Ace High: Yanks Win 7-2

Even having allowed two solo home runs in the first two innings, C.C.was tremendous yet again, allowing just 5 hits, a walk, and fanning 7 on a very efficient 94 pitches/66 strikes over eight tidy innings to shut down the A’s.  Sluggish or shut down for much of the last two weeks, the offense exploded for five in the sixth to beat Oakland going away, 7-2.  Robertson entered and threw eight straight out of the zone, prompting the occasionally Torre-like Girardi to overreact and warm up Mariano, but it was ultimately and thankfully unnecessary to bring him in as Robertson finished the ninth.

After A-Rod got plunked again in the first, C.C. chucked on behind Kurt Suzuki, who responded by whacked a solo shot, 1-0 Oakland.  The Yanks responded in the top of the second, with a two-out rally.  Melky doubled to center, and Jeter hit what should have been the third out, but Keystone Kops Kennedy pulled a Buckner and let the grounder sail between his wickets, tying the game.  Everidge crushed a deep homer to left on a fastball up n the bottom of the second, 2-1 A’s, but they would get no more.  Again the Yanks responded right away to an Oakland run with one of their own in the top of the third.  A-Rod singled, went to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Jorge’s ground-rule double.  Posada, however, committed the cardinal sin of making the third out at third when he tried to advance on a passed ball that wasn’t far from home plate, a poor decision.

The fourth looked like trouble in more ways than one when the Yanks loaded the based with one out, but Teixeira grounded into an inning-ending double play.  The A’s responded with second and third with one out off Sabathia, but he and the defense clamped down.  Swish made a fine and important charging catch on Ellis’s liner to hold Hairston at third and, after intentionally walking Everidge to load the bases, Sweeney grounded into a 5-3 to end the last good threat the A’s had.

I left the game and the furious texting with Mike and Frank to tuck in the kids, who are starting school but not used to going to bed early.  When I returned later, I saw to my pleasant surprise that they blew the game open in the sixth with five.  Swish doubled with one out, went to third on a passed ball, Melky got plunked, and The Captain, who has been killing the ball lately, singled through the hole to score Swish, 3-2 Yanks.  JD looped a double to left scoring Melky, 4-2 Yanks.  Teixeira was intentionally walked to load the bases, but Casilla walked A-Rod to force in Jeter, 5-2 Yanks.  Matsui delivered Damon on a sharp liner to left, 6-2 Yanks, and Jorge’s sac fly scored Teixeira, 7-2 Yankees.  To no one’s surprise, Cano left runners aboard to end the rally.  He’s been brutal with RISP, hitting a mere .200 this year.

Yet Sabathia retired 14 of the last 15 he faced, switching to his sinker to induce more ground balls which, as Crash Davis from “Bull Durham” reminds, are “more democratic.”  C.C. had a lot of democracy working last night, inducing 12 ground balls, retiring 8 of the last 15 batters he faced on grounders.  He was nothing short of tremendous, notching his 14th win to tie for the major-league lead.  The Big Guy has been outstanding, nothing short of aces.

Jeter was 3-5 to raise his average to .330, just scalding the ball.  Good to see Matsui back after getting his knee drained, for he went 2-4 ith a walk with his 59th RBI, batting .269.  The lineup is just more solid with him reliably hitting fifth, and he has been excellent since the beginning of July.  JD was 2-4 with a double and his 68th RBI, batting .283.  Melky was 2-4 with a double and 2 runs, batting .268.  Jorge was 1-4 with a double and 2 RBI, his 55th, batting .273.  A-Rod was 1-2 with 2 walks and was hit once, with 64 RBI and a .257 average.  Swish was 1-5 with a double and a run, batting .242.  Among the starters, only Teixeira and Cano did not get hits.

Hopefully Gaudin can be fairly good tonight against the lefty Anderson in the last game out West this road trip.  The Yanks return to the West in September, playing in Seattle and Anaheim from the 18th to the 23rd.  The Yaanks have already notched a winning record on the West Coast phase of the 10-game road trip, but 5-2 would look much better than 4-3 before starting three in Fenway Friday night.  The Yanks are back to 30 games above .500 and remain 7 games ahead of Boston, 6 in the loss column, and 10 ahead of Tampa.  They are 1 1/2 ahead of the Angels for home field, but tied in the loss column.

Get the series win, guys.

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  1. I really, really, REALLY hope Gaudin gets through tonight with minimal-to-no damage done. That would be faaantastic. CC was great, save the two homers. Derek was consistent, of course, and some runs were sprinkled here and there in the lineup. Always a good thing when you’ve got a few clutch performers! Let’s take the rubber game tonight!

  2. Bullpen much rested (only three pitchers used in last two games), and tomorrow’s an off-day. I just want Gaudin to get into the sixth.

    Jeter watch: Just 27 hits away from tying Gehrig for most by a Yankee.

    Gehrig: 2721
    Jeter: 2694

  3. I’m confident that, if Gaudin can put together a quality start, the bullpen should be there for him. Hughes hasn’t thrown this series, or in a few days for that matter. Mariano is good for 1 1/3 with the day off tomorrow. Hopefully the bats will be there.

    I’ve been following Jeter’s hit parade too, Mike, talking about his upcoming milestone with my daughter a few days ago. It’s just so impressive to see what he’s done this year, really on both sides. His setting the table with JD makes a big difference in the team. Amazing to see how far he’s moved up on various Yankee and baseball lists–hits, singles, hits for a SS. The guy is a winner.

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