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ALCS, Angels, BRING IT ON!!!

Yanks Swept ALDS, Now Ready For Next Step

WAHOO!!! We have conquered the Twinkies and swept them in the ALDS! I’m so proud of my Yankees. They haven’t gotten this far since 2004, a year that I am still trying to forget. But hey, this team is BEAST!!! I have all the confidence in the world that they can do it. Anyway, the Yankees beat the Twins 4-1.

Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte was as fabulous as can be. What else is new. Andy + postseason = Yankee win. With his win in game 3, Andy has 15 postseason wins, the most in baseball. Pettitte was great on Sunday. He allowed just 1 run, an RBI double by Mauer, in 6 and 1/3 innings of work. Andy could have gone longer, but the bullpen has been so good lately, so you can’t argue with taking Andy out. The Yankees have a killer starting rotation. CC, A.J., and Andy. When they are on, they are ON! And they are unhittable. And the bullpen has just been insanely amazing. If you think about it, pitching is what won this series for the Yanks. Yankee pitchers, give yourselves a bat on the back. Job well done to all of’ya :)

Lefty Andy Pettitte strikes out seven Twins over 6-1/3 innings.

Andy. Isn’t he just the dandiest? :)

Defensive Analysis: Derek Jeter has baseball instincts. In the 8th inning, Jeet made a fantastic play. With Punto on second, Denard Span hit a chopper to short. Jeet made a spectacular play to just get to the ball, but when his instincts took over it was just awesome. He held the ball for a bit, and then fired home, because Punto was heading for the plate! He must have thought the ball got through. So Jeet fired home, and Jorge fired to Arod at third, who tagged the diving Punto for the out. OUT! It was so cool.

... after Derek Jeter fields a ground ball then alertly throws home to Jorge Posada, who fires the ball to A-Rod.

Jeet lets the instincts take over….

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez tags out Nick Punto at third in the 8th inning ...

….and Punto is out. Booya!

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees were trailing 1-0 heading into the 7th. It seemed like the way Pavano was pitching, the Yankees weren’t even going to be able to buy a run. I was afraid to get up because I didn’t want to jinx them, but my dinner was ready in the 7th. I got up and joined my family at the table for some delicious, homemade chicken soup. And of course, I missed it. Arod had to be a show-off-clutch-sexy-beast. He hit an opposite-field solo homer to tie the game at 1. His clutchness this series was unbelievable. Good for him. Later in the inning, Jorge Posada smashed an opposite-field solo homer, giving the Yanks a 2-1 lead! In a way, I kind of felt bad for Pavano. Wait. Hold the phone. What am I saying? He was a bust for us. I hate him. Take that back, I was laughing at him. HAHA! The Yankees came back!

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada hits what becomes the game-winning home run for the Bombers in the seventh inning.

Hip, hip….JORGE!!!

The Yanks tacked on 2 more runs later on, giving them a 4-1 lead. After they won, they celebrated. And again I became envious of Kim Jones. I WANT HER JOB!!! Running around the clubhouse and interviewing alcoholic beverage-covered Yankees? What could be better than that? Seriously, I would pay to have her job.

Jorge Posada finds reward for go-ahead home run in seventh inning is an after-ALDS shower of beer and champagne as Yankees get bubbly over earning berth to play Angels in ALCS.

Jorge begging for dear life.

From left, Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia are sprayed with champagne by Phil Hughes after the Yankees triumph over the Twins.

CC getting attacked from the flank by Phil Hughes. What is Arod doing?

Yankees celebrate beating the Twins in the locker room as Alex Rodriguez gets a champagne shower for his performance.

Thattaboy, Melky! Melky pours the bubbly all over Alex.

I have to wait until Friday to see my boys again? Ugh. How will I survive?! It seems like it’s been forever since I last posted. Sorry about that. These AP classes are slowly taking over my life! Aside from the amount of work, this year is going well. I like all my teachers. They are Yankee fans, and they like my blog. How cool is that? My history teacher has easy access to my blog on his computer. He made a point to show me that today after school when I went to get feedback on my essay. Mr. Sayers, thanks for being a fan!

The ALCS. My Yankees are in it. This is great. I’m going to make sure I don’t do ANYTHING to jinx them. I’ll sit in that same spot on the couch, use that same pen when I take notes, and pray for them like I always do! GO YANKEES! I’m really starting to get excited now. And I thought I was excited before. I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!

** Note ** Our buddy EJ is back to blogging! Don’t forget to check out his blog at http://yankeesquad.mlblogs.com/

Go Yankees!

