The thrill of victory…
It’s always nice when the Yankees can snatch a win from the jaws of defeat. After blowing early 5-0 and 6-1 leads, the Yankees found themselves looking up to the Boston Red Sox on the scoreboard at 9-7 in the 9th inning. On a night when Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson were unavailable, the bullpen was horrific. Phil Hughes was not good in his worst start of the season, but he left with a lead which the Yankees failed to keep. Chan Ho Park, forced to go two innings by the depleted pen and fresh off the DL, gave up two home runs to give Boston its 2-run advantage headed into the 9th inning. With the Red Sox threatening to score in the top of the 9th with two outs, manager Joe Girardi called on Javier Vazquez to secure the final out. He was up to the task, as he struck out Kevin Youkilis with runners at first and third.
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So, the drama was set for the bottom of the 9th. Brett Gardner doubled to start the inning, and was on third following a fly out when Alex Rodriguez came to the plate. He jumped on the first pitch and deposited the ball in the left center seats to tie the game.
The next hitter (Robinson Cano) flied out for the second out, but Francisco Cervelli was hit by a pitch to bring Marcus Thames up for his opportunity. The man who homered off of Randy Johnson for his first major league home run found this night would be the most magical of his career. There was no doubt when Thames blasted Jonathan Papelbon’s pitch to left for the game-winning, walk-off two-run home run. No pies were safe following the game…
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It was a great night, and a very much needed win following the meltdown against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday (when Mariano Rivera gave up a bases-loaded walk followed by a grand slam to lose the game). It was tremendous to see Marcus Thames have his moment at the Stadium and for Javy Vazquez to get the win with just four pitches.
Today’s game, the conclusion of the two-game series, pits Josh Beckett against CC Sabathia. It should be a thrilling game! But then again, aren’t they all at Yankee Stadium? J
Like an old pair of shoes, Jose Veras has been tossed aside…
With the return of Mo’s set up guy, Brian Bruney, the Yankees had to make a roster decision and it meant the end of the line for Jose Veras (who was DFA’d). Veras could have protected his spot had he shown any flashes of his performance of last year, but it was not meant to be. I wish him luck wherever he goes, and hopefully he’ll recapture the promise of a year ago in a less pressurized situation.
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I wonder if Bruney got a congratulatory card from Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez for his return?
Umm, probably not…
I am on a business trip to Denver, Colorado, so I am a little removed from the baseball action. I know, the Rays are at Coors Field, and I can’t go…what’s wrong with that picture?
By the way, I used to live two blocks from Coors Field. I definitely miss those days!
Nevertheless, the Yankees did play a game tonight. The Washington Nationals are in the Bronx for a three-game series with the Yanks. Everybody is quick to say that it will be a three-game sweep, but I don’t think it will be that easy. The Yanks always have trouble against the teams they are supposed to beat, so I could see the Nats steal a win or two. Fortunately, tonight was not the night for the Nats as they fell to the Yankees, 5-3.
The Yankees led 2-0 until the 5th inning when Anderson Hernandez unloaded a three-run homer on CC Sabathia. Of course, that provoked an email from Julia (“You are losing to the Nats????”. But hey, 15-0 games are boring…or even the 8-2 yawner that the Red Sox put on the Florida Marlins. With 21 come from behind wins, now 22, the Yanks came roaring back in the 7th inning against old friend Ron Villone. Johnny Damon singled to open the inning, and he scored on Mark Teixeira’s double. Following an A-Rod strikeout, Robinson Cano hit a double that scored Tex. Cano was thrown out attempting to stretch the double into a triple. Ramiro Pena added an insurance run in the 8th inning with a RBI single.
Cano was clearly the star of the game as he went 4-for-4, with 2 RBI’s and a run scored. He also shined defensively.
CC Sabathia (6-4) picked up the win, and Mariano Rivera earned his 15th save. Brian Bruney made his first appearance following his stint on the DL, and came into the game during the 8th inning after CC walked another old friend, Nick Johnson. That brought the Nats’ best hitter, Ryan Zimmerman, to the plate. Hey Bruney, no pressure!
Fortunately, Zimmerman grounded out and the inning was over. Welcome back, Bruney! We don’t care what K-Rod says about you…you are the star of the 8th inning — exactly where we need you to be!
The Nats should have an excellent chance for victory on Wednesday with Chien-Ming Wang on the mound…
It’s sure is starting to sound like Brett Favre will be wearing Purple this fall. He is definitely making much reference to the fact that no one remembers that Vince Lombardi ended his career as Head Coach of the Washington Redskins. All I can say is that I am glad my childhood idol, Fran Tarkenton, retired with the Vikings. I don’t know what I would have thought if he had played with the Green Bay Packers during his final year, but I have to believe that it would have changed my perception of Sir Francis…
Oh, by the way, CONGRATULATIONS to the new NBA Champions, the Los Angeles Lakers!
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Now, if the Yankees can only win the World Series…