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The Greatest Game I Have Ever Seen

O to the M to the G

Game 2 of the 2009 ALDS between the Yankees and the Twins was the best game I have ever seen in my young life. It is an instant Yankees Classic. This game was an emotional roller coaster. There were times when I hid my eyes behind my hands, times when I fist-pumped, a time when I cried (literally) and a time where I jumped for joy, and almost cried again. There was the time where I was laying in bed exhausted, but unable to sleep because I was too excited. There was Yankee Stadium Magic, clutch pitching and offense, and that Drama Club mentality to never give up. This game summed up my Yankees. My Yankees won this game 4-3 in 11 innings.

Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett made his first career postseason start last night, and was caught by Jose Molina. That was a smart, SMART decision. A.J. went 6 innings of 1 run ball. He allowed just 3 hits, walked 5 and hit 2, and struckout 6 along the way. This was the A.J. I love. His stuff was electric, and his wildness proved to be affective. He really pitched a great ballgame, and the thoughts of whether A.J. would succeed in the postseason are gone.

The bullpen guys were the quiet heroes of the game last night. Joba, Coke, Hughes, Mo, Ace, Marte, and Robertson pitched last night. Hughes had a little trouble. In the 8th, a 2 out walk to Gomez started a rally for the Twins. Hughes allowed a run to give the Twins a 2-1 lead. He was pulled for Mo, who served up an RBI single to Span, giving the Twins a 3-1 lead. That run was charged to Hughes. It didn’t look too good for my Yankees right about now. I was beginning to worry. How silly of me.

Marte started off the 11th. Mauer hit a ball down the left field line that fell just out of the reach of Melky, and bounced into the seats. It looked like a double. But umpire Phil Cuzzi sayed it was foul. Fine with me! But the replay showed that it was clearly a fair ball. He really screwed up that call. Why? I think it was the ghosts. I think Babe Ruth blew at the umpire, forcing his arms to point foul instead of fair. Whatever the reason, the Yankees had gotten a break. They had a bunch of bad calls before, so I guess it evened out. Mauer reached with a single anyway. Then Kubel singled. Girardi called upon rookie David Robertson to get out of the jam.

Melky Cabrera can't get to a ball hit by Joe Mauer that Phil Cuzzi called foul in the 11th inning. Cuzzi should have called the ball a ground-rule double.

Phil Cuzzi is my favorite umpire :)

Robertson gave up a hit to make it bases loaded with none out. I was freaking out. I was hiding behind my hands here. I was thinking, “How can they get out of this?” With Cervelli catching and Robertson pitching, I was thinking these guys were too young to get out of it. Well, on 2 pitches, Robertson got 2 outs, and was 1 away from getting out of this big-time jam unscathed. Cervelli punched his glove, obviously sensing how close they were. Brendan Harris, who earlier tripled in a run, came up. I was shaking, sweating, and close to dying. I heard the crack of the bat and was brave enough to look. I saw Garder under the ball, and he caught it! They did it! They got out of a bases loaded, 0 out jam and kept the game tied! I was in awe. It was the best relief performance I have ever seen. I was so psyched.

Defensive Analysis: The Yankee defense was great last night. They made all the plays. In the 4th, Nick Swisher made a great play. He threw behind Gomez at 2nd, and Jeet tagged him out before Delmon Young scored! The inning was over, and the score remained knotted at 0. Nick Swisher also made a sparkling play in the 9th. I was upset in the 9th because we were losing, but I still marveled over the catch.

Yankees' Nick Swisher makes a stunning sliding catch to close out the ninth inning of Game 2 against the Twins.

Swish making a Swisher-ish play.

Offensive Analysis: In the 6th, trailing 1-0, Jeter looked to start a rally. He doubled with 1 out. Johnny walked, and Tex popped out, making it 2 outs for Arod. Arod stayed calm, and got a pitch to hit, which he did. Arod’s RBI single tied the game at 1. His clutch-ness continues!

In the 9th, the Yankees were trailing 3-1 and had to face Joe Nathan. Tex led off with a single. I was excited, but I didn’t want to show it. I didn’t even want to move because I was afraid to jinx them. Arod came up. I was thinking, “Him again? How many times can he come through?” My Dad was sitting on the chair next to me. He doesn’t like Arod too much. He said he wouldn’t like him until he did something dramatic in the postseason to help the Yankees. My Dad never gives Arod credit for anything. So I was even more nervous last night in the 9th for Alex, because I knew that if he failed, my Dad would go on another tirade about how Alex is worthless. His other RBI wouldn’t matter if he didn’t come through again.

