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Offensive Explosion! Penny Didn’t “Get’er Done!”

Yankees Score 20 Runs in Demoralizing Blowout Of Sox!

Seriously, the hitting was scary last night. And so was the pitching. But whatever. The Yankees took the first game of the series by the score of 20-11! In the last Yankee/Red Sox series, the first game was a blowout followed by a 15 inning pitcher’s duel. Will there be a pitcher’s duel today? Because last night the pitching was horrible!

Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte pitched for the Yankees, and he was pretty bad. He went 5 innings and gave up 5 runs on 7 hits. He threw 105 pitches in 5 innings. That’s a little ridiculous. There were so many runs scored last night, so I don’t feel like going through how every run was scored. But trust me, Andy was not too good last night.

Tough night for Andy, but at least the Yanks won.

In relief of Andy came Brian Bruney. He pitched an inning and a third, didn’t give up any runs, but he walked 3 and got himself into a large jam. Damaso Marte was called upon to get out of Bruney’s bases loaded 1 out jam. Marte got his 2 batters out without allowing a run.

Sergio Mitre pitched the final 2 innings, which was a treat for me because I had no idea he would pitch last night and any chance I get to stare at him is fine with me! He had a nice 1-2-3 8th, but he had a little trouble in the 9th. He gave up 4 runs before nailing down the final out. But that doesn’t really matter. The Yankees had a huge lead, so I don’t blame Mitre for going after all the hitters with fastballs. And the more runs he gave up, the longer he would have to pitch, and then I could stare at him more before I went to bed. And he looked so good yesterday…it was hot and he was sweating…so….sexy…but I was glad when he got the last out. Poor baby, he must have been so hot and tired.

So the pitching was awful yesterday, but the Yankees managed to win. That’s cool.

Defensive Analysis: The Yankees were a bit sloppy yesterday. In the 6th, Cano made a throwing error. And the next batter hit a ball into shallow center that for some reason no one caught. Whatever. In the 7th, Swisher made an outstanding play to rob Pedroia of an extra-base hit.

Offensive Analysis: The offense was amazing yesterday. Obviously Brad Penny, (who in case you didn’t see my celebrity lookalike, he looks like Larry the Cable Guy,) was unable to “Get’er Done” last night. The Yankees pounded him nonstop for 4 innings, hitting line drives all over the field. The rest of the Smelly Sox pitchers were unable to “Get’er Done” as well!

Hideki had a huge offensive night!

There was so much offense last night and it will take forever to explain how all 20 runs were gotten, so I will just show this instead:

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 6 3 3 2 0 0 1 .333
Damon, LF 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .284
  Hinske, LF 4 2 2 1 1 0 1 .257
Teixeira, 1B 5 3 3 3 1 0 2 .286
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 2 4 1 1 0 0 .263
  a-Hairston, J, PH-3B 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .257
Matsui, H, DH 6 2 2 7 0 1 6 .266
Posada, C 5 2 2 2 1 1 0 .275
Cano, 2B 6 2 1 1 0 0 4 .311
Swisher, RF 6 1 2 1 0 2 1 .246
Cabrera, Me, CF 6 2 4 2 0 0 0 .273
Totals 49 20 23 20 5 5 16

The offense was amazing last night. The pitching wasn’t, but the Yankees managed to get the win anyway. It was a demoralizing loss for the Smelly Sox last night. The heroes for the Yankee win are every member of the Yankee lineup. Everyone contributed. The Yanks now have a 7.5 game lead in the division! Alrighty then! GET ‘ER DONE BOYS!!! GO YANKEES!!!

The Drama Club!

Yankees Win Again in Dramatic Fashion

I’m giving the Yankees the nickname “The Drama Club.” It seems like every time the Yankees win, they do it dramatically. That definetely was the case last night. I was so happy when they won, because I wanted them to win for Melky on his birthday. The Yanks beat the Blue Jays by the score of 7-5.

Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain pitched for the Yankees last night. It was an adequate start for Joba. He went 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits, striking out 5 along the way. He was good early, but then ran into a little trouble.

Joba’s performance was not as good as he wanted it to be.

Joba had a scorless 1st, and an easy 1-2-3 11 pitch 2nd inning. It got a little ugly in the third. Joba walked the #9 hitter (never a smart idea) Joe Inglett, who has a really cool batting stance. Then Scutaro singled. Hill forced out, and the Adam Lind walked to load the bases. Then cleanup hitter Lyle Overbay, the obvious annoying guy of this series, hit a double in the right-center gap which cleared the bases and tied the game at 3. Ugh. In the 4th, Joba gave up a leadoff home run to the rookie Randy Ruiz, which gave the Jays a 4-3 lead.

