There were clearly doubts about the Yankees’ offense’s ability to score runs during the Red Sox series. But man, maybe they were just saving it to make their cross town rivals look really bad… not to mention their ace. Yeah. The Yanks demolished the Mets in the Subway Series finale, 15-0. The series was split one game apiece but the Yanks broke that split with authority as they did everything right in the rout of the Mets.
AJ Burnett took the mound and man, was he STELLAR… for the most part. He went seven strong innings, giving up four hits and four walks. No runs. He shutout an injured, but still powerful Mets offense. His curve was filthy and no one could lay off it. Alex Cora struck out after going up 3-0 in the count. Burnett used the curve to strike him out as Cora chased. His fastball was also very good. Clocking in at 95-96, as usual, Burnett was just dominating Mets’ batters. He struck out Carlos Beltran on a low fastball that got Beltran fired up. Jerry Manuel came out to defend his player and got booted. It was an intense couple of minutes… just joking, it wasn’t really that intense. So Burnett was really good today… there you go.
The offense was also very good. I mean c’mon… the score was 15-0. Robby Cano and Hideki Matsui both hit monster shots for round trippers. Francisco Cervelli had a big game at the plate, as well as behind it. More on that later. Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon, Melky Cabrera. They also had big games. Mark Teixeira went 1-4 on the game and wasn’t really that much of a factor. Same with A-Rod, who went 0-4. But that’s alright since everyone else contributed a lot. He was fine.
So, Francisco Cervelli. How ’bout this kid. He is batting under .200 when he is called up to the Majors. But the Yanks didn’t bring him up for his bat. They did so for his play behind the plate. Both behind the plate and at the plate, Cervelli showed that he was ready to play. He had a great offensive game and really controlled the game behind the plate. In the top of the third, the Mets threatened with the bases loaded, but Cervelli guided Burnett, a veteran, through the next three at-bats and got three straight outs. He was such a big presence behind the plate that I am so glad we have. During an Alex Cora at-bat, Cora was up 3-0, as mentioned before. Cervelli got up, very wide, and gave Burnett a big target for his fastball. He nailed it. This just showed me that Cervelli is indeed a professional. He was STELLAR.
So everything was going extremely well for the Yankees today. The pitching was STELLAR, the offesne definitely did their job in scoring some runs, and the DEFENSE played extremely well as well. Johnny Damon made a nice running catch in the outfield. The infield played good D and didn’t allow anything into the outfield on the ground. And definitely the defensive highlight of the game was on a ground ball up the middle by Reed. Ramiro Pena, fresh off the bench, got to the ball, shoveled it to Robinson Cano at second and Cano made the bare handed grab and threw it to first to complete the double play. As this happened I was thinking, “that’s on top plays tomorrow.” Derek Jeter also made a nice double play in the game. too. Cano got a ground ball and threw it to Jeter who made a perfect leap over the hard slide of Gary Sheffield and made the throw to first. It was another nice defensive play that doesn’t always get recognized in the box scores. Well, it gets recognized here.
It was great. I loved to watch them play so perfectly. As I write this, the Phils-Red Sox game is headed to the ninth and the Phils are up 11-5. This is good for us because if the Phils hang on, we’ll get another game back in the AL East standings.
Great win guys!
Go Yanks… Go Phils