My living room was quite. I could sense my Dad there, watching Arod’s every move. I was jamming my pen into my knee as I sat there. It hurt, but there was no way I was going to stop doing it. The Yankees looked to be rallying. It would have been selfish of me to put the pen down and stop the pain. Then the Yankee rally would have ended, and it would have been all my fault. Well, I wound up flinging the pen across the room. Arod got a pitch, and he hit it…….and……and…….Gomez was looking up…..the ball….it kept going….Gomez climbed the wall……but the ball….it was….GONE!!!!!!! IT WAS A MONSTER SHOT! A 2-RUN, GAME-TYING HOMER OF JOE NATHAN IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 9TH BY ALEX RODRIGUEZ! My Dad jumped up, and said, “That was it! That was his Yankee moment!” I can’t describe what I was feeling there. I hugged my Dad, I saw my Mom coming out into the living room cheering, and I went over and hugged her. We were all screaming. I was so happy, it was really confusing. I just started crying hysterically. As I hugged my Mom, the tears just kept coming. It was uncontrollable. I was crying after Alex hit that home run. It was all just too emotional. Arod did it, he came through, and my Dad admitted it. The Yankees were back in the game, and it was amazing. I couldn’t stop crying. After the screams died down, the sounds of my crying finally became noticed. My brothers were making fun of me for crying. Well, sorry! It’s not my fault! How could I control my emotions? I eventually stopped. It was the most confusing thing ever. But I loved it. The Yankees were alive, and the game was tied 3-3.

Teammates and fans watch right along with Alex Rodriguez as he follows flight of tying homer in ninth during his home-run trot in Yanks' Game 2 triumph Friday night at Stadium.

…..wow…

Alex Rodriguez enjoys a curtain call after his game-tying homer against the Twins.

……….here come the tears again……

After Robertson’s fabulous performance in the 11th, the momentum was back on the Yankees’ side. Texy-wexy led off the inning. And it couldn’t have been led off in a better way. Tex hit a line-drive to left, and it got out in a hurry. WALKOFF HOME RUN!!!!!! MARK TEIXEIRA!!!! MVP!!!! It was his first walkoff as a Yankee,…..

Pie is extra sweet for Mark Teixeira as A.J. Burnett delivers trademark dessert to cap a Yankee walk-off victory.

….and got his first taste of victory pie.

I cheered loud after that homer. I almost cried again, but I managed to control it. I can honestly say that this was the greatest game I have ever EVER seen. Just, wow. The heroes for this great victory, well, there are quite a few. A.J., for his great start, Swisher, for his defensive success, Robertson, for the gutsiest pitching performance I have ever seen, Arod, for making me cry, and Mark Teixeira, for making this game one to remember because it was a win. Once again, I have to say it: I love this team. They complete my life. And when they are this good, this dominant, this special, I can’t help but to love them more. Just 1 more win in the next 3 games, and we move on to the ALCS. And I believe that if we get past the ALDS, we are going all the way. The Yankees are ready for these final steps in the journey to #27, and I’m ready, too. 

I Can Breathe, And I Can Smile

Yanks Won Game 1!!!

Ahhh…..sweet relief….they did it. My Yankees won game 1 against the Twins. And they did it like they have been doing it all year: domination on the mound, clutch hitting, and the will to come back. I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to see the game. It was so windy here in New York. At school during math class, an announcement came on that gave us a wind advisory and said to be careful if going out for lunch. I immediately started to panic. I figured it would be just my luck if I got a blackout and was unable to watch the game. Luckily, that did not happen. I witnessed the victory, and I loved it. The Yankees beat the Twins last night 7-2.

Pitching Anlysis: C “Cy” was a beast, and again he proved why he is worth every penny. I have to admit, I was a little unsure of how he would pitch. He was known to struggle in the postseason, and coming off of that bad start, I couldn’t help but to feel nervous. But once the game began, my nerves were gone. CC did a fan-tabulous job. He went 6 & 2/3 innings of 2-run ball, and only 1 was earned. He struckout 8, and I fell in love with him again. That happens to me a lot. I love all my Yankees, but I fall in love with them again when they perform extra-well. I guess I fell in love with all the Yanks again last night.

The bullpen did a great job last night as well. Hughes inherited a mini-jam from CC. There were runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 out. But he got out of it just fine. Coke, or as Girardi says, “Cokey” did a nice job, getting his 1 batter out. I don’t understand the nicknames Girardi gives his players. “Cokey?” Seriously, that is retarded. The nickname is longer than the name! And it sounds ridiculous! Whatever. My nicknames are no better, hahaha. “Texy-wexy” for Teixeira, “Swish Nicker” for Nick Swisher,” “Leche” I didn’t make up, but I use it a lot. It is even my password on the computers at school. Sometimes I call Melky, “Lechemente” or “Leche-licious.” There are more, but don’t get me started. I’m not even sharing Mitre’s…..;)….anyway, back to the pitching. Joba got his 1 out, and Mo pitched the 9th, even though the Yanks had a 5 run lead. Whatever. We won.

Fans at Yankee Stadium roar when Joba Chamberlain enters the game from the bullpen in the eighth inning.

Joba is awesome from the ‘pen.

Defensive Analysis: Jorge had issues last night. He screwed up 3 plays behind the plate. Now, normally I would go on a rant about how much I love Cervelli because he can catch the ball and looks damn good doing it, but I’m not gonna do that. I’m going to give Jorge a break. We won, so it didn’t matter too much. I hope he is better in game 3, since he probably won’t be catching A.J. in game 2.

