It can be exasperating. You’d like the Yanks to spray the ball around, hit to all fields, and win without having to rely on the HR.
For six innings tonight, they were getting flustered by a pitcher in Chris Young who was hitting 85.
Meanwhile, Ivan Nova was pitching a good game, but losing. Nova went 5 2/3, 3 R, 2 ER (A-Rod error, Jeter also made an error), 5 H, 3 walks and 7 K. Nova’s ERA dropped to 4.25. He made two mistakes. One, a HR, sliced to LF. The other, giving up a two-out RBI single to, of all people, the pitcher Young.
Clay Rapada (2-0, 2.91) came in, faced one batter, and struck him out.
In the 7th, after I was cursing them out for not using the whole field, they got four runs—via the longball. I’ll take it, but would love them to not be so reliant on the HR. Teix drew a leadoff walk. Swisher doubled on a blooper that fell in, and then Ibanez tied the game with HR #11. Rauch replaced Young, and after Martin struck out, Chavez came up as a PH for Rapada and sliced one the other way, just as Nieuwenhuis did for the Mets. Right down the LF line. HR #5 and it’s 4-3 Yanks.
Now the Yanks had to hold it. The Yanks only got five hits all night, and you just read three of them. Jeter did get hit 3180 tonight, putting him four behind Ripken.
Eppley gave up a double that truthfully, could have been an error. Ibanez slid to try to make a diving catch, and the ball hit him in the gut. Of course, Gardner gets it, but we can’t cry over spilt milk. Eppley went 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks or K. ERA 2.50.
So Logan came in with one out and a man on third, and what a job he did. Two strikeouts. Tying run stranded. 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. ERA 2.73.
Robertson the 8th. He did get into trouble, but Houdini came through. K, walk, walk, K, K. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 3 K. ERA 2.60.
Then Soriano. He got his 14th save, 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walk and 2 K. ERA 1.71.
For the game, a combined 15 K by Yankees pitchers. It’s a big win, since both the Orioles and Rays got beat tonight (Rays by the Phils on a walkoff HR by Jim Thome. Thome’s 609th ties Sammy Steroids (Sosa) on the all-time list).
Yanks up on the Mets in the subway series four games to one, so no matter what happens tomorrow…
Tomorrow will be a good one. ESPN Sunday night game, CC vs. “Tricky” Dickey.