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A Quick One While She’s Away…Or NOT!

Yankees Play All 9 Frames Despite the Rain…and Win!

My little brother is as obsessed with The Who as I am with the Yankees. I sit there listening to my Michelle Branch music, and he’s next to me listening to The Who. Then I begin to hear The Who more clearly than I do Michelle Branch. We don’t say anything, but then we begin competing with each other: I put my volume up, he puts his up. The Who plays louder than Michelle Branch to begin with, so he always wins.

Yesterday I was out and missed the beginning of the game. I heard the Yankees 4 run 3rd inning on the radio, which was nice. Curtis Granderson homered, Ramiro Pena singled, Jeter knocked him in with a double, Tex got an RBI single, and A-Rod hit an RBI double. All that added up to a 4-2 Yankee lead.

By the time I got home, it was already the bottom of the 4th inning. I had the pleasure of seeing Curtis Granderson go deep again to give the Yanks a 5-3 lead.

     New York Yankees batter Curtis Granderson (R) high-fives at the dugout steps after he hit his second home run of the game against the Kansas City Royals in the fourth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, July 25, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 The GrandyMan can? Yes! I hope this is a start of your hot-streak, Curtis!!!

Then in the 5th, the rain came down, and I figured “Oh man…I missed 4 innings and now it’s raining and this game is going to be a quick 5-inning rain-shortened game.”

 My little brother made this song get stuck in my head for the LONGEST time. 

I was WRONG!!!!!!!!!! And I’m glad I was :)

Sure, the umpires signaled for a rain delay, but they were determined to get the game in – even though the Yankees had the lead and it was an official ballgame. After a long 2 hour and 30 minute rain delay, baseball was resumed! And I was there to see it all!

Pitching Analysis: Phil Hughes wasn’t great yesterday, and he didn’t come out again after the rain delay. So once again, the Yankees had to use their bullpen for multiple MULTIPLE innings. Boone Logan did a nice job once again, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings. Since Marte is hurt, he is the specialty lefty in the bullpen. I gain confidence in him each time I see him throw.

      July 25, 2010 - New York, United States - epa02261091 New York Yankees pitcher Boone Logan pitches in relief after a two hour rain delay in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, 25 July 2010.

Boone throws hard. And when he locates, he is pretty dominant.

As for Joba and Chan Ho? They were their usual cruddy selves. I wonder why Park is still on the team, and I wonder why Joba still sucks. They should’ve traded him when they had the chance, because no one is going to want him now. We’re stuck with him!

Offensive Analysis: Once again, the Yankee offense exploded. The 3rd inning was a pretty big run outburst, but the 8th inning rally was even larger. In the 8th:

-Curtis Granderson led off with a walk, stole 2nd, and advanced to 3rd on the stinky throw.

-Brett Gardner reached on an error and stole 2nd. I’m glad he’s feeling better :)

-Jeter was intentionally walked to load the bases with 1 out.

-Nick Swisher (who I am also glad is feeling better) drove in 2 with a single!

-Tex singled to re-load the bases for…..A-Rod.

This is the part that I wasn’t too fond of. This is the censored version of what my notebook says:

“A-ROD HBP UP & IN.  F*** BLAKE WOOD. A-Rod out, Colin Curtis in. 10-5 Yanks.”

           New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez reacts before getting hit by a pitch in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 25, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

                                                                   NO!

Blake Wood…I don’t care if it wasn’t intentional. I hate him. Who does he think he is? “Hi! My name is Blake Wood and I’m sure you’ve never heard of me! But I’m gonna be cool and tough and back Alex off the plate – it’s good baseball! Oh no! I missed my location because I suck! Now I hit Alex in the forearm and hand and he might be hurt! Oopsy!”

      Kansas City Royals Jason Kendall and home plate umpire Chad Fairchild watch New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez lie on the ground after being hit by a pitch in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 25, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

                                                              Oh God…

I was beyond angry. Oh, A-Rod….you poor baby…I’m glad you aren’t hurt too bad. That was scary. I’m so sorry Wood destroyed your chances of getting #600 at home.

But at least I was able to see another milestone in that 8th inning yesterday.

-With loaded bases, Robinson Cano drove the first pitch of his at-bat into the seats in right after 1 bounce. Ground rule double! 12-5 Yankees! And for Robbie, it was his 1000th career hit. Aw, Robbie…you have come so far!

                New York Yankees Robinson Cano reacts while running into the dug out in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 24, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

 Okay…he’s still a goofball, but I love him ♥

So the Yankees take 3 of 4 from KC, and all of their wins were of the offensive explosion variety. The heroes for yesterday’s 12-6 finale win are Boone Logan, for relieving Hughes nicely (since he’s the only one who pitched well yesterday!), and the entire Yankee lineup, for banging out 12 runs on 14 hits, and especially Curtis Granderson for finally living up to his potential.

I hope Curtis can stay hot, and I hope the Yankees keep on winning.

GO YANKEES!

Aren’t Offensive Explosions Delightful?

Yanks Score 10 Runs in 2nd Straight Game

Colin Curtis made me giddy with his dramatic 3-run home run to give the Yankees 10 runs in the Angels finale. And last night, the offense exploded once again. It was quite a hitting frenzy for both teams, but my Yankees came out on top. The Bombers took the first of four against KC by the score of 10-4.

Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia really wasn’t very good last night. And this time, he made that customary flustered face of his because he got into a ton of jams.

 

That’s the face. Aw, CC….

Despite the struggles, CC got the win. And rightfully so. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t the usual C “Cy” performance we have become accustomed to, but it was good enough to keep the Yankees in the game with a chance to win it. In 6.1 innings, CC allowed 4 runs on a jaw-dropping 11 hits. He gave it his all, throwing 120 pitches. David Robertson inherited CC’s mess in the 7th, and got out of it unscathed.

