Tagged: Jerry Hairston

Flirting With History

Pettitte Goes For Perfecto

They were definitely the Drama Club last night. I thought last night’s game would be a Yankees Classic. I thought I was going to see history. I thought I was going to cry when Jerry…..(sigh)…poor Jerry. Poor Andy, but more poor Jerry. But you know what? We won. It’s okay. The Yankees beat the Orioles 5-1 last night.

Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte is the story. First inning, 1-2-3. 2nd? 1-2-3. 3rd? 1-2-3. How about the 4th? 1-2-3. 5th? 1-2-3. You’ve gotta be kidding me? Alright. What about the 6th? 1-Hairston made great play for 2-3. What about the 7th? Oh, the 7th. I don’t like this part…Jerry..(sigh)…now just a no-hitter….now not even that…(sigh)…it was heartbreaking….my heart is broken….I feel bad….for..Jerry….more than…anyone!

Andy pitched beautifully.

I need to pull myself together. It probably wouldn’t have happened anyway. Andy pitched 8 innings, 6 & 2/3 perfect, but gave up 2 hits and 1 run. Bruney started the 9th, but let it get messy. Mo was called upon, and he got his 37th save. Andy was fabulous. He was mixing his pitches very well, and his curveball was too good! It’s a shame Andy didn’t get the perfecto, but he pitched a helluva game for the win, and that is what really counts. You will always be perfect in my mind, Andy. 🙂

Defensive Analysis: Everyone was on their toes and ready to do anything to save the perfecto. In the 6th with 1 out, Matt Wieters hit a slow roller that was almost bunt-like. I was like, “No! This is it!” But then Jerry came into the picture. He barehanded it, and fired a strike to Tex for the out! “Wow!” I thought, “Jerry, you saved the game! If he does it, it’s because of you!” Ehh…In the 7th (gulp) with 2 out, Adam Jones hit a sharp grounder right at Jerry. I said “Yeah!” when I saw it off the bat. And then..I don’t know what happened…Jerry..just…missed it…He was right there…ready to make the play…but the ball….went through his legs!….Andy was heartbroken, although he tried to conceal it on the mound…Jerry just flicked the ball back like nothing happened…when you could tell that he was on the verge of tears…I almost cried for him. The next batter, Nick Markakis, singled. Now the no-no was gone, too. If Jerry would have made that play, who knows what I could be writing about now.

Jerry Hairston, filling in for A-Rod at third base, botches this routine grounder, costing Andy Pettitte (below) a shot at a perfect game.

God, why did you do this to Jerry?

Hairston was filling in for Alex Rodriguez at third base.   Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte can't believe he loses his perfect game after Jerry Hairston (below) makes an error with two outs in the 7th inning.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees were quiet until the 3rd, when Nick Swisher led off with a solo homer. In the 5th, Cano led off with a double, and then Swish doubled to score him. 2-0 Yankees, all thanks to Swish. Thanks Swish!

Swish Nicker.

In the 8th the Yankees got some insurance runs. Jeet led off with a double and scored on a single by Johnny. Tex singled. With 2 out, Cano doubled, scoring 2 runs. 5-0 Yankees. They wound up winning 5-1.

Jerry’s error was huge, I’m not going to lie. He is going to feel guilty for that for a long time. It was SO cute how after that inning, everyone in the dugout went over to console Jerry, inculding Girardi, who put is finger on Jerry’s chin and told him to keep his chin up. They were all so cute and sweet to him. I love this team. I love them. I have never felt this way about a Yankee team. I love every man on it. And they seem to all have a special bond with each other. This is a playoff team. I can feel it. They have the team attitude to go all the way.

The heroes for the victory are Andy Pettitte, for obvious reasons, Nick Swisher, who quietly had a great day at the plate, and the Yankee team, for trying to pick up Jerry’s spirits. Although it probably did not work, Jerry had to feel a little better that everyone cared. The Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway did not play last night, so the Yanks gained 1/2 a game and now have a 6.5 game lead. GO YANKEES!!!! I LOVE YOU, JERRY!!! ♥♥♥

**Note** Tomorrow I return to school. 11th grade. I have school Wed and Thurs, but I’m off Fri and Mon. I will try to blog either from school or at home after school. School is not going to tear me away from doing what I love. I will keep the blog going. I feel that it is my duty to. Thought I should just let you all know. 🙂

Sweep Completed

Yanks Sweep ChiSox Thanks To Late Inning Rally

Another sweep in the books. Now the Yanks go on the road again. It seems like they are never home. Whatever. It was a good game yesterday. Everyone did their part. The Yankees beat the White Sox 8-3.

