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Yankee Game (7/23/09)

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.


Sabathia lacked control early in the game, but was able to finish strong throwing another 7 strong innings surrendering just the 3 runs on 9 hits, while striking out 4. Hughes came in to pitch the 8th and 9th, and boy was he flawless surrendering no runs on no hits. I have to say, Hughes has impressed me far more than i’d have expected. I think he belongs in the bullpen, and not in the starting rotation. He is practically untouchable. He was also able to pick up his first career save last night as well.

The Yankees offense proved that it didn’t have to gain the early lead to win ballgames. The “Comeback Kids of the Bronx” were able to come back from a 3-0 deficit, thanks to a 4 run fourth giving the Yanks a 4-3 lead. Tex was able to spark the offense, swinging at a 3-0 pitch and drilling it into the second deck in right field (a 2 run homer). Arod worked a walk, and was later drove in on a double by Jorge Posada, tying the game at 3. Then, Posada was able to score on an RBI single by Hinske, giving the Yankees a 4-3 lead. Then, in the bottom of the fifth, Tex was able to come through again, doubling down the right field line, scoring Derek Jeter giving the Yanks some extra insurance. Later in the inning, Posada, with the bases loaded, hit an RBI single to center field giving the Yanks a 6-3 lead that they would hold on to to win the game.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 1 0 1 2 2 .316
Damon, LF 4 2 2 0 0 1 1 .281
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 2 3 0 2 1 .279
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 1 0 0 1 2 2 .253
Matsui, H, DH 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .257
Posada, C 4 1 2 2 0 1 0 .286
Cano, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 .310
Hinske, RF 3 0 1 1 0 1 3 .266
  Cabrera, Me, RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .277
Gardner, CF 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .274
Totals 33 6 10 6 4 11 16  
BATTING
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.

BASERUNNING
SB: Gardner (20, 2nd base off Mazzaro/Suzuki, K), Rodriguez, A (6, 2nd base off Mazzaro/Suzuki, K).

FIELDING
DP: (Jeter-Cano-Teixeira).

I’ve noticed that in the second half, the Yankees aren’t “wasting” at bats. Meaning, they are adding just enough insurance to earn the win. They aren’t blowing out teams winning 10-0. They are able to get a 3 or 4 run lead, allowing their pitching to work with some room. Anyways, just an observation.

Tonight, the Yankees will take on the Athletics again, with Chamberlain getting the start for the Yanks and Brett Anderson taking the mound for the A’s. I think I’ll take Chamberlain because it seems like he has found his groove during the second half and has learned to keep the ball down. Also, its hard to go against the Yankees, who have been on a tear this second half winning 7 straight.
Players of the Game
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Phil Hughes: Pitched 2 innings of flawless relief, earning his first career save
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Jorge Posada: 2-4 scoring once and driving in 2
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Mark Teixeira: 2-4 with a 2 run homer and 3 RBIs
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Yankee Game (7/22/09)

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The Yankees were able to extend their winning streak to six straight games and take out their brooms for the second consecutive series, as they swept the Orioles yesterday 6-4. The Yankees were also able to cushion their spot in 1st place, moving two games ahead of the Boston Red Sox, who were swept yesterday by the Texas Rangers. The Yankees, since moving into first place, now have the best record in the American League and the second best record within both the AL and NL, behind the Dodgers. (Yankees: 57-37 Dodgers: 61-34).


The Yankees received another great pitching performance from AJ Burnett who went 7 strong innings allowing just 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 6. Hughes came in to pitch the eighth, surrendering 0 runs on 1 hit and striking out 1. However, Bruney came in to finish the game but was unsuccessful allowing back-to-back homeruns to Adam Jones and Nick Markakis. This set up a save opportunity for Rivera who came in and got the final out of the 9th, securing his 28th save of the season. After yesterday’s game, Yankees pitching has allowed an average of just 2.3 runs a game since the All Star Break. Not bad!

