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
I really don’t know what else to talk about anymore. The pitching was all right, the offense scored a little. And the bullpen wasn’t terrible. It all adds up but the Red Sox were just little better in every one of those stats than we were. It’s that simple.
CC took the bump and was really good through seven innings. He came back out for the eighth and wasn’t able to get a guy out. He left three possible runs on base that came back to bite him in the butt. He finished the game with four earned runs, including the three in the eighth inning. He must have ran out of juice. Brad Penny on the other side was also very good. He pitched well in a six inning effort giving up six hits, a walk, but no runs. Manny Delcarmen gave up three runs in the seventh inning after coming in for Penny. He was then relieved by Takashi Saito who finished up the inning and saved what was left of Delcarmen’s professionalism. The Yanks had the lead but CC would give it back up in the eighth.
So overall, the pitching wasn’t terrible. It was STELLAR through the seven innings. But in the eighth it crumbled to pieces. The Sox’ pitching was also very good. It was tough to lose one in which there was such good pitching.
The offense was able to score some runs, but it took until the seventh to get it going. We couldn’t get anything off Penny who only allowed six hits and a walk. Manny Delcarmen was kinder to us and gave us three. That was all we’d get though and that is a little disappointing. Here are my top performers for the day.
- Alex Rodriguez: 1-3, 2 RBI
- Francisco Cervelli: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 Run
- Melky Cabrera: 2-4, 1 Run
- Hideki Matsui: 2-3
- Derek Jeter: 2-5
- CC Sabathia: 1 ER through seven. AFter that, he’s not on this list
IT was another tough loss to the Red Sox and I am very disappointed. Maybe we’ll get ’em next time. We’ve got interleague play coming up and maybe we can score some more and have good pitching against our opponents (Mets, Marlins, Nats, Braves).