Pitching Analysis: Joba, with the new Joba rules, pitched yesterday. He was scheduled to go 3 innings, which is absurd. He only went 3 innings, but he just threw 35 pitches. Shouldn’t they go by pitches instead of innings? Whatever. Joba gave up 2 runs on 4 hits in 3 innings. He looked good though. He worked quickly and had fast innings. And he wore high socks and long sleeves, which looked cool. Alfredo Aceves relieved Joba, and once again did an amazing job in his long relief role. Aceves pitched 3 innings of scoreless baseball, and recorded his 9th win of the year.

Under the latest edition of the 'Joba Rules,' Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain is allowed to throw just 35 pitches over three innings on Sunday before leaving the game in a win over the White Sox.

Doesn’t Joba look cool like this?

Marte pitched yesterday, too. He came in to get 1 batter, the power lefty Jim Thome. Well, he did his job. He got Thome to fly out, so out went Marte and in came David Robertson. Robertson struggled a bit. With 2 outs in the inning, he allowed 2 singles, setting up a possible rally for the Sox. Girardi didn’t want to take any chances. He pulled Robertson for Hughes, who got out of that jam and pitched a scorless 8th as well. Phil Coke pitched the 9th, and allowed a solo homer to Dye.

I was pleased with the pitching yesterday. The bullpen did a wonderful job. There were a lot of innings to get through, and they did it.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was again solid. Joba worked fast, and so did everyone else, so the defense was ready to make every play. Jeter was, that’s for sure. In the 5th, a sharp liner was hit to him, which he snared beautifully for the out. In the 6th, Arod started a beautiful around the horn 5-4-3 double play to get Ace out of a mini jam.

Offensive Analysis: Jeter started off the game with a double, which meant the Yankees were going to win. He wound up scoring on a sac fly by Tex. The Yanks quickly tied up the game at 1.

In the 3rd, Jeter did it again. He got an innocent little 2 out single. I didn’t even bother writing it down, because I figured nothing would happen. Well, I wound up writing that and something else down. Johnny came up, all cute and silly like he always is, and smashed a homer into Damon’s Deck in right, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Go Johnny go! How could the Yankees get rid of you? I don’t know. Maybe if they were blind the whole year and missed all the clutch things you did for us. They have to keep Johnny. He is having a career year, and I believe the new Yankee Stadium has something to do with that. KEEP JOHNNY!!!

Johnny Damon smacks a home run on Sunday against the White Sox, as the Yankees outfielder takes a deep look into the future.

Johnny on the spot.

The Yankee bats remained quiet until the 7th. And in the 7th, they were loud. Posada led off with a single and was forced by Cano. Hinske walked, and my man Melky came up. Just when everyone was thinking that Melky was starting to stink, he ripped a double into left. It was hit SO hard. It had to be the hardest ball I have seen hit in awhile. Melky’s double scored Cano, but I didn’t think it would because it was hit SO hard. But it did. 4-2 Yankees. Thanks Leche! Jeter was intentionally walked, which brought up Jerry Hairston, who took Johnny’s place because Johnny’s calves were bothering him. Jerry came through with a sac fly. 5-2 Yanks. And then, Big Tex came up. He almost went deep his last time up. This time, Tex got a hanging curveball, and his eyes widened to the point of me and my brother Bobby laughing because he looked so silly. Anyway, Tex hit an absolute bomb for a 3-run homer! 8-2 Yankees. Congrats Tex!

Mark Teixeira clubs a three-run home run in the seventh-inning as White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski can only watch. The Bombers beat the White Sox, 8-3.

The “Teixecutioner.”

It was an all-around nice game yesterday. The pitching, defense, and offense were all great. What more could we ask for? The heroes for the victory are the Yankee relievers, who all impressed me and got through the game, Johnny Damon for his blast that gave the Yankees the lead, and Mark Teixeira for having 4 RBI and making me and my brother laugh with that funny face he made. Nice job, Yanks! I’m getting really used to saying this part: once again, the Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway won again, so the Yankee lead remains at 6 games. Jeez I’ve said that a lot these past few days! Ahh. 6 games up. I want more. GO YANKEES!!!

I Wanna Kiss His Boo-Boo

Mitre Excellent As Yanks Blowout ChiSox

OMG yesterday was amazing. Everyone knows that I love Sergio Mitre with a passion, and when he did so well yesterday, it made my day. Oh, and the Yankees hit well, too. The Yankees beat the White Sox 10-0.