Offensive Analysis: The offense was just the way I liked it last night. It was clutch and fun to watch. Trailing 2-0 in the 3rd, Jeet equalized the score with a 2-run homer. That Jeter is amazing. Speaking of amazing, Arod got 2 RBI’s last night! Maybe it was because his girlfriend was in the audience. They win when she is there. I heard a rumor that Kate Hudson is pregnant….I wonder who did that to her. (ahem…Alex) Arod, this is no time to be knockin’ up your girl. FOCUS!!! Hmm…actually, if you keep hitting well, I couldn’t care less about that part of your life. As long as you perform on the diamond, you can perform anywhere you want. Just try and stay off the back pages :)

Alex Rodriguez's RBI double in the fifth inning breaks his terrible playoff skid with runners on base in the Yankees' Game 1 win.

Alex CAN do it!!!

Alright. Back to baseball. Matsui had a 2-run homer last night. And Swish had the double that gave the Yankees the lead. The Yankees got contributions from guys up and down the lineup. That’s what I like to see, boys.

Hideki Matsui swings and...if you were watching TBSHD on Time Warner Cable in Manhattan Wednesday night, you nearly had to guess what happened next.

GODZILLA!

It was a fun game for me to watch. I’m happy they won. I can breathe now. On my last entry, I was upset that the regular season was over, because it is close to the end now. But my friend Buz had a great point: this is only the beginning. I see what he means. #27 is close, closer than it has seemed in years. The heroes for the victory are CC Sabathia, for showing that he has what it takes to win in the postseason, and Derek Jeter, for reminding us that he is the best.

My loves. My Cy Young winner and my MVP. You make me happy :)

I Don’t Want It To End!!!!!!!

I JUST LOVE MY YANKEES!!!!

I really never thought it would be over. There is always another game, right? No? The season ends? Oh….Well, at least we are in the postseason. The last game of the regular season was amazing, definitely fitting for the Drama club. The Yankees won 10-2.

Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett was a beast, probably because Molina was catching. That’s fine with me! As long as we succeed, I don’t care who is behind the plate, although I would have liked to see my Cervelli a little more. Anyway, A.J. pitched a nice ballgame. He went 5 innings and allowed just 2 runs. Then the bullpen guys pitched, to get in their final work before the postseason! Aahh! Postseason!

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He’s a BEAST!!!!!!!

Robertson, Chamberlain, Coke, Hughes, and Mo all pitched yesterday. Yes, Joba did relieve. And he did an exemplary job. His 1-2-3, 7 pitch 7th gave me some confidence in him. Way to go, Joba! And yes, even though we had a 10-2 lead in the 9th, Mariano pitched. So it wasn’t a save situation, big deal. He needed some work, and we all know that Mo is more than happy to take the ball.

As Mariano Rivera approaches the age of 40, the Yankees' superstar closer keeps getting better. Rivera has amassed 44 saves with  1.79 ERA while blowing just two this season.

See? He is happy. Mo loves his job.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankee bats were quiet through the first 5 innings, but they were ear-splittingly loud in the 6th. They put up a 10 spot! Arod provided some drama. He was 2 homers away from 30 and 7 RBI away from 100. It didn’t look like he would get there. BUT….these 2009 Yankees have a way of surprising us! Arod hit a 3-run homer to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead!

It was funny. I said that if the Yankees didn’t score after the 5th, then I would have to go write my essay for history. They didn’t score, so I grudgingly kept to my word and made my way into the computer room to write a history DBQ essay. It was hard for me to break away from the Yankees to do the essay, but somehow I did. Right when I was getting started, Arod hit that homer in the 6th. “Are you kidding?” I thought. “They do good when I go away? Fine, then. I had the other TV on behind me now. I had to have it on in the background. It was the last game, and I needed them. Moral support for the essay! That was my excuse :)

So the Yankees batted around, and Texy-wexy was intentionally walked to load the bases for Arod. They only did that because they didn’t want Tex to break Pena’s league-leading home run total. So they decided to pitch to Arod with the bases loaded. (Chuckle) Smart move, Rays. Arod was now 1 homer away from 30 and 4 RBI away from 100. I was thinking grand slam. AND HE DID IT! Alex Rodriguez hit a no-doubter for a grand slam, and a 10-2 Yankee lead! And he got his season totals where they are supposed to be! I would say it was Yankee Stadium Magic, but the game was in Tampa! It was just the Drama Club.  

Alex Rodriguez hits a grand slam during the sixth as the Bombers explode for 10 runs in the inning to cap season with 10-2 win over Rays.

Alex, I LOVE YOU! I’m so proud of you! CONGRATS!

The Yankees went on to win it 10-2, ending the regular season. I almost cried during that video they showed after the game. All those Yankee players, the moments, the walkoffs, the pies, it was so touching. I cried a bit afterword, my vision becoming blurry as I was attempting to explain that “JOIN or DIE” image from the American Revolution for my essay. I just did not want this season to end, for so many reasons:

1) It has been a thrill ride. I have enjoyed this season so much, and I really feel like the team is pary of my family. I just love them so much and don’t want it to end. 2) Will I ever see Mitre again? God, I don’t want to even think about that. You all know how I feel about that man; you can imagine what I’d do if they got rid of him. 3) Melky’s contract is up, and I want to know that I will see him next year. 4) What about Cervelli? What’s going to happen to that kid? Will I see him again? 5) All that remains is the postseason. If we don’t win, it’s over.

