Yankees Win in Walkoff Fashion and Take Series
It was another exciting, dramatic game yesterday. The Yankees lived up to the name I gave them on my post yesterday. They truly are “The Drama Club.” The walkoff was fun to watch, as well as the celebratory “pieing” afterwords. The Yankees beat the Blue Jays yesterday by the score of 4-3.
Pitching Analysis: A.J. “The Assassin” Burnett started for the Yanks yesterday. He went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 10 hits (9 of which were singles) and 3 costly wild pitches. Along the way, he struck out 7. A.J. had good stuff yesterday, perhaps it was too good. His curveball had almost too much movement, and it sent Posada scrambling for the ball too many times! A.J. started out a bit shaky, and then settled down. He had a 25 pitch first, but did not allow any runs. In the 2nd, Randy Ruiz hit a leadoff home run which tied the game at 1. Then A.J. had an esy 3rd, and easy 4th, and an easy 5th, which helped bring his pitch count back down to a respsctable level.
In the 6th, things fell apart for A.J. Ruiz got a 1 out single, followed by a single by Encarnacion. Then A.J. threw a wild pitch, which allowed the runners to go to 2nd and 3rd, still with just 1 out. Chavez singled, bringing the score to 3-2. After getting Inglett to strike out, A.J. allowed another wild pitch, which scored the tieing run!
Coke, Robertson, and Hughes combined for 3 scoreless innings of relief. But the game went into extras, and Girardi called on newcomer Chad Gaudin. Girardi said that Gaudin could go 85 pitches if needed. He only needed 44, and he picked up his first win as a Yankee.
The pitching was good yesterday. A.J. was strong, it was just the wild pitches that killed him. After the game, he was asked about the wild pitches, and he refused to comment on them. I wouldn’t want to get on A.J.’s bad side!
Defensive Analysis: The defense was once again solid yesterday, which is always important in close games. Jeter had to leave the game in the 3rd, after he toughed out a foot injury due to getting hit by a pitch in the first. He was replaced by Ramiro Pena. Pena was immediately tested out, and he got tangled up on a sharply hit ball by Adam Lind. It was scored a hit, but Ramiro probably could’ve made the play.
Ramiro quickly redeemed himself. In the 4th, Edwin Encarnacion hit a ridiculously hard liner to Ramiro’s right. It looked like a hit all the way. But Ramiro extended his body to the fullest, and dived to make an unbelievable play. A.J. liked what he saw.
Offensive Analysis: The Yankees only got 7 hits, but they got the hits that really counted. In the 1st, Jeter got plunked in the foot and Damon doubled. Then Jorge came up with the bases loaded, and hit a ball to Aaron Hill that should’ve been a double play. It was booted by Hill, and Jorge got himself an RBI groundout from it. 1-0 Yankees.
These poor Bombers! 😦
In the 3rd, as I was eating my lunch, Johnny Damon hit a home run to lead off the inning, giving the Yanks a 2-1 lead. I always say it, but I’m going to say it again: THE YANKEES HAVE TO BE RETARDED IF THEY DON’T SIGN JOHNNY DAMON!!! Damon has done nothing but good things for this team. He has been consistently good year after year. And because of the new stadium, Johnny has adjusted his swing to become more of a pull hitter, due to that short porch in right. He said that he wants to come back to the Yankees. I think the Yankees should give him everything he wants. If they don’t sign him, who are they going to get to replace him? Johnny is too valuable to this team to let go of.
Anyway, Robinson Cano hit a leadoff homer in the 4th, giving the Yanks a 3-1 lead. The game went into extras, and in the 11th, the Yankees were set up. Arod got plunked in the elbow with 1 out, and he was in an enormous amount of pain. I thought he was going to cry, the poor baby was wincing so much. On his way to first base, he flicked under his eye with his finger. Was he crying a bit? Probably not, but there is nothing wrong with that if he did cry. I don’t understand why men can’t show any emotion. It makes no sense to me!
Anyway, with Arod on first, Posada singled, and Cano came up. Cano was not trying to hit a homer; he knew that all they needed was a single. He hit a ball all the way to the wall, I thought it was a homer, but it went off the wall. Arod scored, and the Yankees won the ballgame in 11 innings! Cano got pied, and all was well for the Drama Club yesterday.
A happy, clean Cano celebrating the win.
What a game! Again! The heroes for the victory are Robinson Cano, for the walkoff single, Johnny Damon for coming up with 2 timely hits, a double and a homer, which added up to runs, and Chad Gaudin, for making a nice impression on New Yorkers and for picking up his first win as a member of the Drama Club. I wish you many more to come, Chad. The Red Sox won, so the Yankee lead remains at 5.5. I hope the Yankees continue playing well, because my 16th birthday is on Sunday, and I really want them to win for me! GO YANKEES! I LUV U!
Cano’s first taste of Victory pie.
A pie-covered Cano. Look at A.J’s face. You can tell he wants to laugh, but he has to remain angry. I love that man! He adds so much character to this team!