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Yankees Shutout Sox Again

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.

... as CC Sabathia pitches in with 7-2/3 scoreless innings.

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.

Derek Jeter's two-run homer in the 8th inning puts the finishing touches against Boston.

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!

Yeah, baby.

 

Oh, Yeah Baby! There’s A 1 Now!

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.

Joba Chamberlain is pumped for the win despite giving up a career high seven walks on the night.

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.

YOUK OUT! Derek Jeter leaps over Kevin Youkilis to complete a double play in the Yankees' 13-6 win over the Red Sox last night at the Stadium. The third-inning twin killing helped Joba Chamberlain survive five rough innings for the win.

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 Beat Jays, Have Momentum On Their Side For 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.

Poor guy.

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 and the Bombers hope to turn their fortunes around Thursday night against the Red Sox.

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!

 

Confidence Booster! Yanks Beat Halladay!

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!

 

More of the Same….Oh Wait!

Melky Hits for Cycle to Lead Yanks to Victory

After the Yankees went out and got 3 runs of Buehrle for a lead, CC soon gave back the lead, and I was immidiately thinking: this is more of the same. But wait! I spoke too soon! The Yankees came back, thanks to my man Melky, and CC held on and let the Yankees salvage the final game in Chicago. The Yankees won 8-5. The Yankees won! YAY!

Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia started yesterday. He had a pretty easy start, but his command was a bit off. He kept missing high and away with his fastball. Then in the 3rd, things got out of control. CC allowed 4 runs, thanks to homers by Dye and Thome, to let a 3 run lead slip away. That is when I threw my shoe at the tv. It was so frustrating. The Yankees managed 3 runs of Buehrle, and were looking good. Then CC gave it up in the “big inning” fashion like A.J. the day before. I couldn’t help but to throw my shoe.

But CC managed to grind out the game into the 7th, settling down nicely. He gave up 5 runs on 10 hits, and didn’t walk a batter. He managed to keep the Yankees in the game, and even though it was not his best start, I consider it a good one since we won.

CC’s game face. 

Phil Hughes relieved CC in the 8th, getting 2 outs. Then Mo came on for the 4 out save, and nailed it down for his 30th of the year. Nice pitching, could’ve been better, but hey. We won.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was much better yesterday. Great plays were being made all over the place. Especially in the first. New Yankee Jerry Hairston robbed Podsednik of a hit with a nice diving play at third. Then Melky stole a single from Dye by diving in front of him to make the catch. Hairston also made another nice play in the 3rd. I really like Hairston already. He is very versatile, and unlike Ransom, he is good everywhere. He can also handle the bat, unlike Ransom. And he can bunt and run well. He reminds me of a Clay Bellinger or Jose Viscaino of the championship teams, and that’s a good thing. He does all the little things right.

Offensive Analysis: The Yanks got to Buehlre early (Ha! That rhymes!) in the 2nd and scored 3 runs, thank to my man Melky. He hit a 3-run homer on the first pitch! The Melkman Delivers! Melky made history at the plate. He hit for the cycle! Now we don’t have to hear Michael Kay say, “The last cycle hit by a Yankee was by Tony Fernandez in 1995.” He said that like every day! Now it will be Melky’s name. The last thing Melky got was the triple, in the 9th. I could not believe he did it! I am so proud of him!

I love you, Melky! :)

The Yankees had contributions all throughout the lineup. They banged out a total of 15 hits. But the key to yesterday’s win was that they were able to get the big hit when it really mattered. If they can do that, victory will be within their grasp.

Yesterday’s win was a big boost for the Yankees. CC gave up the lead, but they came back and held it for the W. The heroes (Finally I get do to this!) are Melky Cabrera, for hitting for the cycle and making me proud, Jerry Hairston, for his really nice defense and his 2 timely hits, and CC, for although giving up the lead, holding it for the win. Sadly the Red Sox won, so the Yankees still have the tiny .5 game lead. The Red Sox come into town Thursday, and this may be the perfect time for the Yankees to get hot again. WE CAN DO IT, BOYS!

