The Yankees were able to keep first place all to themselves last night, after defeating the Baltimore Orioles 6-4. The Red Sox lost 4-2 to the Texas Rangers, resulting in a second place standing in the division. The Yankees received “OK” pitching from their newest starter Sergio Mitre, terrific offense, and flawless relief pitching, to give the Yanks their 56th win of the season pushing their winning percentage over .600 (.602 %)
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2B: Ransom (7, Bass).
HR: Cano (14, 4th inning off Hill, R, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Jeter; Damon; Rodriguez, A; Cano 5; Ransom 2.
RBI: Swisher (48), Rodriguez, A 2 (54), Cano 2 (48), Damon (51).
2-out RBI: Rodriguez, A 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Posada; Damon 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 5.
The Yankees followed their sweep of the Twins, with another sweep…but this time, it was the Angels doing the sweeping. The Yankees lost their 3rd game in a row yesterday, resulting in a sweep by the Angels. New York had plenty of opportunities to score against the Halos by loading the bases twice, but couldn’t capitalize, losing 5-4.
Well, the Yankees suffered another disappointing loss to the Angels tonight, putting them in a position to drop 2 games back from the Red Sox. The Yankees were able to belt out 5 homeruns, but still loss to the Angels 14-8. Once again, the Yankees pitching struggled today giving up 16 hits and 14 runs.
I figured it would be to good to be true: The Yankees in first place. The Yankees were tied for first for one day, but then fell back to second place Friday night, as they suffered a 10-6 loss to the Angels. Once again, it was the Yankees pitching who faltered last night allowing the Angels to pick up 10 runs on 13 hits. The Yanks were able to out hit the Halos, slugging 14 hits of their own, but it turned out to be not enough to take the first game of this three game set.
The Yankees will try to work their way back to the top of the division today, as Andy Pettitte (8-4) will face Jered Weaver (9-3) for the second game of the series. Today’s game looks pretty evenly matched with two great pitchers taking the mound for both teams. The offense for both teams are also very similar, with a threat in the lineup every batter. So, its hard for me to say who’s going to win today’s game. Obviously I’m hoping Yankees, but it looks like it’s, once again, anyone’s ballgame.
Deja Vu crept in on the Yankees offense today, as they defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-4. The Yankees swept the Twins for the second time this year, beating the Twins 7 out of 7 times this year. The victory also marked the Yanks 13th win out of their last 15 games. But the main reason for Deja Vu was due to the Yankees offense. Almost for the second time in three games, each of the Yankees starters had at least one hit, except for Nick Swisher who went 0-5.
As for Alfredo Aceves…………Let’s just say I would rather see him in the bullpen for the remainder of his career. Aceves was taken out in the fourth inning, after loading the bases. He ended up surrendering 4 runs (3 of them earned), over 3.1 innings pitched, and allowing 4 hits. He didn’t earn the win, and rightfully so, but I guess he pitched “ok” for a reliever.
As mentioned before, the Yanks almost accomplished another rare-feat having every one of their starters getting at least one hit. But this time, Nick Swisher just couldn’t find his groove at the plate going 0-5 with a strikeout. But otherwise, the Yankees knocked Liriano for 6 runs and 7 hits over 5.1 innings. Gardner and Ransom, 2 of the the Yankees rookies, contributed a hit each and each drove in 2 runs to help the Yankees defeat the Twins. The Captain (Derek Jeter) added his own RBI single while Mark Teixeira blasted a solo homer for the first time in a career-long 95 at bats. The Yankees were spoiled, once again, with their bullpen, which came through and pitched 5 innings of scoreless relief. Mariano came in, in the ninth, to close out the series finale, earning his 23rd save of the season.
Players of the Game
Cody Ransom: 1-4 with 2 RBIs
Brett Gardner: 1-4 with 2 RBIs
Overall the Yankees played one of their better games this season offense and pitching wise, but not defensively as Aceves and Ransom each committed an error. Tomorrow, they will look to extend their winning streak (13 out of 15 games) against the Angels. Chamberlain (4-2) will be getting the start for the Yanks, while Joe Saunders (8-5) starts for the Angels. Once again, it’s hard to decide who will win tomorrow’s game because Saunders seems to be a more consisitent pitcher than Chamberlain this year. However, with the Yankees offense heating up on this road trip, it seems to me that tomorrow is anyone’s game.
The Yankees continued to pound the ball Wednesday night, and remain undefeated against the Twins this season, capping off a 4-3 victory. A.J Burnett wasn’t his sharp self last night, throwing a couple of wild pitches (curveballs) into the dirt, but the Yankees bullpen and offense were able to hold off the Twins, winning 12 of their last 14 games.
