The Yankees were able to keep their 6 game winning streak alive last night, extending it to 7 as they defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-3. After a 2 hour and 43 minute rain delay, the game was finally able to get under way in the Bronx. With the win, the Yankees were able to widen the gap within the AL East Standings, leading 2.5 games over Boston.
|Rodriguez, A, 3B||3||1||0||0||1||2||2||.253|
|Matsui, H, DH||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.257|
|Cabrera, Me, RF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.277|
2B: Posada (14, Mazzaro), Teixeira (25, Mazzaro), Cabrera, Me (15, Casilla, S).
HR: Teixeira (24, 4th inning off Mazzaro, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Jeter; Damon 2; Teixeira 6; Posada 3; Cano; Hinske; Cabrera, Me 2.
RBI: Teixeira 3 (70), Posada 2 (44), Hinske (17).
2-out RBI: Hinske.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jeter 2; Gardner; Hinske 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-13.
Team LOB: 7.
The All Star Break didn’t interrupt the Yankees flow into the second half of the season, as they took the first game of a 3 game set with the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees were able to rally late and defeat the Detroit Tigers 5-3.
AJ Burnett took the mound Friday, looking to help the Yankees get off to a good start. He went 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits, but issuing an unusual 5 walks. But, the Yanks bullpen was able to keep the game close as Phil Hughes came in, and delivered what seemed to be his best performance of the year, pitching 2 innings, striking out 6 (wow!), and surrendering no runs on 3 hits. Rivera pitched a “lights out” ninth to earn the save. Hughes picked up the win, due to late heroics from the Yanks Gold Glove first baseman.
The Yankees were able to score 5 runs on 13 hits. Entering the 7th, the Yanks were trailing 3-2, but base hits from Jeter and Damon were able to set up an opprotunity for Teixeira. On a 3-1 count, Teixeira was able to blast a ball over the right field fence to give the Yanks a 5-3 lead. After the game Tex said “I just put a good swing on the pitch.” Tex finished the night going 3-5 with 3 RBIs. Matsui and Swisher also contributed an RBI of their own.
Since I am writing this post after today’s game, I’m not able to make a prediction for today. The Yankees beat the Tigers 2-1, so I will wrap up this post with the Players of the Game and move on to today’s game. I just want to say Thank You to all of those who have read my blog from the beginning, and I hope you will continue to do so throughout the rest of the season.
So, without any further ado, here are yesterday’s Players of the Game.
Players of the Game
Mark Teixeira: 3-5 with a 3 run homerun that gave the Yankees a 5-3 lead
Phil Hughes: 2 innings of “excellent” relief, striking out 6 and allowing 0 runs
~Just thought I’d update you on the Yankee players and their stats as they approach they second half of the season. (Top 3 for each category)
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.
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|Rodriguez, A, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.246|
|Matsui, H, DH||4||1||1||0||0||0||3||.268|
2B: Posada (10, Swarzak, A), Jeter (16, Swarzak, A).
TB: Jeter 3; Teixeira; Rodriguez, A; Matsui, H; Posada 3; Cano; Swisher; Gardner.
RBI: Swisher (45), Gardner 2 (17), Rodriguez, A (45).
2-out RBI: Gardner 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jeter; Gardner; Cano 2.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 7.
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.