One thing I love about offensive explosions is that the Yankees have the luxury of using their stinky pitchers. But last night, they did this before the game reached blowout status. In the 8th inning, when it was 6-4 Yankees, they put in Joba. He loaded the bases, but managed to get Jose Guillen to ground out to end the inning. Crisis averted.

In the 9th, the Yankees had a 6-run lead, so they turned it over to Chan Ho Park to close it out. He did so fairly easily. I wonder why he is still on the team. Every time I see him, my mind plays a montage of him blowing leads and talking about diarrhea. It’s not pretty. 

 

                    July 20, 2010 - New York, NEW YORK, USA - epa02255588 New York Yankees pitcher Chan Ho Park throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the 7th inning at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 20 July 2010.

                                                             Nightmares….

Offensive Analysis: I had a feeling this game was going to be a slugfest. The starter for the Royals was Bruce Chen, who, to put it nicely, hasn’t seen much success against the Yankee hitters. This trend continued last night. Let’s take a look at the Yankees’s numbers against Chen and the rest of the Royal hurlers from last night:

 

NY Yankees AB R H RBI  BB SO  LOB  AVG
Jeter, SS 5 2 2  1 0 1 3 .274
Swisher, RF 5 1 2  2 0 1 1 .303
Teixeira, 1B 5 2 3  1 0 1 2 .261
Rodriguez, A, 3B 5 1 3  4 0 1 1 .275
2-Pena, R, PR-3B 0 0 0  0 0 0 0 .193
Cano, 2B 4 1 1  0 1 0 2 .332
Posada, C 3 1 1  1 1 0 1 .268
Thames, DH 3 0 1  1 0 1 3 .289
1-Curtis, PR-DH 0 1 0  0 0 0 0 .259
Granderson, CF 3 0 1  0 0 1 0 .239
Gardner, LF 3 1 0  0 1 0 1 .296
Totals 36 10  14  10 3 6 14 .273

Ooh. That’s not pretty. Offensive explosions are so exciting. But last night, there were certain swings that really made me cheer. One of these came in the 3rd inning off the bat of Derek Jeter:

                July 22, 2010 - New York, NEW YORK, USA - epa02257894 New York Yankees Derek Jeter hits an inside the park home run against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 22 July 2010.

                                                            Connection…

 

                 July 22, 2010 - New York, NEW YORK, USA - epa02257896 New York Yankees Derek Jeter reacts after scoring on an inside the park home run against off Kansas City Royals pitcher Bruce Chen in the third inning at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 22 July 2010.

 It’s deep….

 

                July 22, 2010 - New York, NEW YORK, USA - epa02257891 New York Yankees Derek Jeter rounds the bases on an inside the park home run against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 22 July 2010.

 A valient effort by DeJesus, but no catch!

 

               New York Yankees Derek Jeter runs home completing an inside the park home run in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 22, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

                                          Jeet rounds third, and breaks for home….

 

              New York Yankees Derek Jeter slides home completing an inside the park home run in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 22, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

     He slides….

 

                        July 22, 2010 - New York, NEW YORK, USA - epa02257893 New York Yankees Derek Jeter reacts after scoring on an inside the park home run against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 22 July 2010.

                   HE’S SAFE! INSIDE THE PARK HOME RUN BY DEREK JETER!!!!!!!

It was pretty cool seeing Jeter fly around the bases like that. But I was upset that DeJesus got hurt. I was looking forward to seeing him play this series because he is my favorite Royal, but he’s going to miss the remainder of this series. I wish him a speedy recovery. Anway, Jeet’s home run tied the game at 3.

The other swing that genuinely excited me came in the 7th inning off the bat of the Drama King, Alex Rodriguez. He’s such a beast. It was an opposite-field blast…

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez hits career home run number 599 in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 22, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

  

 

Oh boy! Oh boy oh boy oh boy! You know what’s next…HISTORY! #600! I can’t wait….I hope he gets it this weekend in the Bronx!

The heroes for this Game 1 win are Jeet and A-Rod, as well as everyone else in the lineup who beasted last night. I would love to see more offensive explosions this weekend, but if I can’t, then I’ll just settle for 1 bomb from A-Rod.

Good luck, Alex. And Go Yankees!!!!

And That Concludes the 1st Half!

Yanks Take 3 of 4 in Seattle

Winning this series before the All-Star break is incredibly comforting. If anything else, it shows that my Yankees aren’t getting lazy – they stay focused no matter what time of year.

Here are my quick thoughts about each game:

Game 1 – Yankees win 3-1

Andy Pettitte continued to amaze me, but I wondered: Why can’t he field a bunt? Alex Rodriguez continued to be clutch. 3rd in the league in RBI? Pretty beast.

     New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez hits scoring two runs against the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Seattle, Washington July 8, 2010. REUTERS/Marcus Donner (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 CLUTCH…

Game 2 – Yanekes win 6-1

Mark Teixeira’s hot-streak was not a fluke? 2 HR in one game is good Mark, but sadly not good enough to get you onto that All-Star roster. You’re a little late. And Phil Hughes! Bouncing back from some not-so-good starts…way to get back to your Philthy self!

       New York Yankees' starter Phil Hughes says a prayer before pitching against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at SAFECO Field in Seattle on July 9, 2010.   UPI Photo/Jim Bryant. Photo via Newscom

 I was praying that he’d be good. God, thanks for listening :)

Game 3 – Yankees lose 4-1

Javier Vazquez silenced all those idiots who wanted to trade him for Jayson Werth by tossing 5.2 no-hit innings before Ichiro got the first “hit,” a ball hit off Javy that he threw wildly (should’ve been an error.)  Nick Swisher continued his hot-hitting with a big fly of King Felix. AND WHAT IN THE WORLD IS WRONG WITH JOBA CHAMBERLAIN???? He single-handidly destroyed the game for Javy and the Yanks.

