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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.
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 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!
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!!!
After a LONG Rain Delay, Yankees Battle The A’s and Win Yet Again
OMG. What else is new. The Yankees have won yet again last night to extend their winning streak to 7 straight. After a 2 hour and 43 minute rain delay, the game finally started. CC Sabathia took the hill for the Yanks, against Vin Mazzaro of the A’s. The Yanks won by the score of 6-3.
Pitching Analysis: 9:49 first pitch! CC Sabathia had a long time to wait, and that hurt him early. Although having a 1-2-3 first, CC struggled in the second. Garciaparra led off with a single, followed by a Kurt Suzuki double and a sac fly for Jack Cust. Then Bobby Crosby singled, scoring Suzuki. CC got banged around in this inning, but got Mark Ellis to pop up, avoiding further damage.
The 3rd was a nice, 1-2-3 6 pitch inning for CC. But in the 4th, Holliday led off with a double and wound up scoring. After that, CC settled down nicely and went 7 strong innings, stirking out 4 along the way. All things considered, it was a good start for CC as he now entered double digits in wins.
Phil Hughes worked 2 scoreless, hitless innings last night to pick up his first save of the year. Man, is he Philthy or what! He makes hitters look stupid!
Defensive Analysis: Strong as usual. They turned the double plays when they had to, keeping CC out of further jams. This infield is probably the best in the game, everyone is Gold Glove quality. I have a feeling the 2nd baseman Gold Glove award is going to be a tight race. Cano is superb over there!
Offensive Analysis: The offense started off slowly last night, probably because they wanted to get a good look at the rookie. Once they did, they were relentless. I felt bad for the rookie because it was a homecoming for him and he was pitching in front of family and friends. But the Yankees need to keep winning so, whatever.
Anyway, the offense started in the bottom of the 4th, with an innocent little infield single by Damon. Then Tex comes up, gets a 3-0 count, gets the green light, and crushes a ball into Teixeira’s Terrace in right with a 2 run blast, his 24th of the year, bringing the score to 3-2. Arod walked, then stole second, and Posada doubled him in. Then Eric Hinske singled, bringing the go ahead run home!
The Yankees added 2 more runs in the bottom of the 5th, thanks again to Tex and Jorge.
The heroes for this game were CC Sabathia, for his strong 7 innings, Tex & Jorge for their clutch bats and 5 RBIs combined last night, and for Phil Hughes for nailing down his first save. The best part was, the Red Sox didn’t play last night, so the Yankees gained half a game, strengthening their lead to 2.5 games! Let’s dig the Sox into a hole they can’t come out of! Keep up the good work Yankees! Let’s get #27 this year!!!
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.
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!
Yankees Utility Man Celebrates his Birthday in Scranton
Tomorrow, July 18th is Ramiro Pena’s 24th birthday. I feel bad that he is celebrating it in Scranton. I’m sure that parties are better in NYC!
Ramiro played very well in his short 46 games as a Yankee, batting .267 with 23 hits, many which came in clutch situations. He also played very well defensively at third and short. I was very disappointed when he was sent down. Girardi said he needs to learn to play the outfield and that he will be back soon. I hope he does come back and they don’t be stupid and trade him. Ramiro said that he idolized Jeter, and he may be the Jeter of the future if the Yankeed be smart and keep him.
Sometimes I don’t understand the moves the Yankees make. I know they moved Pena to make room for Hinske, but why is Ransom the utility man? No offense, but he cannot catch the ball and is not to swift with the bat. I think that New York is too much pressure for Cody Ransom and I think he should be traded. Ramiro Pena should be the super utility man for the Yankees. I think this is what they are going to do since he is learning to play the outfield.
Well, hopefully Ramiro Pena is in the Bronx in Sepember, and next July, he can have a special New York City birthday party!
Isn’t Ramiro adorable? I sure think so!