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Yankees Take Series, Had Everything Working Last Night
I guess my fellow bloggers were right. Sometimes you just lose a game. I thought for sure game 2 would be a start of bad things for the Yanks, but last night they played the way I’m used to them playing: well. It was a great game, and the Yankees won 6-2 over the Rays.
Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain had the best start of his career last night. He went 8 innings of shutout ball, only giving up 3 hits and walking just 2, whie striking out 5. I am happy to eat my words about Joba. Before these past 3 good starts, I was very hard on him. I guess I expected him to be perfect everyday. But as Girardi said, he doesn’t have many innings under his belt. He is still learning how to pitch. I always liked Joba, but when he was pitching poorly I was beginning to think he was a fluke. Not anymore. I hope he stays a Yankee for his whole career. I think he saw the light and discovered what he was doing wrong. I know he will be dominant now.
In Joba We Trust!
Brian Bruney came in to pitch the 9th since the Yanks had a big lead, and there is no other way of saying it: he really pitched badly. In previous outings when he gave up runs, he said he saw good things. It would be lying to say that there were good things last night. Bruney pitched just 1/3 of an inning, and allowed 2 runs. A leadoff triple to Crawford and a monster 2 run homer for Longoria. Then after a Zobrist pop out, Pena doubled. Bruney’s command just wasn’t there. He fell behind in the count to every hitter he faced. I feel bad for Bruney.
Mo came in and inherited Bruney’s mess. He nailed down the final 2 outs, but did not get a save. It doesn’t matter. He saved the game anyway!
Defensive Analysis: Like everything else, it was the polar opposite of game 2. The defense was incredible last night. Because Joba was pitching quickly and was on a roll, the defense was on its toes, ready to make every play. Pitching and defense. They go hand-in-hand. In the top of the third, Mark Teixeira made a fabulous play to rob Navarro of a hit. He hit a liner above Tex’s head, and Tex leapt like 5 feet into the air, extended his arm as far as humanly possible, and caught the ball! It was amazing. I love Tex. He is such a good player.
Offensive Analysis: It was much better last night. In the 1st, Jeter lead off with a triple and scored on a single by Tex. I guess Jeter was mad about the previous game. There were a lot of homers last night. In the 6th, Cano was up. He fouled a ball right off his shin. The trainer came out to look at it, but Cano stayed in the game. 2 pitches later, Cano hit a monster home run. That eases the pain a little!
Matsui double in the 8th, then Posada doubled, scoring pinch runner Ransom. In the 9th, my man Melky hit a home run for his 9th of the year. The Melkman delivered! I can’t get over how good of a year he is having. Then Tex hit his 26th homer of the year. I heard my Dad go “Whoa!” from the shower when Tex hit that one! It was quite a bomb.
Perfect spot on the bat! Ooh. We know where that’s going.
It all adds up to a 6-2 Yankee win. It was a comforting win for me. They paid me back for the bad game. But I learned from my fellow bloggers that even a bad game is better than no game. That is so true. I hate the offseason. I long and yearn for baseball; it is my life. But a good game is better than a bad game, and the heroes for last night’s good game are Joba, for the best start of his young career and Tex for his production with both the bat and the glove. The Red Sox lost to the A’s last night, so the Yankees have a ******** 3.5 GAME LEAD IN THE AL EAST!!!!! O TO THE M TO THE G!!!!! This is getting good! I LOVE YOU GUYS, NOW RUN AWAY WITH IT! 27 IN THE BRONX! HURRRAAAHHHH!!!
From Jeter to Melky, Yankees Bats Produce as Joba Goes 7
Last night versus the Athletics, the Yankees played well in every way. The pitching was excellent, and Jeter and Melky performed greatly. From the number 9 hole, Melky Cabrera went 3 for 4, not being retired. He had 3 hits and reached on an error, setting up rallies for the Yanks. It is good to see production like that from the bottom of the order. The Yankees won by the score of 8-3.
Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain arguably had his best start of the year last night. He went 7 innings, giving up 1 run on just 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6. He was superb.
The only run he surrendered came in the first inning. With 1 out Orlando Cabrera doubled, stole third, and scored on a sac fly by Hairston. The rest of the night went well. He had 1-2-3 innings in the 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th. When he did get into a jam, like in the 5th with 2nd and 3rd 1 out, he toughened up to get out of it unscathed. In the 5th he sturck out Ellis and Patterson to end the inning and the Athletic’s threat.
