Hefty-Lefty Spectacular in Series Finale Win
After the historic day yesterday, I didn’t think life could get any better for a Yankees fan. Heading into today’s game with the series tied 1-1 with one game rained out, and looking ahead to the All-Star Break tomorrow, I figured it would be pretty nice to win today. And with our big ace on the hill, I knew we had a good chance at a W.
I remember the last time CC pitched, the Yankees had an offensive explosion and scored 9 runs. Then Michael Kay brought up the fact that CC was a guy who received some of the most run support in the league. I remembered that coming into today’s game.
I love how Michael Kay jinxes everything!
It was more like an offensive outage today, but hey, I’m fine with that. We won! And it’s all thanks to CC.
No runs? No problem. CC didn’t need too many – in fact 1 was enough. That 1 run was courtesy of sloppy defense from the Rays BJ Upton and James Shields. With Cano on first, Upton tried to throw him out after catching Posada’s fly ball. He threw it into the dugout, awarding 2 bases to Cano. In an attempt to pickoff Cano at third, Shields threw the ball crazy, allowing Cano to score. Tough luck. I guess he deserved, though. Shields is the leading guy for pickoffs, maybe he got too full of himself. Whatever. That 1 run was all CC needed. He CRUISED along today.
CC Sabathia threw a complete game 4-hit shutout and struckout 9 Rays along the way. He made it look so easy, throwing just 113 pitches. And that last fastball was clocked at 98 mph. PURE GAS. CC was pumped, and rightfully so. He threw a helluva ballgame.
Obviously the team was just as pleased in the Hefty-Lefty as I was. During his on-the-field interview, CC was pied by the always-stealth A.J. Burnett. I did not expect that! It wasn’t a walkoff win, but it was just as exciting. There’s nothing like watching the best pitcher own a division rival.
I didn’t think things could get better for a Yankees fan like myself, but they DID. There’s more aside from this win worth celebrating. I campaigned for and made a huge fuss about my boys, David Robertson and CC Sabathia, because I didn’t understand why they were not All-Stars. Their numbers were far superior to any other competitor, yet they were snubbed. Well apparently, someone heard my voice (or they just grew a brain), and Robertson and Sabathia have rightfully been named to the AL All-Star team.
So as if they didn’t already, my Yankees completely dominate the AL All-Star roster, though some guys will not be participating. But that’s okay – they still get the little All-Star icon next to 2011 on the backs of their baseball cards.
The Yankee representatives in the All-Star game are Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin, Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia, and David Robertson.
Since the All-Star game is to honor the best, and the Yankees are the best team, so naturally they are well-represented. I’m proud of my boys.
Great game today, my sweet chocolate chip Hefty-Lefty C”Cy” Sabathia! Congrats on your 13-4 record, 2.72 ERA, and All-Star first half. You’ve been worth every penny so far!
Rest up, Yanks, and have fun in Arizona to those that are attending!
They Won Again, Their 7th In A Row
Seriously, the Yankees are amazing. They can’t stop hitting. It’s so cool. And all things considered, the pitching was pretty good, too. The Yankees beat the Blue Jays last night 10-5.
Pitching Analysis: Chad Gaudin started for the Yanks, and he was…ehh…decent? He only went 3 & 2/3 innings and threw 80 pitches, but he kept us in the game. He gave up 3 runs on 4 hits 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. Not too bad, considering he is Chad Gaudin. Alfredo Aceves relieved him, and he went 2 & 1/3 and gave up 2 runs. Robertson, Bruney, and Marte combined for a scoreless rest of the game. Damaso Marte is not making me nervous anymore. Since coming off the DL, he has been superb. His ERA is now only 8.38, which sounds awful, but it used to be like 15. He is proving that he will be very valuable for this team. And Robertson, he is something else, too. He is a strikeout machine. I hope the Yankees hold on to him, because I think he has the potential to be a dominating force in the pen.
They both have high socks and cool windups. And they are both suprisingly good!
Defensive Analysis: It was pretty good last night. Arod made an error, but whatever. Jeter made a nice play, though. He is having a fabulous offensive season, but his defense has been great as well. I think Jeter has proved this year that he can play shortstop and will for the rest of his Hall of Fame career. Jeter should be MVP this year. I don’t care if Joe Mauer hits .400. Without Mauer, the Twins would still be losing. Without Jeter, the Yankees wouldn’t be in the position they are. They would be behind the Sox. Jeet has been so clutch for this club, and he means so much. He is the MVP, no question about it in my mind. I just hope the voters aren’t as blind and stupid as I think they are. Vote for Jeter!!!
….Awkward…That’s not Kate Hudson, Alex…..