                 New York Yankees starting pitcher Javier Vazquez reacts after giving up a hit to Seattle Mariners Ichiro Suzuki during the sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Seattle, Washington, July 10, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Sorbo (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 Aw, Javy…it was an error! You pitched great. Thank Joba for spoiling your “W.”

Game 4 – Yankees win 8-2

A pitching rematch from the game I saw on July 1st. CC Sabathia dominated just like he did when I saw him. And I love when everyone is hitting! The entire lineup, including guys like Marcus Thames, contributed to this win. And when you add to this the Mariners’s sloppy defense and the bright shining sun, it gets even more fun.

                            Seattle Mariners left fielder Michael Saunders loses the baseball in the sun and fails to make the catch on a double hit by New York Yankees Mark Teixeira in the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Seattle, Washington, July 11, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Sorbo (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 Mark Teixeira’s “sun double.” Poot Saunders…that must be a helpless feeling.

The Yankees concluded te first half with a sparkling record of 56-32, 2 games ahead of the pesky Rays. Looking ahead to the 2nd half, these are a few things I’d like to see:

-Curtis Granderson heating up. He’s hitting around .350 over his last 6 games. Hopefully he can keep this up after the break.

-Maybe I should call this “things I WOULDN’T like to see.” I wouldn’t like to see Chan Ho Park anymore. Just get rid of him. Designate him for assignment, and bring up someone who can actually help this team, maybe Boone Logan.

-Continued dominance from our starters (duh).

-A healthy Mariano. He’s a little worn out, which is why he’s not going to be at the All-Star Game even though he’s an All-Star. Hopefully, he can rest-up over the break and be back to his regular robotic self for the 2nd half.

-#600. A-Rod is getting closer every day to that magic number. I remember his 500th home run against the Royals. It was an unforgettable moment. I can’t wait for this next milestone!

-Nick Swisher in the Home Run Derby! THAT’S TODAY! I spent a pretty nice chunk of my week voting for Swish in the Final Vote Campaign, and it paid off! I must have voted around 3000 times, give or take.

I honestly don’t think Nick is going to win the Home Run Derby, but hey – you never know. Nick has really surprised me with his outstanding first-half this year. I’m starting to believe that he can do almost anything. But no matter what happens tonight, I’ll be happy. Just seeing Nick at this event is going to make me smile.

Nick Swisher #33 of the New York Yankees smiles in the dugout prior to the Major League Baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum on August 17, 2009 in Oakland, California.

I’ll have a big smile too, Nick ♥

I can’t believe the season is halfway over. That’s kind of sad. It’s been so much fun so far.

But I know that the best has yet to come.

Yankees, congrats on a great first half! Enjoy the break, enjoy the All-Star festivities, and I’ll see you again Friday :)

Heating Up

Sweep of the A’s Complete!

I was going to post earlier, but I had a more important obligation. Don’t gasp yet – I know what you are thinking: “What could be more important than blogging about a Yankee win?” The answer?

Sending Swish.

Nick Swisher was depending on us to vote for him for the All-Star Game. Since voting ended today at 4, I decided to devote my day to him. So I did. And I got a headache from staring at the screen so long. But you know what? I just had to suck it up. Because a little discomfort for me is worth a smile from Swish. Nick, I hope you won sweetie ♥

Staying up late was worth it for this series. Anytime the Yankees win, no matter what time I go to bed, I’m not cranky. Thank you Yankees for my good mood! CC Sabathia and A-Rod were responsible for our 6-1 win in game 2. Last night’s finale had a similar recipe. The Yanks won it 6-2.

Pitching Analysis: It was A.J. Burnett’s turn last night, and I was hoping that his previous start was not a fluke. It was his first good one in over a month. Last night, A.J. comforted me, saying, “Don’t worry, Virginia. I’ll be good for you.” And he did. He’s heating up again. 

      New York Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett throws a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Oakland, California July 7, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Thatta boy, A.J. ;)

In 7 innings, A.J. allowed just 2 runs on 5 hits. His ERA is back to respectibility at 4.75, and his record is even at 7. I think it is safe to say that the A.J. Burnett we all love – the good one with the mean…intimidating face – is back :)

The bullpen did well last night. Marte pitched a scoreless 8th, and Joba threw a scoreless 9th. If only he can be automatic like Mo every day….

Defensive Anaysis: There was good defense, bad defense, and something that I don’t think is worthy of being called defense last night. We’ll call it ugly. Yankee Defense: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. GOD I HATE THAT MOVIE.

Which one is “The Ugly?” The are all grotesque.

Anyway: The good defense came in the first inning, on the first play of the game. Coco Crisp hit a liner to centerfield, and Brett Gardner snared it, doing a dive/slide, for the first out. Good Job, Brett!

The bad was A.J. Burnett. He attempted a pickoff, and threw the ball wildly. He is just the WORST at holding on runners. He had the right idea, but failed to execute the play.

The ugly – Oh, the ugly! I can’t believe I’m using the words “Alex Rodriguez” and “ugly” in the same sentence! Last night, A-Rod made a fool of himself. In the 7th, he chased down a foul pop-up, and had to run a long way to get there. I think he ran a little too much. Alex OVERRAN the ball, tried to recover, but it was too late: before he knew it, Alex was on the ground, with the ball trickling away. It was the most epic fail I have seen since another popup fail…

Priceless…

Of course, Jeter and the rest of the guys really let him have it. But A-Rod was a good sport about it. After all, it was hilarious.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees had a lot of chances early to get to Gio Gonzalez, but they failed to take advanage ot them. Finally, in the 4th, they broke through. My little cutie Ramiro Pena, AKA Jamal, hit an RBI single to tie the game at 1.

