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Bombers Bang Out 11 Runs, CC Very Strong
The last time the Yankees went out west, they lost every game. They made sure that wouldn’t happen this time. They weren’t exactly The Drama Club last night, but I’ll settle for a blowout. Unlike the last 13-6 blowout vs the Red Sox, this blowout was actually a well played game. The Yankees beat the Mariners 11-1.
Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia was just incredible. If anybody says the Yankees were stupid to pay CC so much because he is not that good, then either they are just jealous or they need to have their head examined. CC went 8 innings, and 74 of his 105 pitches were for strikes. He gave up 1 run, a 2 out solo shot by Josh Wilson in the 5th, and just 3 hits while striking out 10! It was a beautiful performance by CC. It was a nice way to follow up his great start against Boston. His past 2 successful starts should give him something to build on.
CC was fantastic last night.
Brian Bruney pitched a scoreless 9th. CC gave everyone else in the pen the night off. Pitching was definetely a plus last night!
Defensive Analysis: As with solid pitching, the defense was solid. In the 3rd, Ichiro managed to get a hit with 1 out, but it was quickly erased due to a lovely turned 6-4-3 double play.
Offensive Analysis: It was a fun night to be a Yankee at the plate. 11 runs on 15 hits! In the 2nd inning, with runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 out, Jerry Hairston hit a bloop double, which scored a run. He has done nothing but good things for the Yankees. Another run scored due to a wild pitch. 2-0 Yankees.
In the 3rd, the Yankees scored 3 more runs, thanks to the longball. Jeter hit a leadoff homer, and Matsui hit a line drive 2-run home run. 5-0 Yankees! In the 6th, Jeter singled and scored on a Mark Teixeira double. 6-0 Yankees.
Jeter rounding 3rd after his homer.
The 7th was another big inning for the Yanks. Johnny Damon led off with a double, then Tex walked. After a pitching change, Matsui singled, which scored Johnny. Swish walked to load the bases with 0 out! With 1 out, Melky got an RBI groundout. So with 2 out, Jerry Hairston, or as EJ calls him, “The J-Hey Kid,” got another 2 out hit that scored a run. It was now 9-1! In the 8th, Hideki Matsui hit a 2-run homer to bring the score to 11-1. He had quite a night at the plate!
So the Yankees bats were sleepless in Seattle last night. They got contributions from players up and down the lineup. The heroes are Hideki Matsui, for filling in nicely for Arod in the cleanup spot and going 4 for 5 with 2 homers and 5 RBI, Jerry Hairston for proving he can hit with 2 out, and CC Sabathia, for a fabolous start and for giving everyone in the pen accept Bruney a day off. The Tigers beat the Red Sox last night, so the Yankee lead is now even more cozy at 6.5 games! Yippeeee! GO YANKEES!
**Note** My aunt from Florida and my Grandma from the city are coming to visit me today and will stay for the weekend in honor of my 16th birthday on Sunday. So I might not have time to post or comment, because we will be busy. But I would love to if I could, so I will try to make time, but I’m not making any promises :)
Yankees Win in Walkoff Fashion and Take Series
It was another exciting, dramatic game yesterday. The Yankees lived up to the name I gave them on my post yesterday. They truly are “The Drama Club.” The walkoff was fun to watch, as well as the celebratory “pieing” afterwords. The Yankees beat the Blue Jays yesterday by the score of 4-3.
Pitching Analysis: A.J. “The Assassin” Burnett started for the Yanks yesterday. He went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 10 hits (9 of which were singles) and 3 costly wild pitches. Along the way, he struck out 7. A.J. had good stuff yesterday, perhaps it was too good. His curveball had almost too much movement, and it sent Posada scrambling for the ball too many times! A.J. started out a bit shaky, and then settled down. He had a 25 pitch first, but did not allow any runs. In the 2nd, Randy Ruiz hit a leadoff home run which tied the game at 1. Then A.J. had an esy 3rd, and easy 4th, and an easy 5th, which helped bring his pitch count back down to a respsctable level.
In the 6th, things fell apart for A.J. Ruiz got a 1 out single, followed by a single by Encarnacion. Then A.J. threw a wild pitch, which allowed the runners to go to 2nd and 3rd, still with just 1 out. Chavez singled, bringing the score to 3-2. After getting Inglett to strike out, A.J. allowed another wild pitch, which scored the tieing run!
