Tagged: Phil Coke

Break Out The Brooms In Baltimore!

Yanks Sweep O’s And I Returned To School

I blogged about the first game of the series, which was a great game despite it not being a perfecto. And these last 2 were just as good. On Tuesday, the Yankees won 9-6. Last night they won 10-2. They swept the Orioles! Yay!

Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett started for the Yanks on Tuesday night, and he was not too sharp. The offense kept giving him a lead, and he kept blowing it. I thought it was because Jorge was catching him, and those two cranky fellas can’t get along, but Girardi said that was not the case. A.J. was just missing hs spots. His curveball didn’t give me that feeling of satisfaction. It was a lame curve and was being hit hard. But he managed to grind out 6 innings. Damaso Marte did a nice job on Tuesday. I am slowly building confidence in him. Robertson and Coke also pitched. 6 runs were allowed, but the offense picked up the pitchers. We won, so it couldn’t have been too bad.

Last night was CC’s turn, and every start he pitches I only love him more. I always say it, and I am going to say it again: CC Sabathia was worth EVERY PENNY. He is AMAZINGLY GOOD. I love him. He went 7 innings of 1 run, 9 strikeout ball. And he reached the 200 inning mark on the year. Congrats CC!!! Brian Bruney pitched a third of the 8th and allowed a solo homer to rookie Nolan Reimold. The “Philthies” both were scoreless to finish out the win.

CC Sabathia delivers on way to victory No. 16 as Yankees sweep Baltimore for 10th win in row over Orioles.

CC is the first to 16 wins! Yeah! Love ya, CC!!

Defensive Analysis: I don’t remember anything special about Tuesday, so let’s look at last night. In the 7th, Robinson Cano (Gold Glover!!!) made a spectacular play to end the inning on a double play ball. The way he flips his wrist and the ball just flies to first base; it’s just amazing! He is so talented. If he doesn’t win the Gold Glove award, then no one should.

Offensive Analysis: In both games, the Yankees were swinging the bats well. On Tuesday, Jorge Posada had 2 homers, a solo and a 2-run. Maybe that’s why Girardi played him that night! In the 7th, Swishalicious hit a 2-run BOMB, and Eric Hinske went back-to-back with Swish with a solo shot of his own.

Last night was another offensive explosion for the Bombers. There were 10 runs on 17 hits! One thing both of these games had in common was that they consisted of a big inning. Tuesday it was the 7th where 3 runs were scored. Last night, it was a huge inning. 7 runs in the top of the 9th. I kind of felt bad for the Orioles. No one they put in was effective. But I loved watching Yankee after Yankee produce with the bat. That was fun. Here are the hitting stats from last night’s game, courtesy of Yankees.com:

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 1 1 1 1 1 2 .332
  Hughes, P, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Damon, LF 5 2 4 1 1 0 0 .293
Swisher, 1B 4 2 2 0 2 1 3 .250
Rodriguez, A, 3B 5 1 3 4 0 1 2 .274
Matsui, H, DH 5 0 1 1 0 0 2 .264
  1-Pena, R, PR-DH-SS 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .277
Cano, 2B 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 .320
Cabrera, Me, CF 5 1 2 1 0 0 1 .274
Hinske, RF 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 .253
  Hairston, J, RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .256
Molina, J, C 4 1 1 1 1 0 3 .232
Totals 42 10 17 10 6 4 18

 

The Yankees are playing great baseball. The first thing my gym teacher said to me this year was, “How ’bout those Yankees.” I was like, “Yeah, I know.” Last year at this time they were out of it, and this year they are leading the way. I absolutely LOVE every man on this team, some more than others as I am sure you know, hahaha. This team is special and I think they have a fabulous shot at going all the way. The heroes for Tuesday are Posada, for his homers, and Swishyboo and Hinske for going back-to-back. I love when that happens. Last night’s heroes are CC Sabathia, for another wonderful effort from the rubber, and Arod, for coming through in the clutch and picking up his 2500th career hit. Congrats, hottie!!! (Mitre is still hotter!!!) The Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway are now 7.5 games behind my boys. They are on the road now, so they might lose a few games. Then we can get an even bigger lead. I love it!!!

Alex Rodriguez connects on his 2,500th career hit in the fifth inning.

Yay Alex!

Kind of random, but on Tuesday when I saw my darling love Francisco Cervelli in the dugout again, I screamed. If my brothers weren’t there, I think I would have ran up to the TV and kissed him through the screen. Yeah, I love him that much. Also, school was kind of gross. The AP classes are scaring me, but whatever, I’ll be fine. I don’t think I’m going to care much about school this year. I mean, I’ll try my best with the work, but I don’t really care much about anything else. I’m there to learn, so I can come home and blog it up with all of you.

Although he looks good in everything, I hope I never see my baby in a minor league uniform again. I want him to be a Yankee forever!

 

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!!!

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!!!

A Tex Message

Homer #31 For Tex Means Difference In Game

It was a pretty good game last night. It may be classified as a Drama Club win. The Yanks were up 3-0, and then late in the game the A’s made it 3-2, but the Yanks held on for the final 2 innings for the win. Usually, the Yankees are “hitting” dramatic. No one said they can’t be “pitching” dramatic. So that’s what it was. A “pitching” dramatic win. The Yankees won 3-2.

