Yanks Beat Jays 7-4

It really doesn’t get old writing headlines about the Yanks winning.  A.J. Burnett wasn’t great but worked through some kinks for a decent start, going 3 1/3 IP and allowing 3 hits, 3 walks, a run earned, and getting a K.  The Yanks got plenty of offense, pounding 14 hits in a 7-4 win.  Swisher was 2-2 with an RBI double that came in a long at-bat, punctuated by his cranking the ball off his left leg.  He shook that off by cranking the ball to left field.  Pena and Posada each had RBI doubles, Matsui had an RBI single and a walk, Melky came through with an RBI single, Austin Jackson had a single and a walk, and Eduardo Nunez belted a pinch-hit two-run homer.  Posada’s double was pretty impressive.  He went down and got a pitch low and away while being out on his front foot, and nearly hit it out to center.  The ball bounced right at the front of the warning track.  That’s a very good sign.

Bruney was terrible, allowing two hits and four walks in just 1 1/3 IP, but a Steven Jackson sinking fastball hit for an F8 bailed him out of worse damage.  Mariano continues his way back frm off-season shoulder surgery, pitching a perfect, and easy-looking 1-2-3 sixth. Edwar worked around a hit in the seventh, and Giese allowed a solo homer in the ninth and four hits in his two-inning wrap-up work.  It wasn’t the best-pitched game for the Yanks, especially compared to their terrific work of late, the offense picked up the team.

Phil Hughes goes today at 1:05 ET against Minnesota.  I would have posted this last night, but it was late by the time the Illinois-WKU game ended.  I wasn’t too surprised that Illinois lost, given the absence of point guard Frazier.  I was surprised, however, by how slow they looked compared to Western Kentucky, and how poor their perimeter defense was.  They looked a step behind everything last night, maybe a sign of being tight, and maybe just made to look that way by a Western kentucky team that many (rightly) picked as an upset opportunity against Illinois.  Otherwise, the first day of the NCAA tournament had few surprises on a day with at least mostly competitive games.

Published in: on March 20, 2009 at 8:44 am  Leave a Comment  

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