Coke, Robertson, and Hughes combined for 3 scoreless innings of relief. But the game went into extras, and Girardi called on newcomer Chad Gaudin. Girardi said that Gaudin could go 85 pitches if needed. He only needed 44, and he picked up his first win as a Yankee.
The pitching was good yesterday. A.J. was strong, it was just the wild pitches that killed him. After the game, he was asked about the wild pitches, and he refused to comment on them. I wouldn’t want to get on A.J.’s bad side!
Defensive Analysis: The defense was once again solid yesterday, which is always important in close games. Jeter had to leave the game in the 3rd, after he toughed out a foot injury due to getting hit by a pitch in the first. He was replaced by Ramiro Pena. Pena was immediately tested out, and he got tangled up on a sharply hit ball by Adam Lind. It was scored a hit, but Ramiro probably could’ve made the play.
Ramiro quickly redeemed himself. In the 4th, Edwin Encarnacion hit a ridiculously hard liner to Ramiro’s right. It looked like a hit all the way. But Ramiro extended his body to the fullest, and dived to make an unbelievable play. A.J. liked what he saw.
Offensive Analysis: The Yankees only got 7 hits, but they got the hits that really counted. In the 1st, Jeter got plunked in the foot and Damon doubled. Then Jorge came up with the bases loaded, and hit a ball to Aaron Hill that should’ve been a double play. It was booted by Hill, and Jorge got himself an RBI groundout from it. 1-0 Yankees.
These poor Bombers! :(
In the 3rd, as I was eating my lunch, Johnny Damon hit a home run to lead off the inning, giving the Yanks a 2-1 lead. I always say it, but I’m going to say it again: THE YANKEES HAVE TO BE RETARDED IF THEY DON’T SIGN JOHNNY DAMON!!! Damon has done nothing but good things for this team. He has been consistently good year after year. And because of the new stadium, Johnny has adjusted his swing to become more of a pull hitter, due to that short porch in right. He said that he wants to come back to the Yankees. I think the Yankees should give him everything he wants. If they don’t sign him, who are they going to get to replace him? Johnny is too valuable to this team to let go of.
Anyway, Robinson Cano hit a leadoff homer in the 4th, giving the Yanks a 3-1 lead. The game went into extras, and in the 11th, the Yankees were set up. Arod got plunked in the elbow with 1 out, and he was in an enormous amount of pain. I thought he was going to cry, the poor baby was wincing so much. On his way to first base, he flicked under his eye with his finger. Was he crying a bit? Probably not, but there is nothing wrong with that if he did cry. I don’t understand why men can’t show any emotion. It makes no sense to me!
Anyway, with Arod on first, Posada singled, and Cano came up. Cano was not trying to hit a homer; he knew that all they needed was a single. He hit a ball all the way to the wall, I thought it was a homer, but it went off the wall. Arod scored, and the Yankees won the ballgame in 11 innings! Cano got pied, and all was well for the Drama Club yesterday.
A happy, clean Cano celebrating the win.
What a game! Again! The heroes for the victory are Robinson Cano, for the walkoff single, Johnny Damon for coming up with 2 timely hits, a double and a homer, which added up to runs, and Chad Gaudin, for making a nice impression on New Yorkers and for picking up his first win as a member of the Drama Club. I wish you many more to come, Chad. The Red Sox won, so the Yankee lead remains at 5.5. I hope the Yankees continue playing well, because my 16th birthday is on Sunday, and I really want them to win for me! GO YANKEES! I LUV U!
Cano’s first taste of Victory pie.
A pie-covered Cano. Look at A.J’s face. You can tell he wants to laugh, but he has to remain angry. I love that man! He adds so much character to this team!
Yankees Win Again in Dramatic Fashion
I’m giving the Yankees the nickname ”The Drama Club.” It seems like every time the Yankees win, they do it dramatically. That definetely was the case last night. I was so happy when they won, because I wanted them to win for Melky on his birthday. The Yanks beat the Blue Jays by the score of 7-5.
Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain pitched for the Yankees last night. It was an adequate start for Joba. He went 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits, striking out 5 along the way. He was good early, but then ran into a little trouble.
Joba’s performance was not as good as he wanted it to be.
Joba had a scorless 1st, and an easy 1-2-3 11 pitch 2nd inning. It got a little ugly in the third. Joba walked the #9 hitter (never a smart idea) Joe Inglett, who has a really cool batting stance. Then Scutaro singled. Hill forced out, and the Adam Lind walked to load the bases. Then cleanup hitter Lyle Overbay, the obvious annoying guy of this series, hit a double in the right-center gap which cleared the bases and tied the game at 3. Ugh. In the 4th, Joba gave up a leadoff home run to the rookie Randy Ruiz, which gave the Jays a 4-3 lead.