Offensive Analysis: In the 1st with the bases loaded, Matsui got a bases clearing triple, but it was changed to an error on the right fielder. But who cares? The runs counted. Then Jorge drove in Matsui with an RBI single. 4-0 Yankees.
My man Melky got himself an RBI double in the 4th. He is out of his slump. His average is at .277. He is quite a force from the #9 hole. I love Melky. In the 5h, Johnny led off with a walk, followed by Tex’s walk. Arod came through in the clutch again with an RBI single. He is hitting the ball so much better lately, using the whole field, this is the Arod I remember. Mmm…I like this Arod! Later in the inning, Jorge got another RBI single. 7-3 Yankees.
In the 9th, the Yankees were still swinging the bats well. Alex Rodriguez hit a 2 out, line drive homer. It was amazing. It got out so fast. Michael Kay was like, “Does it have the heig- See ya!” He couldn’t even finish “height,” the ball was already out. It was cool. Matsui walked, Jerry pinch ran, and Jorge crushed the ball for a 2-run homer. it was 10-5, and that was the final score.
It was another fun day to be a Yankee fan. The heroes are Jorge Posada, for going 4-5 with 4 RBI, and Arod for his 2-4, 2 RBI night and for once again proving that he is clutch. The Yankees have won 7 in a row, and things look great right now. The Smelly Sox won, too, so our lead remains the same. The Yankees are 86-48. Look at how good that is. They are almost 40 games over .500! GO YANKEES!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!
Cutest team ever!!!
Melky Hits for Cycle to Lead Yanks to Victory
After the Yankees went out and got 3 runs of Buehrle for a lead, CC soon gave back the lead, and I was immidiately thinking: this is more of the same. But wait! I spoke too soon! The Yankees came back, thanks to my man Melky, and CC held on and let the Yankees salvage the final game in Chicago. The Yankees won 8-5. The Yankees won! YAY!
Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia started yesterday. He had a pretty easy start, but his command was a bit off. He kept missing high and away with his fastball. Then in the 3rd, things got out of control. CC allowed 4 runs, thanks to homers by Dye and Thome, to let a 3 run lead slip away. That is when I threw my shoe at the tv. It was so frustrating. The Yankees managed 3 runs of Buehrle, and were looking good. Then CC gave it up in the “big inning” fashion like A.J. the day before. I couldn’t help but to throw my shoe.
But CC managed to grind out the game into the 7th, settling down nicely. He gave up 5 runs on 10 hits, and didn’t walk a batter. He managed to keep the Yankees in the game, and even though it was not his best start, I consider it a good one since we won.
CC’s game face.
Phil Hughes relieved CC in the 8th, getting 2 outs. Then Mo came on for the 4 out save, and nailed it down for his 30th of the year. Nice pitching, could’ve been better, but hey. We won.
Defensive Analysis: The defense was much better yesterday. Great plays were being made all over the place. Especially in the first. New Yankee Jerry Hairston robbed Podsednik of a hit with a nice diving play at third. Then Melky stole a single from Dye by diving in front of him to make the catch. Hairston also made another nice play in the 3rd. I really like Hairston already. He is very versatile, and unlike Ransom, he is good everywhere. He can also handle the bat, unlike Ransom. And he can bunt and run well. He reminds me of a Clay Bellinger or Jose Viscaino of the championship teams, and that’s a good thing. He does all the little things right.
Offensive Analysis: The Yanks got to Buehlre early (Ha! That rhymes!) in the 2nd and scored 3 runs, thank to my man Melky. He hit a 3-run homer on the first pitch! The Melkman Delivers! Melky made history at the plate. He hit for the cycle! Now we don’t have to hear Michael Kay say, “The last cycle hit by a Yankee was by Tony Fernandez in 1995.” He said that like every day! Now it will be Melky’s name. The last thing Melky got was the triple, in the 9th. I could not believe he did it! I am so proud of him!
I love you, Melky! 🙂
The Yankees had contributions all throughout the lineup. They banged out a total of 15 hits. But the key to yesterday’s win was that they were able to get the big hit when it really mattered. If they can do that, victory will be within their grasp.
Yesterday’s win was a big boost for the Yankees. CC gave up the lead, but they came back and held it for the W. The heroes (Finally I get do to this!) are Melky Cabrera, for hitting for the cycle and making me proud, Jerry Hairston, for his really nice defense and his 2 timely hits, and CC, for although giving up the lead, holding it for the win. Sadly the Red Sox won, so the Yankees still have the tiny .5 game lead. The Red Sox come into town Thursday, and this may be the perfect time for the Yankees to get hot again. WE CAN DO IT, BOYS!