not give up a hit until the 4th inning. After the Yankees managed a run in the 6th, Pettitte went out for the 7th, and I just had a feeling he would start to stink. My instincts were right.

In the 7th Hairston led off with a double, followed by a walk to Nomar. Girardi came out, looking to pull Andy, who forced Girardi back into the dugout. Sure enough, Davis drove in Hairston. Then Crosby got a bunt single. Then, a little too late, Girardi pulls Andy for Aceves.

I think leaving in Andy was retarded. Joe, you are the manager! You make the decisions! Don’t let Andy, who did mean well, tell you what to do! If you thought it was time for him to come out, TAKE HIM OUT!!! Jeez!

Anyway, Aceves came in and was totally ineffective. He gave up a bunch of runs. Robertson had to come in to get the final out of the 7th. by the end of the inning it was 6-1.

The pitching started out strong, but completely fell apart. Hopefully Mitre will be strong today.

Defensive Analysis: There is really nothing to analyze. For the first half of the game when Pettitte was sharp, they were kept on their toes and were fine. Later in the game when the ball was being smashed around by the A’s, there was nothing they could do. It was fine.

Offensive Analysis: It was pretty dead yesterday. I hate in when the pitcher they are facing ha a 9 ERA and they can’t buy a run off him. In the 6th, Jeter singled and Brett Gardner tripled him in. The Yankees didn’t really make anything happen yesterday. Since they weren’t hitting Gonzalez, they should’ve tried building a run. The only person I saw who tried to do that was Melky Cabrera. In the bottom of the 5th, he got the first hit for the Yankees with the perfect bunt. But the Yankees failed to get anything going.

Late in the game, they tried doing one of their comebacks, and brought the game to 6-4. They threatened in the 9th, but failed to get the big hit.

It was a tough loss for the Yanks. The Red Sox won, bringing the Yankee lead to 1.5 games. There are no heroes in a Yankee loss :(   Hopefully, the Yankees go right back out there and win. I hate it when they have a winning streak and then start losing like 6 games in a row. It totally undoes the wins. Hopefully they won’t do that. Go Yanks! Let’s start a new winning streak!

Since it was such a frustrating loss, I have something here to cheer up all you Yankee fans. It is for those of you who watched “Mike and the Mad Dog.” Hopefully it will bring a laugh or two.

Debut Goes Well for Mitre as Yankees Lead the Division

Sergio Mitre Pitches Solidly as Yankees Win and are Alone in First

Last night was another victory for the Yankees, and another loss for the Red Sox. Now the Yankees are in sole possession of first place! The Yankees beat the Orioles last night by the score of 6-4. Sergio Mitre made his Yankee debut last night and did well, which is good because he is going to stay here for a long time since Wang had a setback with his injury.

Pitching Analysis: Sergio Mitre pitched 5 & 2/3 innings while allowing 4 runs, 3 which were earned, and striking out 4. Mitre surrendered a run in the first, probably a bit nervous in front of a large crowd in Yankee Stadium for the first time. He settled down in the second, and gave up a hit but nothing else. He had a little trouble holding on baserunners.

But Brian Roberts is not your average baserunner. In the top of the third, Roberts led of with a single and then stole second. As Roberts is doing his customary dance off second, Mitre has him picked off, and throws to Cano, who boots the ball. Roberts wound up at third. With no one out, Adam Jones grounded out, scoring Roberts. I’m sure Mitre didn’t want to give up the run, but I know he was glad to have Roberts off the basepaths! He got out of the inning wihtout any more trouble.

Mitre then had a nice 12 pitch 1-2-3 4th, and a quick 5th with the help of a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

In the 6th, Markakis led off with a single, followed by a single from Huff. Luke Scott then grounded out to Tex, and the runners advanced. With second and third and 1 out, Mitre surrendered a 2 run single to Melvin Mora, bringing the score to 6-4 Yanks. He then got Nolan Reimold to strike out. On that positive note, Girardi pulled out Mitre, who got a very nice hand, and brought in Aceves who got Wieters to pop up for out number 3.

                             Sergio Mitre gets his first win since 2007.