Bruney pitched a scorless 7th, Coke and Robertson combined for a scorless 8th, and Mo picked up the save in the 9th. But he actually gave up a run! (GASP!) Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo home run to centerfield. Mo actually did the worst out of all the relievers. But he got the save, so whatever!
The pitching was pretty good last night. If you take away the 3rd, Joba pitched very well. The bullpen did a wonderful job of keeping the game at 4-3, and giving the Yankees the opportunity to win.
Defensive Analysis: The defense was again strong last night. The Yanks played errorless baseball once again. In the 1st inning, Johnny Damon made a nice play. Scutaro hit a liner to left, and it was a little over Johnny’s head. Damon went back, and thanks to a little jump, he caught the ball. Nice way to start the game.
Offensive Analysis: The Yankees came out swinging against Richmond. Jeter hit a first pitch single, followed by a Damon double. Tex singled to score Jeter. The Jorge hit a 2 out double, which scored Damon. For some unknown reason, Tex attempted to score, and failed miserably. He touched third base when the cuttoff man released the ball. That was a stupid way to end the inning. And for a long time, I thought that play would be the difference in the game.
In the 2nd, Cano got a leadoff double, moved to third because of a balk, and then scored on a sac fly by the birthday boy, Leche. That made it 3-0, and that was all the offense for a long time.
The bottom of the 8th is where it all changed. Hideki Matsui, who was 0 for 3 at the time, hit an ENORMOUS home run into right field. ENORMOUS!!! That tied the game at 4, and gave the crowd something to cheer about. Then Posada comes up, and he hits a home run to right field! But Cito Gaston wanted to make sure it was a home run. From his angle, it looked like a fan stole the ball from Inglett. But according to the replay, Inglett just missed it, and it was ruled a home run! YAY! Yankeed lead 5-4! How dramatic was that?!
Matsui hits a bomb to tie the game………
……and Posada hits one to give Yanks the lead! BACK-TO-BACK!!!
The Yankees weren’t done yet. Hinske hit a 1 out double. Then my man Melky hit a single, which scored pinch runner Jerry Hairston. Melky stole second, and scored on a Johnny Damon single. Melky had a nice birthday. He was 1 for 3 with 2 RBI, 1 run, and a stolen base.
What a game for the Yankees! They jumped out early, then lost the lead, but came back dramatically late in the game and held on for the lead! The heroes for last night are Jorge & Hideki, for providing back-to-back drama, which was the 3rd night in a row the Yankees went back-to-back. The other heroes are Bruney, Coke, Robertson, and Mo for shutting down the Blue Jay offense and giving the Yankees the chance to make it dramatic. I’ll throw Melky in there as well, just for having a nice birthday. I love you, Melky! There was no change in the Yankee lead in the division. The Red Sox won as well, cheating it up at home and having brawls with cute rookie pitchers. How classless are they? The rubber game of the series will be played in the afternoon, and the Yanks look to live up to the new name I gave them. GO YANKEES!
I have a quick lookalike. I think there is a small resemblance between these two pitchers.
Last night’s starter Scott Richmond…..
……and Yankee star Dave Righetti!
They kind of look alike. They are making the same face. It is hard to tell from the pictures, but last night I noticed it.
Yanks Complete Sweep of BoSox, and are Pulling Away in the AL East
Yesterday I wondered what kind of exhilerating experience game 4 would be. It sure was amazing. The Yankees won by the score of 5-2.
Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte was great last night. He went 7 innings of 5 hit, shutout baseball and struck out 4 along the way. He did not get a win, but I’m sure he is happy with his performance. It was a dandy from Andy.
Andy did get into some trouble in the 4th. With 2 out, Bay and Drew singled. Then Lowell walked to load the bases. Varitek then hit a line drive shot into left, but right at Johnny Damon, who put it away for the final out, and the end of the Red Sox threat. Andy really did a nice job last night. Two thumbs up for Andy!
What a game from Andy. He’s like having a 3rd ace!
Coke came in to pitch the 8th, since Hughes was not available. Pedroia got a 1 out single, and Victor Martinez followed with a 2 run homer, the first Red Sox run in a LONG time. But more importantly, the Red Sox had a lead! Uh-oh….
It all worked out, though. Mo picked up his 32nd save of the year, completing the sweep.