Bruney pitched a scorless 7th, Coke and Robertson combined for a scorless 8th, and Mo picked up the save in the 9th. But he actually gave up a run! (GASP!) Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo home run to centerfield. Mo actually did the worst out of all the relievers. But he got the save, so whatever!

The pitching was pretty good last night. If you take away the 3rd, Joba pitched very well. The bullpen did a wonderful job of keeping the game at 4-3, and giving the Yankees the opportunity to win.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was again strong last night. The Yanks played errorless baseball once again. In the 1st inning, Johnny Damon made a nice play. Scutaro hit a liner to left, and it was a little over Johnny’s head. Damon went back, and thanks to a little jump, he caught the ball. Nice way to start the game.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees came out swinging against Richmond. Jeter hit a first pitch single, followed by a Damon double. Tex singled to score Jeter. The Jorge hit a 2 out double, which scored Damon. For some unknown reason, Tex attempted to score, and failed miserably. He touched third base when the cuttoff man released the ball. That was a stupid way to end the inning. And for a long time, I thought that play would be the difference in the game.

In the 2nd, Cano got a leadoff double, moved to third because of a balk, and then scored on a sac fly by the birthday boy, Leche. That made it 3-0, and that was all the offense for a long time.

The bottom of the 8th is where it all changed. Hideki Matsui, who was 0 for 3 at the time, hit an ENORMOUS home run into right field. ENORMOUS!!! That tied the game at 4, and gave the crowd something to cheer about. Then Posada comes up, and he hits a home run to right field! But Cito Gaston wanted to make sure it was a home run. From his angle, it looked like a fan stole the ball from Inglett. But according to the replay, Inglett just missed it, and it was ruled a home run! YAY! Yankeed lead 5-4! How dramatic was that?!

Matsui hits a bomb to tie the game………

……and Posada hits one to give Yanks the lead! BACK-TO-BACK!!!

The Yankees weren’t done yet. Hinske hit a 1 out double. Then my man Melky hit a single, which scored pinch runner Jerry Hairston. Melky stole second, and scored on a Johnny Damon single. Melky had a nice birthday. He was 1 for 3 with 2 RBI, 1 run, and a stolen base. 

What a game for the Yankees! They jumped out early, then lost the lead, but came back dramatically late in the game and held on for the lead! The heroes for last night are Jorge & Hideki, for providing back-to-back drama, which was the 3rd night in a row the Yankees went back-to-back. The other heroes are Bruney, Coke, Robertson, and Mo for shutting down the Blue Jay offense and giving the Yankees the chance to make it dramatic. I’ll throw Melky in there as well, just for having a nice birthday. I love you, Melky! There was no change in the Yankee lead in the division. The Red Sox won as well, cheating it up at home and having brawls with cute rookie pitchers. How classless are they? The rubber game of the series will be played in the afternoon, and the Yanks look to live up to the new name I gave them. GO YANKEES!

I have a quick lookalike. I think there is a small resemblance between these two pitchers.

 

Last night’s starter Scott Richmond…..

 

  

……and Yankee star Dave Righetti!

They kind of look alike. They are making the same face. It is hard to tell from the pictures, but last night I noticed it.

It Had to End Sometime

Yankees Winning Streak is No More After Jays Take Game 1

The Yankees 7 game winning streak came to an end last night, but come on. They can’t win every game. There were positives and negatives about last night’s loss. The Blue Jays beat the Yankees 5-4.

Pitching Analysis: Sergio Mitre started for the Yanks last night. He is really sexy. He struck out the first 2 men he faced, and I thought, “Oh boy. 2 out in the 1st, it’s time to give up 5 runs.” Well, Mitre allowed singles to Lind and Overbay, and I was beginning to think my prediction was right. But Mitre proved me wrong, and struck out Vernon Wells to end the inning. He struck out the side!

Mitre struck out 2 more in the 2nd, having an easy 11 pitch inning. In the 3rd, Inglett struck out for Mitre’s 6th of the night. I was just starting to think that maybe he found it. But then Aaron Hill hit a solo home run. Darn. Why did I have to think that? I’m always wrong!

The 4th inning was gross. Overbay led off with a walk, followed by a Vernon Wells single. Bautista hit a comebacker, that was snabbed nicely by Mitre. Mitre fired to 2nd, not too accurately, and it went off Cano’s glove into centerfield, scoring a run, and no outs were made on the play. He got the double play ball, and just screwed it up! By the end of the inning, the Jays were up 4-2. In the 5th, Mitre allowed a solo bomb to Lyle Overbay.