AJ Burnett gave up 2 runs on 7 hits through 6.1 innings pitched last night. However, his command wasn’t there resulting in 4 walks issued by the right hander. He also didn’t have his curveball working with him early, as he gave up a run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the third. But later in the game, Burnett was able to re-locate his curveball to get himself out of a few jams, which could have resulted in a loss for the Yanks. But the Yankees bullpen and offense, once again, came through to help Burnett earn his 8th win of the season.
The Yankees offense continued to remain hot, scoring 4 runs on 8 hits off the Twins Anthony Swarzak, knocking him out in the fifth inning. Gardner went 1-4 with a 2 run single in the 2nd giving the Yanks a 3-0 lead over the Twins. Later in the game, Alex Rodriguez, who went 1-4, added an RBI single of his own in the fifth inning. From that point on, the Yankees were able to hold a 4-3 lead with bullpen relief from Hughes and Rivera, who earned his 22nd save of the season.
Other than that, the Yankees played an average ball game. Not too many outstanding plays defensively and as mentioned before, Burnett pitched an average game as well. The Yanks offense proved to be the deciding factor in yesterday’s game staying undefeated against the Twins this season.
Player of the Game
Brett Gardner: 1-4 with a 2 run single
Today, the Yankees we’ll look to sweep the Twins with Alfredo Aceves (5-1) getting the start for the Yankees, taking the place of the injured Chien-Ming Wang. Francisco Liriano (4-8) will start for the Twins, looking to help the Twins salvage a win in the final game that these two teams will play this season. (Except for the possibility of the post-season) As mentioned before, the Yankees have won 12 of their last 14 games and have beat the Twins 6 out of 6 times this season, so they’ll look to officially sweep the Twins for the entire regular season. I honestly don’t have a prediction for this game because I’ve never seen Aceves start and am not sure how well he’ll do. Liriano is also having problems this year, and is sporting a 5.49 ERA coming into today’s game. So, it looks to me that today’s game will be an offensive battle for both teams.
In 3 1/2 hours of convincing baseball on Tuesday, CC Sabathia and the Bronx Bombers reaffirmed that the past two weeks have not been a fluke. They hit as well as they pitched, they pitched as well as they hit, and they bundled all of that into a 10-2 victory at the Metrodome. I have to say that last night was probably one of the best offensive nights for the Yanks as every starter picked up at least one hit. However, not one of the Yankees 16 hits left the Metrodome, showing how well the team was able to hit with runners in scoring position. C.C. Sabathia pitched one of the greatest, if not the best, game this year allowing just 1 run on 3 hits through 7 innings.
Otherwise, it was all about the Yankees offense Tuesday night. In the first inning, Matsui drove in the Yanks first run with an RBI single. Then in the second, Fransico Cervelli and Teixeira each drove in a run making it 3-0 Yankees. Sabathia gave up his only run in the bottom of the second. Two more runs scored for the Yanks in the fourth, but it would have been more, if it weren’t for Carlos Gomez’s spectacular catch that robbed Alex Rodriguez of a grand slam in center field. Arod probably hit the ball about 410 feet but Gomez timed it perfectly and brought it back into the ballpark, making it just a sacrifice fly. But, the grand slam wasn’t necessary because in the top of the 6th the Yanks rallied for 5 runs. Brett Gardner and Cervelli highlighted that rally, tripling and doubling in succession. And Robinson Cano singled home two runs, snapping an 0-for-22 skid with runners in scoring position. Each hitter in the Yanks starting lineup last night, had at least one hit. Also each starter, except for Jeter and Damon, drove in at least one run as well.
Overall I think the Yankees had one of their best games this year. Sabathia surrendered 1 run over seven innings and the Yanks scored 10 runs on 16 hits. Keep in mind that not one ball left the Metrodome yesterday for the Yanks, yet they were still able to score 10 runs. It just shows you how well the lineup came through with runners in scoring position. (7-17 with RISP)
The Yankees have now won 11 out of their last 13 games. Last time the Yanks played the Twins at the stadium, they swept them in four games. Maybe they can do it again, this time at the Metrodome.
The Yankees will continue to play the Twins on Wednesday with Burnett (7-4) getting the start for the Yanks and Anthony Swarzak (2-2) for the Twins. I’ll have to go with the Yanks this time because if the Yanks can keep their offense hot, then they can give AJ some support and set him up for the win. And if they can win and the Red Sox can drop one, then we’ll have a tie for 1st in the AL East.
Players of the Game
Yankee Starting Lineup (7/7/09) and C.C. Sabathia