Aceves pitched the 7th also, and Coke pitched the 8th. Mariano nailed down his 27th save of the year. Nice pitching today. I’m proud of Mitre for throwing strikes, inducing double plays when he had to, and for giving a solid start to give the Yankees the chance to win. Nice job!

Defensive Analysis: It was pretty solid, accept for Cano booting the pickoff throw. The Yankees turned some nice double plays, and Cano was the centerpiece of many, making up fot that misplay. There was a really nice double play in the top of the 8th where there was a sharp liner hit right at Tex, who then stepped on first to double up Markakis. He is so smooth at first!

Offensive Analysis: There were more runs last night. I liked how the Yankees scored their runs in many different ways: a homer, sac fly, and a clutch single.

In the bottom of the second, Arod built a run for the Yankees. He led off with a walk, then stole second, moved to third on a fly to right by Posada, and scored on a sac fly by Swish to tie the score at 1. They didn’t get a hit that inning, but they got a run!

In the bottom of the 3rd, Cody Ransom walked with 1 out. With Jeter up, they did a run-and-hit, and Jeter singled, moving Ransom to third. Then on the first pitch to Damon, Jeter stole second. Damon made out and then Tex walked. With the bases loaded and 2 out, Arod proved he is clutch again, and singled to left bring 2 runs home and giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead.

In the bottom of the 4th, Swisher lead off with a walk, and Cano hit a monster 2 run homer into the Yankee bullpen in right. After Melky grounded out, Ransom walked and stole second, Jeter walked, and Damon singled to drive Ransom home.

           

The Yankees played very well last night. I liked how they were aggresive on the basepaths. I wish Joe Girardi would do that every night. The Yankees have a lot of guys who can run. Anyway, the heroes last night were Sergio Mitre for having a successful debut and picking up his first win as a Yankee, Robinson Cano for his homer, and the Texas Rangers for beating the Red Sox and helping us get into first place! Thanks Rangers! We love you!

  

 

Thanks to Matsui, Red Sox Say “Sayonara” to Sole Possession of First Place

Matsui Hits Walkoff Homer as Yankees Beat Orioles and Tie Red Sox for First

Last night, the Yankees beat the Orioles in dramatic fashion by the score of 2-1 for the third game in a row. And thanks to the Texas Rangers, the Red Sox lost and have to share first with the Yankees; for now. But aside from Matsui’s big fly, there were many other things that led to the Yankee victory last night.

Pitching analysis: Andy Pettitte took the hill last night in search of his first win of the second half, and a confidence booster for himself. I’d say he has a lot to be proud of after his performance yesterday. 7 & 1/3 innings of 1 run ball is pretty fantastic!

In the first inning, leadoff man Brian Roberts drove a ball deep to left field, and I thought it was a homer for sure. But Damon caught it on the warning track. Then, Nick Markakis hit a home run to right center, and I was thinking, oh boy. This is how it’s gonna be.

But Andy settled down nicely, and that homer was the only run he gave up. There were a few other jams, though. In the top of the 3rd, Andy walked Matt Wieters to lead off the inning. Then Jose Molina let a ball get past him, allowing Wieters to go to second. Then I started thinkning about Cervelli again….Anyway, with a man on second, Izturis struck out, then so did Roberts, and Markakis flew out. So, Pettitte squeezed himself out of this jam.

In the top of the 5th, Nolan Reimold walked. Then Wieters got a hit, and Reimold went to third. But Andy got Cesar Izturis to strikeout for out #2, and Brian Roberts then flew out to Melky for the final out. Andy got out of it again!

     

Phil Coke came in to get the final two outs in the 8th, and did so with the help of incredible defense. Alfredo Aceves pitched the 9th and got himself a win.

Defensive analysis: This game was probably the best defensively played game I have seen in a lon while for the Yankees. The top of the 8th inning was just unbelievable. With runners on the corners and 1 out, the Yankees played the infield back, willing to give up the run for the out. Teixeira didn’t think so. Nick Markakis hit a hot-shot to Tex, and Izturis was breaking for home. Tex fired off balance a strike to Molina, who caught the ball snowcone style and held it for the tag. Izturis was out. Phil Coke was fired up!

