From Bryan Hoch’s Bomber’s Beat. A-Rod talking about Cano:
“When you do things like he did tonight, that’s certainly the look and the taste and the feel of an MVP. That was a huge, huge hit against their closer, on the road, trying to protect first place. It doesn’t get any bigger than that.”
Robbie Cano’s top of the 9th HR gave the Yanks a 5-4 win over the Rays. With the win, the Yanks go up 2 games on the Rays in the AL East. Had they lost, it would have been a flat-out tie for the lead.
Cano had 2 doubles in addition to his HR. The HR enabled Cano to remain tied with Teixeira for the team lead (21), as Teix had a big HR himself tonight. With the Yanks down 3-1, Teix’s 2 run bomb tied the game.
Backtracking a bit, Javy Vazquez gave up a run in the first. Double by Jaso, great drag bunt for a hit by Crawford, SF.
The Yanks tied it in the 2nd. A-Rod (I didn’t think he was pressing until game 7 after 599 or so, but feel as if he is pressing now) walked and then Cano hit the first of his two doubles. Granderson tied it with a SF.
TB went up 2-1 in the third on a triple and a Crawford single. On the triple by Jaso, Gardner thought he had a shot, dove for the liner but came up empty.
TB went up 3-1 in the 5th. These Rays are tough and worry the heck out of me, especially if the Yanks face them in the ALCS. Good baseball. Double by Upton, sac and a SF. Great little ball to get a run. With Garza pitching, 3-1 seemed huge.
Then the aforementioned HR by Teix in the 6th to tie it.
Javy gave it right back however, as Joyce, the same guy who killed the Yanks with his blast last night, hit one to put the Rays up 4-3.
The Yanks came right back in the 7th as Swisher hit #20 to tie it.
The Yanks only got six hits tonight, but three of them were HRs in the 5-4 win. The final one was Cano’s top of the 9th blast.
Berkman played, hit 2nd as DH but seemed to be pressing in his first game as a Yankee. Three pop ups.
Javy wasn’t great, but didn’t suck either. He basically kept the Yanks in the game. 6 1/3, 4 R, 8 H, 1 W, 3 K. Like I said. Not great, but … a ND. ERA goes up to 4.61.
Logan finished the 7th. 2/3, ERA 3.47.
Robertson got the win. (2-3). He looked great, 1-2-3 with 2 K. Nothing against Wood, but I kind of hope Robertson gets the 8th for now. 4.42 ERA and he is really looking good right now. Break Wood in slowly. Entrust the 8th to D-Rob. Maybe he keeps it. He was on tonight.
Mo the 9th. What can I say? Save # 22 and the ERA goes to 0.93. Save #548 of the great one’s career. I mean…. 0.93? At the age of 40 years, 8 months and 2 days?
Cano had three of the Yanks six hits tonight. Two doubles and the GW HR. Hence the MVP endorsement from someone who has 3 MVPs himself in A-Rod.
A-Rod about himself (from Bombers Beat):
“The way I’m swinging now, it’s probably going to take a while. Everybody get comfortable. I’m just glad to be out there helping the team somehow. I scored a run. People are asking me about home runs. I’m asking for a hit-by-pitch, infield hit, bunt single, error. I’ll get on base anyhow. The home run will come.”
I like the statement. I didn’t think Alex was pressing his first six or seven games after the HR but think he may be now. I like his attitude in the statement. Take what they give you. Man on 2nd, I’ll take the single and RBI. Man on 3rd, I’ll take the SF.
Truthfully, I have read where Girardi doesn’t plan on giving Alex a day off until after #600. I think that is a mistake and go by history here. First off, guess what Roger Maris did in 1961 after hitting #60? He took a day off. He needed it.
Maybe Alex needs it. Maybe the HR comes when you least expect. In 1969, Willie Mays got his as a PH.
So give him a day where he doesn’t have to think about #600. Start Pena at third…maybe late in the game Alex needs to PH for Pena….and maybe at that time, since he hasn’t been thinking about it….he hits it.
…and maybe then, gets on a HR roll.
Saw the ends of two games. The difference between having Mo or having someone else. The Phils blew it as Lidge gave up a walkoff to Ryan Zimmerman. They can get Oswalt, fine…but the endgame is still a mess. I’m cool as a cucumber when Mo comes in. Phillie fans with Lidge? Not so.
Then there are the Tigers. Swept by the Rays. Now up in Boston. Big Fatty kills them last night. So what happens? Leyland entrusts the game in the 9th to Phil Coke. Coke was NOT it today as HE blows the game in the 9th….to Big Fatty again. Sheesh.