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Yankee Game (7/20/09)

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 
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Hideki Matsui: 1-3 with a game winning homerun (walk off)

*New York Yankees-Team Stats-Leaders*


~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)

Hitting Stats (Top 3)

     Runs                                                Hits                                         2B
1.Damon (62)                               1. Cano/Jeter (110)                    1. Cano     (24)
2.Cano    (61)                               2. Teixeira     (91)                      2. Teixeira (23)
3.Jeter    (56)                               3. Damon       (86)                     3. Damon   (19)

                   3B                                  HR                                     RBI
1. Gardner                    (5)      1. Teixeira       (21)          1. Teixeira              (63)
2. Damon                     (3)      2. A Rodriguez (17)          2. Rodriguez/Damon(50)
3. Cano/Matsui/Swisher (1)      3. Damon        (16)          3. Swisher              (47)

           TB                                                   BB                                    SO
1. Teixeira  (177)                           1. Swisher    (53)                     1. Swisher (70)
2. Cano      (175)                           2. Teixeira    (49)                     2. Damon  (61)
3. Damon   (159)                           3. Rodriguez (48)                     3. Teixeira (58)

       OBP                                                SLG                                     AVG
1. Rodriguez (.411)                        1. Rodriguez (.548)                        1. Jeter    (.321)
2. Jeter        (.396)                        2. Teixeira    (.535)                        2. Cano    (.308)
3. Teixeira    (.378)                       3. Matsui      (.517)                        3. Cabrera (.285)

Fielding Stats (Top 3)

                                  PO                                                   Errors
                        1. Teixeira (675)                         1. Rodriguez                             (5)
                        2. Posada  (313)                        2. Damon/Jeter/Posada/Swisher (4)
                        3. Cano     (173)                         3. Cano                                    (3)

Pitching Stats (Top 3)
                 Wins                                          ERA                              IP
1. Sabathia/Burnett/Pettitte (8)            1. Rivera      (2.43)            1. Sabathia (128.1)
2. Aceves                          (5)            2. Aceves    (2.49)            2. Pettitte   (107.2)
3. Albaladejo/Chamberlain   (4)           3. Robertson (3.57)            3. Burnett   (107.1)

          Hits                                      ER                                   SO
1. Pettitte        (121)                  1. Pettitte   (58)                  1. Burnett       (101)
2. Sabathia      (110)                 2. Sabathia (55)                  2. Sabathia     (95)
3. Chamberlain (97)                  3. Burnett    (45)                 3. Chamberlain (78)

Yankee Game (7/11/09)

Well, the Yankees suffered another disappointing loss to the Angels tonight, putting them in a position to drop 2 games back from the Red Sox. The Yankees were able to belt out 5 homeruns, but still loss to the Angels 14-8. Once again, the Yankees pitching struggled today giving up 16 hits and 14 runs.

Andy Pettitte wasn’t his usual self today going 4.1 innings and allowing 6 runs on 7 hits. After he  exited the game, Robertson looked to help the Yankees stay in the game, but allowed 3 more runs on 3 hits through 1.1 innings. Then Tomko came in, but he allowed a run on 3 hits through 1.1 innings as well. And if that wasn’t enough, Phil Coke came in with the Angels up 10-8 and gave up 4 runs in the 8th on 3 hits. Nobody could get an out throughout the entire game. And even if they did, it was either a hard hit or a close play. It was a nightmare!!! And that’s putting it lightly!!!
(there’s always a hesitation when I go to write about the pitching for the Yanks because it’s either flawless, or anything but flawless)
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Okay, now that I got that out of my system lets move to the Yankees offense, which continued to remain on fire!!! As mentioned before, the Yanks were able to crank out 5 homeruns off the Angels today. 2 of them came from Alex Rodriguez (2 run homer and a solo shot) and 2 came from the newly acquired Eric Hinske (solo homer and a 2 run shot). Matsui followed Arod’s second blast with a homer of his own (solo shot). That was the 8th time, this season, the Yankees have hit back to back homers. But, the 5 homers weren’t enough.

