The Yankees won their fourth straight game tonight, defeating the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 (the third in a row they won 2-1). It was also another walk-off win for the Bombers, this time with Matsui delivering the game winning hit (a solo homerun to right-center). And of course, AJ Burnett came though with the pie-in-the-face. I guess its a small price to pay!
Pettitte was able to hold the Orioles to just 1 run on 6 hits through 7.1 innings. He also struck out a season high 8 batters! One of Pettitte’s best performances all year. He didn’t get the win, but was still able to keep his team in the ball game. But what really held the Yanks in it late was two great back-to-back games in the eighth. After Pettitte was taken out in the eighth, Coke came on to try and keep the game close. And he did just that. The first batter he faced was Nick Markakis with 1 out and a man on second and third. Markakis hit a hard ground ball to Tex, who made an incredible off-balance throw to Molina, who snow coned it, and tagged the runner out at the plate for the second out. Then, Coke delivered a wild pitch to Adam Jones (the next batter) and it slipped away from Molina and started to roll towards the Yanks dugout. However, Molina dove to the ball, made a great throw from his knees to Coke who was covering home, and Coke was able to tag out Roberts at the plate to end the inning. Roberts didn’t even touch home plate, but instead slid around it. Then Aceves came in after Coke was able to get the first out in the ninth, and was able to shut the door. However, the Yanks still had a chance to win it in the bottom of the ninth.
The Yanks were able to win another ballgame scoring just two runs. But the runs proved to be big ones, as the first came from a solo homer off the bat of the newly acquired Eric Hinske, tying the game at 1. However, from that second inning on, The Yanks offense experienced a drought until Matsui came up in the bottom of the ninth with one out. On a 2-2 count, Matsui belted a solo homerun off Johnson to win the game for the Yanks. (Their fourth straight win!)
As I am typing this, I see that Boston is trailing 6-2 to the Rangers in the bottom of the seventh. Hopefully the Rangers can hold on and beat the Sox. If so, the Yankees will move up to first place and be tied with the Red Sox for the second time in 7 games. Sergio Mitre will be making his big league debut tomorrow, and hopefully he can prove to the Yankees that he belongs in the back of the rotation. With Wang out, the Yanks need a fifth starter and hopefully Mitre can give them what they need. Mitre will be facing Rich Hill of the Orioles who has a 3-2 record coming into tomorrow’s game. I can’t make a prediction though because I’ve never seen Mitre pitch, so I’ll make sure to pay attention to him tomorrow and then recap in tomorrow’s post what I think about him.
Player of the Game
Hideki Matsui: 1-3 with a game winning homerun (walk off)