Yanks Blow Out Baltimore 13-3

Breaking open a tight game, the Yanks scored eight in the eighth to wax the Orioles 13-3. C.C. won his 17th game and was excellent. After going a mere 3-14 with RISP through five to leave the game tied despite pounding Jeremy Guthrie, the Yanks righted the ship with Matsui’s two-out, two-run single in the sixth before exploding in the eighth. In all, the Yanks amassed 20 hits and worked 7 walks to win going away.

As they have done often recently, the Yanks scored first in the bottom of the first when Jeter yet again singled to start the game, Teixeira was hit by a pitch, and A-Rod launched a laser to left center to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead, second and third. But Matsui grounded back to Guthrie, failing to score Teixeira from third, and Posada struck out to end what should have been a bigger first. This proved costly, for Baltimore got two off Sabathia in the second, including by getting productive outs. The Yanks blew another opportunity for runs in the third when Jeter led off with a double, JD was robbed of extra bases and an RBI on a great catch by Fiorentino, but still advanced Jeter to third. But Teixeira weakly tapped back to Guthrie, A-Rod walked so Guthrie could face Matsui, who has struggled against Guthrie in his career (5-26 off Guthrie coming into today’s game). This paid off for Guthrie, who got Matsui to pop out in foul territory to meekly end another threat.

Again this paid off for Baltimore, who got some help from JD’s stupidity. Turner singled, Moeller’s ground out moved him to second, and Turner scored on Fiorentino’s long fly ball to left when JD caught it, paused to ponder how bad the sun was, mistakenly thought it was the third out, and turned to throw it to the crowd before realizing after a couple seconds that it was only the second out. Turner scored all the way from second on a real bonehead play by JD, 3-1 Baltimore.

Thankfully it didn’t ultimately cost the Yanks, who responded with two right away in the bottom of the fourth–but again should have had more. Three straight singles from the law firm of Posada, Cano, and Swisher to start the inning loaded the bases with no outs. Melky the Once-Again Clutch went down and got an 0-2 pitch low and away, golfing it into center, 5-3 Yanks. Jeter’s 5-3 force moved Swish to third, JD walked to load the bases, but Teixeira struck out and A-Rod got caught looking on a pitch a bit outside to end the inning.

A-Rod’s K proved significant not only because it squandered a chance to give the Yanks the lead, but because, after the top of the fifth, both he and Girardi were ejected for arguing, presumably over that K. Girardi seemed far more animated than A-Rod, who irresponsibly got himself ejected in a close game. Girardi, however, had the benefit of going ballistic given the team’s track record of winning games in which he was ejected. He sure got his money’s worth, having to be restrained before finally leaving.

With one out in the sixth, Jeter singled and JD singled him to third. Yet Teixeira again missed a chance to deliver by striking out. Hinske walked, but Matsui made Guthrie pay, ripping a 1-1 thigh-high pitch to right, 5-3 Yankees and ending Guthrie’s day. Posada walked off ex-Yankee Sean Henn to re-load the bases, but Cano fanned to end what, yet again, should have been more and continue his RISP woes (.211 entering today’s game).

Thankfully, C.C. rolled for most of the day. He allowed but a walk in the sixth and again in the seventh, the latter erased on a tremendous 6-4-3 DP. With two outs in the third until the end of his stint, C.C. saw just 15 batters. Overall, he had the rough second but was very good–7 IP, 5 hits, 3 runs earned, 4 walks and a K on 108 pitches/66 strikes. It really should have been but two runs, but thankfully JD’s atrocious mental error wasn’t costly.

After Hughes allowed a lead-off single to Markakis in the eighth, he retired the next three. The Yanks erased all doubt in the bottom half. JD walked, Teixeira singled him to third, Pena in to play third popped out, but Matsui pasted a three-run homer, 8-3 Yanks. They only poured it on from there, with five more two-out runs after Posada’s ground out. Cano and Swish singled, and Melky the Once-Again Clutch doubled them both home, 10-3 Yanks. Jeter walked, and Brett the Jet’s ground-rule double to left made it 11-3. Teixeira then doubled Jeter and the Jet home, 13-3. Bruney and Edwar cobbled together three outs in the ninth, with Bruney walking two just to add some flavor.

Jeter was 3-5 with 3 runs, batting .332 and standing eight hits shy of 200 for what would be the seventh time in his amazing career. Melky the Once-Again Clutch has picked it up of late, going 2-5 with a run, his 27th double, and 4 RBI, giving him 63 RBI and a good .279 average. He is 19 for his last 53 (.359) going back to August 30. Matsui was 305 with his 24th homer and 5 RBI, giving him 81 this year and a .275 average. Cano was 3-5 with 2 runs, batting .318. Swish was 2-5 with a run, batting .252. Teixeira was 2-5 with his 38th double, a run, and 2 RBI, batting .282 with 109 RBI. A-Rod was 1-2 with his 15th double, a walk, and his 84th RBI, batting .287 before his ejection. He is a blistering 33 for his last 77 (.429) going back to August 21, driving in 21 and scoring 14 runs. JD was 1-3 with a run, two walks, batting .286, and his stupid miscue in left to cost the Yanks the run. Brett the Jet was 1-1 with 2 runs, and a double. Posada was 1-5 with a run, and Pena 1-2. After starting an abysmal 3-14 with RISP, the Yanks finished a strong 9-24, going 6 for their last 10.

The Yanks are back to 40 games over .500 with but 18 games to play, having reduced their magic number to 13 games. Joba goes tomorrow against Jered Weaver and the Angels in the make-up game.

Published in: on September 13, 2009 at 4:38 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. I know they have dominated Baltimore but this was an annoying series for a variety of reasons. Burnett needs to get himself righted ASAP, they hit poorly with RISP, and they had big innings dropped on them in back-to-back games.

    Anyway, the Mark Sanchez Era kicked off with a bang today. J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, GO JETS!

  2. Big test for Joba. Heading into October, we need to see more from him and AJ!

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