Burnett and Offense Smokin’ in Victory Over Rays
In the first road game since I started my blog, the Yankees had everything working for a win. A.J. Burnett was awesome, and everyone in the lineup got at least 1 hit. It all added up to an 11-4 Yankee win. Here’s how it happened.
Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett continued his hot pitching, and had his nasty curveball and power fastball working. He went 7, allowing an unearned run due to a strikeout-wild pitch where Upton reached 1st. He struck out 5, and only allowed 2 hits. He is so fun to watch. Is it me or does he always look cranky on the mound? I don’t know why; he pitches so well. He has nothing to be cranky about. Just a game face I guess. Well anyway, A.J. was as good as I’ve ever seen him last night. I would be more that fine with him starting the World Series for us.
A.J.’s making his cranky face in this picture!
Jonathan Albaladejo, recently recalled from Scranton after Gardner broke his thumb, pitched 2/3 of the 8th, allowing 2 runs. He was not called up to be lights out, he just needed to give the bullpen some rest. And by this time the Yanks had a huge lead anyway. David Robertson came on to finish the game, allowing 1 run in 1 & 1/3 innings. The pitching was definetely a plus for the Yankees last night.
Defensive Analysis: Aside from Burnett’s wild pickoff throw in the first, the defense was once again solid last night. In the bottom of the 6th, Cano, Jeter, and Tex turned a nice 4-6-3 double play on Evan Longoria, preventing a big inning for the Rays. We have the best infield in the game, and like many of my fellow bloggers, I agree that Cano should win the Gold Glove this year.
Offensive Analysis: The Yankees touched home plate 11 times last night, and got contributions from every man in the lineup. Cano had a nice game with a homer, a triple, and 2 walks. Swisher had 2 homers. Damon had a 3-run homer, the 200th of his carreer. The Yankees better sign him. The birthday boy Alex Rodriguez had a 2-run double last night. My man Lechemente had 2 hits again last night, extending his hitting streak to 6 straight. Melky continues to be a weapon in the bottom of the order. Aside from Melky, many of the Yankees have hitting streaks, which were all extended last night.
It was the perfect win for the Yankees last night. They kept their 2.5 game lead over Boston, who happened to be victorious last night. The heroes for last night are A.J. Burnett for turnin’ me on with his hot curveball, and the entire Yankee lineup for smashing 15 hits and 11 runs. Let’s stay hot! Make this mama proud! (I don’t know what made me say that.) GO GETT’EM BOYS! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!