Defensive Analysis: Once again, the defense was very solid, since the pitching was good. Swisher made a nice play on a liner by Lowell, catching the ball in front of him and then rolling forwards. I don’t know if that was necessary, but hey, it’s Swisher.
Offensive Analysis: It took the Yanks awhile to get on the board, and I was starting to think it would be game 2 all over again! Both Lester and Pettitte were very sharp. But lucky for us, Arod hit a solo bomb to left-center off Lester in the 7th, giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
That run was erased after Martinez hit his 2-run homer, but the Yankees did not give up then. In the 8th, all with 2 outs, magical things happened. Johnny Damon hit a home run to tie the game at 2, and then the “Texicutioner” went back-to-back with him, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead! Tex got himself a curtain call from the best fans. Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira now have the franchise record for Yankee teammates going back-to-back in a season; they have done it 6 times this year! Good for them.
Nothin’ like a little Yankee magic.
The Yankees weren’t done yet. Still with 2 out, Arod walked, Posada doubled, and Swisher singled, scoring them both and giving the Yankees a 5-2 lead!
The sweep is complete, and the Yankees are pulling away in the AL East. They now have a 6.5 game lead! And the Red Sox are now TIED for first in the wild card with the Rangers! TIED! The heroes for last night are Andy Pettitte, for an amazing performance, and for Johnny and Tex for making Yankee history, and for giving us the lead. What a great series. It was Girardi’s Boston Massacre! Haha! I really like the way this team looks. Hopefully, they can remain strong, and bring #27 to the Bronx.
I love it!
Great Pitching, Solid Defense, & Timely Hitting Lead Yanks to a W
Game 1 was a messy, high scoring game in which the Yankees won. Game 2 was an exciting, long pitchers duel in which the Yankees won. Game 3 was a game that was all Yankees, and the Yankees won. I wonder what game 4 will be? Anyway, the Yankees dominated as they won game 3 by the score of 5-0.
Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia looked to mimic Burnett’s performance from the night before. CC was the best possible pitcher the Yankees could have sent out there, because he is a work horse and the bullpen really needed a breather after game 2. That’s exactly what he did. CC went 7 & 2/3 innings of 2 hit, 2 walk shutout ball with 9 strikeouts. He had a perfect game through 4 & 1/3, and then “walked” Big Sloppi. The pitch was such a strike that it wasn’t funny. Stupid Tim McCarver kept saying, “Oh, CC has a perfect game.” Then he said how he thought players were silly to believe that mentioning the perfect game would blow it. You could tell he was trying to blow it. God, is he stupid! Nothing he says ever makes sense. Anyway, Ellsbury got a hit in the 6th with 2 out, and the no-no was gone. But CC pitched a helluva game yesterday. He was really dealing.
CC earned his money yeterday.
Hughes came in to get the last out of the 8th, and he struck out Nick Green with ease. David Robertson pitched the 9th. The pitching was once again remarkable.
Defensive Analysis: When a pitcher is at his best, so is the defense. That was the case yesterday. There were many nice plays, one by CC, one by Cano, but there was one play that stuck out to me the most. In the 7th, Martinez led off with a walk and Pukilis singled. After Big Sloppi struck out, Mike Lowell hit a double play ball to Cano. Cano flipped to Jeter, and Pukilis slid into Jeter, trying to break up the double play. But not to worry. Jeter jumped over Pukilis, landed safely, and fired a strike to Tex to get the non-hustling Lowell. Inning ending double play completed! It was awesome.
Offensive Analysis: The Yankees had 9 hits yesterday, but they added up to 5 runs. In the 3rd, my man Melky hustled and got himself an infield single to start off the inning. Molina walked, and Johnny walked after Jeter grounded into a double play. Mark Teixeira singled to drive in Melky. 1-0 Yankees.
In the 6th, Cano had a leadoff double. He head a great day at the plate, going 3 for 4. Swhisher made a beautiful bunt which moved Cano to third. Melky was intentionally walked to get to Jose Molina. But Molina came through. He put the bat on the ball, and got himself a sac fly, and gave CC a 2-0 lead to work with.
In the 7th, the Red Sox put in Ramon Ramirez. He threw up and in at Tex, who was not pleased. Tex walked with 1 out. Then Arod got plunked in the elbow. It was obviously intentional, since Arod hit the walkoff the night before. Jim Joyce, the home plate ump, threw Ramirez out of the game, and Ramirez acted like, “What did I do?” Then Francona came out and acted like he had no idea why his pitcher got thrown out. How stupid. Anyway, they got a new pitcher, some triple A guy, and he loaded the bases. Swisher walked to force in a run. 3-0 Yankees.