                     July 07, 2010 - Oakland, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - epa02240698 New York Yankees Ramiro Pena connects with an RBI single off a pitch by Oakland Athletics pitcher Gio Gonzalez during the fourth inning at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, USA, 07 July 2010.

 

 Dev Patel and Ramiro Pena! TWINS!

Then Derek Jeter hit an RBi single to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead! Later that same inning, Mark Teixeira delivered – big fly style. He hit a 3-run homer to break the game open! 5-1 Yankees! He is really starting to heat up.   

             New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira hits a three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Oakland, California July 7, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 MAAAAARK I LOVE YOU!!!!!!

Nick Swisher really campaigned well for himself last night. He had a single, a double, a walk, and in the 6th, gave another reason why he’s All-Star worthy: He hit an opposite field solo home run! 6-1 YANKEES! Swish, you are too cute ;)

     New York Yankees Nick Swisher (R) is congratulated by teammate Mark Teixeira after Swisher hit a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Oakland, California July 7, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 You have my votes!

The heroes for this comforting victory are A.J, Burnett, Mark Teixeira, and Nick Swisher, for giving it their all and getting some serious results. In a perfect world, all three of you would be All-Stars. For now, let us pray for Swisher.

The Yankees have won 5 games in a row. They have a 2 game lead in the AL East, and they have the best record in baseball at 53-31. Sure, my Yankees are good, but doesn’t it seem like they haven’t really clicked yet?

I think the boys are just starting to heat up. This is gonna be fun…

GO YANKEES!!! 

“Jav” A Day

Vazquez Fabulous in Yankee Win

Last season in the West Coast Trip before the All-Star Break, the Yankees got swept and lost all three games to the Angels. When I noticed te schedule for this year had a West Coast trip right before the All-Star Break, I couldn’t help but to panic. But after last night/this morning’s game, I no longer have to worry about a sweep. The Yankees beat the Athletics 3-1, and start off the road trip with a “W.”

Pitching Analysis: Javier Vazquez recorded his first win of the season against the A’s back in April, so I hoped that maybe he’d have similar luck last night. Eh. I was wrong. JAVY WAS EVEN BETTER! Oh, he was fabulous. In 7 innings, Javy allowed just 1 run (a sac fly) on 3 hits. He really pitched an amazing game. That’s my boy! And to think in the beginning of the year, everyone was ready to give up on him. His ERA is back to respectability at 4.81. Since mid May, Javy has the BEST ERA out of every Yankee starter. And I believed in him ♥

Javier Vazquez gives the Yankees seven solid innings against the Oakland Athletics Monday night and Mark Teixeira (b.) powers the offense with a solo homer.

Oh Javy! Way to have a day, my little cutie ;)

The bullpen was actually good! Joba Chamberlain, with help of Francisco Cervelli, threw a perfect 8th. The Great Mariano is back to his normal self as he saved the game last night.

Defensive Analysis: The Yankees have the best defense in the Bigs. They’ve made the least amount of errors. But last night, their gloves really shined. Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, and Colin Curtis all made amazing web-gem-worthy plays to save Javy the stress of baserunners. GO D!!!

Offensive Analysis: When you have good pitching, you don’t need a boatload of runs. Javier Vazquez has had bad luck with offensive support, having the least run support of all Yankee starters. But this time, 3 runs were enough.

In the 2nd inning after 2 quick outs, I didn’t expect the Yankees to score any runs. Why do I always do things like that? Nick Swisher, who really needs our help to be an All-Star, (SEND SWISH!!!!) got himself aboard with a 2-out double. 

    July 05, 2010 - Oakland, CALIFORNIA, United States - epa02238144 New York Yankees DH Nick Swisher tosses his bat away, after hitting a double against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the second inning in Oakland, California, USA, 05 July 2010.

GO TO YANKEES.COM AND VOTE NICK SWISHER! BE SURE TO SPREAD THE WORD!

Curtis Granderson then followed with a triple down the line to score NickySwish. Then, my sweet Franciso Cervelli, just looked to put the bat on the ball. He’s got the BEST hitting approach I’ve ever seen. Cervelli hit the ball on the ground right back up the middle, for an RBI single. 2-0 Yankees!

Mark Teixeria must feel left out. The rest of the Yankee infield (execpt catcher) is headed to California for the All-Star Game, but Mark is not. He must think he still has a chance, because he has really turned it on these past few days. Last night in the 6th, Tex hit a monster solo homer to centerfield to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead. And that was the final score.

  July 05, 2010 - Oakland, United States - epa02238154 New York Yankees Mark Teixeira is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo homerun against Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Ben Sheets during sixth inning action in Oakland California, USA, 05 July 2010.

TEX!

Last night’s win was very comforting for me. The heroes for the victory are Javy Vazquez and Mark Teixeira for proving they can do it, and that all we needed was to be patient and believe!

Have a day, Yankees! Keep up the good baseball :)

It Wasn’t A Mirage

Yanks Take Finale to Win Series in the Desert

I’ve seen a lot of bizarre things on the baseball diamond before, but I think last night is worthy of the title of one of the most bizarre baseball games ever. I think the players weren’t all their last night – on both sides. Last night’s game was not played well, and was incredibly sloppy. I was beginning to think I was seeing things, but then I remembered that I wasn’t the one in the desert. Nope, it wasn’t a mirage. It wasn’t a gorgeous win, but I’ll take it. The Yankees won 6-5, and won the series.