He might have been too fired up. With Roberts at the plate, Coke threw a wild pitch, and this time Adam Jones tried to score. He was probably thinking that everything woud’nt go right for the Yankees again. Wrong! Molina made an excellent play as he retrieved the ball and threw it to Coke, who also did a great job of holding the ball and tagging out Jones. Out! Inning over! Talk about a momentum shifter!

              

Aside from the 8th, there was a lot of good defense for the Yanks last night. Jeter made a nice play in the 4th to get Mora out to end the inning. In the 6th, Andy induced a double play that Tex handled beautifully, doing something Giambi never could do. The 3-6-3 double play ended the inning. There was also a nice 6-4-3 double play in the bottom of the 6th.

Offensive analysis: The Yankees wer actually out hit by the O’s 6-4 last night. But the Yankee’s hits were bigger. In the bottom of the 4th, Eric Hinske hit a bomb off the facing of the second deck in right to tie the score at 1. And in the bottom of the 9th, Hideki Matsui came through for a walkoff home run off of Jim Johnson. Yankees win! I think the play of the game was A.J. pieing (is that a word?) Matsui.

                                   ... as Hideki Matsui takes a pie to the face for his game-winning efforts.

The heroes last night were Andy Pettitte for his great job on the mound, Tex and Molina for their game-saving plays, and, oh yeah! Hideki Matsui for winning the game! Now tied for first, the Yankees are looking hot and feeling good. Let’s go get the Sox! Hurraaah!

 

CC Grinds out a Victory as the Yankees Roar Against the Tigers

CC Sabathia Recorded a Win Due to a Little Help From Arod

From the minute I saw the matchup I knew today’s game would be a pitcher’s duel. Luckily the Yankees came out on top as they beat the Tigers for the second straight game, by the score of 2-1.

Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia did not have his best stuff today, but like A.J. last night, he hung in there with a chance for his team to win the game. Early on, his control was way off. He kept missing high and away with his fastball, and he struggled to get ahead in the count. Although he had little control, he did not give up any runs today. His first jam came in the first inning, where he had 2 men on. He got out of it, but threw 24 pitches to do so.

CC’s biggest jam came in the top of the 6th. First, he got the always-dangerous Miguel Cabrera to pop up to Cano. Then Marcus Thames grounded one to Jeter’s right. Jeter makes a great play to throw to first as he jumped, but Thames was safe with an infield single. I really thought he was out. Then Magglio Ordonez doubles, making it second and third with only one out. I was thinking that this was the inning where he would fold. But CC got Ryan Raburn to pop up to shallow left, and then Brandon Inge to pop to Cano. I could not believe he did it. CC pitched 7 scoreless innings and really put up a gutsy performance. Well done.

Alfredo Aceves pitched the 8th and gave up a solo homer to Thames. In the 9th Mariano picked up his 25th save of the year.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was very strong today. Early in the game, CC was laboring and I worried that the defense would lose focus, but they didn’t. Jeter started some nice 6-4-3 double plays in the 3rd and 4th to get CC out of some jams. It is so comforting to have guys that you know are going to make all the plays!

Offense Analysis: There was not much offense today, but Arod came through when he had to. In he bottom of the 7th, he hit an opposite field homer off Verlander which ended a streak of 13 scorless innings for Verlander against the Yankees. Later on, Cano singled, Swisher doubled, and Melky, the clutch machine, knocked in Cano with an infield single. Melky’s RBI turned out to be an important run after Thames hit his homer in the eigth. I should also give credit to Derek Jeter, who was the only one who hit Verlander before the 7th inning.

 

So, in this tight pitcher’s duel, the Yankee heroes for today are CC Sabathia for his exellent performance, Alex Rodriguez for the first knock on the scoreboard with his homer, and Melky Cabrera whose little infield single RBI wound up being the difference in the game. The Yankees already one this series against the Tigers due to today’s 2-1 win. Nice game today. It is really nice that the Red Sox lost, and the Yankees are only 2 games out of first place! I hope they continue playing this well.  

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