 

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 :)

Rookies, Rookies Everywhere!

Second-String Yanks Beat Royals

Last night’s Yankee game was like Heaven for me. The cutest guys were playing. All the little rookies that I love. If only Mitre pitched….I think I would have died….-sigh-….Uhh…anyway, the Yankees beat the Royals 8-2 last night, and they did it with the second-string guys.

Pitching Analysis: Chad Gaudin started for the Yanks last night, and once again, they won with him on the mound. Chad pitched well. Very well. I think this was his best start as a Yankee. He went 6 & 2/3 innings of 2-run ball. He allowed just 4 hits, and struckout 5. Yeah, Chad! He is pitching his way onto the postseason roster! He is a good guy to have, if he continues pitching this well. His versatility makes him even more of a weapon. Gaudin can be used in many different ways, and he is equally dominant in each role.

Marte and Aceves finished out the game. They both did a nice job. The pitching was excellent yesterday. Keep it up, Yanks. October awaits!

Offensive Analysis: It was the cutest lineup ever. I was dying to see the game, and when I heard there was a rain delay, I was so mad! I was all ready to sit and watch the game at 7:00. I did all my work, all my studying, I was all set! And then the rain ruined it. I had to wait for what seemed like 10 hours! Do you know how I felt? It would be different if I didn’t know the lineup. But I did, and I knew about Cervelli and then I just went crazy.

But, after an eternity an hour and 56 minute rain delay, the game finally started. Here is the lineup, and the game stats to go along with it:

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gardner, CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 .275
Cabrera, Me, LF 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 .273
Cano, 2B 4 2 2 4 0 0 1 .322
Posada, DH 2 1 2 0 2 0 0 .290
Hinske, 3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 4 .242
Duncan, S, RF 3 0 1 1 0 1 2 .231
  1-Guzman, F, PR-RF 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Miranda, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .200
Cervelli, C 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 .289
Pena, R, SS 4 2 2 2 0 0 0 .290
Totals 33 8 12 8 3 4 12

Frikin’ adorable! Cervelli, Melky, Ramiro, and Brettiboo all in the same lineup! The offense was good last night. In the 4th, Hinske got an RBI single, right through the whole of the shift. Ramiro Pena hit is first career homer, a solo shot, in the 5th. Arod decided to give him the silent treatment. He and Swisher told everyone not to congradulate him. Ramiro headed back to the dugout, and no one even looked at him. The poor thing! Then suddenly, the whole dugout jumped up at once and went over to congradulate the cute kid. CONGRATS, RAMIRO!!! That made it 2-1 Yankees.

RAMIRO!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!

Later in the game, the 7th to be exact, Robbie Cano hit a grand slam. He has been ON FIRE lately. Good for him!

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits a grand slam homerun during the 7th inning of the Bombers' 8-2 win over the Royals.

Look at all those cuties…did I die and go to Heaven? Wow!

It was a fun game for me last night. I love those little cuties. The heroes for the victory are Chad Gaudin, for his great start, Robinson Cano for his grand-salami, and Ramiro Pena for being cute and getting his first homer. And Cervelli, just because I watched him behind the plate instead of watching Gaudin pitch. I do that. Whenever he plays, I just stare at him the whole time. Everything he does is cute! I can’t explain it…I’m just obsessed with the guy. No one cares about what the Red Sox did, because WE CLINCHED ALREADY!!!! God, I love the sound of that. Hahaha. GO YANKEES!

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!!! 

WE CLINCHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Despite My Worries, Yankees Are Definitely In!!!

I was on the verge of a heart attack when I wrote my last entry. But today, my heart is in much better condition and I am full of smiles. My Yankees clinched a postseason spot last night. The Rangers lost, and the Yankees beat the Angels 6-5. I am so proud :)

Pitching Analysis: Chad Gaudin started toed the rubber for the Yanks last night. He did a nice job (remember, he is Chad Gaudin). He went 4 & 2/3 innings of 2-run ball. Not his best start, but the Yankees wound up winning the game. Surprisingly, the Yankees have won all of Gaudin’s starts.

Alfredo Aceves relieved Gaudin, and he allowed 2 runs. Marte gave up 1 hit and then was pulled and replaced by Phil Hughes. Hughes allowed a run, but he picked up the win. As always, (except for that Ichiro incident) Mo nailed it down for his 41st save of the year. The pitching was good enough for the win last night. If the Yanks can manage a win when their 5th starter is pitching, they have to feel pretty good.