In the 8th, Jeter hit and opposite field 2-run home run to give the Yankees a 5-0 lead. I love watching Jeter hit. I think it is so cool that he mostly goes the other way. In Yankee Stadium, balls really carry out in right, so it’s like the ballpark was built for Jeter.
Nothing like a couple of insurance runs!
It was another great win for the Yankees yesterday. They now have a ******** 5.5 game lead in the AL East! And, they have the best record in baseball. The heroes for the win are CC Sabathia for his amazing performance, and Jeter for his nice jump over Pukilis and for his homer. I wonder what will happen in game 4. Sweep, possibly? That would be something else. We’ll just have to wait and see. For now, I’m just going to brag that THE YANKEES HAVE A 5.5 GAME LEAD IN THE DIVISION! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Yanks Win in 15 innings!
What a game! Altough there was no scoring for 15 innings, this was one of the most exciting games I have ever watched. It was that kind of edge-of-your-seat nail-biting palm-sweating I don’t-want-to-move-because-I-might-jinx-them games. It is a no doubt Yankees Classic. The Yankees won 2-0 over the Red Sox.
Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett was a frickin’ beast yesterday. It was a very important start for A.J., because he had to follow up from that bad one in Chicago, and he wanted to prove that he can pitch in big games against the Red Sox. His previous 2 starts against the Red Sox were also against Beckett, and A.J. was counted on to pitch well, but he didn’t. Last night, he definetely redeemed himself.
Burnett pitched 7 & 2/3 shutout innings, and only gave up 1 hit to the first batter of the game. He walked 6 along the way, and also struck out 6. Every time A.J. got into a jam, he would get even tougher and get everyone out. He really pitched a phenominal game. He was incredible. That was the best pitching performance I have seen all year. And to do it against the Red Sox, that is amazing.
The Assassin killed Red Sox hitters last night.
The bullpen did a sensational job yesterday. Evey guy that was put in had a different intensity about him. They all knew that 1 mistake, 1 bad pitch would be the difference in the game. Hughes got the final out of the 8th, and that was all for him. Mo pitched the 9th. Alfredo Aceves pithed 3 beautiful innings for the Yanks last night. The Yankees depended on him to give them innings, and he did in a dominating way.
When I saw Brian Bruney on the mound in the 13th inning, I became even more nervous. I knew Bruney has a tendancy to give up home runs, and everyone knew 1 run would be the difference. But Bruney was superb. He was throwing gas last night. He pitched the 13th and 14th, and proved that he can pitch in tight spots, because nothing was tighter than that! Phil Coke pitched the 15th, and picked up the win.
The Yankee pitchers were absolutely fabulous. They all dominated. All of them must have gotten a huge confidence boost out of that game, especially Bruney.
Defensive Analysis: The defense was also superb last night. Like everyone else, they knew that 1 mistake, 1 bobble, 1 wild throw could cost the game. They stepped up their game, just like the pitchers. In the 1st and the 4th when Burnett was in a jam, they turned 2 beautiful 4-6-3 double plays to get A.J. out of trouble. They made every play.
Offensive Analysis: There really was not much offense, but there was enough. The Yankees had a few chances to score off Beckett, but they failed in all of them. They had chances to score before the 15th inning, but again failed in all of them. But then the 15th inning rolled along. Derek Jeter lead off with a single. Then Damon tried to bunt him over, but the bunt was caught on a fly. Then Tex made out, and it was all up to Arod. Arod had chances to do something before, but like everyone else in the game, he could not get it done. He was also in a long homer drought. If you believe in “due,” you knew it was the time for Arod. I was going crazy with nervousness at this time. I was sweating, crossing my fingers, just trying to will a homer off his bat.
Arod did it. He hit a bomb into the left field seats, for a walkoff 2-run homer. Everyone was thrilled, except the Red Sox. A.J. Burnett had a pie ready, and pied Arod on the side of the head while he was being interviewed by Kim Jones.
It’s a beautiful thing.
The Yankees now have a 4.5 game lead over the Red Sox. The heroes for the game are A.J. Burnett, for an excellent performance, the Yankee bullpen, for dominating and giving the Yanks the chance to win, and for Arod for winning it for us. It could not have been a more perfect end to the game, or a perfect end to my day! I hit the sack at 12:58, and although I was exhausted, I was too excited to notice it. I laid awake for awhile, but peacfully drifted to sleep with the thoughts of a dramatic Yankee win in my mind.
