Yanks Blast Mariners 10-1

The responded big after the stunning walk-off loss Friday night, getting a top-flight performance from The Big Guy and loads of offense in a 10-1 blowout win.  C.C. was outstanding and survived a line drive off the chest.  Thankfully he was OK.  Matsui pasted his 26th homer, and Teixeira creamed two and nearly had a third, getting a triple instead.  Cano also supplied four hits, including three doubles, and some great defense.

The Yanks got on the board in the first when JD singled and Teixeira cranked one to deep center, with the ball sailing just over the wall only to have a great play by Gutierrez bring the ball back over the fence, giving Teixeira an RBI triple instead.  It saved a run, for the Yanks failed to plate Teixeira.  After Cano led off with a double in the second and JD with a double in the third, the Yanks also failed to score them then, with in fairness another great defensive play resulting in an unassisted, inning-ending DP in the third off a hot shot from A-Rod.  Still, it was frustrating because the Yanks were hitting Fister hard, but had just one run to show for it as a result of going 0-7 with RISP through three.

Thankfully Carsten Charles had everything under control.  He got out of a first-and-third jam in the bottom of the second by whiffing Wilson with a nasty slider.  He got out of a first-and-second situation in the third by fanning Beltre with the aforementioned slider of doom.  The Yanks rewarded his work in the fourth when Matsui crushed a homer deep into the second deck, 2-0 Yankees.  After C.C. set the Mariners down in order, the Yanks exploded for four in the fifth before recording an out.  Consecutive singles from Cervelli, Jeter, and JD made it 3-0, and Teixeira hit a laser to right, 6-0 Yankees.

Things got scary in the bottom of the fifth when that infernal Gutierrez singled off C.C.’s massive chest, prompting fear in me and most others, no doubt.  Yet he was fine, but A-Rod’s throw on Lopez’s grounder, for A-Rod threw it away, allowing Gutierrez to score an unearned run, 6-1 Yanks.  But that was all Seattle would get.  Teixeira made a great catch leaning into the stands for a foul ball to end the fifth.

Cano had another double to lead off the sixth, and Cervelli singled him in but was thrown out trying for two,7-1 Yanks.  Still, how terrific is it to see Cervelli contribute.  It is not too dramatic to say Cervelli held a hard line for the Yanks with his solid play in May, when both Posada and Molina went down within the same week, and the team was struggling without A-Rod.  This is obviously not to say that Cervelli saved the season.  But his surprisingly good offense and defense unquestionably contributed at a vital time, and that he came to be trusted so quickly by a new and unfamiliar staff were key ingredients to the Yanks playing better ball.  It wasn’t just A-Rod’s return.

C.C.bore down the rest of the way and was again great, earning his 18th win with an outstanding effort–7 IP, 4 hits, 2 walks, 8 K’s, and an unearned run on 105 pitches/69 strikes.  I don’t want to make it sound banal or predictable, but I am just not surprised the Yanks won last night’s game.  I texted Mike and Frank the Sage beforehand saying I had faith in C.C. for just that reason.  The guy has been highly dependable, durable, going deep into games with excellent performance after excellent performance.  Last night was no exception from The Big Guy.

The Yanks added on late to remove any doubt, with Bruney and Albaladejo mopping up.  Cano doubled yet again–45 doubles on the year for Cano is outstanding–and Melky the Once-Again Clutch singled him in, 8-1 Yanks.  Teixeira homered to lead off the ninth, 9-1 Yanks.  Brett the Jet singled, Juan Miranda got involved in the party with a single that moved him to third, and Freddy Guzman’s sac fly scored Gardner, 10-1 Yanks.

Teixeira was The Man last night, going 4-5 with a triple and two homers, his 36th and 37th, and 5 RBI raising his league-leading total to 118, and his average to .289.  The guy has been absolutely outstanding this season at the plate and in the field.  Behind Mariano and Jeter, Teixeira, C.C., and Matsui are tied as my favorite Yanks.  Teixeira has endeared himself to us that fast with his play.  He makes that lineup extremely tough in the heart of the order.  Cano had a sterling night, going 4-5 with 3 doubles and 2 runs, batting .323.  45 doubles on the year is fantastic.  JD was 3-4 with 2 runs, his 34th double, and his 77th RBI, batting .290 and making the order tough as well.  Matsui’s homer was his 26th with 86 RBI, batting .280.  He is also making it tough to say that he won’t be back, for replacing his excellent productivity will not be easy.  Cervelli was 2-4 with his 11th RBI, batting .279 as a third-string catcher.  I’m not saying he is Johnny Blanchard in 1961, but he has been good, far better than expected.  Melky the Once-Again Clutch had his 64th RBI, and Jeter, The Jet, and Miranda had a single apiece.

The big win reduced the Yanks’ magic number to 9, and raised them to 41 over .500.  They are six ahead of Boston in the East (5 in the loss column), and 6 1/2 ahead of the Angels for home field (six in the loss column).  They are but two games from the playoffs.  They go for the series win today with Joba (8-5, 4.39 ERA) facing Ian Snell (6-10, 5.17 ERA).

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