Defensive Analysis: The Yankees made 2 errors last night, one by Cano and one by Posada. But Alex Rodriguez made a sparkling play with the bases loaded. A sharp grounder was hit to his right, and he dove, gloved it, and fired a strike to Tex for the out, and the end of the Halo’s threat.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankee offense was not dead last night. They managed 6 runs on 10 hits. They had a big 3rd inning, thanks to a pair of 2-run homers by Arod and Posada. Matsui had a solo homer of his own in the 5th. The Yankee bats were silent for awhile, and the Angels fought their way back and tied the game at 5. I was thinking that the Yankee offense had died, and that they would not come back. But I forgot something: they are The Drama Club. They can always come back.

Jorge Posada (r.) is greeted by Hideki Matsui after hitting a two-run home run against the Angels in the third inning.

I would rather see Cervelli, (♥) but I enjoy seeing Jorge come through.

 

Hideki Matsui and Yankees have plenty to cheer about as they clinch a playoff berth and beat the Angels, 6-5, in Anaheim on Tuesday night.

GODZILLA!!!

The Yankees were indeed The Drama Club last night, as they pushed ahead in the 9th. Alex Rodriguez drove in the go-ahead run with a sac fly. The Yankees went on to win it 6-5.

-DEEEEEEEEEEEP breath- -sigh of relief- Well, they did it. My boys did it. They clinched. I was so worried that this team was collapsing. I guess I was being a little ridiculous. I mean, they are only human. They have to slump eventually. Last night’s win was a big one, not just because they clinched, but because they played hard. That game felt like a postseason game, and the Yankees came out on top. Maybe it is a sign of things to come….hm….I sure hope so. I really, really, REALLY want the Yankees to go all the way this year. I don’t want to have to ponder about that little thing I did when I was 8 that I think cursed my Yankees. (http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/08/the-curse-of-the-pen.html) We’ll see. The heroes for the victory are Alex Rodriguez, for his 3 RBI’s, Jorge & Hideki for their homers, and just the whole team in general, for improving my well-being with the win. THANK YOU, BOYS! The Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway are in Kansas City, and I hope the Royals can be spoilers again.

I’m watching the Yankee game right now. They are leading 3-1. My man Melky, who has been slumping, just got a hit. Just thought I’d say that :) I am getting very excited, and a little sad. Only 9 games left? I am going to be so lonely when the season is over. I’m going to miss my men :( They just have to win the World Series so the offseason is shorter and so I can see them longer. GO YANKEES!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS SOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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!!!! 

My Poor Baby…

Mitre Struggles In Yankee Loss

I really feel bad for him. I really thought he would have a nice outing. You all know how I feel about him….this was just awful for me to watch. Seriously, I was close to tears. My history teacher told me that he thought “Mitre just pitched himself out of New York.” Can you imagine what I was feeling when he said that? Ugh. The Yankees lost last night 10-4.

Pitching Analysis: Sergio Mitre was…(gulp)…not..good…It pains me to say that. Mitre struggled. He went 5 innings and allowed 7 runs on 8 hits, and 4 homers. I thought he would do well because he got out of the 1st inning unscathed. And he had a scoreless 2nd. But then….that dreaded 3rd…the 2-run homer…then with 2 outs a solo homer….you can imagine how I felt….

My poor baby…what a rough game…I still love you.

Ramirez, Melancon, and Dunn finished out the game, each of them giving up a run. The Yankee pitching was not good last night at all. I’m sorry, Sergio. I still love you. (♥)

Defensive Analysis: The defense was fine as usual, but there was a different kind of defense in last night’s game involving Jorge Posada.

Posada has words with Barajas before the brawl. (CLICK PHOTO TO VIEW COMPLETE GALLERY)

Cranky Jorge.

Barajas argues his case and later says: "(Posada) saw where Jesse was and he threw an elbow and that's what triggered the whole situation. I knew where Jesse was and I didn't know if (Posada) was going to do anything or say anything, but I just kept my eye on it, hoping nothing would happen. Unfortunately something did."

Barajas is getting testy…

... as both benches clear and a melee ensues.

Whoa! Benches clear. And look who the first guy I see is…Cervelli! Right in the middle of the picture. I hope I see more of him now that Jorge is in trouble.



... as Yankee ace CC Sabathia, one of the players Girardi likely wouldn't want to see hurt in a brawl, throws his weight around to pull his catcher out.

Big CC had to restrain Jorge. I’d hate to get on CC’s bad side…he might eat me!

