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 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:
|Hughes, P, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|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|
|Cabrera, Me, CF||5||1||2||1||0||0||1||.274|
|Hairston, J, RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.256|
|Molina, J, C||4||1||1||1||1||0||3||.232|
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!!!
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!
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.
God, why did you do this to Jerry?
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!
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. 🙂
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.
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 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!
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!!!
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.
|a-Struck out for Matsui, H in the 8th.|
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.
Team RISP: 6-for-17.
Team LOB: 9.
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 was pleased. Mitre from the back view….I like it.
I have a quick little lookalike involving 2 baseball players. Take a look.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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 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!!!
Close, But No
No victory pie last night. They tried to be The Drama Club. I thought they were going to do it. Ah, well, at least they lost to the Rangers. I still want to win, though. Whatever. The Yankees lost to the Rangers 10-9.
Save it for some other time, A.J.
Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain pitched again on wacky rest, and I think it is because of that that he stunk. Joba only went 4 innings, threw 96 pitches, and gave up 7 runs in 9 hits. It was gross. The Yankees had a 4-0 lead. Then Joba made it 4-2 thanks to an Andrus double. The 4th inning was utterly disgusting. With 2 out, Pudge walked, and that started it. Joba could NOT get the final out. 4-3. 4-4. Before I knew it, it was 7-4 Rangers. Not at all a good performance by Joba.
He looks pissed, and he should be.
Chad Gaudin pitched 3 & 2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs. Damaso Marte was the only good one. (I can’t believe I am saying that!) He went an inning and a third of scoreless ball. Obviously, the pitching (or lack of) was the reason the Yanks lost last night.
Defensive Analysis: The defense was pretty good last night. In the 1st, Joba was in one of his many jams. 1st and 3rd with 1 out. But he got Byrd to ground into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play, which was turned beautifully by Cano. Nick Swisher made another great play in right. In the 3rd, Michael Young hit a sharp liner to right, which Swish caught backhanded while sliding. Yeah, Swish!
Offensive Analysis: The Yankees jumped out with 4 runs in the 1st. It was all done with 2 outs. A 2 out walk for Tex, followed by an Arod single. Matsui’s double scored them both. Jorge hit a 2-run homer. If anyone else was on the mound, I think we would’ve won that game. (Well, maybe not Mitre..OH! I’m sorry, sexy! jk,jk…) The Yanks tacked on one in the 5th via a solo homer by Cano to shorten the defecit to 8-5.
The 9th is where it got interesting. I had the TV on, but I wasn’t watching. I was talkng to fellow blogger EJ on Facebook. The Yankees got the bases loaded with no one out, and scored a bunch of runs. I thought I smelled a walkoff. My man Melky came up with the score 10-9, and 1st and 2nd with just 1 out. I was so nervous for him. He hit a ball right on the screws, and I started to say, “YES!!!” But before I could finish saying it, I saw that Andrus somehow caught it, and he stepped on 2nd to complete the game-ending double play. You should’ve heard me. Not the kind of stuff a lady should say 🙂 But on the replay, I don’t remember who, but that Yankee was safe sliding back to second. Poor Melky. He couldn’t have hit the ball any harder. A 10-9 loss.
It was a tough, tough loss last night. But if the Yankees HAVE to lose, I’m glad it’s to the Rangers so the Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway don’t gain any ground. The Yanks now have a 6 game lead over those Sox. Not bad, but I’m insatiable when it comes to a division lead. I always want more. I just have that feeling that the Yankees are going to win tonight. I sure hope I am right. MAKE ME RIGHT, YANKS!!! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!
I’m sure we’ll see it again.