Game 99: Yankees @ Rays, 7/27/09–11-4 Yankee Blowout

Briefly since the in-game summary with my take is below, the Yanks pounded the Rays 11-4.  Everyone in the order got at least one hit, and Burnett was great–7 IP, 2 H, 1 unearned run, 2 BB, 5 K on 114 pitches/69 strikes.  Great work, and the Yanks were due for a blowout win like this.  Swish homered twice, once from each side of the plate, 16 this year, 53 RBI, batting .237.  Cano was 2-3 with his 15th homer, a shot to dead center, 2 RBI (54), 2 BB, batting .311.  Jeter was 3-5 with 2 runs and a walk, batting arobust .325.  Melky was 2-4 with his 17th double, a walk, and a run, batting .290.  JD hit his 17th homer this year and 200th of his terrific career, scored twice and drove in 3 (57), batting .278.  Teixeira was 2-6, batting .282.  A-Rod was 1-4 with a walk and a two-RBI double, 57 RBI for him this year.  Matsui was 1-4 with a run and a walk, batting .252, and Posada was 1-5 with an RBI double (15 doubles this year, and 46 RBI), batting .285.  Total team effort in the beatdown, batting 3-12 with RISP, stranding 10, but getting 6 two-out RBI.  Albaladejo made things too interesting in the 8th, but Robertson’s K of Pena effectively ended the last real threat TB could mount.

23 games above .500, still 2 1/2 ahead of Boston, and now the Yanks sit 7 1/2 ahead of the Rays–8 in the loss column.  That’s 10 for the last 11 and 23 of the last 29 for the Yanks.  Mariano, Hughes, Coke, and Aceves all got a blow.  Soak it in, Yanks fans.

Below, as per Pete Abraham, are tonight’s starting lineups. Three top-flight pitching match-ups comprise this series, starting tonight with Burnett versus Shields, two hard-throwing righties.  The Yanks look to reach their high-water mark of 23 games over .500 with a victory tonight.  After throwing 39 pitches in 1 1/3 IP yesterday, Hughes is unavailable.  Hopefully Burnett can carry the ball deep into the game with another strong outing. Keep it rolling, guys. Enjoy the game, everyone.

YANKEES (60-38)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (9-4, 3.74).

RAYS (54-45)
Upton CF
Crawford LF
Longoria 3B
Zobrist 2B
Pena 1B
Burrell DH
Gross RF
Hernandez C
Bartlett SS

Pitching: RHP James Shields (6-6, 3.70).

Teixeira had a two-out single that went unrequited.  Burnett should have fanned Crawford on a 3-2 fastball over the inside corner, then threw a pick-off attempt into right, giving Crawford third.  But he escaped by fanning Longoria and getting Zobrist out on a liner to right.

Matsui led off by cracking a first-pitch fastball for a single, Posada doubled to center scoring Matsui, 1-0.  Cano blasted a 3-1 hanging change to deep right, and it looked like it hit the top of the wall and might have glanced off Gross’s glove as he leaped, dropping straight down and giving Cano an RBI triple, 2-0 Yanks.  Importantly, Cano ran hard all the way.  Swish grounded out to second to score Cano, nice, unselfish situational hitting there, 3-0 Yankees.  Jeter singled with two outs but was stranded.  Great inning, and good to see the early runs, and Cano hit with RISP.

Burnett got Pena looking on a nasty 1-2 curve, just missed on a 3-2 fastball outside to walk Burrell, fanned Gross on a fastball inside, then got Hernandez on a comebacker.  He’s thrown 37 pitches through 2, but looks sharp.  Way to put up the goose egg after some runs, too.

A-Rod worked a one-out walk, Matsui made out on an F8, and Posada popped out to shallow center. Shields is at 43 pitches, not a high count.  Teixeira absolutely robbed Bartlett of at least a single for the first out in the third.  The guy is absolutely amazing at first.  Upton singled to left for the Rays’ first hit.  Crawford has worked the count 2-2 but with three foul balls, and Burnett’s pace has considerably slowed with Upton at first.  Crawford grounded into a 5-4 force, but they couldn’t get the speedy Crawford; nice turn by RC, though.  Burnett is at 55 pitches through 2 2/3.   Crawford stole second, his 48th steal, but an F9 ended the third.  Burnett is at 61 pitches and is working slowly, in this case probably not a bad thing for it must be allowing him a breather.  He’s fanned four, walked two, and had the Rays foul off a lot of pitches.  Still, he could use a couple quick innings.

Cano worked a four-pitch walk to start the fourth, Swish K’d, Melky worked the count to 3-1 then took a 3-1 strike and Cano ran right into an easy caught stealing.  No question, someone missed a sign, and my bet it was Melky who subsequently walked for Cano ran to his own demise with his palms up in noticeable surprise, slowing down like a dope. That hurt.  No wonder those two geniuses hang out together; peas in a pod of stupidity.  Jeter got ahead 3-0, then 3-1, then 4-3 ended the top of the fourth, in which Shields threw 19 pitches/62 for the game.