Pitching Analysis: After watching and pitying Dontrelle Willis, who just could not throw a stike, it was Javy Vazquez’s turn. I panicked, because he walked the leadoff man Kelly Johnson. I was beginning to worry, “Oh no! It’s contagious! Javy has the virus! He can’t throw strikes!” It was a pretty messy inning, but Javier did catch a break when the defense threw out a runner trying to score. Later on, with the bases loaded, he surrendered a 2-run single to Adam Laroche. That pest. He had 5 RBI last night.

Javier really struggled last night. He went just 5 innings, and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits. He really didn’t have good stuff on the mound. But to his credit, he kept the Yankees in the game, and didn’t unravel to the point of no return. He prevented the opposition from having the Big inning. And for that, Javy deserves a pat on the back. 

                                   New York Yankees starting pitcher Javier Vazquez throws a pitch to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of their MLB interleague baseball game in Phoenix, June 23, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 Look at you…so cute ;)

The bullpen did a lot of work last night, and most of it was done well. Damaso Marte allowed a run in te 6th, but it’s not like they hit him. He kind of screwed himself up. Chris Young walked, moved to second on a balk, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a groundout. That gave the D-Backs a 5-4 lead.

The rest of the ‘pen was fabulous: Joba, Robertson, and Mo. Oh, Mo! Mo, Mo, Mo…what else can we say about Mo? He’s amazing.

Mariano knew what he was in for last night: 2 innings to pitch, and 1 shot at the plate. He tossed a 1-2-3 9th, and in the 10th, he got a chance to hit. That was pretty funny. He put a good swing on the ball, but grounded out. The best part was that the whole team was at leaning on the dugout railing, laughing and just having fun with it. I don’t know how Mo focused at the plate with the whole team joking about him like that.

                                  June 23, 2010 - Phoenix, AZ, United States - epa02219261 New York Yankees Mariano Rivera of Panama, watches his grounder roll to the Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman before being thrown out, as he bats during the ninth inning of their Major League Baseball game in Phoenix, Arizona USA, 23 June, 2010. The Yankees won 6-5 in 10 innings.

 LOL!

More importantly, I don’t know how Mo focused in the 10th! It was a miracle…Stephen Drew led off with a single. Then Justin Upton doubled, and Miguel Montero was intentionally walked to load the bases with none out. NONE out. Yikes. But Mo stayed cool – he got Chris Young to pop out to Cervelli, and got the dangerous Adam Laroche to pop out to A-Rod. That left it up to Mark Reynolds: the guy that either strikes out, or goes deep. Like in the rest of the inning, I bravely watched through the tiny opening between my fingers as I covered the rest of my face. Reynolds tried, but there was no way he was going to hit The Great Mariano. With a valiant effort, Reynolds swung at that back door cutter, but came up empty. Strike three! Crisis averted! YANKEES WIN!

       New York Yankees' relief pitcher Mariano Rivera throws a pitch to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game in Phoenix, June 23, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Oh, thank you Mariano!

Offensive Analysis: Despite being given 13 walks by D-back pitchers, the offense struggled. They could not take advantage of the Diamondback mistakes. Instead, they made mistakes of their own. The basepaths were not friendly to the Yankees last night. There were three baserunning blunders that I would rather not summarize. It was ugly.

As for the runs, the Yankees got one in the first on a Nick Swisher RBI single. A-Rod drew an RBI walk in the 2nd. But the Yankees failed to really put a rally together. Until the 6th.

In the 6th, my darling Francisco Cervelli led off with a double, and eventually scored on a Brett Gardner RBI groundout. Cutie Colin Curtis came off the bench to pinch hit for Javy Vazquez. Once again, Curtis hit the ball hard, almost knocking over Adam Laroche, for an game tying RBI single! That made it 4-4. The Yanks re-tied the game in the 9th, thanks to an sac fly by A-Rod.

In the 10th, I was beginning to get restless. I began to think about the longball as a quick way to score a run. Curtis Granderson stepped up to the plate. While he was up, I was looking through my notebook to see if the Yanks had a homer that game. It was such a long, stressful game, that I forgot. I didn’t see any “HR!” in my notebook. Right when I realized this, I heard the crack of Grandy’s bat. I looked up, and there it went! HOME RUN, CURTIS GRANDERSON! Why didn’t I think this before? Whatever. The Yankees had a 6-5 lead, thanks to my sweet little Curtis. And that was the final score.

       New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson hits a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the tenth inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game in Phoenix, June 23, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 Thank you, Curtis!

A lot of things happened last night that I didn’t believe. One of these was that the Yankees won! They didn’t play particularly well, but hey: they played well enough. A win is a win is a win. I’ll take it – especially since the Yankees gained a game on every team in the AL East! The heroes for this bizarre victory are Curtis Granderson for his clutch HR, and Mariano Rivera, for his miracle on the mound. He truly is amazing.  

          New York Yankees' relief pitcher Mariano Rivera (R) is congratulated by catcher Franciso Cervelli after their win against the Arizona Diamondbacks during their MLB inter-league baseball game in Phoenix, June 23, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 

Better Baseball

I haven’t blogged yet in June? And it’s June 10th? This is blashpemous. But I think I will be able to blog more now. Why? Because SCHOOL IS OVER!!!! I had my last class day on June 8, and I had my calculus final yesterday (I don’t wanna talk about it…). Tonight is the Academic Award Ceremony. All I have left this year is to finish my stained glass project for art, and a history New York State Regents exam on the 18th, which will no-doubt be a piece of cake since I took the AP, which is 100 times harder. My brother’s graduation is on the 19th. And after graduation, it will by MY turn to be a senior. Me. A Senior? Time sure flies…

The Yankees went 6-2 since the last time I blogged. They swept the Orioles, lost 2 of 3 to the Jays (thankfully, they salvaged the last game and started a new winning streak) and won the first two of this series against the Orioles. The Yankees are now just 2 games behind the Rays. They have been playing better baseball of late.

