Yanks Pour It On Late, Win Eight Straight 8-3

Joba was magnificent, going 7+ innings of two-hit ball, the offense was advantageous if not overwhelming for most of the game until scoring four in the eighth, and most of the front-line relievers got a blow as the Yanks blew out Oakland 8-3.  Joba was really the decisive factor, allowing a run in the first on Cabrera’s double and, after Cabrera stole third, Hairston’s sac fly gave the A’s a 1-0 lead.  After that, Joba shut things down.

After Anderson struck out the side in the first and set the Yanks down easily in order in the second, the Yanks scored two in the third and never looked back.  Cano led off with a single, Swish popped out, Melky (who had a great night at the plate) doubled to left, and The Captain’s single scored Cano to tie the game.  JD’s 3-6 force gave the Yanks the 2-1 lead.  Joba, meanwhile, was rolling through the fourth, with the last hit he allowed a one-out single to Sweeney.  He got into trouble in the fifth with back-to-back one-out walks to Sweeney and Barton, both of whom advanced on a wild pitch, but Joba fanned Ellis and Patterson on nasty sliders to escape the jam.

The Yanks rewarded him in the bottom of the fifth by cobbling together a run.  Swish walked, Melky singled, Jeter forced Melky, moving Swish to third, and JD’s second RBI force, a well-located slap into the hole at short, scored Swish, 3-1 Yanks.  In the sixth, after Joba set down the A’s 1-2-3, A-Rod doubled on a ball that Patterson seemed to lose in the lights, moved to third on Jorge’s 4-3, and scored on Matsui’s 4-3, 4-1 Yanks.  At this point, the Yanks had just one hit with RISP, but four runs thanks to productive outs, rendering their RISP and runners on struggles today (3-13, 8 LOB) somewhat decieving.  After Joba’s nine-pitch seventh, the Yanks blew a chance to add on when Melky and Jeter led off with singles.  JD’s DP to short moved Melky to third, two outs, Teixeira walked, and A-Rod fanned, part of a rough night for A-Rod (1-5 on the gift double, 2 K’s, a GIDP, and 7 personally stranded).

Joba was at 93 pitches through seven and came out for the eighth, but lost it a bit, walking Barton and hitting Ellis to start the inning.  Enter Coke, who was again masterful.  He fanned Nomar on a nasty curve, got Kennedy on an F9 on which Barton should have advanced to third.  Coke’s wild pitch moved him and Ellis ahead anyway, but Coke rendered it academic by fanning Cabrera on another nasty 2-2 curve to hold the A’s at one run; tremendous work by Coke in relief of the equally tremendous Joba, who finished his night having allowed a mere 2 hits, 3 walks, a hit batter, and a run earned with 6 K’s on 100 pitches/56 strikes to up his record to 6-2, and lower his ERA to 3.86.

The Yanks blew it wide open in the bottom of the eighth.  Jorge led off with a huge blast to deep left, his 13th of the year and 234th of his outstanding career, to make it 5-1 Yanks.  Humorously, as soon as Jorge homered Mariano, who got up to stretch in the bullpen, immediately sat down with a smile.  Good that he got another day off after saving five of the first six post-break wins.  Matsui made out on a 4-3, Cano and Swish worked back-to-back walks, and Melky’s comebacker resulted in a throwing error by Casilla, letting Cano score 6-1 Yanks.  Swish was clearly out at third but ruled safe, giving the Yanks a break and keeping it at one out.  The Captain’s RBI single to center made it 7-1, and was also his 2,655th career hit, moving him past The Splendid Splinter, Tedd Ballgame on the all-time hit list.  What a great accomplishment for The Captain, a great hitter.  JD’s single to center made it 8-1. Robertson allowed two hits and two runs, one earned, in the ninth in a mop-up role, 8-3 Yanks.

The work of Joba and Coke was outstanding, really clamping down on an A’s team that, for all their offensive travails, had battered the Twins immediately before coming to The Bronx.  Joba yielded nothing, and worked out of the fifth inning jam beautifully.  Coke’s work was crucial, for the 4-1 lead cut have been cut to one but wasn’t.  That Mariano, Hughes, and Aceves got a rest as the A’s again had to dig into their pen is also comforting, for they have shouldered a heavy workload after the break.

Jeter was 3-5 with 2 RBI (39), batting .320, and his historic accomplishment makes his great career all the more impressive.  He’s 10-32 (.313) with 6 RBI after the break, and 30-82 (.366) in July.  JD was 1-5 but had 3 RBI, 54 on the year, batting .279.  Melky was excellent at the plate for the first time in a while, going 3-4 with his 16th double and 2 runs, batting .284.  Cano was 2-3 with 2 runs and a walk, raising his average to .313.  He is also 9 for his last 17.  Jorge had the solo shot to pad the lead and start the rally in the eighth, and called a great game. A-Rod had the charitable double, and Swish was 0-2 but walked twice and scored twice.  Teixeira was 1-3 with 2 walks, and Matsui had his 43rd RBI.

Eight straight wins is amazing, a great way to come out of the break.  The Yanks remain 2 1/2 up on Boston, who held on to beat Baltimore 3-1, and 6 1/2 up on Tampa–7 in the loss column–after they beat Toronto 4-2 in 10.  They are also 22 games above .500 and have the best record in the AL.

Lefty (8-5, 4.62 ERA) looks to keep the great streak going tomorrow at 1:05 against lefty Gio Gonzales (1-2, 9.33 ERA).  Keep soaking it up, Yankees fans.  This has been nothing short of outstanding baseball, starting with the starters.  Joba deserves a lot of credit and, among the starting five at the beginning of the year, three–Joba (3.86), C.C.(3.67), and A.J. (3.74)–have earned-run averages under 4.  Keep it rolling, Pettite.

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  1. I like how they only seem to need one turn thru the line up to figure out an opposing pitcher. though tonight’s game was in some ways a farce with awful defense from that pathetic line up and terrible officiating on top of it. in fact i can’t remember a worse line up than we saw on the field tonight.

  2. A nice win, considering that they didn’t rely on the long ball tonight, but went to the fundamentals and
    a-b-c ball.

  3. The Yankees seem to be winning games they have not won the past few years. I don’t like it 🙂


  4. you better get used to it… 🙂

  5. It’s a good point about the Yanks’ making quick adjustments, Mike. That has definitely been the case the first two games against the A’s, and generally this season. I can understand your not liking the Yanks’ winning the types of games they have in the recent past, Joe. It’s been a welcome change.

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