The Yanks offense also remained hot with Posada leading the Bombers going 2-3 with a solo homerun and an RBI double. Swisher also drove in a pair with his double in the first. Arod contributed an RBI single of his own plating the Yankees first run of the game, along with Cano and his RBI single.

 
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 1 1 0 0 2 5 .317
Damon, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .278
  Cabrera, Me, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .274
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .277
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 .257
Matsui, H, DH 4 1 0 0 0 2 3 .260
Posada, C 3 2 2 2 1 0 0 .282
Cano, 2B 4 0 2 1 0 1 1 .310
Swisher, RF 2 0 1 2 2 0 1 .235
Gardner, CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 .278
Totals 33 6 11 6 3 5 16  
BATTING
2B: Jeter (19, Berken), Posada (13, Sherrill).
HR: Posada (12, 3rd inning off Berken, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Jeter 2; Damon; Teixeira; Rodriguez, A 2; Posada 6; Cano 2; Swisher; Gardner.
RBI: Rodriguez, A (55), Cano (49), Swisher 2 (50), Posada 2 (42).
2-out RBI: Cano; Swisher 2; Posada.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gardner; Jeter 2.
Team RISP: 7-for-15.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Rodriguez, A (5, 2nd base off Sherrill/Zaun), Gardner (19, 2nd base off Meredith/Zaun).
CS: Gardner (5, 2nd base by Berken/Zaun).

FIELDING
E: Swisher (6, fielding).
DP: (Jeter-Teixeira).

Overall, I felt that the Yankees played a great game. Their pitching was good, their offense was good, and their defense was good, besides Swisher who just missed a fly ball in the third resulting in an error. But he would redeem himself with a homerun robbing catch and a diving catch later in the game.

Tonight, the Yankees will look to extend their winning streak as they take on former first baseman Jason Giambi and the Oakland Athletics. CC Sabathia will look to give the Yankees another quality start as he takes on Vin Mazzaro of the A’s. I think I’ll go with Sabathia because of his recent outings going at least 7 strong innings, setting up “lights outs” relief for Hughes and Rivera. Mazzaro has a 2-6 record and is posting an ERA of over 4 and with the Yanks pitching allowing an average of 2 runs per game, it looks like the Yanks will only need 3 or 4 runs to win it.
Players of the Game
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Nick Swisher:1-2 with two walks and a 2 run double. Also made some fantastic plays as well
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Jorge Posada: 2-3 with a solo homerun and an RBI double (walked once)

Yankee Game (7/19/09)

The Yankees swept Detroit today, defeating the AL Central leading Tigers 2-1 Sunday. Before the game, the Yankees hosted its 63rd Annual Old Timer’s Day. One familiar face to young Yankee fans was Mike Mussina. It was weird seeing him depicted as an Old Timer. Anyways, I always love watching all the Old Timer’s take the field for the Old Timer’s Game. Seeing players like Yogi, Guidry, Ford, Larsen, Zimmer, Cone, Girardi, and Mussina is really special for fans young and old. Hats off to these guys!


Anyways, the Yanks were able to move within 1 game of the division leading Red Sox. Chamberlain pitched his best game of the year going 6 2/3 innings allowing just 1 run on 3 hits and striking out 8. Coke took over for the final out of the seventh getting an inning ending ground ball on just one pitch. Hughes hurled another scoreless eighth and Mariano picked up his 3rd consecutive save (26).