I was freaking out during last night’s game. The pen that I used since I started my blog last year, finally died. I tried to revive it; it made one last scribble, then was gone. It was a tragic moment. As many of you know, I am a superstitious nut when it comes to my Yankees. That was the pen they won the World Series with. Would they win another one without it? I’ve had bad luck with pens and the Yankees before, like when I stole Joe Torre’s pen in the Yankee dugout in 2001 and they didn’t win a World Series for years. I was afraid I started a new Curse of the Pen.

Lucky for me, they won last night. And I slept well.

Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia obviously didn’t have his best stuff last night. He struggled early, making that flustered, pathetic face, but stuck it out and got the win. He found it later on, and turned what seemed to be a bad start into a good one. CC pitched 7 innings, allowed 2 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks, and struckout 8. That was the kind of performance that separates the good pitchers from the great pitchers. CC was able to pull himself together, and kept the team in the game despite his lack of stuff. CC, you are a great pitcher ♥

                                 June 09, 2010: CC Sabathia , starting pitcher for the New York Yankees during a game against the hometown Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. The Yankees beat the Orioles 4 - 2.

 Good job last night!

Joba and Mo did their jobs, and held on to give the team the 4-2 win.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees had to play catch-up last night, since the Orioles jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. But I had faith in my boys. Robinson Cano, the AL leader in batting average (.376) led off the 4th with a single. He eventually came around to score on Curtis Granderson’s sac fly. Nice situational hitting, my little cutie ;) That made it 2-1.

                    Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees follows through on a base hit off of Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Millwood in the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland June 8, 2010. REUTERS/Joe Giza (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 Rob-bie!

In the 5th, Tex and A-Rod singled, and Cano drove in Tex with an RBI single to tie the game 2. Posada knocked in the go-ahead run with an RBI groundout. 3-2 Yanks!

Michael Kay is such a jinx. But sometimes, in a good way. This was the case in the 8th last night. With Brett Gardner on 2nd, my Francisco Cervelli came up to the plate. Kay was saying how Cervelli was only 2 for his last 25, and that he may be getting tired from all the playing, and yadda yadda yadda. So what does my baby do? He “Cerv’d” a ball right up the middle for an RBI single, making it 4-2 Yanks. Oh, Cervelli…how I love you.

                 New York Yankees batter Francisco Cervelli lines a base hit off of Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher WIll Ohman to score a run in the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland June 9, 2010.  REUTERS/Joe Giza (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 The definition of adorable…

Look what my Dad just ordered for me for an end-of-the-year present. It is the coolest thing ever!

http://www.zazzle.com/you_got_cervd_tshirt-235078564619924221

                             June 09, 2010: Francisco Cervelli  for the New York Yankees throws down to first base during a game against the hometown Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. The Yankees beat the Orioles 4 - 2.

 ♥

It was a good game last night. The heroes for the victory are CC, for his turn-around performance, Robbie Cano, for his 3 hits again, and Francisco Cervelli, just because I ADORE him :)

I’m glad I’ll be able to watch the Yankees and blog at will again. Summer is awesome.

Double the Winning Fun

Yanks Win 2 in 1 Day

Before yesterday’s Yankee game, I was upset about the state of the team. Game 1 against the Twins was suspended due to rain, and I was annoyed. Burnett was pitching just brilliantly, but the offense did nothing for him. I thought suspending the game would hurt the Yankees, because I thought the offense would just stink like it has the past week, but the pitching would be bad because A.J. wouldn’t continue – leaving it up to the bullpen (aaah!).

But to my surprise, the bullpen didn’t stink – instead, it was a breath of fresh air, much like a spring meadow. Robertson was good, Joba too, and Mo – well, he didn’t allow a run. Baby steps. Derek Jeter’s solo home run in the 6th was all the offense the Yankees needed. They won the suspended game 1-0. I was shocked – pleasantly. Good pitching [usually] beats good hitting.

            Derek Jeter is congratulated by teammate Brett Gardner after hitting a solo homer for the New York Yankees in their 1-0 win over the Minnesota Twins.

Thank you Derek! We needed that game!

I was glad the Yankees won the first game, but I wasn’t sure if it would actually be a turning point. The Yankees’ last winning streak was May 14 and 15, just 2 games, against the Twins. I hoped for a game 2 win against the Twins to FINALLY start another winning streak, but I didn’t really believe they would do it.

But after the Twins scored a quick run in the 1st off Andy Pettitte, I was crushed. It was such an effort for the Yankees to just get 1 run in the first game – now they had to get 2? Impossible. 

In the 4th, my darling baby Francisco Cervelli hustled it out for an infield single. Cutie Kevin Russo came up. He’s done a nice job up to that point, but I was in a doubtful mood. I highly doubted that he could do something AGAIN. But Russo delivered. His double scored Cervelli all the way from first, and the Yankees tied the game at 1. They were alive.

              New York Yankees outfielder Kevin Russo doubles home a run in the fourth inning in support of Andy Pettitte (b.) who gives the Bombers eight solid innings for his sixth win of the year.

I like this rookie ;)

Kevin Russo started a rally later on. In the 6th, he hit an innocent little single after putting up a nice at-bat. Brettiboo Gardner decided it was his turn to make things interesting, and to get me excited in the team again. How does Brett get me excited? With his speed. I think it’s sexy. Gardner tripled, scoring Kevin Russo, and gave the Yankees a LEAD! 2-1.

