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Games 64 & 65: Like night and day.

Saturday’s game was pretty awful.  No offense, shoddy pitching from Andy although it was an entirely winnable game.  When you think about the fact that we only scored 2 runs on 5 hits, one of them a solo shot from Alex, it doesn’t say much about your chances to win, regardless.  That being said, we had many chances to get something done and we squandered them all.  A leftover malaise from the Boston series.  

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Today’s game, though……holy jumpin’ jehosephat.  15 runs on 17 hits is a fantastic display.  Not to mention, we got some sorely needed strong innings from AJ Burnett.  He went 7 innings and gave up only 4 hits and struck out 8.  After going to the pen multiple times in the last few games, something like this was a godsend.  Robertson relieved him and did a very good job as did Hughes, who actually needed the work.  Normally I’d get on Girardi for not putting someone like Jose Veras in that spot since a 15-0 lead is the right time for him, but Phil hadn’t pitched since Wednesday and won’t be pitching again until this coming Wednesday….one inning isn’t going to kill him.  Couldn’t have asked for more out of our pitching today, let’s hope this trend continues against the Nationals.  
We got A LOT of offense out of the lineup today, which was great to see and surprisingly, we only hit 2 HRs.  The rest of our runs came on good old fashioned doubles and singles and non-long balls.  We still haven’t played a home game without one, though.  Leading the pack offensively was Derek Jeter, going 4-4 with 2 RBI.  Coming up next is Johnny Damon going 2-4 with 3 RBI.  Following him are the Cardiac Kids, who went a combined 5-8 with 5 RBI.  After them comes Francisco Cervelli, who went 3-5 with RBI and then Hideki Matsui, who went 1-3 with 2 RBI.  A very well-rounded effort, I would say.  Got a little something from the top, middle and bottom of the lineup.  Again, I hope we see something similar against the Nationals, and we damn well better – they’re horrific.  
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Game 63: Defensive miscues ahoy.

SAD.jpgI am not a happy camper this evening.  My Yankees won, however my hockey team did not.  I missed the baseball game (and a very dramatic conclusion) to watch my beloved Red Wings take one up the you-know-what with no lube, at home.  Kinda like Game 7 of the ’04 ALCS, just to continue with the dredging up of bad memories.  So thanks a lot Detroit, now I’ve got to see clip after clip of Sidney Crosby skating around OUR ice with the Stanley Cup.  If I didn’t love you so much, I’d hate you.  In any event, I’ve gone back over some clips of the game and the recaps and such so I can provide a somewhat thorough post-game wrap-up.

 

Joba Chamberlain had an okay outing tonight.  He only gave up 2 ER on 1 hit, but lasted only 4 innings.  He walked 5 and struck out 3.  His high pitch count is what forced Girardi to go to the pen earlier than he probably expected.  Tomko came in to relieve him and promptly gave up 4 runs.  On three hits.  Not so good.  Robertson, Coke and then Mo came in following him in that order, giving up only 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 5.  Admirable showing from the rest of the pen given the crap they had to work with.  I didn’t like Mo giving up another run while in relief, but these things will happen and we just have to accept them.  Thankfully some of that Mystique & Aura from the old park traveled over, because BOY did we need it.

 

After the sh!tshow against the Red Sox this week, I was hoping to get some big offensive explosions from this lineup against the Mets, and 9 runs will do.  I just hope we can score some in the next two games.  Derek had a big night, going 2-5 with an RBI, Tex had ANOTHER great night, going 1-3 with 2 RBI and 2 walks, Robbie Cano went 2-4 with an RBI and Godzilla went 1-4 with 3 RBI.  Then you have Alex’s “we’ll call it clutch since it won us the game” can o’corn in the bottom of the 9th.  Apparently from what I’ve been reading, he hit it and it had a funky spin on it that made catching it rather hard, especially when you’re trying to do it with one hand.  I do hope the slump he’s in breaks out soon, because when both he and Tex are on, this lineup is damn near infalliable.  Maybe this was the little stroke of luck he needed to get back up there.  Screw the haters, I’m rooting for you.  Go Yanks.

 

 

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