Pitching Analysis: Sergio Mitre started for the Yanks, and many people probably thought he would do his same old thing. Except me. I always believe in him. He is so sexy that he can do no wrong. The Yanks were the Drama Club pitching wise yesterday for the first 4 innings. Mitre was perfect through 4 and 1/3. PERFECT. Like, no hits no walks just outs. Mitre. Perfect. He’s always perfect in my eyes, but now everyone else got to see it. Thome broke up the perfecto with a double. Darn. I was so mad when he did that. After that hit, the crowd gave Mitre a huge hand. Rightfully so.

That’a boy, sexy.

In the 7th, after a leadoff walk to Lillibridge, AJ Pierzinski came up. I hate him. But after his at-bat I hated him more. He hit a line drive comebacker right at Sergio. It hit off his forearm, and I screamed. But he was so cute. He touched his arm and then ran for the ball. He threw out AJ. Then Girardi and the trainer came out to see if my baby was ok. Like a real man, he wanted to stay in the game. Oh! My heart! So macho, so tough. I love him. But Girardi didn’t want to take any chances. He pulled Mitre, who as he jogged back into the dugout, got a standing ovation. I was soo close to just bawling all over the floor. I was sad that he got hurt and had that bad break, but I was so touched that the fans gave him a standing ovation. Mitre belongs now. To everyone, not just to me. His arm swelled up immediately, and some skin was broken. The poor baby! It looked so painful. But don’t worry, Sergio my love, I’ll make it better. Let me kiss it for you. I want to kiss your boo-boo. Just don’t tell your wife. 🙂

Oh! You poor baby! Let me kiss it!

Chad Gaudin took forever to warm up, but once he started pitching, we was great. 2 & 2/3 innings of no-hit ball. Nice.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was great yesterday. Arod made an amazing play to keep the perfecto alive. In the 4th. he made a diving play on a sharp grounder and fired to first for the out. Sadly, the no-no was broken up in the next at-bat. But Arod did his part. Cano also made a great play in the 6th. He scooped up a fast grounder, having to practically run into left field, and easily threw across his body to Tex for the out. Nicely done, Robbie.

Offensive Analysis: The offense was on fire yesterday. All of their runs but 1 were base hits. Just 1 was a homer, thanks to Arod. Everyone have a nice day at the plate, except for Tex, but he scored a run. Jerry Hairston, who I am starting to really love, came through with a clutch double to give the Yankees the lead they never relinquished.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 .333
  Gaudin, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .036
Damon, LF 4 1 1 2 1 0 2 .289
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 0 0 1 2 6 .283
  Cabrera, Me, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .268
Rodriguez, A, 3B 5 2 2 2 0 1 4 .269
Matsui, H, DH 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 .271
  a-Hinske, PH-DH-RF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .255
Swisher, RF-1B 5 1 2 1 0 1 2 .243
Cano, 2B 5 1 3 2 0 0 1 .315
Hairston, J, CF-RF-SS 3 1 1 2 1 0 3 .261
Molina, J, C 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 .232
Totals 38 10 14 10 4 5 22

a-Struck out for Matsui, H in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Cano (37, Contreras), Hairston, J (21, Contreras), Damon (30, Contreras), Matsui, H (21, Contreras).
HR: Rodriguez, A (23, 8th inning off Pena, To, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Jeter 3; Damon 2; Rodriguez, A 5; Matsui, H 3; Swisher 2; Cano 4; Hairston, J 2.
RBI: Hairston, J 2 (36), Damon 2 (71), Rodriguez, A 2 (70), Matsui, H (72), Swisher (68), Cano 2 (70).
2-out RBI: Cano.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Matsui, H; Rodriguez, A; Molina, J; Hairston, J.
S: Jeter.
GIDP: Damon.
Team RISP: 6-for-17.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Jeter (23, 2nd base off Contreras/Pierzynski).

Those stats are courtesy of Yankees.com. There was too much offense to tell, although I had it all written down. It was a great game all around for the Bombers. The heroes are Sergio Mitre, for making my heart almost jump through my skin, Chad Gaudin, for filling in nicely for my man, and the Yankee lineup, for exploding with offense. Once again, the smelly sox who cheat at Fenway won again. But whatever. I am happy today. My Yanks have a 6 game lead, and Sergio Mitre had an amazingly good start. He really moved me yesterday. I hope he can make his next start, and for the first time I am not the only one who wishes that! Mitre, baby, seriously, if your arm still hurts, let me kiss it for you and make it better. I would be more than willing to do that. FEEL BETTER, SEXY!!! GO YANKEES!!!

Jorge Posada (l.) congratulates Sergio Mitre on a job well done from the dugout.

Jorge was pleased. Mitre from the back view….I like it.

