Yanks Blow Out Jays 10-5

The Yankees Express continues to roll, beating Toronto 10-5 tonight.  They scored four in the first, added one in the fourth, saw Gaudin give back three in the bottom of the fourth, but got two back right away, then added three in the ninth for more late offense to again win, again going away.  Posada and A-Rod homered, part of big nights for both.

JD started things in the first with a walk, Teixeira singled, A-Rod walked, then Matsui lined a belly-high fastball to right that went under Snider’s glove, scoring all three runner 3-0 Yanks.  Jorge singled him in, 4-0 Yanks.  In the fourth, Matsui and Swish walked, and Melky went down and lined a single to left center, 5-0 Yanks.

Gaudin was good until the bottom of the fourth, when he struggled, allowing three runs and exiting having thrown 80 pitches in just 3 2/3 IP.  Aceves entered and fanned Lind with the Yanks still up, but now 5-3.  As is their wont, the Yanks responded right away for two in the top of the fifth.  JD and Teixeira walked, and A-Rod singled to center, 6-3 Yanks.  After Matsui grounded into a force, Jorge blooped a single to right to score Teixeira, 7-3 Yanks.

After Melky led off the sixth with a double, Jeter tried to bunt his way on and should have, but was erroneously called out at first.  Consecutive K’s by JD and Teixeira thwarted the rally and stranded Melky.  Aceves coughed up two in the bottom of the sixth to cut it to 7-5.  But in the seventh, Robertson entered and fanned two more, working around an HBP of Ruiz.  Robertson has been pretty good, and I’d trust him with a lead over Bruney any day.  His ERA is down to a respectable 3.38.

With Bruney somehow working a 1-2-3 8th, the Yanks burst out for three in the ninth.  A-Rod lined a homer to left, his 24th, 8-5 Yanks.  After Matsui walked, Jorge crushed his 20th of the year into the second deck in right, 10-5 Yanks.  That makes 7 Yankees and counting with at least 20 homers.  After Bruney walked the lead-off man on four pitches, Marte entered and was sharp, getting two K’s, including ending the game by fanning Wells while some idiot yelled about Wells’s contract clearly audible over the WCBS broadcast.  Considering that Aceves was nearly hit by a fan throwing a foul ball back onto the field, it must have been bile and bitterness night at the SkyDome.

Aceves earned his 10th win of the year in relief, very impressive work this year by Ace, who has solidified the bullpen in both short and long relief in way the Yanks haven’t had since Ramiro Mendoza.  Marte is showing something as he returns from his injury.  But the bats again carried the day.  Jorge was 4-5, raising his average to .288, hitting his 20th homer, his 23rd double, and driving in 4 to up his RBI total to 70.  A-Rod was 2-4 with his 24th homer, 2 RBI giving him 77 this year, and hitting .276 now.  During his 12-game hit streak, A-Rod is batting 20-47 (.426) with 13 RBI.  That’s pretty impressive, and Mike and I agreed as we texted during the game that A-Rod is priming himself for a good October by getting hot right now.  He’s all over pitches, stroking them up the middle, to right center, and pulling cookies inside.  Melky was 2-4 with his 25th double, 51st RBI, and raising his average to .277 while making some nice plays in center.  Since getting some occasional rest, Melky has been sharper at the plate.  Matsui was 1-3 with 2 walks and his 74th RBI, batting .265.  Teixeira was 1-4 with a walk and 2 runs, batting .281.  JD and Jeter were hitless, though JD scored twice from 2 walks.  Cano and Swish also went hitless.

The Yanks are now a season-high 38 games above .500, and have reduced their magic number to 22.  With Boston winning, the Yanks remain 7 1/2 games up in the East, and 7 up (6 in the loss column) on the Angels for home field with 28 to play.  They’re in command right now, won tonight without Hughes or Mariano, and have won seven straight.  It will be interesting to see if some regulars sit tomorrow night with the bulge.  Regardless, the Yanks are positioned right there they want to be.  Enjoy it, Yankees fans.

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  1. Some offense, huh? At least we got some insurance later on after Gaudin had left the game. This team just keeps winning. I wonder if they’ll get to ten in a row… that would be pretty awesome. I just love the way this team is playing right now. How can you not?! =)

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