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Sweepin’ Away the Sox

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!

Where Did My Nails Go?

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.

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!

 

It’s Becoming A Trend: “L” is the New “W”

Yankees Lose 3 Straight and Played Badly….AGAIN

Am I being too hard on the Yankees? I mean, they only lost 3 in a row. To answer my own question, I’m not being too hard on them. It’s the way they lost. Game 1, ok bad luck, but they still didn’t hit the ball. Game 2 was very upseting. No pitching. And yesterday, with the hottest pitcher on the hill, we lost in an embarrassing blowout. Since when do the White Sox actually hit? Since when do the Bronx Bombers fail to bomb? Obviously, since Thursday. It’s starting to make me angry. I shouldn’t have to throw my shoes at the TV 3 days in a row. Anyway, the Yankees lost 14-4. I don’t even want to recall the game, but for the sake of the blog I have to.

Pitching Analysis: A.J. was way off yesterday. He gave up 6 runs in the 2nd inning. Who does that? Just get someone out! I know A.J. can’t be good every time out there, but he shouldn’t be blown out! I can’t even talk about it. He gave up 7 runs on 10 hits and 2 bases loaded walks to the #9 hitter in 4 & 2/3 innings. There is no excuse for that. His command was all off, and he and Posada just were not in sync.

The bullpen stank as well. Bruney gave up a run on 3 hits in 1 & 2/3 innings. Robertson pitched 2/3 an inning of, omg scorless baseball? What a novel idea! Phil Coke was terrible yesterday. Injust 1/3 of an inning, he gave up 6 runs on 3 walks and 4 hits. Disgusting. But Mark Melancon pitched a scorless 2/3 of an inning. Maybe we’ll be seeing him late in the games soon. Overall, dreadful, disgusting, upseting pitching. Enough said.

Defensive Analysis: While Bruney was pitching, Jeter made an error on a routine play, and that sent Tim McCarver and the other idiots on Fox into a state of joy. SHUT THE F*** UP! Leave Jeter alone. He made an error! WOW! IT’S SO FUNNY! I hate when they are on Fox. All the commentators do is pick on the Yankees and mention the times they stank. Wait, this is the defense paragraph. The defense was nothing to speak about, it was hard to tell since they were chasing after balls most of the time anyway.

Offensive Analysis: There wasn’t any. That’s all.

Ok sorry. I’m just so aggrivated. On the bright side, Jerry Hairston had a nice Yankee debut, going 1 for 3 with a walk, RBI and a run. Jeter and Tex both got 2 hits, one of Tex’s was a 2-run single. Arod had 3 hits. I don’t get why Girardi played Ransom yesterday. He was ridiculously bad. He struck out 3 times in 4 at-bats. I couldn’t watch. In total they only got 8 hits. They were horrible with runners in scoring position. With bases loaded and no one out in the 6th, they only managed 1 run. That is not acceptible. Overall, the offense was disgusting.

Joe Giradi can't watch as his team suffers a 14-4 beat down at the hands of the White Sox.

That’s how we all feel, Joe.

Another huniliating loss for the Yankees. Before is seemed like all they were doing was winning, now all they are doing is losing. “L” is the new “W.” This has to stop. The lead is now only .5 of a game, and before today is over there probably won’t be a lead. They have to win now. That’s enough already. If I have to throw my shoe at the screen today, it will be thrown so hard that it’ll break the TV, go through the wall, and snap all the trees outside in half. I’m not kidding. (I may be exaggerating a bit, though.) Come on Yankees, win! The fate of my living room depends on it!

Yankees Get “Slammed” and Lose Game

Yankees Lose Heartbreaker Due to Some Bad Luck

The Yankees did not play badly last night, it was just one of those tough games that you lose. After a 64 minute rain delay, the game finally started. That’s the 2nd Thursday in a row we’ve had a delay. Anyway, in heartbreaking fashion, the White Sox beat the Yankees 3-2.

Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte pitched well last night, going 6 & 1/3 innings while allowing 2 runs, only 1 of which was earned, and he struck out 8 along the way. He allowed a run in the 3rd due to a double by the rookie Beckham that scored Getz. Andy allowed another run later in the game due to an error. Overall, Andy pitched well. he has just been unlucky of late.

The “Philthies” both pitched yesterday. Hughes pitched 2 innings, and due to an error a run scored in the 7th and was charged to Andy. In the 9th, Hughes got into a 1st and 2nd jam, and the other philthy Coke was called upon. Dewayne Wise hit a ball back up the middle, and Coke just missed it. The winning run scored, and it was a CHEAP walkoff single. But a walkoff single it was.