The Yankees lost the lead in the bottom of the 7th, and I have to admit it hit me hard. But it wasn’t over. The game was still tied at 2, so the Yankees had a chance. Andy Pettitte was still in there for the bottom of the 8th. I thought that was a good decision, but after Butera led off with a double, I wasn’t so sure. I know Gardner just missed it, but it was still hit well. Then A-Rod made an error on a bunt, putting the Yankees in a sticky situation: first and third with none out. I couldn’t watch. I covered my eyes. Orlando Hudson then hit the ball back up the middle, and I shuddered. But miraculously, it went into Andy’s glove, for the first out! I was excited, but all those feelings disappeared when I saw who stepped up to the plate next: Joe Mauer. I went back into my cover-the-eyes mode. I heard the bat-ball connection, and bravely looked at the screen. ANDY INDUCED THE DOUBLE PLAY!!! Jeet to Robbie to Tex! 6-4-3 dp! Inning over, threat averted, huge momentum shift. Andy actually showed some legit emotion – fist pumping so hard I thought he ripped his arm out of his socket. It was a great moment for the Yankees.  

                 New York Yankees Minnesota Twins

 Aw, Andy ♥

The momentum did shift in that inning, just in time for a Yankee rally. It happened kind of quickly. Nick Swisher just, connected, and that was it. Gone! That home run was a monster shot. Swish’s shot drained the energy from the Minnesota crowd. It’s as if their energy was drained, and transplanted into me. I believed again. The Drama Club struck again.

                 New York Yankees Minnesota Twins

I bet his bicep is all better ♥

Mariano Rivera successfully closed out the 9th inning for the save, but more importantly, the 3-2 YANKEE WIN. Because of all the momemtum shifts in that game, and that the Yankees came out on top, I do believe this is a turning point. They played better yesterday. The heroes for these two victories are Derek Jeter, for winning game 1 for us, Kevin Russo, for contributing to 2 of the 3 Yankee runs, A.J. and Andy, for their gutsy starting efforts, and Nick Swisher, for wrapping up the series win with his clutch homer.  

Let’s hope the Yankees keep on piling up the W’s. Despite everything, they are only 3.5 games behind the Rays.

GO YANKEEEEEEEES!

I Bet Kevin Russo Knows Kung Fu

Subway Series Game 1 Had Unexpected Heroes

I was hoping for a good game last night, and I got one! Good pitching and timely hitting put the Yankees on top. And best of all, the Rays lost, putting my Yankees closer to the top. The Yankees beat the Mets last night 2-1, in a low-scoring, thrilling adventure.

Pitching Analysis: I knew Javier was going to be good last night, I just knew it. I believe in Javy. And after his solid outing in Detroit and his beast relief appearance, Javy had the confidence he needed to succeed. He pitched 6 brilliant innings of 1-hit, shutout ball. It was a shame his outing had to end so soon. He is such a team player…his bunt hurt his finger, but he went right back and bunted again before realizing how much pain he was in. Hopefully, Javier will be able to make his next start.

       Javy Vazquez pitches six innings of one-hit shutout ball before leaving with bruised finger in Bombers' 2-1 victory over Mets at Citi Field Friday night.

That’s my Javy!!! Oh, I knew you could do it, baby ♥

The Yankee bullpen was iffy last night. Joba Chamberlain was amazing, but it was the Great Mariano who struggled. In the 9th, Mariano surrendered a run via a 2-out double to Bay and an RBI double by Davis. That made the game even tighter. But he then got David Wright to ground out on the first pitch. So whatever. Mo is allowed to be human every once in awhile. And better now than in October.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankee offense struggled last night. They had plenty of chances to break the game open, and failed many times. But there was a little somebody who came through.

     Rookie Kevin Russo delivers two-run double in seventh, only runs Yanks would get or need to beat Mets in Subway Series opener.

Perfect swing…

I thought Kevin Russo was a cutie in Spring Training, but then forgot about him. My Grandma reminded me of him. She said they should bring him up, but I think she only said that because she thought he was cute. I mean, of all the people for her to remember, she remembered Kevin Russo? It’s probably because he is Italian – my family is Italian, and my Grandma prefers Italian boys. I don’t know….

Anyway, Kevin WAS the Yankee offense last night. He recorded his first-of-many hits in the 3rd inning – a clean single to left-center. Then in the 7th, he came through. His hard-hit double brought home Swish and Cervelli, and gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead. After the game, he was interviewed by Kim Jones (hopefully me in the future) and he was adorable. He looked nervous, but happy at the same time. What a cutie…

It was a fun game last night. I like seeing guys step up. The heroes for the victory are Javier Vazquez, Joba Chamberlain, and Kevin Russo because they all stepped up in this game that the Yankees really needed to win.

Speaking of Kevin Russo, that kid really REALLY REALLY looks like somebody…

Kevin Russo:

 

And……………..

Keanu Reeves!!!!!

Haha….I love this team ♥ 

Bashing the Birds

Yankees Sweep Orioles!

It is yet another series win for the Yankees. This one has been especially entertaining for me, because a certain player who I love so much has seen some extra playing time, and has made the most of it. But I’ll get to that later :) The Yankees won game 1 and game 2 by the same score of 4-1, and won game 3 by the score 7-5 to complete the sweep.

Game 1

Game 1 was a close game from start to finish, but for some reason it never felt that way. Even when the Yankees were behind, it didn’t feel like they were losing. I just knew they were going to come back, and they did. CC Sabathia allowed a solo home run to Matt Wieters in the 2nd, but other that that he was great. By limiting the amount of damage, CC enabled the potent Yankee offense to come back. And they did.

CC Sabathia gives the New York Yankees eight solid innings of one-run ball and Randy Winn (below) paces the offense with a three-run homer in the fourth, his first of the year.