Yanks Take 1st of 4, Finally Fill That Win Column
YEAH!!! It took the Yanks 9 games, but they finally did it. The Yankees beat the Red Sox last night by the score of 13-6. All day I was waiting and waiting for 7:00. I was DYING to see this game. And the results were even better than I had hoped for.
Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain was a bit shaky last night, but he did pick up the win. He went just 5 innings, and gave up 4 runs on 6 hits. But the bad thing was he walked 7 men in 5 innings! It wasn’t Joba’s best start, but he gave the team the chance to win. Good enough for me.
To lead off the 3rd inning, Joba allowed a homer to Pedroia. I was so mad when that happened. I was SO close to throwing my shoe, but I caught myself. Then in the 4th, Casey Kotchman hit a 2-run homer. Settle down, Joba!
After the Yankees had an offensive outburst in the 4th, Joba got into some trouble in the 5th. He wound up walking the bases loaded, which was stupid because he had a huge lead. He made it out of the inning having only given up 1 run. The bullpen did a nice job last night, Robertson, Coke, and Melancon had scorless outings. Rookie Anthony Claggett pitched the 9th, and gave up 2 runs. He was the guy who gave up 8 runs to Cleveland in a 20 to something Yankee loss.
Although he struggled, Joba made it out of some tought jams, and was surely pumped.
Defensive Analysis: The defense was fine last night. Even though Joba was laboring, the defense didn’t get lazy. They were able to make all the plays. In the 3rd, Ortiz grounded into a nice 4-6-3 double play. I love seeing him struggle. He went 0 for 5 and left 9 men on base last night. Ha! I guess he can’t do anything unless he’s all juiced up.
A nice double play.
Offensive Analysis: The Yankee bats were on fire last night. They scored 13 runs on 18 hits! I felt bad for Smoltz, though. It’s sad because he used to be one of the best in the game, and now it’s like he is struggling and doesn’t know when to quit. But I had to get over that because my Yanks really needed this game.
After Posada’s baserunning blunder in the 3rd, I thought for sure that the Yankees would lose all life. Thank God I was wrong. In the 3rd, Damon homered to tie the game at 1. In the 4th, the Yankees were trailing again. Posada had a leadoff double, and scored on Cano’s single. Then Swish walked. So my man Melky came up to the plate. And then the game completely turned around. Melky smashed a 3-run homer into the second deck in right, giving the Yankees a 5-3 lead. Later in this inning, Posada hit a 3-run homer. He definetely made up for the baserunning mistake. The Yankees scored 8 runs in the 4th, and kept putting on runs throughout the game, winning in blowout fashion.
Jorge homers to add to the lead.
This game could not have been better for me. They got their first win against the Sox! The Yankees totally demolished the Red Sox. It was great. I woke up this morning with a smile on my face, and I’m ready for the game tonight. The heroes for last nights game are the Yankee lineup, for making the Red Sox look horrible, and mostly Melky Cabrera for providing the shift in momentum that lead to the Yankee victory. The Yankees now have a 3.5 game lead in the division. Hey, I know it was just 1 game, but it was a BIG one for the Yankees. I know the next 3 are going to be tough, but I know we are ready. LET’S GET THOSE SMELLY SOX!
Yanks Take 2 From Jays, While Red Sox Lose 2 to Rays!
Looking back, I’m kind of glad the Yankees lost 3 to the White Sox. I know it sounds crazy, but if they won those games against the White Sox, then realistically they would’ve had to lose versus the Jays, and then would be facing the Sox after losing. Now, they had a short bad stretch, and are hot as they get ready to tackle Boston. The Red Sox just lost 2 to the Rays, and are going into the Bronx with those loses in their heads. I like the way this is going right now. The Yankees won last night by the score of 8-4.
Pitching Analysis: I thought the key for Mitre’s success last night would be to get out of the 1st inning with a goose egg on the board. He got 2 quick outs, and from the dinner table I was shouting, “Come on, Serg! 1 more!” Well, after the 2 outs, Mitre surrendered 4 straight singles for 2 runs. Shucks. But after that, Mitre didn’t give up another run intil the 5th, where Adam Lind hit a leadoff homer. That was all for Mitre. Even though he only gave up 3 runs, I don’t think it was a great start by Mitre. He went to 3 balls on almost every hitter, and because of that, he failed to go deep in the game. But he did keep the Yankees in the game, which is really all we could ask from a 5th starter.