The pitching was a plus last night even though the Yanks lost. They only allowed 8 hits. They just had bad luck . :(

Defensive Analysis: The defense was not bad last night, it just suffered from more bad luck. Andy Pettitte allowed a man on base due to an error he made. He was fielding a ball off the ground, and slipped on the wet grass and fell down as he tried to make the tag. Then later on, Hughes came in and got the double play ball he needed. Arod fired to Cano, who we all know is one of the best at turning double plays. But AJ Pierzynski barreled into Cano, making him throw the ball crazy, allowing Thome to score. I know you are supposed to go into 2nd hard, but you are supposed to slide. Pierzynski slammed into Cano, pummeling him so hard that he couldn’t throw right. I hate that Pierzynski. He seems like a trouble maker. It’s no wonder Michael Barrett punched him! I hope the Yankees have a play at the plate, and smash him so hard they break his leg off.

Offensive Analysis: There was not much offense last night, Gavin Floyd was dominating. The umpire was awful last night. He had a ridiculously wide strike zone, and kept calling balls WAY outside for strikes. Not to take anything away from Floyd, but that is partly why he had 10 K’s last night. A lot of them were called third strike, and they were obviously balls. Damon doubled home a run in the 6th. In the 9th with 2 out, Nick Swisher hit a home run to tie the game at 2 and gave the Yankees new life. But Wise’s walkoff single (cheap!) erased that.

Swish attempts a comeback, and connects for a homer.

It was a tough loss for the Yankees. Sadly, the Red Sox won thanks to a homer by the steroid-monster Ortiz. What a disgrace. The Yankees now have a 2.5 game lead in the AL East. Hopefully, they will go out there with a vengeance tonight and win, Win, WIN!!!!! GO ON BOYS! I’M WITH YOU ALL THE WAY!!!! 

 

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!

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.

 

Debut Goes Well for Mitre as Yankees Lead the Division

Sergio Mitre Pitches Solidly as Yankees Win and are Alone in First

Last night was another victory for the Yankees, and another loss for the Red Sox. Now the Yankees are in sole possession of first place! The Yankees beat the Orioles last night by the score of 6-4. Sergio Mitre made his Yankee debut last night and did well, which is good because he is going to stay here for a long time since Wang had a setback with his injury.

Pitching Analysis: Sergio Mitre pitched 5 & 2/3 innings while allowing 4 runs, 3 which were earned, and striking out 4. Mitre surrendered a run in the first, probably a bit nervous in front of a large crowd in Yankee Stadium for the first time. He settled down in the second, and gave up a hit but nothing else. He had a little trouble holding on baserunners.

But Brian Roberts is not your average baserunner. In the top of the third, Roberts led of with a single and then stole second. As Roberts is doing his customary dance off second, Mitre has him picked off, and throws to Cano, who boots the ball. Roberts wound up at third. With no one out, Adam Jones grounded out, scoring Roberts. I’m sure Mitre didn’t want to give up the run, but I know he was glad to have Roberts off the basepaths! He got out of the inning wihtout any more trouble.

Mitre then had a nice 12 pitch 1-2-3 4th, and a quick 5th with the help of a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

In the 6th, Markakis led off with a single, followed by a single from Huff. Luke Scott then grounded out to Tex, and the runners advanced. With second and third and 1 out, Mitre surrendered a 2 run single to Melvin Mora, bringing the score to 6-4 Yanks. He then got Nolan Reimold to strike out. On that positive note, Girardi pulled out Mitre, who got a very nice hand, and brought in Aceves who got Wieters to pop up for out number 3.

                             Sergio Mitre gets his first win since 2007.

Aceves pitched the 7th also, and Coke pitched the 8th. Mariano nailed down his 27th save of the year. Nice pitching today. I’m proud of Mitre for throwing strikes, inducing double plays when he had to, and for giving a solid start to give the Yankees the chance to win. Nice job!

Defensive Analysis: It was pretty solid, accept for Cano booting the pickoff throw. The Yankees turned some nice double plays, and Cano was the centerpiece of many, making up fot that misplay. There was a really nice double play in the top of the 8th where there was a sharp liner hit right at Tex, who then stepped on first to double up Markakis. He is so smooth at first!

Offensive Analysis: There were more runs last night. I liked how the Yankees scored their runs in many different ways: a homer, sac fly, and a clutch single.

In the bottom of the second, Arod built a run for the Yankees. He led off with a walk, then stole second, moved to third on a fly to right by Posada, and scored on a sac fly by Swish to tie the score at 1. They didn’t get a hit that inning, but they got a run!