 

                                                                    

Game 2 & Game 3: Polar Opposites, Yanks Bounce Back With a Win

Yankees Take Series, Had Everything Working Last Night

I guess my fellow bloggers were right. Sometimes you just lose a game. I thought for sure game 2 would be a start of bad things for the Yanks, but last night they played the way I’m used to them playing: well. It was a great game, and the Yankees won 6-2 over the Rays.

Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain had the best start of his career last night. He went 8 innings of shutout ball, only giving up 3 hits and walking just 2, whie striking out 5. I am happy to eat my words about Joba. Before these past 3 good starts, I was very hard on him. I guess I expected him to be perfect everyday. But as Girardi said, he doesn’t have many innings under his belt. He is still learning how to pitch. I always liked Joba, but when he was pitching poorly I was beginning to think he was a fluke. Not anymore. I hope he stays a Yankee for his whole career. I think he saw the light and discovered what he was doing wrong. I know he will be dominant now.

Joba Chamberlain strikes out five in eight strong innings.

In Joba We Trust!

Brian Bruney came in to pitch the 9th since the Yanks had a big lead, and there is no other way of saying it: he really pitched badly. In previous outings when he gave up runs, he said he saw good things. It would be lying to say that there were good things last night. Bruney pitched just 1/3 of an inning, and allowed 2 runs. A leadoff triple to Crawford and a monster 2 run homer for Longoria. Then after a Zobrist pop out, Pena doubled. Bruney’s command just wasn’t there. He fell behind in the count to every hitter he faced. I feel bad for Bruney.

Mo came in and inherited Bruney’s mess. He nailed down the final 2 outs, but did not get a save. It doesn’t matter. He saved the game anyway!

Defensive Analysis: Like everything else, it was the polar opposite of game 2. The defense was incredible last night. Because Joba was pitching quickly and was on a roll, the defense was on its toes, ready to make every play. Pitching and defense. They go hand-in-hand. In the top of the third, Mark Teixeira made a fabulous play to rob Navarro of a hit. He hit a liner above Tex’s head, and Tex leapt like 5 feet into the air, extended his arm as far as humanly possible, and caught the ball! It was amazing. I love Tex. He is such a good player.

Offensive Analysis: It was much better last night. In the 1st, Jeter lead off with a triple and scored on a single by Tex. I guess Jeter was mad about the previous game. There were a lot of homers last night. In the 6th, Cano was up. He fouled a ball right off his shin. The trainer came out to look at it, but Cano stayed in the game. 2 pitches later, Cano hit a monster home run. That eases the pain a little!

Matsui double in the 8th, then Posada doubled, scoring pinch runner Ransom. In the 9th, my man Melky hit a home run for his 9th of the year. The Melkman delivered! I can’t get over how good of a year he is having. Then Tex hit his 26th homer of the year. I heard my Dad go “Whoa!” from the shower when Tex hit that one! It was quite a bomb.

Perfect spot on the bat! Ooh. We know where that’s going. :)

It all adds up to a 6-2 Yankee win. It was a comforting win for me. They paid me back for the bad game. But I learned from my fellow bloggers that even a bad game is better than no game. That is so true. I hate the offseason. I long and yearn for baseball; it is my life. But a good game is better than a bad game, and the heroes for last night’s good game are Joba, for the best start of his young career and Tex for his production with both the bat and the glove. The Red Sox lost to the A’s last night, so the Yankees have a ******** 3.5 GAME LEAD IN THE AL EAST!!!!! O TO THE M TO THE G!!!!! This is getting good! I LOVE YOU GUYS, NOW RUN AWAY WITH IT! 27 IN THE BRONX! HURRRAAAHHHH!!! 

Ow! Ow! Burnett is Burning and Big Bats Are On Fire

Burnett and Offense Smokin’ in Victory Over Rays

In the first road game since I started my blog, the Yankees had everything working for a win. A.J. Burnett was awesome, and everyone in the lineup got at least 1 hit. It all added up to an 11-4 Yankee win. Here’s how it happened.

Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett continued his hot pitching, and had his nasty curveball and power fastball working. He went 7, allowing an unearned run due to a strikeout-wild pitch where Upton reached 1st. He struck out 5, and only allowed 2 hits. He is so fun to watch. Is it me or does he always look cranky on the mound? I don’t know why; he pitches so well. He has nothing to be cranky about. Just a game face I guess. Well anyway, A.J. was as good as I’ve ever seen him last night. I would be more that fine with him starting the World Series for us.

A.J.’s making his cranky face in this picture!

Jonathan Albaladejo, recently recalled from Scranton after Gardner broke his thumb, pitched 2/3 of the 8th, allowing 2 runs. He was not called up to be lights out, he just needed to give the bullpen some rest. And by this time the Yanks had a huge lead anyway. David Robertson came on to finish the game, allowing 1 run in 1 & 1/3 innings. The pitching was definetely a plus for the Yankees last night.

Defensive Analysis: Aside from Burnett’s wild pickoff throw in the first, the defense was once again solid last night. In the bottom of the 6th, Cano, Jeter, and Tex turned a nice 4-6-3 double play on Evan Longoria, preventing a big inning for the Rays. We have the best infield in the game, and like many of my fellow bloggers, I agree that Cano should win the Gold Glove this year.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees touched home plate 11 times last night, and got contributions from every man in the lineup. Cano had a nice game with a homer, a triple, and 2 walks. Swisher had 2 homers. Damon had a 3-run homer, the 200th of his carreer. The Yankees better sign him. The birthday boy Alex Rodriguez had a 2-run double last night. My man Lechemente had 2 hits again last night, extending his hitting streak to 6 straight. Melky continues to be a weapon in the bottom of the order. Aside from Melky, many of the Yankees have hitting streaks, which were all extended last night.

It was the perfect win for the Yankees last night. They kept their 2.5 game lead over Boston, who happened to be victorious last night. The heroes for last night are A.J. Burnett for turnin’ me on with his hot curveball, and the entire Yankee lineup for smashing 15 hits and 11 runs. Let’s stay hot! Make this mama proud! (I don’t know what made me say that.) GO GETT’EM BOYS! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

Yankees Return to Winning Ways Against the A’s

Yankees Bounce Back From Loss and Win to End Homestand

After a tough loss to the A’s, the Yankees wasted no time in picking up another W. My fears about them going on a long losing streak are gone now. I think this team has a drive that I have not seen in years, and I know that they won’t have a long bad stretch. Anyway, Sergio Mitrre made his second start for the Yanks yesterday.

Pitching Analysis: I thought Sergio Mitre was pretty good yesterday. The numbers don’t really show it, though. He went 5 innings, allowing 4 runs on 9 hits and stirking out 1. But, I think he did well for the following reasons: He did not walk a batter, he did get into a few jams but was composed enough to get his double plays to get out of them, and Joe Girardi gave him a very early hook. He only pitched 5 innings, but he only threw 74 pitches. I guess after Pettitte’s game Joe didn’t want to take any chances. Still I would’ve let Mitre go at least 6.

Mitre gave up 2 runs in the first, but had an easy 2nd and a 3rd of only 4 pitches! In the 4th with 1st and 3rd with no one out, Mark Ellis hit a sac fly. After a misplay on a double play ball, Mitre does get a beautifully turned 6-4-3 double play to end the inning and the threat. In the 5th, Orlando Cabrera (the annoying guy of the series) leadoff with a single, and Mitre followed by getting a 6-4-3 double play, his 3rd double play of the day.

After allowing a single to Kurt Suzuki to leadoff the 6th, Girardi pulled Mitre for Coke, who gave up the lead with a 2-run homer for Ellis. Mitre couldn’t get a win. Hughes pitches the 7th and as always was invincible, but in the 8th he ran into trouble. He got into a 2nd and 3rd 1 out jam, and Girardi called on Bruney to get 1 out. I was screaming at the TV when he did this. But despite his late struggles, Bruney got Mark Ellis to strike out. Yes! Then Mo came in for a 4 out save, and of course he got it! Overall, nice pitching. The pitchers were tough when they faced a jam, and for the most part got through the jams.