Mitre’s biggest problem last night was throwing the ball to 2nd!

Mitre didn’t really pitch THAT badly. He went 5 innings, allowing 5 runs of which just 3 were earned, on 6 hits and he struck out 6 along the way. It was a better performance. That throwing error really messed the whole game up. If he can fix that problem, and then pitch the way he did last night again, I guarantee the Yankees will win for him. But that’s IF he can do it again!

Alfredo Aceves pitched the rest of the game. He was marvelous, allowing just 2 hits over 4 innings. He is a weapon out of the pen!

Defensive Analysis: Aside from Mitre’s crazy throw, the defense was great. Robinson Cano made a nice play in the 3rd. Scutaro hit a ball in the hole to Cano’s left, and he ran it down and threw across his body from the outfield to make the play. Underrated!

Offensive Analysis: The offense started out good, but then it sort of died toward the end of the game. Jeter hit a leadoff home run for the Yankees. Then in the 3rd, he hit a single up the middle to lead off  the inning. He stole 2nd, and Barajas’ throw went into centerfield, allowing Jeter to go to 3rd. Speed kills! Then Swisher hit a sac fly, which gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead.

In the 4th, the Yankees were trailing 4-2, and Robinson Cano stepped up to the plate. He went deep to leadoff the inning! Then Jerry Hairston Jr came up. He’s adorable. Anyway, he hit a home run, his first as a Yankee, to tie the game at 4! Cano and Hairston back-to-back! He was a great pickup for the Yankees. When they got him, I was like, “Why did they get him? They have an abundance of benchies.” Well, I’m sure happy they got him. He has impressed me in every game he was in. And now the Yankees have a killer bench, in Hairston, Hinske, Pena, Gardner, (I miss him) and backup catcher Molina. (I would rather have Cervelli, but whatever!) That was all the offense for last night. They had chances to score more, but they couldn’t get the big hit.

Jerry Hairston Jr. hits a solo home run in the 4th inning that ties the game.

Hairston has been nothing but a nice surprise for me. He was a wise acquisition.

So the Yankees lost a game. They didn’t really play badly, they just got beaten. It happens. It’s annoying, but it happens. The Red Sox are back at Fenway, cheating by stealing signs (it’s my theory) and they beat the Tigers last night, narrowing the Yankee lead to 5.5 games. It is very important for the Yankees to win these last 2 games at home, because then they go on the road to Seattle. Even though they are pretty good on the road, they are way better at home and can’t really afford to lose at home, especially while the Red Sox are cheatin’ it up (again, it’s just my theory) at Fenway. With Joba on the mound tonight, the Yankees are seeking a win to start a new winning streak. GO YANKEES!

Yanks Beat Jays, Have Momentum On Their Side For Sox

Yanks Take 2 From Jays, While Red Sox Lose 2 to Rays!

Looking back, I’m kind of glad the Yankees lost 3 to the White Sox. I know it sounds crazy, but if they won those games against the White Sox, then realistically they would’ve had to lose versus the Jays, and then would be facing the Sox after losing. Now, they had a short bad stretch, and are hot as they get ready to tackle Boston. The Red Sox just lost 2 to the Rays, and are going into the Bronx with those loses in their heads. I like the way this is going right now. The Yankees won last night by the score of 8-4.

Pitching Analysis: I thought the key for Mitre’s success last night would be to get out of the 1st inning with a goose egg on the board. He got 2 quick outs, and from the dinner table I was shouting, “Come on, Serg! 1 more!” Well, after the 2 outs, Mitre surrendered 4 straight singles for 2 runs. Shucks. But after that, Mitre didn’t give up another run intil the 5th, where Adam Lind hit a leadoff homer. That was all for Mitre. Even though he only gave up 3 runs, I don’t think it was a great start by Mitre. He went to 3 balls on almost every hitter, and because of that, he failed to go deep in the game. But he did keep the Yankees in the game, which is really all we could ask from a 5th starter.

Poor guy.

Mitre was relieved by Aceves, who got the win. Then it was Coke, Hughes, and Robertson. The bullpen did a nice job last night. There were a lot of innings to eat, and I thought Girardi did a nice job managing the pen. Overall, pitching was a plus, but I’m still waiting for Mitre to be able to go deeper into the game.

