What a great series this was! After a disappointing first game that saw us only able to score one run after bludgeoning 13 the night before, the 2nd and 3rd game of this series were a marked and vast improvement. We got stellar pitching in all three games, great bullpen pitching especially, AND in the last two games…..OFFENSE! A grand total of 16 runs scored over the last two games, as opposed to just one in the first. Who wouldn’t take that?
Speaking of offense, Derek had himself a great series against the Mets, notching five hits during the series, bringing him to within 25 of 3,000. Alex also had a great series, going 8-13 with 2 RBI. Alex raised his batting average over 20 points just in this series alone. Derek also raised his batting average quite a bit of late, hopefully showing that the awful slump he was mired in for most of the season is done. At least for now.
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The pitching, our bullpen, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez!
Well, you knew it was time for him to make a re-appearance. I think a 15 inning victory counts for dramatic, although it shouldn’t have needed that many innings just to beat the damn Orioles. More on that later, though.
How about that Bartolo Colon? Good grief. 8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. Can we get this all the time, please? Mo came in for what we thought was a routine 9th inning save, but he kinda got a case of the yips and gave up a run….thus necessitating extra innings. I’ll give our bullpen lots of credit though….they were solid. Rock solid. Noesi was a horse, pitching four relief innings, giving up only four hits. Great, great job by the pitching last night.
The offense though….yeesh. One run until the 15th inning? Great time to finally wake up, though. We did get lots of production though, to the tune of 15 hits, even if our run total didn’t reflect that. Alex went 4-7, Derek went 2-7, which means he’s only 32 hits away from 3,000 now. Robbie went 2-6 with 2 RBI, Russell Martin went 2-4, Mark went 2-6….we got a little something from everyone. Of that group, the stand-out hitter was Alex, though. Good for him too, he’s been slumping lately. Let’s carry this into the last game of this little two-game series and sweep the O’s.
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Bartolo Colon, our bullpen, and Alex Rodriguez!
I can honestly say I don’t think I was expecting Bartolo Colon to pitch anywhere near as well as he did, considering that he’s basically our long-relief guy, and trying to turn those guys into starters (or in his case, back into starters) can backfire. He went 6.2 innings, gave up only 2 ER on 5 H, walked two and struck out seven. That’s damn good, actually. The bullpen pitched the last 2.1 innings, giving up only 3 H, 0 ER, and 2 BB. That’s the kind of pitching performance we need more of from everyone.
On the offense side of things, we scored six runs on nine hits. Mark went 3-5, Robbie went 1-3 with 2 RBI, and Grandy went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Our other two runs were courtesy of Jetes and Alex, both of whom were hitless. So Derek remains at 60 hits left until 3,000.
I know it’s a short but sweet round-up today — between the hockey game last night ending late because it was in Phoenix, and me having to get up early this morning to run errands….I’ve been dragging a little. Do excuse. Now can we please get CC a win tonight? For cryin’ out loud.
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However, let’s look at some positives to come from this game. One, our bullpen was fantastic. They had to come in early, but they held the Rangers off, which is in this situation, what you want the bullpen to do. Two, Derek got a couple more hits, which brings him to 62 more to go until 3,000, and Swish/Grandy had great nights at the plate. Three, we got the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the 9th. Four……we ain’t the Red Sox. No matter how bad we play, always remember that. We’re not Boston.
Remember folks…..look for the silver lining.
Ivan Nova got the start this afternoon, and pitched well, but not as well as we’ve seen him pitch this season. His final line was 4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. Again, not the best start and not a quality start as he didn’t finish at least 6 innings, but it could have been far worse. Like Phil Hughes yesterday. Our bullpen though, was fantastic. Robertson, Chamberlain, and Ayala combined for 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB and 4 K. Fantastic!
Our offense was pretty damn spectacular, too. 9 ER on 13 H is going to get you a win, unless your pitching is especially horrendous. Thankfully for us, Buckles the Chimp hasn’t been a solid pitcher this year, and we were able to capitalize on that. The bottom of our lineup this afternoon had one hell of a game, going a combined 10-21 with 9 RBI. Robbie Cano went 3-5 with an RBI, Swish went 1-4 with an RBI, Grandy went 1-3 with 2 RBI, Eric Chavez went 3-5 with an RBI and our big hitter Russell Martin went 2-4 with 4 RBI, all of which came on 2 HRs. Elsewhere, Alex went 2-5 and Derek went 1-4, meaning he’s 67 hits away now from 3,000. Keep it going, Jetes!
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Also, big fat major kudos go out to Doc Halladay for throwing only the 2nd no-hitter in post-season history. Of course the first was Don Larsen’s perfect game during the ’56 WS between the Yankees and the Dodgers. I hate the Phillies and hope they fall on their a$$es the rest of the way, but that took major stones, and good on him for that. It’s his 2nd no-hitter of the year, BTW. I guess everyone was right calling 2010 “The Year of the Pitcher”.
CC Sabathia is of course our ace and we live and die with the guy, so he started Game 1. He didn’t exactly have the best start possible, but thankfully the offense bailed him out. We won and all wins count so I’m not begrudging that, but I just wish that CC had a more dominant start, especially considering what Cliff Lee and Doc Halladay did yesterday. He gutted out 6 IP, giving up 3 ER on 5 H with 3 BB and 5K. Not a Sabathia-esque start by any means, but he got the win anyway. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Our pen was stellar, though. 3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Who is going to complain about that? Mo had to even pitch a 4-out save and did a great job (of course it’s October and this is Mo’s special time). Let’s do this again for Game 2.
It looked like the Twins finally had our number, as it took us what felt like forever to finally score a run. Waiting until the 6th inning to finally get off the schnide is going to get old and tiresome the further into the playoffs we hopefully go. That said, we got some great performances from several people. Mark went 2-5 with 2 RBI, which just happened to be the 2 RBI that gave us the lead in the 7th, Alex went 1-3, Robbie went 1-4 with an RBI, Jorge went 2-4 with an RBI and Grandy went 1-4 with 2 RBI. Nicely, nicely done. I hope much like the pitching, we get more of this in Game 2. Andy is going to need it.
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Andy made his last start of the regular season this afternoon and due in part to the fact he’s coming off an injury and Girardi wanting to rest as many people as he can before the ALDS, he only lasted 4 innings. His final line was 4 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. The only thing that’s standing out there is the hit count, but obviously the Sox could hit the ball, but couldn’t do much in the way of run scoring. Robertson, Logan, Chamberlain, Wood and Mo were our bullpen, and they combined for 6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 6 BB and 10 K. You can’t ask for more from your bullpen, to be honest. A few less walks, but other than that — no complaints from me.
I would have liked to see more consistent offense from the Yanks this afternoon, even if we did end up winning the game. I think the Sox gave us too many opportunities to put the game away, that we promptly squandered. Frankly, we were lucky to plate the 6 runs that we did. Looking at the lineup, a few names stand out of players that had good games — Derek went 2-5, and was instrumental in the winning run coming across the plate (he wasn’t awarded an RBI since the run scored due to an error), Robbie went 3-5 with 2 RBI and Mark went 2-5 with an RBI. We also got RBIs from Grandy and Alex. Hopefully the 2nd game of this DH will feature a bit more offense on the part of the Yanks. Hopefully.
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