The New York Yankees won their 48th game of the season, out slugging the Jays 10-8. Chamberlain pitched one of the most forgettable performances of his career, not getting the win and lasting just 3 2/3 innings. Chamberlain surrendered a career high eight runs, but only having three of the eight runs count as earned. However, with support from the Yankees offense and relief from a flawless Aceves, the Yanks were able to hold on to a 10-8 victory.
Matsui hit an important, clutch three-run homer closing the gap between the Jays and Yanks to 1 run (Yanks trailing 8-7 at that point).
Jeter and Posada each went 4-5 with Jeter hitting a 2 run homer which gave the Yanks a 9-8 lead in the fifth. The Yanks wouldn’t look back as Aceves pitched 4 innings of scoreless relief only surrendering one hit. Posada added some insurance of his own with an RBI double, later in the fifth inning, giving the Yanks a 10-8 lead over the Jays (which remained the final score of the game) Posada ended up with 3 RBIs for the day, Matsui had four of his own, and Jeter contributed two, both coming from his home-run.
Arod sat today, giving him the day off, while Ransom took his place at third. Ransom had one of his worst games of the season going 0-3 with 2 strikeouts, a walk, and an error in the field.
Tomorrow the Yankees will go for a sweep of the Jays, as Andy Pettitte (8-3) will look for his 9th win of the season and he’ll be taking on the Jays hard throwing Ricky Romero (6-3). As far as my prediction for tomorrow’s game, I’ll have to go with the Yankees since Pettitte, probably the most consistent starter on the team, will be on the mound and I always get a good feeling when he starts for the Yanks. Unfortunately, Boston won today, so the standings remain the same with the Yanks still 1 game behind the Red Sox. But if the Sox can suffer a loss tomorrow, the Yanks will have a chance to tie them at the top of the division. We’ll see!!!
Oh and I almost forgot the players of the game…
Players of the Game (In My Opinion)
Derek Jeter: 4-5 with a go-ahead homer to give the Yankees the lead in the fifth
Jorge Posada: 4-5 with a go ahead double and 3 RBIs
Hideki Matsui: 2-4 with a clutch 3-run home run
Alfredo Aceves: 4 innings pitched allowing just 1 hit, striking out 5, and surrendering 0 runs