There he is: C “Cy” in action ♥

In the 4th, A-Rod led off with a single, and eventually came around to score on a Swisher single to tie the game at 1. Brettiboo Gardner followed with a single. Then Randy Winn came up. My Mom was just saying how the Yankees really needed to bring up another outfielder, because Randy Winn can’t hit. I guess Randy heard this. He connected for a monster 3-run home run, and gave the Yankees a 4-1 lead! How cute! Thanks to Randy’s big fly, the Yankees won the game.

How cute is this? Randy Winn? That’s so random!

Game 2

This is the game that I liked the best. OMG it was like I died and had gone to Cervelli Heaven…♥♥♥ It was amazing…I was extremely jealous that my teachers all went to see this game. The history teachers all went together. That’s kind of cute. Those three are my favorite teachers at the school. I told them to say hi to Cervelli for me, but I don’t think they did….

AJ Burnett pitches 7-1/3 innings and gives up just one run.

Look at that arm….ow-ow!…I’m lovin’ those tattoos ;)

The combo of A.J. Burnett and Francisco Cervelli proved to be very dominant once again for the Yankees. A.J. pitched 7 1/3 innings of solid baseball. He only allowed 1 run, but it was unearned. The 3rd inning was just down-right awesome. Burnett got into a jam: With a run already in due to a throwing error, the Orioles looked to add to that with runners on 2nd and 3rd and none out. I was afraid A.J. was going to unravel. But Cervelli calmed him down, and together, those fears were washed away. Burnett struckout Jones for out #1. Then, Nick Markakis struckout for out #2. It was then Matt Wieters’ turn. Guess what happened to him? Wieters struckout for out #3. Inning over. Crisis averted. Cervelli fist-pumped out of excitement, and the momentum was now in the Yankees’ favor.

Francisco Cervelli makes a catch and falls into the Yankees dugout in the fourth inning and collects three hits, including a triple.

Mmmm….Cervelli-welli-jelli-belli…God only knows how much I love you ♥♥♥

In the bottom half of the 3rd, Cervelli led off. I guess he was still so pumped up from A.J.’s performance in the top of the inning. He hit a ball in to the outfield, that fell out of reach of the diving Oriole. He saw the ball was heading all the way to the wall. So as he rounded 2nd, he knocked off that silly helmet and hustled all the way to 3rd for a LEADOFF TRIPLE!!! It was the first triple of his career. He was so pumped up, and so was I. He then scored on a Ramiro Pena groundout to tie the game at 1.

In the 4th, Cervelli decided to show off his glove. A foul ball was hit by the Yankee dugout, and Cervelli tracked it down. But the ball was going to land in the dugout. Cervelli made a bold, brave move, and jumped headfirst into the Yankee dugout to catch the ball! He knew his teammates would save him. It was an amazing play, and it sent me into my continuous “Cervelli is cute” cheers that I have become so accustomed to in the last few days. It was funny how all the teammates grabbed hold of Cervelli to prevent him from falling in the dugout. I was a little jealous of them there….I wouldn’t mind touching Cervelli down there by the tush….

In the 5th, Gardner led off with a walk, Cervelli singled, and Ramiro Pena bunted. The throw went crazy, and everyone was safe! A run scored on the play, giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Tex walked, and with the bases loaded Alex Rodriguez had a great at-bat. After fouling off about 100 pitches, 2 of which almost took out Cervelli at 3rd, Alex walked to force in a run. 3-1 Yanks! The 4th and final Yankee run came in the 8th inning on a sac fly by Ramiro Pena. Joba held on to close out his 2nd consecutive game, and the Yankees won it!

Game 3

I didn’t see much of this game because it came on a 1, and I got home at 3:30. But from what I heard it was a great game. the Yankees won it 7-5. Andy Pettitte started and did a pretty nice job, going 5 innings and allowing just 1 run. But he exited the game early, which may be a reason for concern. His elbow is a little stiff, but hopefully everything is okay. I guess it’s good he came out – better safe than sorry. The Yankee bullpen did a lot of work today. Sergio Mitre, Damaso Marte, David Robertson, Boone Logan, and Alfredo Aceves all pitched. Mitre and Robertson allowed a few runs, but whatever. The Yankees had a big lead, I don’t blame the guys for throwing strikes.

Andy Pettitte pitches only five innings to get the win.

I hope your arm feels better, Andy.

On the offensive side, the Yanks scored 7 runs on 10 hits – hits from some guys we wouldn’t expect. Like Nick Johnson! He hit a solo homer in the 1st inning today. Aw. He may finally be getting out of that season-long slump! The only bad thing about this is….I think he’s going to keep that icky perv mustache. Usually, players don’t like to change anything about them when they are doing well. Oh well….as long as he hits, I’ll take it. Nick Swisher also had a HR today; congratulations Swishalicious. You are have had quite the hot series ;) Cervelli also had another hit today, what a surprise lol. He’s just too good to be true…

Nick Johnson homers in the second as the New York Yankees jump out to a 6-1 lead and hold off the Orioles for a 7-5 win on Wednesday.

Even with the moustache, I still think he’s cute. It must be the pinstripes ;)

This series has been awesome. I’ve been pretty stressed out lately and these guys have really helped me get through it. The heroes for the series sweep are the starting pitchers: CC, A.J., and Andy, for their dominance, Nick Swisher, for beasting throughout the entire homestand, and…..and…..FRANCISCO CERVELLI ♥♥♥ for doing everything and anything the team needed. God bless that adorable man. I want him soooo badly…he is my favorite Yankee, and that really is saying a lot.

I’m glad the Yankees are off tomorrow, only because I will be able to get to bed early. Friday is my AP US history exam, and I am freaking out a bit. But you know what? It’s okay. It really is okay. I already got college credit for this class, so the AP exam is just bonus. And I think I will be alright anyway…I’ve been studying my tail off this past week. Hopefully it pays off :)

GO YANKEEEEEES!!!!!!!!!!!!

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