Some Blue Jays were hit, and then Posada was thrown behind, and he was cranky, which led to what you saw above. Pretty silly. I like brawls against the Red Sox. Those are fun because they mean something. But the Blue Jays? Come on. No rivalry there. I just hope everyone is okay.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankee offense annoyed me last night. The Yanks out-hit the Jays. The had 15 hits. Halladay was not at his best, and the Yankees could not do anything. They failed to get the big hit. It was disgusting. They had chances to score, but they didn’t. What really annoyed me was that the Blue Jays were on a home run frenzy, but the Bronx Bombers failed to bomb. I don’t get it….

Last night was not one of the Yankees’ greatest nights. And it was not the greatest night to be a Yankee fan. I was all excited to see my baby pitch, and he was bad. The offense struggled. And the Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway won, so now the Yankee lead is 6.5. 6.5. I guess I don’t have too much to complain about. We still have a cozy lead. And even though he stunk, I still got to stare at Mitre. Hm. I guess it is okay. They have to lose sometimes. They just better win tonight. I don’t have too much work, so I am planning on watching the whole game nice and relaxed. Make it a good one for me, boys! GO YANKEES!!

It Really Is Baffling

Yanks Lose And I’m Confused

I just don’t get it. It doesn’t make sense to me. How can a team as good as the Yankees lose like that? How can the pitching and the offense be so inconsistent in a game? They looked dead yesterday. And then they tried to come alive in the 9th, but it wasn’t enough. That part reminded me of last year, and I don’t want to remember last year. The Yankees lost to the Orioles 7-3 yesterday.

Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett toed the rubber yesterday looking to follow up on his last start, which was a good one. He disappointed me. He gave up 6 runs in the 2nd and it took him 41 pitches to get out of that inning. 41? Insane. But what I really don’t get is that for the rest of the game, he was A.J. Burnett. You would think I am happy that he settled down, but I am not. That does not cut it. That 2nd inning was dreadful. If it was in the postseason, it could have ended our season. I will not accept that. A.J.’s inconsistency is really bothering me. Where is the A.J. I love? He was so good last week, why was he bad yesterday? I have always given A.J. the benefit of the doubt, but now I am getting a little fed up. A.J. needs to perform and help the Yankees win the World Series, because we won’t settle for anything less.

Burnett's 1-3 with a 7.67 ERA in his last five starts.

Sorry, A.J., but I am losing faith in you. Please prove me wrong and do good in your next start!

Josh Towers came in to pitch the final 2 innings, and he allowed a run. He’s cool. A pitcher who wears #12. And he has high socks. That’s pretty cool.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was pretty good yesterday. In the 1st, Cano caught a liner and fired to Jeet for an inning ending 4-6 double play, which was cool. Alex Rodriguez booted a foul pop up, and was a bit frustrated to say the least. Then Wieters hit a foul pop up, and gave Arod a chance to redeem himself. Arod made a nice over the shoulder catch, and he was happy. Jeter was, too. They are always kidding each other.

Offensive Analysis: I liked what I saw in the first, but I didn’t like anything else. The Yanks jumped out to an early lead, died, and then had a valiant effort to make up the deficit in the 9th. In the 1st, the Yanks built a run. Jeter singled and stole second, Jerry bunted him over to third, and Tex drove him in with a sac fly. I liked that. I love little ball.

Derek Jeter and the Yankees are running away with AL East.

Jeter stealing second in the 1st.

After the 1st, the offense really died. They had only a handful of chances to score, and they failed in all of them until the 9th. I don’t understand how the top offensive team can look so lost and dead at the plate.

In the 9th, the Yankee bats decided to wake up. Melky Cabrera had an RBI double, and Posada had an RBI single. That made it 7-3. Jeter struckout to end the game, and the Yankees lost to the Orioles again.

I don’t want to see this anymore:

Orioles' Brian Roberts hits 2nd inning grand slam off Yankees' starter A.J. Burnett.

 

I want to see this:

I know they only lost 2 in a row, but I am worried about the Yankees. They have not lost 2 in a row at home since that miserable series versus the Nationals. I just want a World Series title this year. I have waited so long, and I just love my team. I want everything to go well so I know they will win it all. Is that too much to ask for, boys? Hahaha. I love you guys, and I want you to have all the glory at the end of the baseball year. That’s all. GO YANKEES!!!

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 :) 

Yanks Take Two!!!

Yanks Win Both Games. And I Am Filled With Smiles!!!

Ahhh…We won both games. How comforting. We pitched well, we actually caught the ball, and the offense was great. And somebody sent me something which I am wearing right now. I thank that somebody :) The Yankees won the first game 4-1 and the second game 11-1.