Jeter, SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 .320
Damon, LF 4 1 0 0 1 3 1 .276
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .276
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 3 2 3 1 1 0 .263
Matsui, H, DH 4 1 1 1 0 3 1 .266
Posada, C 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .281
Cano, 2B 3 1 2 1 1 0 0 .309
Hinske, RF 4 2 2 3 0 0 2 .270
Gardner, CF 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .283
  a-Cabrera, Me, PH-CF 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .280
Totals 35 8 9 8 3 13 8  
a-Struck out for Gardner in the 7th.
2B: Jeter (18, Weaver, Jr).
HR: Rodriguez, A 2 (17, 1st inning off Weaver, Jr, 1 on, 2 out; 8th inning off Bulger, 0 on, 1 out), Hinske 2 (4, 2nd inning off Weaver, Jr, 0 on, 2 out; 7th inning off Oliver, 1 on, 0 out), Matsui, H (14, 8th inning off Bulger, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Jeter 2; Rodriguez, A 8; Matsui, H 4; Cano 2; Hinske 8; Cabrera, Me.
RBI: Rodriguez, A 3 (50), Hinske 3 (15), Cano (46), Matsui, H (40).
2-out RBI: Rodriguez, A 2; Hinske; Cano.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Teixeira.
GIDP: Jeter.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 3.

E: Coke (1, pickoff).
DP: 2 (Jeter-Cano-Teixeira 2).

Now look, I’m going to give you my honest opinion. There is no reason why the Yankees should have to score any more than 4 or even 5 runs a game. Look at their pitching rotation and forget the numbers this season. 1) C.C. Sabathia 2) AJ Burnett 3) Andy Pettitte 4) Joba Chamberlain 5) Chien Ming Wang (but now he is hurt so we’ll see who will take his place) Now just take a look at those names and don’t focus on any numbers. Sabathia, Burnett, and Pettitte should already have 10 wins this season, Chamberlain with maybe 8 or 9 and if Wang was his healthy self, I would say 8 or 9 as well. There is no reason why they shouldn’t be leading the division. Their offense is remaining hot, so all we need are the pitchers to regain their velocity, location, and command for the second half of the season, and we’ll be leading the division in no time! Come on Yankees!!! I have faith in you!!!
As far as tomorrow’s matchup, I have to go with Sabathia (8-5) over Lackey (3-4) since Sabathia loves the hot weather and has had success with the Angels before. Lackey is 4-7 lifetime against the Yankees. Hopefully the Yankees can pick up a win before the All Star Break and carry some momentum into the second half of the season. I’ll also be covering the All Star Game and Homerun Derby so continue to read my posts throughout next week.

Yankee Game (7/6/09)

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.

Scutaro, SS 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 .280
Hill, A, DH 5 1 0 0 0 1 2 .295
Wells, V, CF 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 .257
Rolen, 3B 4 0 1 2 1 1 3 .327
Rios, RF 5 1 1 3 0 1 3 .264
Millar, 1B 2 1 0 0 2 0 1 .233
  Overbay, 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .260
Bautista, J, LF 3 0 1 0 1 1 2 .256
Barajas, C 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 .268
McDonald, Jo, 2B 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 .267
Totals 35 7 8 7 6 6 15  
2B: Wells, V (23, Bruney), Rolen (25, Bruney).
HR: Rios (10, 3rd inning off Pettitte, 2 on, 2 out), McDonald, Jo (1, 7th inning off Pettitte, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Wells, V 4; Rolen 2; Rios 4; Bautista, J; Barajas; McDonald, Jo 4.
RBI: Barajas (40), Rios 3 (44), McDonald, Jo (1), Rolen 2 (32).
2-out RBI: Barajas; Rios 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: McDonald, Jo; Barajas; Bautista, J.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
Team LOB: 7.

Outfield assists: Bautista, J (Rodriguez, A at 1st base).
DP: (Bautista, J-McDonald, Jo-Millar).

Jeter, SS 2 0 0 1 3 0 1 .314
Swisher, 1B 4 0 3 2 1 0 3 .242
Teixeira, DH 5 0 0 0 0 2 6 .273
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .244
Posada, C 5 1 1 0 0 2 3 .282
Cano, 2B 5 2 2 0 0 2 1 .303
Cabrera, Me, LF-CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .280
  b-Matsui, H, PH 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 .267
  1-Ransom, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .180
Hinske, RF 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 .264
Gardner, CF 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 .278
  a-Damon, PH-LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .284
Totals 37 6 12 6 4 8 20  
a-Hit by pitch for Gardner in the 8th. b-Singled for Cabrera, Me in the 9th. 
1-Ran for Matsui, H in the 9th.
2B: Swisher (18, Romero, R), Cano 2 (21, Accardo, Frasor).
HR: Hinske (2, 5th inning off Romero, R, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Swisher 4; Rodriguez, A; Posada; Cano 4; Cabrera, Me; Matsui, H; Hinske 5; Gardner.
RBI: Hinske (12), Swisher 2 (43), Jeter (35), Matsui, H 2 (38).
2-out RBI: Jeter; Matsui, H 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Posada; Teixeira 2; Rodriguez, A; Swisher 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-11.
Team LOB: 11.