Aahh, who am I kidding, we will win.

The heroes for the victory are Alex Rodriguez, A.J. Burnett, and everyone else. I love them all so much right now, how can I exclude anyone?

I’d just like to take a minute to thank my Yankees: Yankees, thank you. I have had more fun watching you guys this season than I have ever had before. I have truly become addicted to you, but that’s okay. I wouldn’t want it any other way. During the nights you were not playing, I felt lost, lonely, confused. What was I going to do with myself? Actually go out and hang with friends like normal high-school girls do? That pales next to watching you. I need you guys. I don’t just watch the games, I live them with you. I hang on every pitch, I laugh, I scream, I cry, I throw an occasional shoe, (hahaha, none of that recently, you guys have been playing awesome!) I act as if the world will end if you lose. And when you win, I feel that I am on top of the world. I want you to win the World Series because I think it is time, but the main reason is because I want to see you for as long as possible. I want you to go all the way, so the offseason is shorter, and so my countdown to February when pitchers and catchers report is not as long. Yankees, I just want you to know that I love you, I LOVE you, and I love you ♥ I love you more than anyone else. I think it is safe to say that is a fact :)

 

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One Step Closer!

Yanks Beat Sox, Magic Number Down To 3!

From the beginning I had a feeling the Yankees were going to win last night. It was kind of a “Drama Club” win; any win versus the Red Sox is dramatic. It was a good game. Joba was solid, and the offense exploded. The Yankees beat the Smelly Sox 9-5.

Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain really stepped up last night. He pitched a nice ballgame. Joba was perfect through 3 & 2/3 innings. In total, he went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, while striking out 5 along the way. It was a quality start for Joba. I think he was very sharp yesterday. He listened to Jane’s advice and didn’t walk around the mound for five hours. He threw the ball, got the ball, and was ready to throw again. He looked mean, intimidating, and dominant as he stared in at the Red Sox hitters. It was a Joba well done!

Joba Chamberlain throws six innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs.

Nice job, Joba!

Aceves, Albaladejo, Marte, Hughes, and Coke finished out the game. Albaladejo gave up 2 runs in 1/3 of an inning, but the rest of the ‘pen was great.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was soild as usual last night. Johnny Damon made an error, but whatever. I love Johnny. He should definitely come back next year. Nick Swisher made a Nick Swisher-ish play in right field. In the 2nd inning, Swish made a funky sliding catch on an Ortiz liner. I couldn’t really tell if the slide was necessary, but you know Nick Swisher. He loves to show off. Oh, NickySwish…It was a nice play, and it led Joba to a 1-2-3, 10 pitch 2nd inning.

Offensive Analysis: The offense exploded last night. The Yanks scored 9 runs on 14 hits. I love it when they hit well. But what I really enjoyed seeing last night was the running game. The Yankees stole a season-high 7 bases last night. That is my favorite aspect of the game. Stealing bases creates potential run-scoring situations, and it forces the opposing team to make the plays. It is the most exciting part of the game, in my opinion. I wish the Yanks would do it more often. It was fun to watch. Watching the Red Sox captain Jason Varitek fail and fail again and again at throwing out runners, I love it!

In the 3rd, something awful happened. My man Melky hit a line drive right off of Jon Lester’s knee. Lester went down, and did not get up. Melky reached with an RBI infield single, but everyone’s concern was on Lester. I really felt bad. Now I despise the Red Sox, but I didn’t get any thrill in seeing Lester in pain like that. He’s just a kid, and he has battled through a lot to get where he is today. I hope he is okay and not in too much pain.

Jon Lester is down and soon to be out in third inning after getting hit by line drive.

Poor Lester…I hope he is okay…why couldn’t it have hit Pukilis? Everyone hates him. 

Alex Rodriguez had a huge night at the plate. He was 3-3 with 4 RBI’s, including a monster 2-run homer into the second deck in left. Nice to see him contributing so much. He has been very clutch this year. I hope he does something extremely clutch in the postseason, so all the fans will forever love him.

Alex Rodriguez watches flight of his third inning home run on a night when he drives in four runs for Yanks.

An “A Bomb” from Arod!

Here are the rest of the Yankee offensive stats:

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 2 2 1 1 1 2 .330
Damon, LF 3 1 0 0 2 0 5 .284
  Gardner, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .279
Teixeira, 1B 5 1 2 1 0 1 2 .293
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 3 3 4 2 0 0 .288
Matsui, H, DH 3 1 2 0 2 0 3 .280
Posada, C 4 0 2 2 1 1 3 .286
  1-Guzman, F, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Molina, J, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .221
Cano, 2B 5 1 2 0 0 0 4 .321
Swisher, RF 4 0 0 0 1 3 2 .248
Cabrera, Me, CF-LF 5 0 1 1 0 2 2 .272
Totals 36 9 14 9 9 8 23

 

It was a nice win for the Yanks last night. The magic number is now 3. We are 1 step closer, boys! The heroes for the victory are Alex Rodriguez, for his offensive explosion, and Joba Chamberlain, for proving he CAN pitch well. The Yankees now have a 6.5 game lead over the Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway. I can’t wait for the postseason! I’m thinkin’ my Yanks have a pretty fair shot at #27 this year. I pray that I am right. GO YANKEES!!! 

