Yanks Finish Off Jays 6-4

First off, thanks to everyone who dropped in to the Heartland Digital Living Room for the first and successful first run of the CoverItLive feature, which helped speed the chin-wagging along immensely.  It was great that several people via Fack Youk, including Matt and Jay, as well as Cliff and e mills, came by to join Nick, Mike, and Mike for the in-game fun.  Although it was ultimately fun, the game was frustrating in that the Yanks had ample opportunities to put it away, yet kept the Jays in the game.  Frank the Sage, with whom I was on the horn late in the game, put it best in saying that if this were last season’s squad, he would be worried.  Yet he was not, nor was I much, for this team has a shut-it-down comportment that is admirable and palpable, and behind good bullpen work and some late offense, the Yanks won 6-4.

In the second, Posada walked, Cano blooped a single to center, Hairston’s grounder forced Cano at second, and Melky the Once-Again Clutch singled to score Jorge, 1-0 Yanks.  Leading off the fourth, Cano crushed a first pitch breaking ball to deep right center for his 23rd homer, 2-0 Yanks.  But although thye had many chances, the Yanks found themselves tied after four when the Jays scored two in the bottom of the fourth.  Ruiz homered with two outs, 2-1 Jays, and it atoned for his foul ball that was initially ruled a homer in the bottom of the second, then reversed.  Encarnacion and bautista walked, and McDonald blooped a single over Cano and past Hinske in right to tie it, but Cano made a great throw and nailed Bautista at the plate to preserve the tie.

Teixeira hit his 33rd homer to deep left to lead off the fifth and break the tie, 3-2 Yanks.  In the sixth, Hinske singled, Swish walked, and A-Rod delivered a sharp two-out single to center, 4-2 Yanks.  Jorge then singled in Swish, 5-2 Yanks.  But Pettite struggled and gave two back, with some help from the defense, right away in the bottom of the sixth.  Encarnacion was down 0-2 but walked, then Pettite allowed a triple to Bautista, who then scored on an error to Jeter on a throw that A-Rod really should have caught, 5-4 Yanks.  Even though Pettite had allowed just four hits, he walked five in what became an unnecessarily tense one-run game.

Yet the bullpen for the most part shut things down.  Robertson allowed a walk but had a K in one, Bruney did the same in 2/3, and Hughes closed it out for his 3rd save, fanning 3 in 1 1/3 perfect innings.  Meanwhile, the Yanks scored an insurance run in the top of the ninth when Cano hit his 41st double of the year, Matsui’s single off Frasor moved him to third, and Melky the Once-Again Clutch’s RBI single made it 6-4.  It wasn’t the smoothest win, with the Yanks a mere 5-19 with RISP stranding a gaudy 14, but it returned the Yanks to 38 above .500 nonetheless.

Cano was 3-4 with 2 runs, his 75th RBI, 41st double, 23rd RBI, batting .319.  Jeter was 2-5, batting .330 and moving to within six of tying Lou Gehrig for the most all-time hits for a Yankee.  Teixeira’s 33rd homer supplied his 102nd RBI, batting .279.  Posada was 1-4 with his 71st RBI, batting ,286.  Melky was 2-4 with 2 RBI, his 53rd, batting .277.   A-Rod was 2-4 with his 78th RBI< batting .276.

Pettite wasn’t his sharpest, but earned his 13th win of the year, with a 4.10 ERA, allowing four hits, five runs, and four runs earned with 3 K on 101 pitches/60 strikes.  Robertson, Bruney, and Hughes worked 3 no-hit, scoreless innings yielding just 2 walks and 5 K’s.  The Yanks are back to 38 games over .500, lowering the magic number to 20.  With Boston down 4-1 in Chicago, that could quickly become 19.

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  1. Smooth though it wasn’t, it was still a win. Any kind of win is better then yesterday’s loss. Not taking any credit away from Halladay, of course, but with how he was pitching previously and how the Yanks were playing, it was still kind of surprising. Oh well. All was made right today, and hopefully it’ll continue into tomorrow!

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