Zobrist down on a 4-3, Pena down on a 3U, and Burrell down on a 6-3.  Burnett is at 74 pitches, and surely welcomed the 1-2-3; good work. JD reached on an E6, Teixeira singled on a pop Longoria couldn’t get, first and second no outs–big opportunity for A-Rod.  He struck out looking on a fastball low and in, bad call and Girardi flew out of the dugout to keep a vehement A-Rod from getting tossed.  He was right to be mad, though–the call was atrocious.  Gross made a leaping catch on Matsui’s screaming liner right at him, two down.  Posada popped out to shallow center, with the #4-5-6 hitters squandering the threat.  Shields is at 86 pitches through. 5.  The Yanks are 1-5 with RISP, stranding 6 in all.  Burnett got Gross on a deep F8 in left center, one down.  Hernandez made a nice play on Hernandez’s short hop on 3-2, two down and Burnett is at 85 pitches. Bartlett down on a pop to Cano, three down, and Burnett had another 1-2-3 on 15 pitches, 89 in all.

Cano led off with a big blast to center, off the back wall; what a shot. 15 this year for RC, 4-0 Yankees. Swish hit that just as far, a dozen rows into the stands in right center, 5-0 Yanks.  Outstanding. Gross didn’t move a muscle; that was gone without a doubt. Melky popped out to short, one down.  The Captain singled, two hits for him tonight, ending the evening for Shields.  Against Nelson, JD walked, Teixeira popped out to short.  Crank one here, A-Rod.  Nope, F9, but two big insurance runs for Burnett, 5-0 Yanks.  Upton K’d but the ball eluded Posada giving Upton first.  Yeeesh, Jorge. Burnett probably wants to pie Jorge between innings. Now a hit-and-run single where a covering Cano was put runners at the corners, no outs.  Longoria grounded into a 4-6-3 DP, scoring Upton but two down.  Take the trade-off.  Burnett got Zobrist on a 4-3, and Burnett has thrown 43 pitches in the last three after throwing 61 in the first three; much better.  5-1 Yanks.

Matsui worked the count full before walking.  Jorge erased that with a DP, really on a roll the last inning, though Longoria made a nice play to start the around-the-horn DP.  Cano walked, but Swish out on an F8 in shallow left center.  AJ out for the seventh, and gets the first out from Pena on one pitch, with some help from Jeter on a nice play to his left.  A-Rod knocked down a hot grounder from Burrell, and Teixeira made a nice stretch, two down.  Gross down on an F8 deep, and Burnett had a 10-pitch seventh, ending his night at 114 pitches/69 strikes, 2 hits, an unearned run, 2 BB, and 5 K’s.  He was outstanding, nothing short, yet another terrific start.

Melky started the eighth with an infield single to third.  Balfour entered and got ahead of Jeter, but The Captain singled to right, sending Melky to third.  Jeter is a tremendous hitter, and that’s his third hit, batting .325.  JD’s FC to second nabbed Melky, one down.  Teixeira flew out to shallow right center, two down; bad execution thus far, and A-Rod needs to get off the schneid.  Frank the Sage says A-Rod has the magic disappearing bat, and needs to find it.  He does! scoring two with an RBI double off a letter-high meatball, 7-1 Yanks.  Way to pick ’em up, A-Rod.  Those are big runs, four-run lead or not.  Matsui made out on an F7, but the damage from A-Rod really hurts.

Albaladejo is in, fanning Hernandez, walking Bartlett, Upton hit the bag, getting a double, second and third. Fluke play, but the BB was poor and inexcusable.  Why not Melancon, who was actually up collecting rust?  Why not use the guy who was actually here?  Robertson is up in the bullpen.  JD made a deep out on Crawford’s sac fly, 7-2, two out.  Albaladejo then hit Longoria, as I’m shaking my head at this nonsense. Zobrist singled, 7-3 Yankees.  Albaladejo is disgraceful, and David Robertson is in to face Pena.  Why am I not comforted?  But Robertson offered me a platter of crow, fanning Pena on a nasty 0-2 curve.  Nice work, kid. 7-3 Yanks.

Swish! He homered to deep left, 8-3, The Road Warrior!  He now has 16 homers.  Big insurance run.  Melky doubled, rising to the occasion with some good play lately.  The Captain got an IBB for the lefty Shouse to face JD., the only Yankees without a hit, and he rips his 17th homer to right, his 200th career homer, 11-3 Yankees.  That’s a whuppin.’  Congratulations, JD!

Robertson coughed one up to Burrell, 11-4.  Gross singled, Aybar popped out to A-Rod, an a heck of a leaping catch spared at least a run there, 2 down.  5-3 ends it.

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  1. As always, Jason, a fantastic summary. I’ll be sure to come here first for info if I ever miss a game! Haha. I love that Swisher was big in the game last night; I feel like he might be on the right track when it comes to offense. And everything else, well, was just lovely. =) I love a good blowout!

  2. Thanks Lisa; you’re too kind. I feel the same way about Swish. He was tremendous. I can’t believe what a difference there is between his home (.200/.374, 3 HR, 13 RBI) and away (.270/.364, 13 HR, 39 RBI) numbers. Considering his home-run swing, I would have thought he’d have a few more homers at Yankee Stadium, but he’s admitted to trying for them too hard at home. We were due to see a good blowout like that from the Yanks. I’d love to see another soon, but will take another win in a second. They’re playing great ball, and the family and I will see them play this Saturday and Sunday in Chicago. I can’t wait.


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