In the bottom of the 3rd, Cody Ransom walked with 1 out. With Jeter up, they did a run-and-hit, and Jeter singled, moving Ransom to third. Then on the first pitch to Damon, Jeter stole second. Damon made out and then Tex walked. With the bases loaded and 2 out, Arod proved he is clutch again, and singled to left bring 2 runs home and giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead.

In the bottom of the 4th, Swisher lead off with a walk, and Cano hit a monster 2 run homer into the Yankee bullpen in right. After Melky grounded out, Ransom walked and stole second, Jeter walked, and Damon singled to drive Ransom home.

           

The Yankees played very well last night. I liked how they were aggresive on the basepaths. I wish Joe Girardi would do that every night. The Yankees have a lot of guys who can run. Anyway, the heroes last night were Sergio Mitre for having a successful debut and picking up his first win as a Yankee, Robinson Cano for his homer, and the Texas Rangers for beating the Red Sox and helping us get into first place! Thanks Rangers! We love you!

  

 

Thanks to Matsui, Red Sox Say “Sayonara” to Sole Possession of First Place

Matsui Hits Walkoff Homer as Yankees Beat Orioles and Tie Red Sox for First

Last night, the Yankees beat the Orioles in dramatic fashion by the score of 2-1 for the third game in a row. And thanks to the Texas Rangers, the Red Sox lost and have to share first with the Yankees; for now. But aside from Matsui’s big fly, there were many other things that led to the Yankee victory last night.

Pitching analysis: Andy Pettitte took the hill last night in search of his first win of the second half, and a confidence booster for himself. I’d say he has a lot to be proud of after his performance yesterday. 7 & 1/3 innings of 1 run ball is pretty fantastic!

In the first inning, leadoff man Brian Roberts drove a ball deep to left field, and I thought it was a homer for sure. But Damon caught it on the warning track. Then, Nick Markakis hit a home run to right center, and I was thinking, oh boy. This is how it’s gonna be.

But Andy settled down nicely, and that homer was the only run he gave up. There were a few other jams, though. In the top of the 3rd, Andy walked Matt Wieters to lead off the inning. Then Jose Molina let a ball get past him, allowing Wieters to go to second. Then I started thinkning about Cervelli again….Anyway, with a man on second, Izturis struck out, then so did Roberts, and Markakis flew out. So, Pettitte squeezed himself out of this jam.

In the top of the 5th, Nolan Reimold walked. Then Wieters got a hit, and Reimold went to third. But Andy got Cesar Izturis to strikeout for out #2, and Brian Roberts then flew out to Melky for the final out. Andy got out of it again!

     

Phil Coke came in to get the final two outs in the 8th, and did so with the help of incredible defense. Alfredo Aceves pitched the 9th and got himself a win.

Defensive analysis: This game was probably the best defensively played game I have seen in a lon while for the Yankees. The top of the 8th inning was just unbelievable. With runners on the corners and 1 out, the Yankees played the infield back, willing to give up the run for the out. Teixeira didn’t think so. Nick Markakis hit a hot-shot to Tex, and Izturis was breaking for home. Tex fired off balance a strike to Molina, who caught the ball snowcone style and held it for the tag. Izturis was out. Phil Coke was fired up!

He might have been too fired up. With Roberts at the plate, Coke threw a wild pitch, and this time Adam Jones tried to score. He was probably thinking that everything woud’nt go right for the Yankees again. Wrong! Molina made an excellent play as he retrieved the ball and threw it to Coke, who also did a great job of holding the ball and tagging out Jones. Out! Inning over! Talk about a momentum shifter!

              

Aside from the 8th, there was a lot of good defense for the Yanks last night. Jeter made a nice play in the 4th to get Mora out to end the inning. In the 6th, Andy induced a double play that Tex handled beautifully, doing something Giambi never could do. The 3-6-3 double play ended the inning. There was also a nice 6-4-3 double play in the bottom of the 6th.

Offensive analysis: The Yankees wer actually out hit by the O’s 6-4 last night. But the Yankee’s hits were bigger. In the bottom of the 4th, Eric Hinske hit a bomb off the facing of the second deck in right to tie the score at 1. And in the bottom of the 9th, Hideki Matsui came through for a walkoff home run off of Jim Johnson. Yankees win! I think the play of the game was A.J. pieing (is that a word?) Matsui.

                                   ... as Hideki Matsui takes a pie to the face for his game-winning efforts.

The heroes last night were Andy Pettitte for his great job on the mound, Tex and Molina for their game-saving plays, and, oh yeah! Hideki Matsui for winning the game! Now tied for first, the Yankees are looking hot and feeling good. Let’s go get the Sox! Hurraaah!

 

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