Defensive Analysis: The Yankees made Mitre’s outing better by fielding all his grounders well. The 3 double plays they turned were a great help to Mitre. Although a double play was booted, it did not matter because in the play after it they got the double play. The defense was solid yesterday.

Offensive Analysis: Everyone in the Yankees lineup got at least 1 hit yesterday. Jeter at the top and Ransom and Melky at the bottom contributed a lot yesterday. After Mitre gave up 2 in the first, the Yankees bounced back with 4 in the bottom half of the inning, thanks to a huge bases clearing double by Cano, who usually struggles in those situations. In the bottom of the 6th, Melky walked and Ransom doubled, and the Yankees had 2nd and 3d with 1 out. The Yankees had the same guys on base in the same scenario in the 4th, but failed to push a run across. Not this time. Jeter single in 2 runs, and Tex singled in Damon later on.

The Yankees got contributions from everyone in their lineup yesterday, and got the big hit enough times to win. The pitching and defense were solid enough for the win as well. What more could we ask for? The heroes for yesterday’s win were Derek Jeter for his go-ahead single, Robbie Cano for his clutch double in the first, and Brian Bruney. Although he only got 1 out, it was a huge out that put the ball in the hands of the greatest closer in baseball. And it was a huge out for his confidence. Great game yesterday. The Sox lost, so the Yankees regained the game they lost the other day. The Yankees have a tough road trip ahead of them, but they look to continue their hot streak and push away the Red Sox even more. Go Yanks!

Yankees Winning Streak Ends, My Blog is Lucky No More

For the First Time Since I Started This Blog, The Yankees Lost!

It was a frustrating loss for the Yankees yesterday. It started out as a tight pitchers duel, but eventually the A’s broke the game wide open. The Yankees tried to make a comeback, but it was all too late. It was really annoying to me because I started this blog on July 17th, and I thought it was a lucky blog because the Yankees won every game since I started it. The loss made me realize that my blog isn’t lucky, but come on. It’s not like they were going to win every game fot the rest of the year, right?

Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte took the hill for the Yankees yesterday, and started out really good. He did not give up a hit until the 4th inning. After the Yankees managed a run in the 6th, Pettitte went out for the 7th, and I just had a feeling he would start to stink. My instincts were right.

In the 7th Hairston led off with a double, followed by a walk to Nomar. Girardi came out, looking to pull Andy, who forced Girardi back into the dugout. Sure enough, Davis drove in Hairston. Then Crosby got a bunt single. Then, a little too late, Girardi pulls Andy for Aceves.

I think leaving in Andy was retarded. Joe, you are the manager! You make the decisions! Don’t let Andy, who did mean well, tell you what to do! If you thought it was time for him to come out, TAKE HIM OUT!!! Jeez!

Anyway, Aceves came in and was totally ineffective. He gave up a bunch of runs. Robertson had to come in to get the final out of the 7th. by the end of the inning it was 6-1.

The pitching started out strong, but completely fell apart. Hopefully Mitre will be strong today.

Defensive Analysis: There is really nothing to analyze. For the first half of the game when Pettitte was sharp, they were kept on their toes and were fine. Later in the game when the ball was being smashed around by the A’s, there was nothing they could do. It was fine.

Offensive Analysis: It was pretty dead yesterday. I hate in when the pitcher they are facing ha a 9 ERA and they can’t buy a run off him. In the 6th, Jeter singled and Brett Gardner tripled him in. The Yankees didn’t really make anything happen yesterday. Since they weren’t hitting Gonzalez, they should’ve tried building a run. The only person I saw who tried to do that was Melky Cabrera. In the bottom of the 5th, he got the first hit for the Yankees with the perfect bunt. But the Yankees failed to get anything going.