Mitre was relieved by Aceves, who got the win. Then it was Coke, Hughes, and Robertson. The bullpen did a nice job last night. There were a lot of innings to eat, and I thought Girardi did a nice job managing the pen. Overall, pitching was a plus, but I’m still waiting for Mitre to be able to go deeper into the game.
Defensive Analysis: When you have a pitcher that you know is going to struggle, defense becomes even more important. Defense was a plus last night. In the 3rd, Vernon Wells was on first with 2 outs after forcing a runner. The Yankee-killer Alex Rios was at the plate. But thanks to Jose Molina, Mitre wouldn’t have to face him for long. Molina did a snap throw to first, which nailed Wells for the final out. Nice.
In the 8th when Hughes was pitching, my man Melky made a nice play. Rios hit a ball to deep center which chased Melky back. Leche made a lovely running backhand catch, and he couldn’t stop running, so he sort of crashed into the wall. He didn’t have to do that to make the play. I love Melky. He always finds a way to make me laugh.
Cano is so smooth at second.
Offensive Analysis: The offense was great last night. The Yanks scored 2 in the 3rd. Hairston led off with a walk, Jeter singled, and Johnny singled, scoring Hairston. Tex had an RBI ground out, which tied the game at 2. The 7th was the big inning for the Yanks. Nick Swisher led off with a homer, then Cano doubled. Matsui got a pinch hit single to drive home Cano. Molina walked, and Damon singled to score Matsui. Then Tex singled to score Molina. By the end of the inning, the Yanks had a 6-3 lead.
In the 8th, the Yankees scored another run thanks to a leadoff double by Cano, who scored on a sac fly by Hinske. The Yanks tacked on another one in the 9th, courtesy of Damon’s big fly. It was a great game all around for the Yankees.
I hope we see this tonight!
When you beat Halladay for the first game, that feels pretty good. But when you win the next game and you knew your starter would struggle, that must feel just as good. The heroes for last night are the Yankee bullpen for getting us to the end of the game nicely, and one of the most underrated Yankees, Johnny Damon. He went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI. He’s really good. I always say it, and I ‘ll say it again: the Yankees have to be stupid to not sign Damon. With the Red Sox loss, the Yanks have a 2.5 game lead. Tonight they tackle Boston. I think they are ready, and I am ready too. YA HEAR THAT, BOSTON? WE ARE READY! BRING IT ON!
Yanks Beat The Doc, Could it Have Happened at a Better Time?!
Last night, the Yankees took the first of 2 from Toronto against the best pitcher in baseball. They had everything working for them: pitching, defense, and timely hitting. The final score was 5-3.
Pitching Analysis: Andy “Bad Luck” Pettitte toed the rubber last night in search of his first win of the second half, and he found it. Andy pitched a helluva game. He went 6 & 2/3 innings of 1 run ball, 4 hits, 4 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Andy threw strikes and worked quickly, and the game itself was quick, 2 hours and 35 min. That performance had to be a confidence booster for Pettitte, not only picking up his first win of this half, but doing it against Doc Halladay! That’s pretty incredible. We can take away that middle name I gave him now.
GO ANDY, GO ANDY!
Phil Hughes pitched the last out of the 7th and first two of the 8th. He got into a little jam in the 8th thatnks to back-to-back singles, and Mo was called upon for the 4 out save. Vernon Wells doubled off Mo, scoring 2 and making the game 4-3. Those runs were charged to Hughes. But as always, Mo held it and pitched the 9th (who else would?) and recorded his 31 save of the season. Pitching was a plus PLUS for the Yanks yesterday.
Defensive Analysis: The defense was another strength last night. Andy worked at a nice quick pace, which kept the defense ready. As I always say, pitching and defense go hand-in-hand. In the 3rd, Jeter robbed Barajas of a single on a sharp liner to his right, which he grabbed quickly for the out. After a 1 out walk to Bautista, Scutaro hit a bullet line drive to Arod, who gloved it and fired to first to erase Bautista’s walk and to end the inning. Nice.
In the 5th, Tex started a beautiful 3-6-3 double play. That is something Giambi could never do. Tex is so smooth, and I feel confident when a ball is hit in his direction. In the 7th, my man Melky made a nice running catch for the first out of the inning. He is so underrated. Melky catches everything, and he has a killer arm. I love you, Leche!