Phil Coke came in to pitch the 8th after Joba started it and let 2 men aboard. Coke did a great job getting out of the inning allowing no runs. David Robertson came in to pitch the 9th because the Yankees had a big lead. He gave up 2 runs, but he nailed down the victory for the Yanks. The pitching was so strong again yesterday. If Joba continues pitching so well and building confidence, he is going to be unstoppable. Hopefully he will be more consistent.
Defensive Analysis: It was strong last night. There weren’t too many men on base last night. Joba worked quickly for him, keeping the defense on their toes and alert and ready to make the plays. Most likely, if the pitching is good, the defense will be also.
Offensive Analysis: Like I said before, the Yankees got production from almost everybody up and down the lineup. The 2nd inning is where it all started. Like the night before, it all started with an infield single, this time by Cano. Then Melky doubled. With 2nd and 3rd and 1 out, Jeter served a hard single to right, scoring Cano. Then Damon gets a broken bat infield single. Jeter is forced at second, and Orlando Cabrera throws to first, but no one is there! The throw hits Damon, so he is safe and Melky scored. Then Tex hits a ball to short, and Cabrera flips it wildly. Everyone is safe. The Yankees scored 2 runs that inning.
In the 5th, Swish led off with a walk, Melky gets an infield single, Jeter forces Melky, then Damon forces Jeter and Swisher scored. In the 6th, Arod doubled, and Arod scored on a Matsui ground out. In the 7th, Melky lead off with a single. Then Jeter hit a ball to short, and 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! Melky always does something funny! I love him! The Yankees added a bunch of runs in the 8th, due to more bad defense by the A’s.
The Yankees played well last night to extend their winning streak to 8 straight. The heroes were Joba, for his best start of the year, Jeter for getting lots of hits and passing Ted Williams on the all-time hits list, and Melky Cabrera for his production from the 9 spot, and his comic relief on the bases! Lets keep playing like this! Make the Red Sox feel pressured! #27 in the Bronx! HURAAAAHHHH!!!!!!
I’m not even going to ask.
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!
With the Help of Phil Hughes, Yankees Start Second Half with a Victory
Last night the Yankees got their first victory of the second half in its first game, bringing that streak to 8 straight years.
Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett did not have much control early. He was all over the place, walking batters, hitting a batter, wild pitches, and a wild pickoff throw created jams for him. But he made it through 6 innings relatively unscathed, only giving up 3 runs. I thought he did a fine job last night. I like it when a pitcher knows he doesn’t have his best stuff and grinds out as much as he can. A.J. is a gamer and I admire him.
Phil Hughes got himself a win last night, and boy did he perform! He pitched the 7th and 8th, and struck out all 6 men he faced. He was throwing nasty gas, so nasty that I smelled here in Cold Spring! He reached 97 with his power fastball. When he got in a little jam with 2 on and 2 out, he remained composed and struck out Clete Thomas to end the inning. He really deserved that win! Great job!
And Mo got a save as usual!
Defensive Analysis: As always, Melky Cabrera flashed his stellar glove last night. In the top of the 5th inning after giving up a homer to Granderson, A.J. surrendered a hit to Miguel Cabrera, which looked like a sure double. But Melky didn’t think so. He fired to second and Miguel was out. Melky Cabrera got out Miguel Cabrera! But Melky wasn’t done yet.
In the top of the 6th, Melky caught a ball on the fly that I thought would drop in for sure. He caught it, and fired to first to doulbe up the runner. A.J. was pleased. Melky’s defense saved the game!
Offense Analysis: It was hard early for the Yankees. Matsui drove in a run early, but it was not until till the 5th that they scored again. In the bottom of the 5th, Tex drove a ball into left center, but it got through Josh Anderson’s legs, allowing Damon to score from first!
In the bottom of the 6th, the Yankees has 1st and 2nd with 2 out and Melky Cabrera was up. As he usually does in clutch situations, Melky came through. He drove a single into left, and Posada tried to score from second. He was out and the inning was over. At this time, I was ranting about how the Yankees need Cervelli because he can actually run. Whatever!
In the Bottom of the 7th, Joel Zumaya comes in. Jeter leads off. I had a feeling it would be a good matchup for Jeter, since he always goes the other way and Zumaya throws hard, it made it easier for Jeter to hit it to right. That is what he did. Jeter singled to right. Then Damon gets on, and brings Big Tex to th plate. He smashed a homer into the second deck! I was so happy for him!
The heros last night were Mark Teixeira, Melky Cabrera, and Phil Hughes. Great game! Yankees win 5-3.