Bad Loss. Do I Have Anything To Smile About?

♥ Mitre! ♥ Mitre! ♥ Mitre! ♥

So pretty much everybody knows about the miserable Yankee game yesterday. We lost 7-1 and the game was boring and disgusting. But even though the outcome of the game was not pleasing, I still have a reason to smile.

Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain obviously has problems. He went just 3 innings and threw 70 pitches while allowing 7 runs. 7 runs? That is disgusting. I am beginning to worry about my Yankees. How do they expect to win in the postseason without pitching? Okay. We have C “Cy,” but realistically, can he be this hot for the rest of the year? I hope so. There is A.J., who may finally be turning things around, but his inconsistency worries me. Then there is Andy, who has been so reliable, but his shoulder is not right. His start tonight is an important one so we can see if he is healthy. And then there is Joba. What are we gonna do with Joba….I think the Yankees destroyed him…can he do it as a starter?…Do I want to see Joba in the postseason?…AAHHH!! I don’t know!!! Help?!?!

Chamberlain gives up seven earned runs in three innings of work.

STOP STINKING, JOBA!!! SHEESH!

Can Sergio Mitre be the help we need? In relief of Joba yesterday, Mitre went 5 innings and allowed just 1 hit. Pretty impressive. He was the only reason why I smiled yesterday. Now, you all know how I feel about Sergio…(♥x1000000)…he can do no wrong to me….BUT (and there is always a but) he did pitch well yesterday, so give him a chance! There is still time left in the season for him to prove himself worthy of the postseason roster. And besides, would you rather have Joba? I wouldn’t. I believe in Mitre. He has shown sparks of pure dominance. I honestly think he has the potential to really help this team, and I’m not just saying that because he is hot. I just hope the Yankees give him a chance. And if both Mitre and Joba are going to pitch badly, I would definitely rather see Mitre, just because I like to take advantage of any chance I can to stare open-mouthed at that sexy thing. Anyway, what I am trying to say is give Mitre a chance. He had major surgery; the poor baby didn’t even fully recover. He CAN be good. I know it :)

I love you ;)

Offensive Analysis: I’m skipping the defensive one because I don’t remember anything. The offense was dead yesterday. I hate when that happens. I am worried that in the postseason, the whole lineup will just die. I must try to avoid such nightmarish thoughts. I was a little annoyed that Cervelli was not playing. I know Jorge was back, but Cervelli played such a good game the other day. Did he not prove himself worthy of starting another game this season? Everyone knows that Jorge+Joba=trouble, no matter what the players say. I don’t know…I’m just…I’m just worried about Cervelli’s future…you all know I love him just as much, if not more than Mitre….I am afraid the Yankees will do something stupid like….-gulp-….t..ttr…ttrrraaaddee….trade…Cervelli…I don’t know why I am even thinking about that. Trading Cervelli is a retarded thing to do. They would not do that. Cervelli is a major league-ready catcher who handles the Yankee pitching staff like a pro, and he looks adorable doing it.

Yankees tangle in positive way thanks to Francisco Cervelli.

Remember his walkoff? So cute. He is such an exciting player.

It was not a good game yesterday for my Yanks. But at least Mitre was good. Actually, he was beyond good. Sergio was stellar. Our lead over the Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway is now just 5 games…we need to pick up the pace. This week is a huge week for the Yankees. They play the Angels in Anaheim and the Red Sox at home. For the sake of my well-being, the Yanks need to win both these series. Come on, boys! We are so close. #27 is within reach. GO YANKEES!!!! 

Makeup Beauty

Yanks Steal Makeup Win Versus Halos

Last night’s game was fun. The Yankees were the Drama Club last night. But before we get there, let me give an extremely quick wrapup of Sunday’s game. We won 13-3. Matsui had 5 RBIs and CC was awesome. Okay. As for last night, we gave the Angels a taste of their own medicine. The Yankees beat the Angels last night 5-3. It was a beautiful win.

Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain started for the Yanks last night, and when I found out it has him, I was like, “Oh, boy..this should be fun…” But Joba was pretty good. He allowed a solo homer to Vlad Guerrero in the 2nd, but that is okay. There is nothing that guy can’t hit. Aside from that, Joba looked pretty good. That had to be a confidence booster for him. It boosted my confidence in him!

Joba Chamberlain goes four innings for Bombers and doesn't factor into the decision.

Joba’s game face.

Alfredo Aceves relieved Joba in the 5th, and once again he did a remarkable job. Ace has been nothing but good things for this club. In the 7th, the Angels had runners on first and second with 1 out, and Girardi called for Phil Coke, which made me a little nervous. To my surprise, Cokey got out of the jam unscathed.

It was Hughes who got into trouble. The bases were loaded with Halos, and there were 0 outs. The Yankees were leading 3-2 at this time, and I was freaking out. I could not watch the game go down the toilet. I had my face half covered. I wanted to watch, but I didn’t. I heard the crack of the bat, and I was brave enough to look at the screen. I saw a double play! But the score was now tied at 3. Then Howie Kendrick lined out, and the inning was over. Bases loaded, 0 out, and only 1 run allowed? All things considered, not too shabby. Yeah Hughes!