I have a quick little lookalike involving 2 baseball players. Take a look.

                                                                          

Brett_gardner_1                                                                        Matt Holliday

                                                                               &

                                                                        Brett Gardner

 

Anyone Have Room For Pie?

Yankees Have Walkoff Win In The Rain

Pheew! I was getting worried that the Yankees were going to lose again! Their bats were sleeping. Thank God I was wrong. The Drama Club put on quite a show last night. The Yankees beat the White Sox 5-2.

I KNEW I would see it again!!!

Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia was outstanding. He went 7 innings and gave up 2 runs on 8 hits and struckout 10 batters! He was really dealing. His fastball/changeup combo had every hitter fooled. He was really dealing last night.

The only trouble CC had ws in the 7th. Dye leadoff with a double, followed by a walk to Quentin. Rios doubled to make it 2-1. 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. Uh-oh. Ramirez lined out, so the runners held up. Then Castro hit a ground ball to Arod, who got the out at home. And right when I thought CC would get out of it, Beckham singled in a run. Darn. I’ll talk more about this inning later.

The White Sox had their “Phil” of Hughes last night! He had a 1-2-3 8th, and struckout the side with his easy gas. Nice. Mo had a 1-2-3 9th, and Bruney had a 1-2-3 10th. The pitching was fabulous last night. Every Yankee did his job.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was the reason we won last night. In the 7th, the defense was sparkling. On the grounder by Castro when Arod threw home, Molina made a nice tag to nail the runner. The next batter, Nix, hit a ball that should’ve been a double. But Arod made an outstanding play. He dove behind him and kept it to an infield single, which failed to score the run. And when Beckham hit his single to tie the game at 2, Castro tried to score. But Swisher made a helluva throw to Molina, who blocked the plate so well and tagged Castro for the final out. The game wound up being tied and going into extras because of that 7th inning defense.

Offensive Analysis: Jeter led off the game with a homer, his 17th of the year. In the 3rd, Johnny hit a homer. He is so good. I love Johnny. 2-0 Yankees.

The Yankees had many more chances to score, but every time they failed. They could not hit with runners in scoring position. I was getting worried that they would lose the game, especially after the White Sox tied it up. I didn’t think they would hit anymore. But I was wrong.

Robbie!

In the 10th inning, Matsui and Swisher walked. Hairston pinch ran for Matsui. All they needed to win was a single. Robbie Cano came up. He was 0-4 at the time. I thought tha if anyone was going to do it, it would be him since he was hitless. Sure enough, Cano hit a MONSTER 3-run homer. He did “the drop” with his bat, and took a long stare at his game-winning blast. And he got pied by a seemingly angry A.J. All was right in the Bronx. A 5-2 Yankee win.

Robinson Cano gets another serving of pie after the Yankees' victory.

A.J. strikes again.

So with another walkoff win in their belts, the Yankees took the first game of this series. The heroes are CC, for another amazing start, Arod & Molina for saving the game in the 7th, and uhh….am I forgeting someone?……oh, yeah! Robbie Cano!!! The Smelly Sox cheated ONCE AGAIN and won, so the Yankee lead remains at 6 games. And I officially hate Josh Beckett even more, for being a classless *********** and hitting cute little Marco Scutaro in the head. He and the rest of the Red Sox are a bunch of classless ********. MY YANKEES HAVE CLASS! GO YANKEES!! I LOVE YOU!!! 

A Win, And a Loss While I Was I The City

Yanks Lose 2 Out Of 3 To Rangers

Last nights game was fun, but as far as I heard, today’s game sucked. I was in Manhatten all day today, so I didn’t see any of the game. I picked a good one to miss. Yesterday we won 9-2, and today we lost 7-2.

Pitching Analysis: Yesterday Andy pitched, and he was fantastic. He is proving again and again that he is capable of starting in the postseason. He only gave up 2 runs, and worked out of trouble very well. Bruney and Coke finished out the game, both pitching well.

Andy rocks.

Today was A.J.’s turn. He struckout 12 in 6 innings and only allowed 3 hits. But one of the 3 was a 3-run homer courtesy of Ian Kinsler. I feel bad for A.J. His 10-8 record doesn’t show how good he really is. Coke was awful today. He went 2/3 of an inning and gave up 3 runs. What is up with that? I don’t know how he gave up the runs, but he shouldn’t have. Whatever. Robertson gave up a run, and Aceves pitched a scoreless inning.

A.J. Burnett's lone blemish on the afternoon is a three-run blast to Ian Kinsler in the 4th inning.

Don’t worry, A.J. I still love you.

