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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)
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Yankee Game (7/21/09)

The Yankees were able to keep first place all to themselves last night, after defeating the Baltimore Orioles 6-4. The Red Sox lost 4-2 to the Texas Rangers, resulting in a second place standing in the division. The Yankees received “OK” pitching from their newest starter Sergio Mitre, terrific offense, and flawless relief pitching, to give the Yanks their 56th win of the season pushing their winning percentage over .600 (.602 %)

As mentioned before, Mitre pitched an “OK” game for the Yankees surrendering 4 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits through 5.2 innings. while striking out 4 Not bad for a guy who is barely more than a year removed from Tommy John elbow reconstruction and that has not made a start since September 15th 2007. Once Mitre exited, Aceves, Coke, and Rivera were able to combine for 3 1/3 innings of flawless work allowing no runs on 1 hit. Rivera earned his 27th save of the season.

Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano were able to give Mitre some support each driving in 2 runs (Arod with a 2 run single and Cano with a 2-run homer). Swisher and Damon also contributed an RBI of their own. However, the Yankees worked the count throughout the entire game walking 8 times but were only 2-8 with RISP. Anyways, they were able to walk off with a win and in the end, that’s all that matters.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 3 1 1 0 1 1 2 .319
Damon, LF 4 0 1 1 0 0 4 .278
  Gardner, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .277
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .277
Rodriguez, A, DH 2 1 1 2 2 0 0 .252
Posada, C 4 0 0 0 0 3 4 .277
Swisher, RF 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 .233
Cano, 2B 3 1 2 2 1 1 0 .308
Cabrera, Me, CF-LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .274
Ransom, 3B 1 2 1 0 2 0 0 .188
Totals 26 6 6 6 8 6 14  
BATTING
2B: Ransom (7, Bass).
HR: Cano (14, 4th inning off Hill, R, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Jeter; Damon; Rodriguez, A; Cano 5; Ransom 2.
RBI: Swisher (48), Rodriguez, A 2 (54), Cano 2 (48), Damon (51).
2-out RBI: Rodriguez, A 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Posada; Damon 2.
SF: Swisher.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Jeter (18, 2nd base off Hill, R/Wieters), Rodriguez, A (4, 2nd base off Hill, R/Wieters), Ransom (2, 2nd base off Bass/Wieters).
CS: Rodriguez, A (1, 2nd base by Albers/Wieters).

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


Tonight, AJ Burnett (8-4) will try to help the Yankees earn back to back sweeps as he faces Jason Berken (1-7) of the O’s. I will take Burnett over Berken just by looking at the numbers. Berken has only one win on the season vs Burnett’s 8. Berken is posting a 6.44 ERA vs Burnett’s 3.81. Halfway through the season, I don’t think the numbers lie. But anyways, if the Yanks can sweep the O’s tonight, that’ll be their 3rd sweep in 4 series. (Twins, Tigers, Orioles). Good luck to the New York Yankees and hopefully Boston can drop their game tonight with Wakefield on the 15 day DL.

Players of the Game
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Robinson Cano: 1-3 with a 2 run homer 
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Alex Rodriguez: 1-2 with a 2-run single and 2 walks

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)