As always, Mo had a scoreless 9th, and he picked up his 40th save of the year. Impressive. Mo for Cy Young!!! The Yankee pitching was excellent last night. They did a nice job quieting the Angel bats.

Defensive Analysis: The pitching was good, and so was the defense. In that 7th inning jam, Derek Jeter made an absolutely fabulous play, and so did Texy-wexy on the other end. The ball was hit up the middle, and Jeet ranged to his right, (who said Jeet has no range?) spun around, and fired to Tex, who made a lovey scoop for the out. It was a gorgeous play. The 6-4-3 double play in the 8th with the bases loaded was huge. It was turned perfectly.

Offensive Analysis: Jered Weaver does pretty well against my Yanks. He pitched well last night, but not well enough. In the 3rd, Swishalish hit a solo bomb to right. Is he finally getting comfortable at the new Yankee Stadium? I hope so. That homer tied the game at 1. 

In the 5th, Swisher doubled, my man Melky walked, and Jeet bunted them over. So it was 2nd and 3rd, 1 out. Mark Teixeira came up, and he crushed a ball for a triple! Mark Teixeira. Triple. Those words are not put together too often. But whatever. Now the Yankees had a 3-2 lead!

Mark Texeria hits a triple in the 5th inning to help the Yankees beat the Angels, 5-3, in the Bronx.

Tex is adorable.

After the Halos tied it up in the top of the 8th, the Yanks looked to go ahead in the bottom half. With 1 out, Tex doubled and Arod walked. Brett Gardner was sent in to pinch run for Tex. Right as I was saying how it was stupid to take out Tex’s bat, a double steal was happening. Brett headed for third, and Napoli’s throw went into left field! Brett was motoring around third, heading for home. Safe! Yay for Brettiboo!!! 4-3 Yanks! He scored, and now Arod was on third. Speed kills! Later in the inning, Cano provided some insurance with an RBI single. That made it 5-3 Yankees, and they went on to win it.

Brett Gardner makes dash for home after stealing third and drawing errant throw in the Yankees' win over the Angels.

Run Brett, run! I’m sorry I ever doubted you. You rock!!!

It was another fun day to be a Yankee fan. The game was pretty exciting; the Drama Club did it again with another comeback win! I like how the Yankees gave the Halos a taste of their own medicine. They put the ball in play, and forced the opposition to make the plays. Nicely done. The heroes for the victory are Joba, for having a solid outing, Mark Teixeira for his bat and glove, and Brett Gardner for his wheels. The Yankee lead over the Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway is at 7.5. It’s lookin’ good. I desperately want #27 this year…I’ve been waiting too long. Oh! I think Mitre (♥♥♥) is pitching tonight. You all know how I feel about that guy…..hahaha…. I’ve been pretty busy with school and all that jazz, but I vowed to keep blogging. I feel bad that I missed a few days. But I promise that the blog will go on! I am having too much fun with it to stop. GO YANKEES!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!

**Something quick for all you cutie fans**

I feel bad that I did not put someone on the cutie post. He deserved to be there, so I will put him now.

The Dodgers’ very-own James Loney. Cat, he is a cutie. I really felt bad that he was not on my list. Now he is alone on a special cutie edition. Yeah, James! I hope your neck feels better!

The Rest Of The Series With The Rays

It Was A Good One!

The two games after the doubleheader between the Yankees and the Rays were both great. We won both, so we swept the Rays. The Yankees were definitely the Drama Club in both of the final 2 games. On Tuesday the Yanks won in walkoff fashion by the score of 3-2. Yesterday, they won 4-2, and history was made.

Pitching Analysis: Chad Gaudin started for the Yanks on Tuesday. To our surprise, he was great. Gaudin cruised through 6 innings without allowing a run. I was proud of him. Who would have thought that Chad Gaudin could give us innings, quality, shutout innings?! When he went back on the mound for the 7th, he was not as sharp. He allowed a solo homer to Longoria, a single to Zobrist, and a walk to Burrell. Girardi decided that was all for Gaudin, and called on Marte to get the job done. Marte did his job well. In the 8th, Phil Hughes actually allowed a run, a homer off the bat of Bartlett. That tied the game at 2. Mo had a 1-2-3 9th, and the Yanks went on to win that game in walkoff fashion.

I even love the not-so-cute Yankees. Great job last night, Chad!!!

Last night it was Joba’s turn, and he was not too good, but not too bad. He went just 3 innings, and threw way too many pitches. Joba just is not the same pitcher. He probably can’t wait until next year when he can just be free and pitch like a pitcher should. He allowed 2 runs in the 1st. He got into a jam later, but escaped it thanks to the strikeout. Not his best start, but not his worst. The bullpen did a fabulous job last night. Aceves, Albaladejo, Bruney, and Coke held the score right where it was and gave the Yankees a chance to come back, which they did.

Defensive Analysis: I don’t remember anything outstanding or upseting about the defense, so I’m sure the Yankees were solid as they usually are. This team gets credit for the offense and power numbers, the pitching, but the defense is quite underrated. The Yankees are just amazing in every way.