Late in the game, they tried doing one of their comebacks, and brought the game to 6-4. They threatened in the 9th, but failed to get the big hit.

It was a tough loss for the Yanks. The Red Sox won, bringing the Yankee lead to 1.5 games. There are no heroes in a Yankee loss :(   Hopefully, the Yankees go right back out there and win. I hate it when they have a winning streak and then start losing like 6 games in a row. It totally undoes the wins. Hopefully they won’t do that. Go Yanks! Let’s start a new winning streak!

Since it was such a frustrating loss, I have something here to cheer up all you Yankee fans. It is for those of you who watched “Mike and the Mad Dog.” Hopefully it will bring a laugh or two.

Strong Start By Joba and Hits From Top to Bottom Lead Yankees to 8th Straight

From Jeter to Melky, Yankees Bats Produce as Joba Goes 7

Last night versus the Athletics, the Yankees played well in every way. The pitching was excellent, and Jeter and Melky performed greatly. From the number 9 hole, Melky Cabrera went 3 for 4, not being retired. He had 3 hits and reached on an error, setting up rallies for the Yanks. It is good to see production like that from the bottom of the order. The Yankees won by the score of 8-3.

Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain arguably had his best start of the year last night. He went 7 innings, giving up 1 run on just 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6. He was superb.

The only run he surrendered came in the first inning. With 1 out Orlando Cabrera doubled, stole third, and scored on a sac fly by Hairston. The rest of the night went well. He had 1-2-3 innings in the 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th. When he did get into a jam, like in the 5th with 2nd and 3rd 1 out, he toughened up to get out of it unscathed. In the 5th he sturck out Ellis and Patterson to end the inning and the Athletic’s threat.

Phil Coke came in to pitch the 8th after Joba started it and let 2 men aboard. Coke did a great job getting out of the inning allowing no runs. David Robertson came in to pitch the 9th because the Yankees had a big lead. He gave up 2 runs, but he nailed down the victory for the Yanks. The pitching was so strong again yesterday. If Joba continues pitching so well and building confidence, he is going to be unstoppable. Hopefully he will be more consistent.

Defensive Analysis: It was strong last night. There weren’t too many men on base last night. Joba worked quickly for him, keeping the defense on their toes and alert and ready to make the plays. Most likely, if the pitching is good, the defense will be also.

Offensive Analysis: Like I said before, the Yankees got production from almost everybody up and down the lineup. The 2nd inning is where it all started. Like the night before, it all started with an infield single, this time by Cano. Then Melky doubled. With 2nd and 3rd and 1 out, Jeter served a hard single to right, scoring Cano. Then Damon gets a broken bat infield single. Jeter is forced at second, and Orlando Cabrera throws to first, but no one is there! The throw hits Damon, so he is safe and Melky scored. Then Tex hits a ball to short, and Cabrera flips it wildly. Everyone is safe. The Yankees scored 2 runs that inning.

Derek Jeter delivers an RBI in the 3rd inning.

In the 5th, Swish led off with a walk, Melky gets an infield single, Jeter forces Melky, then Damon forces Jeter and Swisher scored. In the 6th, Arod doubled, and Arod scored on a Matsui ground out. In the 7th, Melky lead off with a single. Then Jeter hit a ball to short, and Cabrera flipped to second, but a hustling Melky beat it out, giving Jeter a hit! But after being called safe, Melky started losing his balance, and dancing around trying to stay on the base. He fell over, but kept his foot on the bag! He was safe! Melky always does something funny! I love him! The Yankees added a bunch of runs in the 8th, due to more bad defense by the A’s.

The Yankees played well last night to extend their winning streak to 8 straight. The heroes were Joba, for his best start of the year, Jeter for getting lots of hits and passing Ted Williams on the all-time hits list, and Melky Cabrera for his production from the 9 spot, and his comic relief on the bases! Lets keep playing like this! Make the Red Sox feel pressured! #27 in the Bronx! HURAAAAHHHH!!!!!!

  I’m not even going to ask.

 

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