Defensive Analysis: When you have a pitcher that you know is going to struggle, defense becomes even more important. Defense was a plus last night. In the 3rd, Vernon Wells was on first with 2 outs after forcing a runner. The Yankee-killer Alex Rios was at the plate. But thanks to Jose Molina, Mitre wouldn’t have to face him for long. Molina did a snap throw to first, which nailed Wells for the final out. Nice.

In the 8th when Hughes was pitching, my man Melky made a nice play. Rios hit a ball to deep center which chased Melky back. Leche made a lovely running backhand catch, and he couldn’t stop running, so he sort of crashed into the wall. He didn’t have to do that to make the play. I love Melky. He always finds a way to make me laugh.

Cano and the Bombers hope to turn their fortunes around Thursday night against the Red Sox.

Cano is so smooth at second.

Offensive Analysis: The offense was great last night. The Yanks scored 2 in the 3rd. Hairston led off with a walk, Jeter singled, and Johnny singled, scoring Hairston. Tex had an RBI ground out, which tied the game at 2. The 7th was the big inning for the Yanks. Nick Swisher led off with a homer, then Cano doubled. Matsui got a pinch hit single to drive home Cano. Molina walked, and Damon singled to score Matsui. Then Tex singled to score Molina. By the end of the inning, the Yanks had a 6-3 lead.

In the 8th, the Yankees scored another run thanks to a leadoff double by Cano, who scored on a sac fly by Hinske. The Yanks tacked on another one in the 9th, courtesy of Damon’s big fly. It was a great game all around for the Yankees.

I hope we see this tonight!

When you beat Halladay for the first game, that feels pretty good. But when you win the next game and you knew your starter would struggle, that must feel just as good. The heroes for last night are the Yankee bullpen for getting us to the end of the game nicely, and one of the most underrated Yankees, Johnny Damon. He went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI. He’s really good. I always say it, and I ‘ll say it again: the Yankees have to be stupid to not sign Damon. With the Red Sox loss, the Yanks have a 2.5 game lead. Tonight they tackle Boston. I think they are ready, and I am ready too. YA HEAR THAT, BOSTON? WE ARE READY! BRING IT ON!

 

Pitching Struggles as Yankees Lose Game 2

Mitre Had Nothing, and Yankees Failed to Get Big Hit

It was another frustrating loss for the Yankees. Last night’s loss was the first time they lost 2 games in a row since the Angels swept them before the break. I hope this is not a downward slide for the Yankees. They lost to the White Sox 10-5 last night.

Pitching Analysis: There is no other way to say it, but the pitching was utterly dreadful last night. Sergio Mitre toed the rubber for the third time in a Yankee uniform. Since the Yankees did not get a pitcher before the trade deadline, a lot of pressure is now on Mitre to perform well. He did not perform well yesterday. He pitched 3 innings, and gave up 5 runs on 7 hits. He was missing with his sinker and became very predictacble for the White Sox hitters. He failed to make adjustments during the game. Many times, we have seen CC and A.J. go out there without their best stuff, and they manage to grind out the game and give the team a chance to win, because they knew the quality of the stuff they had, and they made adjustments. That is what separates smart pitchers and good pitchers.

After Mitre struggled through 3, David Robertson was called upon. He pitched 2 innings and allowed just 1 run, but recorded the loss. Alfredo Aceves was next, and he was horrible. He pitched 1 & 2/3 innings, and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. Aceves has not pitched in awhile due to shoulder fatigue, and I wonder if he was feeling some last night, because he was uncharacteristically bad. Mark Melancon was the only bright spot for Yankee pitching last night, going 1 & 1/3 innings of scorless ball, while picking up 2 strikeouts along the way. I really hope Mitre can pick things up and perform, because the Yanks are counting on him.

Defensive Analysis: It was not the greatest defensively played game. In the bottom of the 2nd, Podsednik bunted a ball that Mitre was going to field. Mitre rushed to the ball, so quickly that I thought he had a chance to get the out at second. But he fell down on his tushy, and failed to get any out at all.

Mitre on his butt.

In the bottom of the 7th, Johnny Damon made a fabulous catch to rob Carlos Quentin of an extra-base hit. Johnny is always trying. It seems like he never gives up in a game. I hope the Yankees are smart and sign Damon, because he is too valuable to this club to let go of.

Offensive Analysis: After the tough loss in game 1, I was hoping that the Yankees would go out there in the first inning with a vengeance and score a bunch of runs. They did. Jeter and Damon singled, Tex doubled, Arod got an RBI groundout, Matsui singled, and by the end of the inning the Yankees had 3 runs, which Mitre soon gave back.

