After a LONG Rain Delay, Yankees Battle The A’s and Win Yet Again
OMG. What else is new. The Yankees have won yet again last night to extend their winning streak to 7 straight. After a 2 hour and 43 minute rain delay, the game finally started. CC Sabathia took the hill for the Yanks, against Vin Mazzaro of the A’s. The Yanks won by the score of 6-3.
Pitching Analysis: 9:49 first pitch! CC Sabathia had a long time to wait, and that hurt him early. Although having a 1-2-3 first, CC struggled in the second. Garciaparra led off with a single, followed by a Kurt Suzuki double and a sac fly for Jack Cust. Then Bobby Crosby singled, scoring Suzuki. CC got banged around in this inning, but got Mark Ellis to pop up, avoiding further damage.
The 3rd was a nice, 1-2-3 6 pitch inning for CC. But in the 4th, Holliday led off with a double and wound up scoring. After that, CC settled down nicely and went 7 strong innings, stirking out 4 along the way. All things considered, it was a good start for CC as he now entered double digits in wins.
Phil Hughes worked 2 scoreless, hitless innings last night to pick up his first save of the year. Man, is he Philthy or what! He makes hitters look stupid!
Defensive Analysis: Strong as usual. They turned the double plays when they had to, keeping CC out of further jams. This infield is probably the best in the game, everyone is Gold Glove quality. I have a feeling the 2nd baseman Gold Glove award is going to be a tight race. Cano is superb over there!
Offensive Analysis: The offense started off slowly last night, probably because they wanted to get a good look at the rookie. Once they did, they were relentless. I felt bad for the rookie because it was a homecoming for him and he was pitching in front of family and friends. But the Yankees need to keep winning so, whatever.
Anyway, the offense started in the bottom of the 4th, with an innocent little infield single by Damon. Then Tex comes up, gets a 3-0 count, gets the green light, and crushes a ball into Teixeira’s Terrace in right with a 2 run blast, his 24th of the year, bringing the score to 3-2. Arod walked, then stole second, and Posada doubled him in. Then Eric Hinske singled, bringing the go ahead run home!
The Yankees added 2 more runs in the bottom of the 5th, thanks again to Tex and Jorge.
The heroes for this game were CC Sabathia, for his strong 7 innings, Tex & Jorge for their clutch bats and 5 RBIs combined last night, and for Phil Hughes for nailing down his first save. The best part was, the Red Sox didn’t play last night, so the Yankees gained half a game, strengthening their lead to 2.5 games! Let’s dig the Sox into a hole they can’t come out of! Keep up the good work Yankees! Let’s get #27 this year!!!