Offensive Analysis: On Tuesday, there was not much offense for the Yanks. But there was enough to win. Nick Swisher had a solo homer in the 2nd, and it was quite a bomb. Arod had an RBI single in the 6th to make it 2-0. After the Rays tied it up in the 8th, the Yankees failed to score in the bottom of the 8th. The only way to win was a walkoff. Who wanted pie? His name rhymes with Mick Wisher. In the bottom of the 9th, Swishy came up to the plate. He hit another solo homer, this one to end the game. Walkoff!!! He was SO genuinely happy, and it made me smile to see a grown man so happy and running around the bases with a smile. When he got pied by A.J., he proudly showed the fans and held his arms up in the air. Victory! I always wanted to see Swish get pied. It was worth the wait. The look on his face after he got pied was priceless. Congradulations, Swish.

Last night, the offense came through when it had to. Jeter had some hits last night, and one of those hits tied him with Lou Gehrig for first on the Yankee’s all-time hits leaders list. I can’t believe that. Derek Jeter? We take him for granted. We need to soak up the moment just as he does, because it really is something else. We are witnessing arguably the best player to ever play the game. He has a great shot at breaking Rose’s record, he is well ahead of his pace. I would love to see that happen.

Derek Jeter salutes Yankee fans as he tips cap at first base after tying Lou Gehrig for the all-time Bomber hit record.

What a moment…imagine what is going to happen when he breaks it!!!

The Yankees were losing at the time of Jeter’s milestone. I thought it was a game they had to win. Apparently, so did Jeet’s buddy Jorge. Jorge hit a 3-run homer in the 8th to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead. They held on to win it.

Jorge Posada hits a three-run homer in the 8th inning that lifts the Bombers over the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium.

Jorge knew Jeet wouldn’t be happy unless the Yanks won. What a friend.

 It was an amazing game last night, and one that I will never forget. I will never forget Jeet’s inside-out swing that directed the ball into right field for a single. He has done that so many times, and that record-tying hit will stay in my mind forever.

Another sweep for the Yanks. The final two games were very good ones. The heroes for Tuesday’s game are Chad Gaudin and Nick Swisher. For last night, the heroes are the Yankee bullpen, Jorge Posada, and Derek Jeter. The Yankees have a 9 game lead over the Red Sox, and I am just absolutely LOVING life as a Yankee fan. I love this team so much. I really feel like they are so close to me. They really play a significant role in my life. I see them every day I can, and I long to be seeing them when I am not. I feel like I know them. Only 20 something games left, and then the postseason. But I am really going to miss these guys. I really do love them. Just ask anyone in my school, they’ll tell you :) 

What A Boring Game

Yanks are 1-Hit Versus Jays

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

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

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

A frustrated Joba.

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

Not a pretty play.

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

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

 

Sweep Completed

Yanks Sweep ChiSox Thanks To Late Inning Rally

Another sweep in the books. Now the Yanks go on the road again. It seems like they are never home. Whatever. It was a good game yesterday. Everyone did their part. The Yankees beat the White Sox 8-3.

Pitching Analysis: Joba, with the new Joba rules, pitched yesterday. He was scheduled to go 3 innings, which is absurd. He only went 3 innings, but he just threw 35 pitches. Shouldn’t they go by pitches instead of innings? Whatever. Joba gave up 2 runs on 4 hits in 3 innings. He looked good though. He worked quickly and had fast innings. And he wore high socks and long sleeves, which looked cool. Alfredo Aceves relieved Joba, and once again did an amazing job in his long relief role. Aceves pitched 3 innings of scoreless baseball, and recorded his 9th win of the year.

Under the latest edition of the 'Joba Rules,' Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain is allowed to throw just 35 pitches over three innings on Sunday before leaving the game in a win over the White Sox.

Doesn’t Joba look cool like this?

Marte pitched yesterday, too. He came in to get 1 batter, the power lefty Jim Thome. Well, he did his job. He got Thome to fly out, so out went Marte and in came David Robertson. Robertson struggled a bit. With 2 outs in the inning, he allowed 2 singles, setting up a possible rally for the Sox. Girardi didn’t want to take any chances. He pulled Robertson for Hughes, who got out of that jam and pitched a scorless 8th as well. Phil Coke pitched the 9th, and allowed a solo homer to Dye.

I was pleased with the pitching yesterday. The bullpen did a wonderful job. There were a lot of innings to get through, and they did it.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was again solid. Joba worked fast, and so did everyone else, so the defense was ready to make every play. Jeter was, that’s for sure. In the 5th, a sharp liner was hit to him, which he snared beautifully for the out. In the 6th, Arod started a beautiful around the horn 5-4-3 double play to get Ace out of a mini jam.

Offensive Analysis: Jeter started off the game with a double, which meant the Yankees were going to win. He wound up scoring on a sac fly by Tex. The Yanks quickly tied up the game at 1.