Pitching Analysis: Chad Gaudin made his first start in a Yankee uniform last night. He pitched pretty well. Gaudin went 4 & 1/3 innings of shutout ball. He allowed just 1 hit, but 5 walks. He also struck out 5. Girardi pulled him early when he had bases loaded with 1 out. He was not too happy about that. But Aceves came in, and on the first pitch he threw, he got Suzuki (Melky’s horse!) to ground into a 1-2-3 inning ending double play. Nice!

Not the most flattering of photos. Anyway, Gaudin impressed me last night.

Aceves got the win and pitched 2 & 1/3 innings. He gave up 2 runs, but the rest of the Yankee bullpen managed to hold the slim lead. Coke, Hughes, and Mo had scorless outings, and Mo picked up his 36th save of the year.

I thought Chad Gaudin pitched pretty well, better than any of us would’ve imagined. His slider had nice bite to it. I can see he is a strikeout pitcher. Maybe the Yankees can work with him to make him into a dominant force on the mound.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was solid last night. There was an error made on a double play ball. Jeter flipped to Cano, who missed the ball. I thought it should’ve been Jeter’s error, but they gave it to Cano. Johnny Damon made a lovely play in the 3rd. Kennedy hit a foul ball that almost reached the seats. Johhny ran a LONG way to get that ball; we all know how much foul territory that place has. Johnny ran it down and gloved it for the out. Kennedy was pissed. Who says Johhny can’t field? It seems like every day he makes a nice play.

Offensive Analysis: There wasn’t much offense last night on either side. Both teams only got 6 hits, but the Yankees got 3 runs. Jeter singled to leadoff the first (what else is new?). He stole a base, moved up on a Damon groundout, and scored on a Tex groundout. 1-0 Yanks.

Derek Jeter scores the first Yankee run in the first inning.

Jeet had 2 hits last night. All he does is hit!

In the 4th, Johnny led off with a single. Then Tex came up. He hit a line drive homer to left, a 2-run shot. The ball took like 1 second to get into the seats. Whoever caught the ball received a Tex Message! Ha! 3-0 Yankees. They went on to win 3-2.

Tex is adorable.

It was a good game last night, always good when the Yanks come out on top. The heroes are Chad Gaudin, for pitching well in his first Yankee start, the bullpen for holding the lead, and Mark Teixeira, for providing all 3 RBI’s for the Yanks last night. Tex is MVP! And maybe Jeter for MVP, too. They are both having phenomenal years. The Yankee lead over the smelly Sox remains at 7 games since they also won last night. But look out, Sox! The Yankees are coming into town soon! Be afraid! Be VERY afraid! Hahahaha!

The Drama Club Steals the Show Once Again!

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.

Derek Jeter leaves after he's hit in the foot by a pitch. X-rays were negative.    Alex Rodriguez befalls a similar fate, getting hit in the arm but before the Yanks win in extras.

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.

... after Cano's game-winning single in the 11th gets the Stadium jumping.

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!

 

 

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.

Sweepin’ Away the Sox

Yanks Complete Sweep of BoSox, and are Pulling Away in the AL East

Yesterday I wondered what kind of exhilerating experience game 4 would be. It sure was amazing. The Yankees won by the score of 5-2.

Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte was great last night. He went 7 innings of 5 hit, shutout baseball and struck out 4 along the way. He did not get a win, but I’m sure he is happy with his performance. It was a dandy from Andy.

Andy did get into some trouble in the 4th. With 2 out, Bay and Drew singled. Then Lowell walked to load the bases. Varitek then hit a line drive shot into left, but right at Johnny Damon, who put it away for the final out, and the end of the Red Sox threat. Andy really did a nice job last night. Two thumbs up for Andy!

What a game from Andy. He’s like having a 3rd ace!

Coke came in to pitch the 8th, since Hughes was not available. Pedroia got a 1 out single, and Victor Martinez followed with a 2 run homer, the first Red Sox run in a LONG time. But more importantly, the Red Sox had a lead! Uh-oh….

It all worked out, though. Mo picked up his 32nd save of the year, completing the sweep.

Defensive Analysis: Once again, the defense was very solid, since the pitching was good. Swisher made a nice play on a liner by Lowell, catching the ball in front of him and then rolling forwards. I don’t know if that was necessary, but hey, it’s Swisher.

Offensive Analysis: It took the Yanks awhile to get on the board, and I was starting to think it would be game 2 all over again! Both Lester and Pettitte were very sharp. But lucky for us, Arod hit a solo bomb to left-center off Lester in the 7th, giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead.

That run was erased after Martinez hit his 2-run homer, but the Yankees did not give up then. In the 8th, all with 2 outs, magical things happened. Johnny Damon hit a home run to tie the game at 2, and then the “Texicutioner” went back-to-back with him, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead! Tex got himself a curtain call from the best fans. Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira now have the franchise record for Yankee teammates going back-to-back in a season; they have done it 6 times this year! Good for them.

Nothin’ like a little Yankee magic.

The Yankees weren’t done yet. Still with 2 out, Arod walked, Posada doubled, and Swisher singled, scoring them both and giving the Yankees a 5-2 lead! 

The sweep is complete, and the Yankees are pulling away in the AL East. They now have a 6.5 game lead! And the Red Sox are now TIED for first in the wild card with the Rangers! TIED! The heroes for last night are Andy Pettitte, for an amazing performance, and for Johnny and Tex for making Yankee history, and for giving us the lead. What a great series. It was Girardi’s Boston Massacre! Haha! I really like the way this team looks. Hopefully, they can remain strong, and bring #27 to the Bronx.

I love it!