Offensive Analysis: The Yankees got to Halladay early, scoring 2 in the first thanks to an RBI double by Arod that drove in Damon. Arod then scored on an error. He is a great baserunner, most of the time. That was all for the Yanks for a long time.
But the Bronx Bombers were back last night! In the 8th, Johnny Damon homered to right of Doc, who pitched a complete game. Then Tex crushed a homer into the right field seats! His home runs are ridiculous! In the 9th, Matsui decided he wanted to make it easier for Mo in the 9th, so he provided an insurance run. Matsui hit a no-doubter bomb of a home run to center field. The homers were so fun to watch.
Last night’s victory was a BIG one for the Yankees. Could it have come at a better time? I say, NO! First of all, the Rays beat the Red Sox in extra innings last night, so the Yankees now have a 1.5 game lead. Second, the Red Sox come to the Bronx on Thursday for a 4 game series. Beating Halladay may have given the Yanks the confidence boost they need to beat the Sox! Oh, I almost forgot: the heroes are Andy for a great start, and the Bronx Bombers (Damon, Tex & Godzilla) for their offensive production. I am starting to get excited again! GO YANKS! KEEP UP THE GOOD BASEBALL!
Oh, and here’s to Jane, my fellow blogger. I have two celebrity look alikes for you.
EJ, you should appreciate this one.
Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz….
….and the WWE’s Cody Rhodes!
Oroile’s manager Dave Trembley….
….and William Shatner!
I’m not as good as Jane, but these aren’t that bad for my first time! GO YANKS!
Mitre Had Nothing, and Yankees Failed to Get Big Hit
It was another frustrating loss for the Yankees. Last night’s loss was the first time they lost 2 games in a row since the Angels swept them before the break. I hope this is not a downward slide for the Yankees. They lost to the White Sox 10-5 last night.
Pitching Analysis: There is no other way to say it, but the pitching was utterly dreadful last night. Sergio Mitre toed the rubber for the third time in a Yankee uniform. Since the Yankees did not get a pitcher before the trade deadline, a lot of pressure is now on Mitre to perform well. He did not perform well yesterday. He pitched 3 innings, and gave up 5 runs on 7 hits. He was missing with his sinker and became very predictacble for the White Sox hitters. He failed to make adjustments during the game. Many times, we have seen CC and A.J. go out there without their best stuff, and they manage to grind out the game and give the team a chance to win, because they knew the quality of the stuff they had, and they made adjustments. That is what separates smart pitchers and good pitchers.
After Mitre struggled through 3, David Robertson was called upon. He pitched 2 innings and allowed just 1 run, but recorded the loss. Alfredo Aceves was next, and he was horrible. He pitched 1 & 2/3 innings, and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. Aceves has not pitched in awhile due to shoulder fatigue, and I wonder if he was feeling some last night, because he was uncharacteristically bad. Mark Melancon was the only bright spot for Yankee pitching last night, going 1 & 1/3 innings of scorless ball, while picking up 2 strikeouts along the way. I really hope Mitre can pick things up and perform, because the Yanks are counting on him.
Defensive Analysis: It was not the greatest defensively played game. In the bottom of the 2nd, Podsednik bunted a ball that Mitre was going to field. Mitre rushed to the ball, so quickly that I thought he had a chance to get the out at second. But he fell down on his tushy, and failed to get any out at all.
Mitre on his butt.
In the bottom of the 7th, Johnny Damon made a fabulous catch to rob Carlos Quentin of an extra-base hit. Johnny is always trying. It seems like he never gives up in a game. I hope the Yankees are smart and sign Damon, because he is too valuable to this club to let go of.
Offensive Analysis: After the tough loss in game 1, I was hoping that the Yankees would go out there in the first inning with a vengeance and score a bunch of runs. They did. Jeter and Damon singled, Tex doubled, Arod got an RBI groundout, Matsui singled, and by the end of the inning the Yankees had 3 runs, which Mitre soon gave back.
In the 4th, the Yankees were down 5-3, and Eric Hinske hit a 2-run homer to tie the game at 5. But after that, the Yankee bats went dead. The Yankees only managed 3 hits through the rest of the game. They had opportunities to come back in innings where the leadoff man was on, but they failed to get the big hit.
It was not a good game last night. It made it worse that the Red Sox won, narrowing the Yankees’ lead to just 1.5 games. Yikes! It’s getting a bit scary. The Yankees better pull themselves together, because you cannot go through a bad stretch in the AL East. This division is too good. With A.J. on the hill today, the Yankees look to get back on the right track, and I’m with them all the way. GO YANKEES!!!