In the 3rd, Jeter did it again. He got an innocent little 2 out single. I didn’t even bother writing it down, because I figured nothing would happen. Well, I wound up writing that and something else down. Johnny came up, all cute and silly like he always is, and smashed a homer into Damon’s Deck in right, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Go Johnny go! How could the Yankees get rid of you? I don’t know. Maybe if they were blind the whole year and missed all the clutch things you did for us. They have to keep Johnny. He is having a career year, and I believe the new Yankee Stadium has something to do with that. KEEP JOHNNY!!!

Johnny Damon smacks a home run on Sunday against the White Sox, as the Yankees outfielder takes a deep look into the future.

Johnny on the spot.

The Yankee bats remained quiet until the 7th. And in the 7th, they were loud. Posada led off with a single and was forced by Cano. Hinske walked, and my man Melky came up. Just when everyone was thinking that Melky was starting to stink, he ripped a double into left. It was hit SO hard. It had to be the hardest ball I have seen hit in awhile. Melky’s double scored Cano, but I didn’t think it would because it was hit SO hard. But it did. 4-2 Yankees. Thanks Leche! Jeter was intentionally walked, which brought up Jerry Hairston, who took Johnny’s place because Johnny’s calves were bothering him. Jerry came through with a sac fly. 5-2 Yanks. And then, Big Tex came up. He almost went deep his last time up. This time, Tex got a hanging curveball, and his eyes widened to the point of me and my brother Bobby laughing because he looked so silly. Anyway, Tex hit an absolute bomb for a 3-run homer! 8-2 Yankees. Congrats Tex!

Mark Teixeira clubs a three-run home run in the seventh-inning as White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski can only watch. The Bombers beat the White Sox, 8-3.

The “Teixecutioner.”

It was an all-around nice game yesterday. The pitching, defense, and offense were all great. What more could we ask for? The heroes for the victory are the Yankee relievers, who all impressed me and got through the game, Johnny Damon for his blast that gave the Yankees the lead, and Mark Teixeira for having 4 RBI and making me and my brother laugh with that funny face he made. Nice job, Yanks! I’m getting really used to saying this part: once again, the Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway won again, so the Yankee lead remains at 6 games. Jeez I’ve said that a lot these past few days! Ahh. 6 games up. I want more. GO YANKEES!!!

Yankees Flirt With Comeback

Close, But No Cigar Pie

No victory pie last night. They tried to be The Drama Club. I thought they were going to do it. Ah, well, at least they lost to the Rangers. I still want to win, though. Whatever. The Yankees lost to the Rangers 10-9.

Save it for some other time, A.J.

Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain pitched again on wacky rest, and I think it is because of that that he stunk. Joba only went 4 innings, threw 96 pitches, and gave up 7 runs in 9 hits. It was gross. The Yankees had a 4-0 lead. Then Joba made it 4-2 thanks to an Andrus double. The 4th inning was utterly disgusting. With 2 out, Pudge walked, and that started it. Joba could NOT get the final out. 4-3. 4-4. Before I knew it, it was 7-4 Rangers. Not at all a good performance by Joba.

Joba Chamberlain gives up seven runs in four innings and takes the loss.

He looks pissed, and he should be.

Chad Gaudin pitched 3 & 2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs. Damaso Marte was the only good one. (I can’t believe I am saying that!) He went an inning and a third of scoreless ball. Obviously, the pitching (or lack of) was the reason the Yanks lost last night.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was pretty good last night. In the 1st, Joba was in one of his many jams. 1st and 3rd with 1 out. But he got Byrd to ground into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play, which was turned beautifully by Cano. Nick Swisher made another great play in right. In the 3rd, Michael Young hit a sharp liner to right, which Swish caught backhanded while sliding. Yeah, Swish!

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees jumped out with 4 runs in the 1st. It was all done with 2 outs. A 2 out walk for Tex, followed by an Arod single. Matsui’s double scored them both. Jorge hit a 2-run homer. If anyone else was on the mound, I think we would’ve won that game. (Well, maybe not Mitre..OH! I’m sorry, sexy! jk,jk…) The Yanks tacked on one in the 5th via a solo homer by Cano to shorten the defecit to 8-5.

The 9th is where it got interesting. I had the TV on, but I wasn’t watching. I was talkng to fellow blogger EJ on Facebook. The Yankees got the bases loaded with no one out, and scored a bunch of runs. I thought I smelled a walkoff. My man Melky came up with the score 10-9, and 1st and 2nd with just 1 out. I was so nervous for him. He hit a ball right on the screws, and I started to say, “YES!!!” But before I could finish saying it, I saw that Andrus somehow caught it, and he stepped on 2nd to complete the game-ending double play. You should’ve heard me. Not the kind of stuff a lady should say :) But on the replay, I don’t remember who, but that Yankee was safe sliding back to second. Poor Melky. He couldn’t have hit the ball any harder. A 10-9 loss.

It was a tough, tough loss last night. But if the Yankees HAVE to lose, I’m glad it’s to the Rangers so the Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway don’t gain any ground. The Yanks now have a 6 game lead over those Sox. Not bad, but I’m insatiable when it comes to a division lead. I always want more. I just have that feeling that the Yankees are going to win tonight. I sure hope I am right. MAKE ME RIGHT, YANKS!!! I LOVE YOU ALL!!! 

I’m sure we’ll see it again.

 

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