In the 4th, the Yankees were down 5-3, and Eric Hinske hit a 2-run homer to tie the game at 5. But after that, the Yankee bats went dead. The Yankees only managed 3 hits through the rest of the game. They had opportunities to come back in innings where the leadoff man was on, but they failed to get the big hit.

It was not a good game last night. It made it worse that the Red Sox won, narrowing the Yankees’ lead to just 1.5 games. Yikes! It’s getting a bit scary. The Yankees better pull themselves together, because you cannot go through a bad stretch in the AL East. This division is too good. With A.J. on the hill today, the Yankees look to get back on the right track, and I’m with them all the way. GO YANKEES!!! 

Rain, Rain, Go Away So The Yankees Can Get Another  Win!!!

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!!!  

Thanks to Matsui, Red Sox Say “Sayonara” to Sole Possession of First Place

Matsui Hits Walkoff Homer as Yankees Beat Orioles and Tie Red Sox for First

Last night, the Yankees beat the Orioles in dramatic fashion by the score of 2-1 for the third game in a row. And thanks to the Texas Rangers, the Red Sox lost and have to share first with the Yankees; for now. But aside from Matsui’s big fly, there were many other things that led to the Yankee victory last night.

Pitching analysis: Andy Pettitte took the hill last night in search of his first win of the second half, and a confidence booster for himself. I’d say he has a lot to be proud of after his performance yesterday. 7 & 1/3 innings of 1 run ball is pretty fantastic!

In the first inning, leadoff man Brian Roberts drove a ball deep to left field, and I thought it was a homer for sure. But Damon caught it on the warning track. Then, Nick Markakis hit a home run to right center, and I was thinking, oh boy. This is how it’s gonna be.

But Andy settled down nicely, and that homer was the only run he gave up. There were a few other jams, though. In the top of the 3rd, Andy walked Matt Wieters to lead off the inning. Then Jose Molina let a ball get past him, allowing Wieters to go to second. Then I started thinkning about Cervelli again….Anyway, with a man on second, Izturis struck out, then so did Roberts, and Markakis flew out. So, Pettitte squeezed himself out of this jam.

In the top of the 5th, Nolan Reimold walked. Then Wieters got a hit, and Reimold went to third. But Andy got Cesar Izturis to strikeout for out #2, and Brian Roberts then flew out to Melky for the final out. Andy got out of it again!

     

Phil Coke came in to get the final two outs in the 8th, and did so with the help of incredible defense. Alfredo Aceves pitched the 9th and got himself a win.

Defensive analysis: This game was probably the best defensively played game I have seen in a lon while for the Yankees. The top of the 8th inning was just unbelievable. With runners on the corners and 1 out, the Yankees played the infield back, willing to give up the run for the out. Teixeira didn’t think so. Nick Markakis hit a hot-shot to Tex, and Izturis was breaking for home. Tex fired off balance a strike to Molina, who caught the ball snowcone style and held it for the tag. Izturis was out. Phil Coke was fired up!

He might have been too fired up. With Roberts at the plate, Coke threw a wild pitch, and this time Adam Jones tried to score. He was probably thinking that everything woud’nt go right for the Yankees again. Wrong! Molina made an excellent play as he retrieved the ball and threw it to Coke, who also did a great job of holding the ball and tagging out Jones. Out! Inning over! Talk about a momentum shifter!

              

Aside from the 8th, there was a lot of good defense for the Yanks last night. Jeter made a nice play in the 4th to get Mora out to end the inning. In the 6th, Andy induced a double play that Tex handled beautifully, doing something Giambi never could do. The 3-6-3 double play ended the inning. There was also a nice 6-4-3 double play in the bottom of the 6th.

Offensive analysis: The Yankees wer actually out hit by the O’s 6-4 last night. But the Yankee’s hits were bigger. In the bottom of the 4th, Eric Hinske hit a bomb off the facing of the second deck in right to tie the score at 1. And in the bottom of the 9th, Hideki Matsui came through for a walkoff home run off of Jim Johnson. Yankees win! I think the play of the game was A.J. pieing (is that a word?) Matsui.

                                   ... as Hideki Matsui takes a pie to the face for his game-winning efforts.

The heroes last night were Andy Pettitte for his great job on the mound, Tex and Molina for their game-saving plays, and, oh yeah! Hideki Matsui for winning the game! Now tied for first, the Yankees are looking hot and feeling good. Let’s go get the Sox! Hurraaah!