Defensive Analysis: Last night’s defense was very good. There were, I think 4 double plays turned last night. The 3 I saw were all 5-4-3 double plays. Nothing like a good old “dp” to get a pitcher out of trouble.

Offensive Analysis: Last night, the Yankees had their hitting shoes on. Posada, who later had to exit the game, had a 3-run homer in the 1st. Jerry Hairston, the best aquisition at the trade deadline, hit a solo homer in the 4th. I went in the shower in the 6th, and when I came out the Yankees had a 9-2 lead. They just kept on getting hits in the 6th! Melky got a hit, Jeter, Swish, Tex, the hits just kept on coming.

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

Jerry is adorable.

Today’s offense was all Tex. (MVP!) He went 2 for 5 with 2 RBI, the only runs for the Yankees.

Tex was the only guy who could do anything for the Yanks today.

So last night I felt happy that the Yankees evened the series up with their win. The heroes for that win are Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Jerry Hairston. But when I found out they lost today, I was like, “What? They lost a series? What is wrong with them?” I guess it happens. They will just have to start another winning streak tomorrow. As of right now, the Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway sare just 5.5 games back. That is not a big enough lead. It needs to be bigger. A lot bigger. I won’t feel totally comfortable until we clinch because no lead is big enough when you know you smell the putrid stench of Red Sox. So, GO YANKEES!!!

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!!!

On the Mark, Teixeira!

Yanks Take Game 2, Good Pitching and Timely Hitting

I found some time today to squeeze in a blog entry! It was a pretty good game last night. The Yankees won thanks to some runs late in the game, so they were kind if  “The Drama Club” last night. They had great pitching, and some timely hitting. The Yankees beat the Mariners 4-2.

Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte started for the Yanks last night. He started out badly, giving up singles to Ichiro and Gutierrez, a double to Lopez, and an RBI groundout to Griffey. He gave up 2 runs in the 1st, stormed angrily back into the dugout, and knocked over the thing of sunflower seeds. Andy decided that that was enough runs to give up. He wanted to pitch better, and he did. Andy was superb. He went 6 innings, and just gave up those 2 runs, 6 hits, and he had 10 strikeouts along the way. Great job, Andy!

After allowing 2 runs in the 1st, Andy got tough.

In relief of Andy came Brian Bruney, Phil Hughes, and Mariano Rivera. All of them had scoreless outings. Hughes got the win, and Mo got his 34th save of the year! The Yankees had great pitching last night.

Defensive Analysis: Good pitching, good defense. They go hand-in-hand. The defense was solid again last night as the Yankees played errorless ball and made every play.

Offensive Analysis: The Mariners pitched very well last night, and the Yankees struggled against him. But they got enough runs to win.

In the 2nd, Jorge Posada hit a ball that went off the top of the wall. He thought it was a homer, so he asked for the instant replay. The umpires ruled that it was a double, so Jorge had to settle for that. Cano grounded out, which moved Jorge to 3rd. Swisher walked, and then Jerry Hairston hit a double play ball to short. But Swish slid hard into 2nd, and broke up the DP. Hairston was safe at 1st, and Posada scored. Yanks down 2-1.

In the 5th with 2 out and the Yanks still trailing 2-1, my man Melky got himself an infield single. He smelled the hit and hustled all the way. Then as Jeter was up, a wild pitch was thrown, which enabled Melky to go to 2nd. Then Jeter got himself a seeing eye single, and Melky scored to tie the game! Imagine that. A harmless 2 out infield single, and before you knew it, the game was tied. 2-2.

With the game still tied heading into the 9th, Mark Teixeira came up to the plate. Well, the “Texicutioner” struck again. He hit a home run, his 30th of the year! Is he “On the Mark,” or what! 3-2 Yankees. The Yanks tacked on another one, as Cano doubled and Swisher knocked him in. Mo closed it out, and the Yankees won 4-2. It was a well-played game.

Mark Teixeira

Tex’s blast!

The Yankees took the 2nd game of this 4 game set, and they really played well. They had great pitching, and not much hitting, but they got the hits that added up to runs. The heroes for the win are Andy Pettitte, for vowing to do better after knocking over sunflower seeds and actually doing it, the Yankee bullpen for holding the game where it was, and Mark Teixeira, for his blast that put the Yankees on the winning end. The Red Sox won against the Rangers (damn!) so the 6.5 game lead the Yankees have remains at just that. Sexy-boy Mitre pitches tonight, so I hope he will be alright.

I will be opening my presents and having my cake TONIGHT! A day early, since my aunt has to catch a plane on Sunday. I can’t wait!

GO YANKEES! WIN FOR ME, BOYS! I LOVE YOU!