Pitching Analysis: CC pitched game 1, and he was awesome and worth the money as always. He pitched 7 innings of 1-run ball, that one coming off the bat of Evan Longoria and his solo homer. He got into a few jams, but he made it out via the strikeout. It was a great game for CC. Hughes pitched the 8th, and Mo pitched the 9th.

CC Sabathia continues his dominant run despite a no-decision in the Yankees' win over the Rays on Monday afternoon.

CC is a beast.

Game 2 was A.J.’s turn. I was wondering which A.J. would show up. The stinky I-can’t-locate-my-fastball A.J., or the A.J. with the great fastball and the nasty curve. Well, in the 1st inning, A.J. allowed a run. Darn. The stinky A.J. was pitching. But wait! He turned things around and did not allow a run for the rest of the game! Hooray! A.J. is back! This could be the perfect time for him to heat up….going down the final stretch…gett’n ready for the POSTSEASON!!! Perfect timing, A.J.

AJ Burnett is confident and commanding in the Yankees' 11-1 pounding of the Rays in Monday's nightcap.

Oh, yeah….

Edwar Ramirez pitched next, followed by a Jonathan Albaladejo with weird eyes (poor thing!) and the nervous kid Michael Dunn finished out the game. The pitching was fabulous, as usual.

Defensive Analysis: Unlike the other day, the Yankees actually caught the ball! Wow! I gues everyone just had their bad day on the same day. But in both games yesterday, the defense was great. Brett Gardner made himself right at home in centerfield in game 1….even though that catch was in right field. In the 4th inning of game 1, Brett ran all the way into deep right field, and made a dive/slide to rob the Ray of a double. It was the right fielder’s ball, but I was glad to see Gardy make the play. Way to go Brettiboo!!!

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner celebrates his return from the disabled list by making a running, tumbling catch on a Fernando Perez drive in the fifth inning.

I missed you, Brett!!!

Offensive Analysis: In game 1, the offense looked a bit sluggish. Arod had a great day at the plate, but before the 8th, no one else was hitting well. But the 8th is where is all changed. Swish led off with a walk, and thanks to Tex it was 2nd and 3rd none out. Arod was intentionally walked, Cano got a sac fly, Jorge singled, and Hinske got a sac fly. It was 4-1, and the Yankees won it by that score.

In game 2, the offense exploded again. The Yankees had an 8 run 3rd inning. They tacked on more later. Everyone was hitting, accept the guy we all wanted to hit. Jeet was hitless for both games. Poor guy. He is stressing a bit, it is obvious. Don’t panic, Jeet! We LOVE you!!! Mark Teixeira had 2 homers, Melky had 3 hits, the lineup was on fire!

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 0 1 1 0 6 .329
  1-Pena, R, PR-SS-2B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .283
Damon, LF 6 1 1 1 0 1 6 .288
Teixeira, 1B 4 2 3 4 0 1 0 .282
  Gardner, CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270
Matsui, H, DH 3 2 2 0 2 0 1 .269
Swisher, RF-1B 2 2 1 0 2 0 1 .251
  a-Hinske, PH-3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .246
Cano, 2B 3 0 1 0 1 0 3 .316
  b-Duncan, S, PH-RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Cabrera, Me, CF-RF 4 2 3 2 0 0 3 .281
  Cervelli, C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .263
Hairston, J, 3B-SS 4 1 2 1 1 0 2 .257
Molina, J, C-1B 3 0 3 1 2 0 0 .245
Totals 38 11 17 10 9 2 24

 

I saw my Cervelli baby again. I was a bit angry at Girardi for not letting Cervelli start one of the games, but whatever. At least I saw him…sooo cute….yeah…

It was a great day for the Yanks. 2 wins in 1 day is pretty darn good. The heroes for game 1 are CC, the bullpen, and Arod. For game 2, the heroes are A.J., Tex, and Melky. It was another fun day to be a Yankee fan. And because of these wins, and the Red Sox loss, the Yankees now have an EXTREMELY COZY 9 GAME LEAD!!!!! WAHOOO!!!! The Smelly Sox are running out of time. That is awesome. I smell something….a championship, maybe? I’ve been waiting for awhile…I hope this is the year. GO YANKEES!!!!!!

Oh, and I would just like to thank my friend Cat for this lovely shirt. An Andre Ethier shirt, signed by Andre himself. I was SO hyper during school today. I could not wait to get the mail!!! Thank you SO much, Cat. You made me smile, and I know I will smile and think of you every time I wear this shirt!!! Tell Andre I love him, too!!!

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