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).
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.
Well, the Yanks were able to rally late, but came up short as the Blue Jays avoided a four game sweep and salvaged a 7-6 win over the Yanks. The Yanks were able to out hit the Jays (12 to 8), but not out score them as they snapped their three game winning streak.
Andy Pettitte’s command was off today, as he allowed 6 runs and walked 5 through 6 innings. He also surrendered 5 hits with two of them resulting in home runs. After Pettitte was taken out in the seventh, the Yanks brought in Bruney who was able to get 2 outs but then gave up 2 hits and surrendered a run giving the Jays an important 7th run which allowed them to hold off the Yanks.
As far as the Yanks offense is concerned, their bats were shut down today (except for Hinske’s solo shot in the fifth) up until the seventh inning. I guess its better late than never but the Yanks offense just couldn’t pick up that game tying run to possibly push the game into extra innings. Before I analyze/summarize the Yanks offense, I just want to point out, for those of you who didn’t watch the game, that the umpires made a few bad calls on the Yanks today. Not just balls and strikes, but key safes and outs.
In the first inning with no outs and Jeter at second, Derek decided to steal third. Now, I’m not defending Jeter’s decision to steal third because he was already in scoring position. What I want to point out is that on the replays, the throw from the catcher might have beat Jeter, but the tag didn’t. Jeter was clearly safe, but I guess Marty Foster lives up to the fact that if the throw beats the runner, he is automatically out. Girardi was ejected that inning, but I agree with him when he said “He’s either out or safe.” It doesn’t matter if the throw beat him, its all on the tag. However, that wasn’t the only awful call that the umps made today. In the bottom of the seventh inning with Hinske on first and Cano on second, Gardner hit a hard ball to the shortstop who flipped to the second baseman Hill for the force out. However, Hill was at least 2 feet off the bag when he caught the ball, but Wally Bell rushed the call and called Hinske out. Even without the replays following the play, you could see Hill never touched the base. Hill even turned to go back and tag the base but he saw Wally make the out call, so he stopped. This prevented the bases from being loaded and the next batter for the Yanks, (pinch hitter Damon) was hit by a pitch. This would have walked in the Yanks game tying run and would have pushed the game into extra innings, giving the Yankees a chance to sweep the Jays. Overall I was fed up with the umps today, and so was Girardi and probably many other Yankee fans.
Anyways, back to the Yanks offense. With Hinske making his first debut for the Yanks, Eric blasted a solo shot in the fifth inning off Romero giving him his first home run as a Yankee. Then in the seventh inning, the Yankees were able to rattle up League and Accardo, of the Jays, for 2 runs making it a 7-3 ball game. Next inning, the Yanks put up a run on a bases loaded walk issued by Frasor moving the Yanks within 3 runs (to tie). Then in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, Matsui pinched hit for Melky and delivered a 2 run single, to close the gap and move the Yanks within 1 run. But then the next batter (Eric Hinske) struck out on a 3-2 slider that ended the game.
Now, I hate to blame people for a loss, but I have to say that neither the Yanks offense nor pitching was really a problem today. Now you might be saying to yourself “What is this guy crazy??? Pettitte gave up 6 runs over seven innings!!!” But, what I forgot to mention was that Wally also made another bad call at second, calling one of the Jays’ runners safe at second with two outs, when the replays clearly showed him out by a foot and a half. The next batter was Rios who hit a 3 run shot off of Pettitte. However, the home run could have easily been avoided if Wally Bell could just open his eyes!!! So don’t blame Pettitte or the Yankees offense today for their tough loss.
Umpires: HP: Chad Fairchild. 1B: John Hirschbeck. 2B: Wally Bell. 3B: Marty Foster-Worst Umps I’ve ever seen
I usually don’t hand out players of the game from the other team when they win, and I won’t start now. But today I am going to post (in my opinion) the worst players of the game… (HINT: These people aren’t from the Yankees or Blue Jays)
Worst Players of the Game
Wally Bell: 2 awful calls at second base
Marty Foster: awful call over at third base
Tomorrow the Yankees will be on the road and will face the Minnesota Twins for a 3 game set. The Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia (7-5) will be taking on Scott Baker (6-6), who has won his last four games. Honestly, I’m not sure who will win tomorrow. Both pitchers have been inconsistent this year, so its hard to decide who will come out on top. It will mostly come down to who scores early and will be able to hold onto that lead for the remainder of the game. The game is scheduled for 8:05 PM tomorrow night on MY9.