Dominance

Was that what the doctor ordered, or what?  C.C. went 7 2/3 outstanding innings, taking a perfect game into the fifth and a no-hitter into the sixth, and shutting down Boston to earn his 12th win, 5-0. C.C. is a flat-out money pitcher, no two ways about it.  On a day when the Yanks needed him to throw a long, quality start after the 15-inning classic last night, Sabathia did just that, rising to the occasion with his best start of the year.  They cobbled together enough offense off Buchholz, who was very good himself, culminated by Jeter’s ultimate cheap homer, a liner to right that hit the extended base of the foul pole netting in the bottom of the eighth for a two-run homer.  This spared using Mariano for today, allowing Robertson to work and finish the ninth.  The Yanks now sit 5 1/2 up on Boston, having won six straight and three against Boston.

The Yanks got on the board in the bottom of the third when Melky led off with an infield single, Molina walked, Jeter got jammed and grounded into a 5-4-3 DP, JD walked, and Teixeira looped a single to right, 1-0 Yanks.  Meanwhile, C.C. was dominant, setting down Ellsbury on a nasty slider to start the fourth, and getting a strong throw from A-Rod behind third to retire Martinez to end the frame.  Ortiz was the first base runner Boston had, working a questionable walk with one out in the fifth.  However, Lowell flew out and C.C. set down Drew with heavy gas to keep the no-hitter intact.  The Yanks lost a chance to add on in the fifth when JD doubled to left, a ball Youkilis should have had if he were a serviceable outfielder, and Teixeira walked.  But A-Rod and Matsui couldn’t deliver, with Buchholz pitching very well.

Ellsbury singled to center with two outs in the sixth to break up the no-hitter, but C.C. blew away Pedroia with a foul tip call on a big-time fastball, prompting a hissy fit from Pedroia.  Personally, I don’t know if Pedroia fouled it off, but he probably went around on it anyway.  The Yanks added on in the bottom half when Cano led off with a double to center, Swish bunted him to third, Melky got an intentional pass, and Molina’s sac fly scored Cano, 2-0.  C.C. got in his first jam in the seventh when he walked Martinez, then Youkilis singled, but Big PopUp fanned on a nasty slider, and Lowell grounded into a beautifully turned 4-6-3 to end the threat and inning.  The great part of that DP was the typically heady play of Jeter, who got the throw from Cano at the bag, leapt over Youkilis and paused, then threw out the slow Lowell after landing instead of risking a bad throw on Youkilis’s aggressive slide; tremendous play by The Captain.

The Yanks added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh when Teixeira walked and Ramirez beaned A-Rod, and I doubt it was an accident after Melancon plunked Pedroia Thursday night.  Ramirez was immediately tossed and home ump Jim Joyce issued the requisite warnings.  Gonzales entered and allowed a bloop single to Matsui over short, loading the bases.  Cano grounded into a 3-2 force, but Swish walked on a 3-2 pitch outside, 3-0 Yanks, before Melky’s 3-1 ended the seventh.

C.C. got Drew to line out to Cano, then fanned Kotchman on the gas, two down.  He exited in favor of Hughes at 123 pitches/81 strikes to a well-deserved standing ovation, and his final line revealed all the applause was more than merited–7 2/3, 2 hits, no runs, 2 BB, and 9 K.  He was nothing short of brilliant and clutch in his dominance in a start that had to be not just good, but of duration.  Tremendous work by The Big Guy, earning his 12th win and lowering his ERA to 3.76.  Hughes overpowered Green on an 0-2 fastball to end the eighth.  Jeter’s two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth, his 12th of the year and 218th of his amazing career, capped the scoring and gave Mariano the rest of the day off.  Robertson’s nice work in the bottom of the ninth did as well for, although he allowed singles to Ellsbury and Martinez, Ellsbury went down and got a good slider for the hit.  He then painted the outside black to get Big PopUp looking, ending the game and PopUp’s big day of steroid denial and being denied at the plate.

Great win today, really putting Boston in a big hole with more great pitching.  Cano was 3-4, raising his average to .314.  Jeter was 1-5 with the homer, batting .312.  Teixeira was 1-3 with an RBI (82 this year) and 2 walks, batting .284.  Molina called a great game and went 1-2, driving in a run and giving Jorge an important day off.  Melky was 1-3, batting .282.  JD (.282) and Matsui (.263) were each 1-4, and though Swish was 0-1, he walked twice, bringing in a run for his 56th RBI, batting .245/.379.

Good to see Robertson do more than give Mo a day off, but also show some fine stuff, especially in getting Ortiz looking with a perfectly placed fastball to end the game.  This is just what the Yanks had to do–take at least three from Boston and, in doing so right away, have put a lumping on Boston and kept Tampa at least 7 back (in Seattle tonight and down 7 1/2 until they play).  New York is now a season-high 26 games above .500.  They’ve won 17 of the last 22, 29 of the last 39, and are 55-27 with A-Rod back in the lineup after his injury.  They’re really rolling now.

Get the sweep, guys.

By the way, all the new Yankees gear has gotten in the win column.  The golf shirt from my wife is 2-0, the Rivera bp shirt from Frank the Sage is 2-0, including last night’s epic, classic win, and the official Yanks jersey got its first win today as I sat in the a/c with a few coldies, my daughter, and some barbecued Italian sausage and my wife’s killer pasta salad after an hour in the heat and pool.

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  1. So happy they won again!! YAY!! This is such good news 😀

    Can i link you up? if you don’t mind.

  2. at this point we are 30/40 –amazing run–i’m loving just soaking it all in.

  3. Thanks, Kar3n. Feel free to link The Heartland.

    30 of 40 is amazing, Mike. What great baseball this has been. I’m especially loving the pitching–how reliable it has been, how they give the team a chance every game, how they’ve shut down even strong offenses like Boston’s. The Red Sox have struggled lately, but that’s a potent, dangerous team in my book. I have no doubt that, had Burnett and Sabathia made poor pitches, they would have paid for their mistakes. The last two games have been everything we could have envisioned from them when the Yanks signed them this off-season. I also like how much they’ve appreciated the adoring crowd this weekend. In the biggest series thus far, they’ve stood tall and were rewarded for it from the Stadium faithful.

    Hard to beat that.

  4. Awesome, awesome stuff. AJ the other day, CC yesterday, and hopefully Andy today! All is well in Yankees Universe! I am loving it!


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