As for the Yanks offense, Arod belted a solo shot in the fourth, tying the game at 1. Teixeira followed suit with a dinger of his own (solo) in the sixth, giving the Yanks their second run, which they would hold onto for the victory. Both sluggers went 2-4 on the afternoon and Posada was the only other Yankee to get a hit.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .321
Gardner, CF 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .277
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 .280
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 .255
Matsui, H, DH 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 .263
Posada, C 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .282
Cano, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 .308
Swisher, RF 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .235
Cabrera, Me, LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .281
Totals 27 2 5 2 5 5 13  
BATTING
2B: Teixeira (24, Jackson, E), Posada (12, Jackson, E).
HR: Rodriguez, A (19, 4th inning off Jackson, E, 0 on, 2 out), Teixeira (23, 6th inning off Jackson, E, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Teixeira 6; Rodriguez, A 5; Posada 2.
RBI: Rodriguez, A (52), Teixeira (67).
2-out RBI: Rodriguez, A.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rodriguez, A; Cano 3; Teixeira.
GIDP: Cano; Cabrera, Me.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Posada (5, throw).

Tomorrow the Yankees will take on the O’s, starting a 3 game set. Pettitte will look for his 9th win of the season as he faces David Hernandez of the O’s. I’ll take Pettitte for tomorrow due to Hernandez’s lack of control and Pettitte’s consistency. If the Yanks can win tomorrow and Boston can drop another game, then the Yanks can sneak up into first place for the second time in 10 games and hopefully force Boston to drop into second. Mitre will be making his big league debut on Tuesday, and hopefully he can give the Yankees a solid start, giving him the role as the Yanks fifth starter.
Players of the Game
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Alex Rodriguez: 2-4 with a solo homerun to tie the game at 1 
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Mark Teixeira: 2-4 with a solo homerun to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead
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Joba Chamberlain: 6 2/3 strong innings, 8 K’s, 1 run, 3 hits

*YANKEES TAKE CONTROL OF AL EAST*

After the Boston Red Sox lost last night,
8-6 to the Kansas City Royals (haha), the standings were
updated and showed the Red Sox and New York Yankees tied for
first place in the AL East Division. Both teams are 17 games
over .500 with a 51-34 record (.600%). Today, both teams will
look to hold their place at the top, with the Yankees playing
the Angels in Anaheim and the Red Sox playing the Royals at
Fenway. Now, in my opinion, these match-ups seem
pretty unfair. I mean, the Yankees have to play the Angels
who have a 46-37 record and are a half a game back from the
AL West. The Royals, on the other hand, have basically the
Angels record backwards with a 37-48 record and are 9.5 games
back from the AL Central. There’s a big difference as far as
competition. The Red Sox should be beating up on the Royals,
with their eyes closed! But the Yankees are going to have to
work to keep their spot at the top. So, if the Yankees fall
back a couple of games this weekend, just look at the team
they’re facing and who the Red Sox are facing. I’m not
cutting the Yankees slack because I’m a Yankee fan, but the
numbers don’t lie. Nobody out there can say that the Royals
are as tough as the Angels. Maybe if Zack Greinke is
pitching, but otherwise, they’re not even comparable. Oh and
another note, Zack Greinke is not even pitching against the
Red Sox this series so there’s one less problem for the Sox
to deal with. All I can do is hope that the Yankees offense
continues to remain hot because they are going to have to
score a lot or runs off of the Angels who are another
big offensive club. It seems that Yankee pitching
struggles when they face big offensive clubs, so the Yanks
need to give their pitching run support. As for my advice to
the Red Sox, just sit back, relax, and take a nap. They don’t
need any advice against the Kansas City Royals. I know they
lost last night, but that was their bullpen’s fault. If they
can just get their starter to go 6 or 7 innings, it’s lights
out for the Royals.

I will be answering questions from the fans…

Hey everyone,

Yesterday was a great day for me as I got to see Teixeira start at first base over Kevin “Useless” for the 2009 All Star Game!!! And I also got to see the Yankees out slug the Blue Jays in a great come from behind victory. The Yanks have a chance to sweep the Jays today and tie the Red Sox at first place in the AL East Divison (as long as Boston loses today!)
But my main reason for this post are to remind fans that if you want me to answer any questions you have regarding the Yankees or the 2009 All Star Game, just comment on some of my latest posts and I’ll try to answer them as best as I can.
Thanks and Go Yankees!
~Steve