Yankees 13 Mariners 2: What We’ve Waited For

Now that’s an ass kicking. We as fans have been waiting for a game such as this, where the team gets good pitching and the offense lets it rip all over an opponent. Great team contribution tonight supplemented a good, overdue start from Pettite as the Yanks positively exploded, scoring eight in the fifth to salt it, 13-2.

Although Pettite surrendered a run in the top of the second, striking out the side in the process, the offense responded right away. Matsui singled, Giambi walked, and Duncan went down and got a curve low–really a pretty good pitch–and ripped it deep to left for his first homer, 3-1 Yankees. Beltre’s RBI double in the third closed it to 3-2, but the Yankees scored two in the fourth. Matsui singled, Giambi doubled, Duncan flew out, and Cano fisted an inside fastball to left for the second straight game to score two, 5-2.

The Yankees chased the normally difficult Bedard in the fifth. Jeter was hit with a 1-2 fastball, Abreu’s single moved the Captain to third, A-Rod reached second on an FC with Jeter out at home, Matsui singled to make it 7-2, Giambi singled to end Bedard’s night, Duncan fanned looking, Cano singled through the hole to score Matsui on a great slide to beat a good throw from Ibanez, 8-2. Moeller’s single to center made it 10-2, Melky’s infield single made it first and second, Jeter walked to load the bases, Abreu singled to left to make it 12-2, and A-Rod’s single plated Jeter with Abreu making the third out at third. But 13-2 ended the game for all intents and purposes.

Hawkins pitched two innings of one-hit, scoreless ball and, after Edwar walked two in a row, he settled in to fan two to end the game. Pettite was as sharp as he’s been in weeks, allowing two runs on eight hits while walking none and fanning an outstanding nine on 105 pitches/75 strikes. The offense was monstrous for a change, banging out thirteen hits and runs and working five walks. Abreu was 2-5 with a run and two RBIs, giving him 27 thus far and raising his average to .292. A-Rod had a hit, run, and RBI, his 16th as he’s also batting .292. Matsui was huge, going 3-5 with three runs and two RBIs, giving him 22 and a crisp .311 average. Cano is picking it up, going 2-4 with a run and three RBIs, giving him 17 and a .214 average that is still low but much improved after going 11 for his last 31. Duncan hit his first homer with three driven in. Giambi was 2-3 with two walks and three runs, upping his average to .217 having gone 14 for his last 40, and Moeller had two RBIs as well. Crucially, the team had six two-out RBIs compared to seven left on, four in scoring position. That’s a great ratio.

Now the key is sustaining it, especially against a good, talented pitcher in Felix Hernandez. Winning the first game, especially in such convincing fashion, was big. But winning the series is just as important. It would be great if this blowout signaled a turnaround for the offense. Right now, I’d settle for continuing to get quality starts, timely hitting, and most importantly wins.  Three straight wins is good; stringing together seven, or winning twelve out of fourteen, would be even better.  I’ll miss tomorrow’s game but will do my best to be back Sunday for an HDLR. If not, count on a Monday afternoon HDLR.

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Published in: on May 23, 2008 at 9:47 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. my buddy zack caught shelley’s homer which i clearly saw on the FSN feed. i’m already working on him to give me the ball.

    a helluva game – a perfect sequel to last night’s nail-biter huh?

  2. I read that over at The Sommer Frieze, Mike. That’s very cool. Given that he’s caught a billion balls, I’d hope he would either give it to you, or you can work out a trade.

    Last night was great, a genuine ass-kicking that was long overdue just as the late-inning win was.

    I’m hitting the road soon, and will be in touch soon enough. I hope the Yankees win today in my absence. Enjoy.

  3. Looks like the Yanks are putting it together. Let’s see if they can make a run at it again.

  4. Hope your whole trip went well. Now while home, kick back, enjoy YFCR while I’m at the game, and between Wang and Washburn, I’ll try to make the W come our way.

    Josh and I in the Stadium. They’ve been warned. LOL Let us in that clubhouse. We’ll unleash fire and brimstone.

  5. I agree, Steve. This has been long overdue and, while there’s a good deal of ground to make up, I sense a longer run coming.

    The trip was great, Mike. Thanks for the well wishes. We’re arriving home today, and I should be back in more than enough time to enjoy YFCR. Bring back the W, and I’m sure you and Josh will provide all the tough love the Yankees need and more. I like that the Yanks are facing Washburn, a normally tough lefty, now while they’re hitting well but also hitting lefties. I hope that translates into a series sweep.


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