A-Rod drove in two in the ninth with a home run, which was an absolute bomb by the way, to tie the game and sent it into extras. In the eleventh, Mark Teixeira hit a “wall scraper” to win the game down the left field line. Wow! What an exciting game but there is plenty more about this game that made it spectacular.
AJ Burnett and Nick Blackburn both threw outstanding games; Burnett went 6 innings and Blackburn went 5.2 each giving up a run. Burnett gave up five walks which could’ve led to some pretty bad happenings for the Yanks but he got out of it like both teams did over the course of the game. Blackburn gave up three hits and walked two while striking out three. Overall, the starters threw a pitchers duel that was exciting to watch. They always are, waiting to see who makes the first mistake that will cost them the game.
When Joba Chamberlain and Phil Coke combined to throw a perfect seventh inning I thought the Yanks were gonna cruise to another win with the way the bullpen was pitching. Yeah right! Phil Hughes came in to pitch the eighth and that is where everything went wrong. He was chased after only getting two outs after he gave up two hits and a walk which led to two runs. It was a tough performance from Hughes and the Twins took the lead going into the final inning.
This is where I picked up the game on the radio on my way home from the movies with some friends. I figured out that the Yanks were down 3-1. It was killing me how the Yankees might end up losing to the Twins. It was terrible. But then it all happened. Mariano Rivera finished the eighth and got out of the ninth with no more damage. This was the time for the Yankees to hit there stride. And they did. Teixeira got on base and Alex Rodriguez brought him home with a bomb to the bullpen. The game was tied and we almost won it in the ninth too. Swish almost hit one but it was a few steps short of the wall.
In extras, it was pretty close with each team making their fair share of mistakes, pitching and fielding. In general, the pitching only made a few mistakes to let guys get hits but the biggest one was when the Twins’ Joe Nathan threw the ball to second to try and pick off Brett Gardner and he threw it into the outfield. Gardner shimmied over to third and was immediatley the number one priority for the Twins’ defense. But Gardner made a mistake too. On a line drive to the middle of the infield, Gardner took off towards home. But he didn’t realize it was hit right at Orlando Cabrera and Gardner was doubled off at third. That killed me.
The Yanks were unable to capitalize in the tenth but when Mark Teixeira came up in the eleventh, he came threw and hit a bullet down the the left field line that hit the top of the wall and bounced into the stands for the homer. The game was finally over and the Yankees won again. Just like I predicted they would. It was a great game that was not only going have every one on the edge of their seats, but it was key to the outcome of this series. Now the Yankees don’t necessarily have to win on the road they can have the comfort of playing another game at home if they are unable to win in Minnesota, which won’t be an easy task.
I go to camp for a week…
I barely get any sleep…
I come back Friday after a whole day of driving in traffic…
I realize the Yankees’ lead over the Red Sox has been diminished to a half game…
I see the Yankees are having trouble with the White Sox…
The trade deadline produced many bigtime player trades…
Roy Halladay is still in Toronto…
And I am back blogging on MLBlogs.
Now, while I was at camp all week, I was bummed that I was unable to keep up with all the things happening around the MLB, especially since the trade deadline was Friday. I still had a great time, but the feeling of not knowing what was going on was killing me. Now, I survived, as I always do, but it was still hard not having that part of my life around.
I got back and immediatly checked MLB.com to see all the trades that had happened. Here’s what I figured out:
The BoSox pulled off a deal for Victor Martinez
Cliff Lee is in Philly (where I happened to be for camp this past week)
Jake Peavy is with the in the South Side of Chicago
Adam LaRoche has been with three teams in about a week and a half
Orlando Cabrera finds a home in Minnesota
Well, it’s all very exciting and all and I’m glad to be back. Now, I was unable to post something until today because I have been so busy since I got back. But yesterday, something great happened in Chicago. That’s right, it’s got to do with the Yankees. Melky Cabrera hit for the cycle against the Chicago White Sox and the most recent man to enter himself into the history books, Mark Beuhrle. In fact, Beuhrle looked nothing like he has all season. Especially after throwing the perfect game. He went 4.1 innings, giving up 7 runs on 12 hits and a walk. He gave up the one homer to Cabrera and that was it for the long ball. For Melky Cabrera, this achievment puts him in with the likes of many famous Yankees from teams past. The 15th cycle in team history was a great show to see. Now, even though this happened, I would still go with Brett Gardner in center field. No offense to Melky for this great performance but Gardner is still my pick. It was still a great show though.
Melky’s cycle is the second to happen this year. As many remember, the year was basically kicked off with a performance of a lifetime from the O-Dog, Orlando Hudson of the LA Dodgers. Hudson took only six innings to get the four hits required for the achievement. But he did it. One of the greatest offensive performances this year kicked things off in April. Melky’s performance was great and it will go down in the books as many others have for accomplishing this feat.
Since when was Brett Gardner going to the DL. I had no idea until my friend told me about it today. Well, that’s a bummer since he has been playing really well for us lately. His solid centerfield play, his improving offensive production, and his mere presence in the game made the Yankees that much better. Now we’re going to have to rely on Mr. Melky to get the job done until Gardner returns.
Now, nothing against Melky, but I’d rather have Brett in there for a few reasons. One- he’s faster and can track down balls faster. On the offensive side of that, he can get on base and run better than Melky can which gives him that advantage. Two- his offense has been better than Melky’s lately and Melky hits in streaks and can’t really keep his consistency going. Three- I just like Gardner better. Don’t hate me all you Melky fans. It’s my decision.
So, with Gardner going to the DL, the next question is, who should they bring up. The answer to that question is Jonathon Albaladejo. This, in turn, leads to another one of my brain farts in which my friend had to not-so-nicely tell me about. WHEN DID ALBALADEJO GET SENT DOWN?
I had no idea he had been sent down to the minors and I just assumed he hadn’t been playing lately. Well, that was totally off. Well, after all that, Albaladejo is back and I have it in my head all right. Finally.
So to sum it all up, Gardner’s on the DL, Albaladejo got called up, and the Yankees are still a game and a half up on the Red Sox in the East. All is good in Yankee land.
P.S. I’m going to be at camp this week so I won’t be able to write anything for about a week. I’ll try to get something up this next weekend because I get back Friday but I’m not sure if I will have time since I will probably be sleeping, trying to make up for my lack of sleep I am sure to have by the end of my camp experience. So, see you then.