Nick Swisher Had a “Rocky” Day in the Field as the Yankees Win 6 Straight
Nick Swisher is quite a character. He is a real goofy, funny guy, but he is also a real ballplayer. He had an interesting day today, and helped the Yankees beat the Orioles for the second game in the row by the score of 6-4. The winning streak was also extended to 6 games. I’ll get to Swish after a quick game wrapup.
Pitching analysis: A.J. Burnett started this winning streak, and he was sure to continue it. He pitched 7 solid innings while stiking out 6 and only gave up 2 cheap runs. He is so fun to watch! I love his curveball!
A.J. got into a few minor jams throughout the game, but came out of them all. The 7th inning was annoying. Robert Andino led off with an chopper for an infield hit. Then Adam Jones, who had a great game, doubled. Markakis got a sac fly which scored Andino, and Jones went to 3rd. This was the annoying part. A.J. got Aubrey Huff to strike out, but the breaking ball got away from Posada, and Jones scored and Huff was at first. What a way to give up a run! Then he got Wigginton to pop up. A.J. wasn’t too happy.
Hughes pitched a scoreless 8th, and Bruney came in to pitch the 9th. He struck out the first two men he faced, but then Jones and Markakis hit back to back solo shots. Girardi pulled Bruney and used Rivera to nail his 28th save of the year.
Offensive analysis: The Yankees came out swinging today, and scored 4 runs in the first inning thanks to a leadoff double by Jeter, singles by Tex and Arod, a walk by Jorge, an infield hit for Cano, and a 2 run single for Swisher. There bats remained quiet after this until the 3rd, where Posada hit a home run into the Yankee bullpen. Then in the 8th, Arod singled and stole second, and Posada knocked him in with a double.
Defensive analysis: Top of the 3rd. This is where I witnessed the two sides of Nick Swisher. Brian Roberts hit a ball to right that Swisher got under. It was hit farily well, but it was a routine play. When I saw it hit I thought, good. Roberts won’t be on the basepaths this inning. Well, I thought too soon. Nick Swisher got under the ball, and for some unknown reason, missed the ball! WHAT! So, because of this, Roberts wound up on second. I thought he was bound to score.
Later in the inning, with 2 out and 2nd and 3rd, Ty Wigginton scorched a ball to right that was tailing away from Nick Swisher. I was thinking, Darn! If Swish caught the first ball this wouldn’t have happened! Well, again I thought to soon. Swisher, who no doubt felt awful about missing the first ball, made an unbelievable play to rob Wigginton of an extra base hit and some RBIs. He extended his arm as far as he could and jumped for the ball. He couldn’t stop running, and ran halfway up the wall in right, damaging it with his spikes! A.J. was pumped, and Swisher had on his cute boyish smile. He was happy that he redeemed himself.
I guess Swisher wanted to make sure that we trusted him. In the top of the 6th, Luke Scott hit a ball that may have cleared the fence, or a sure double, and Swish was on the run again. With his back to the wall, he leapt, and caught the ball! OMG! He did it again! I think he redeemed himself now!
The heroes for today were A.J. Burnett for his 7 solid innings, Posada for his offensive support, and Nick Swisher! The two sides of Nick Swisher! He said after the game that if his day was ice cream, it would be rocky road! Who even thinks of that? Ha! It sure was fun to watch. It all added up to a 6-4 Yankee victory. Let’s hope things keep going right! GO SWISH! WE LOVE YOU!
What a goofball!