Tagged: Gary Sheffield

Talk About Scoring Some Runs…

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

-Dillon

Yanks Walk Off In Improbable Fashion

Well, the Yank and Sox just ended a rivalry series but they are still in the news together.  Both teams are involved in the top two interleague series’ taking place this weekend.  The Yankees are playing the Mets in the first Subway Series this season, and the Red Sox are taking on the defending champs Phillies.  Both great matchups.  Both headline matchups.  So far, the Yanks have taken the first game of the series with the Mets on a walk off.  The cause of the walk off- an error by Luis Castillo.  More on this later.  Now the Red Sox were in no need of a walk off.  They beat the Phils 5-2.  They shut out one of the best hitters in baseball, Chase Utley, and overall dominated the Phils.  So here we go.

Joba took the bump for the Yanks against Livan Hernandez who has been pitching very well for the Mets lately.  He pitched all right through four innings of work.  But at least we can say he pitched through three innings.  The funny thing is, he only gave up one hit.  But he gave up two runs.  The reason for this is five walks.  And all of you know how much I hate walks.  So he gave up the two runs, but nothing to drastic.  He also struck out three.  He had a pretty good night despite only pitching through four.  And when a pitcher comes out early, I always get worried because we have to give it up to the bullpen.  And that hasn’t exactly worked out that well for us most of the season.

Brett Tomko was the first to come out from the ‘pen and he caused the most damage of all.  He gave up four runs on three hits and two walks.  He gave up a homer to Gary Sheffield that drove in two of the runs he gave up.  He only pitched .2 of an inning so it’s even worse that he gave up so much in such a little time. 

Dave Robertson came in and pitched 1.1 innings.  He gave up one hit, one walk, one run, and had three strikeouts.  Not terrible but we needed him to hold them to no runs.  That would have been better.  Phil Coke came in to relieve Robertson and pitched 1.2 innings of perfect ball.  He gave up nothing.  Zero.  Zilch.  Nada.  You get the idea.  Then he was relieved by Mariano Rivera who was in for the last out of the eighth.  And things went pretty bad for him.

Rivera came in and gave up a hit and a walk that would lead to a run to tie the game for the Mets.  This was not what I expected from Rivera at all.  Well, I was wrong, obviously.  He did strike out two so the one run was all they got.  It was all up to the Yanks offense now.  Rivera pitched a good ninth and the game was still tied.

The Yanks then came up to the plate to first face Pedro Feliciano.  HE got one out and handed it over to Francisco Rodriguez.  K-Rod if you will.  He is the one who had problems.  Not often found from K-Rod.  He gave up a hit and a walk and then, everything went wrong for the Mets.  A-Rod came up to bat and popped it up to Luis Castillo.  The Mets second baseman dropped the ball and two runs scored.  The Yanks took the game on an improbable play.  A walk off not often seen but it happened and the Yanks got the win.  It was a great way to end and exciting and pant wetter of a game.  Way to go Yanks.  Luis Castillo- sorry it had to happen to you.

A win for the Yanks has been scarce over the last few games.  They were swept by the Sox and that just made it even worse.  But this win over another rival must boost their confidence.  We need to get some more wins and hope the Phils can get it done against the Red Sox.  We are currently 2 game back of the Sox who are in first.  Hopefully we can get some more wins against the Mets to make up for the sweep from the Red Sox.

Go Yanks!

-Dillon