CS: Jeter (3, 3rd base by Romero, R/Barajas).


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
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Wally Bell: 2 awful calls at second base
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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.

Yankee Game (7/5/09)

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
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Jorge Posada: 4-5 with a go ahead double and 3 RBIs
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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

Yankee Game (7/2/09)


The New York Yankees were in route for their 8th straight win, but came up short as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Yankees 8-4. 

Sabathia took the mound for the Yankees with a 7-4 record. Sabathia gave up 6 earned runs over 5.2 IP with 8 strikeouts and scattering 10 hits. Sabathia took the loss, earning his fifth loss of the season. It was a start to forget for the 290 pound left hander.
Hideki Matsui led the Yankees offense, going 2 for 3 including a two run homer and a double while knocking in 3.
Robinson Cano also had an offensive day at the plate going 3 for 3, boosting his AVG to .307, and scoring 2 of the Yankees 4 runs.
As far as the Yankees defense, Mark Teixeira committed his first error of the season by throwing away a ball to Aceves, who was covering 1st base, on a hard grounder which Teixeira dove to get.

Suzuki, I, RF 4 2 2 2 1 1 0 .370
Branyan, 1B 4 1 1 2 1 3 2 .297
Lopez, J, 2B 4 0 0 1 1 1 3 .255
Sweeney, M, DH 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 .252
Gutierrez, F, CF 5 2 3 1 0 0 0 .285
Johjima, C 3 2 2 0 0 0 1 .262
Langerhans, LF 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 .500
Woodward, 3B 3 1 2 2 0 1 1 .381
Cedeno, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .131
Totals 36 8 12 8 3 9 14  
2B: Suzuki, I 2 (16, Sabathia, Sabathia), Langerhans (1, Sabathia).
HR: Gutierrez, F (8, 2nd inning off Sabathia, 0 on, 0 out), Branyan (20, 9th inning off Aceves, A, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Suzuki, I 4; Branyan 4; Gutierrez, F 6; Johjima 2; Langerhans 3; Woodward 2.
RBI: Lopez, J (47), Gutierrez, F (29), Woodward 2 (2), Suzuki, I 2 (20), Branyan 2 (42).
2-out RBI: Suzuki, I 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Branyan; Lopez, J 2.
SF: Woodward.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
Team LOB: 6.

SB: Suzuki, I (17, 3rd base off Sabathia/Cervelli).
CS: Johjima (1, 2nd base by Aceves, A/Cervelli), Langerhans (1, 2nd base by Sabathia/Cervelli).

E: Suzuki, I (3, fielding).

Jeter, SS 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .307
Damon, LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .288
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .274
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 .235
Cano, 2B 3 2 3 0 1 0 0 .307
Swisher, RF 3 0 1 1 0 1 2 .240
Matsui, H, DH 3 1 2 3 0 0 2 .254
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .282
Cervelli, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .257
  a-Posada, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .267
Totals 32 4 7 4 2 5 14  
a-Struck out for Cervelli in the 9th.
2B: Cano (19, Vargas, J), Matsui, H (14, Lowe, M).
HR: Matsui, H (11, 4th inning off Vargas, J, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Jeter; Cano 4; Swisher; Matsui, H 6.
RBI: Swisher (40), Matsui, H 3 (31).
2-out RBI: Matsui, H 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jeter; Posada.
SF: Swisher; Matsui, H.
Team RISP: 0-for-6.
Team LOB: 5.

CS: Jeter (2, 2nd base by Vargas, J/Johjima).

E: Teixeira (1, throw).
Outfield assists: Damon (Woodward at 2nd base).

The Yankees will look to spark another winning streak, as they take on the Blue Jays today at 1:05 with A.J Burnett (6-4) getting the nod.