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.
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|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 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!
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|Matsui, H, DH||2||0||0||0||2||1||1||.263|
|Cabrera, Me, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.281|
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.
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.
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