Five-run seventh blows game open.
This isn’t fair. We pay $5 for a water bottle at Yankee Stadium and they won’t even pay us back by telling us what these ridiculous “Joba Rules” are. I guess we will just be surprised like we were today. The Yankees pulled out Joba after pitching three innings of two run, four hit ball. He gave up a very quick run on a Podsednik lead off triple and an RBI ground out. Then he gave up another run in the third, scored by Alexi Ramirez. It’s a little odd though, Joba only threw 35 pitches, so it wasn’t the pitch limit, it was an innings limit. What if he had thrown 90 pitches in three innings? Don’t tell me it wouldn’t be different, very odd, very questionable.
Aceves was great. He came in relief and pitched three scoreless innings to earn his Major League leading 9th win as a relief pitcher.
Lets talk about Derek Jeter. With two hits today, he is now 11 away from breaking Lou Gehrigs franchise record. He started rallies in the first and third. The third was highlighted by Johnny Damon’s career tying 24th home run of the season.
Then there was the big seventh inning. After Garcia left the game, who pitched pretty well, the Yankees pounded the White Sox bullpen. The rally, and ultimately the game, was capped off by a Mark Teixeira “Teix” message that drove in three Yankee runs.
Damon left the game with cramps in his calves. He says he expects to be in the game tomorrow. Jerry Hairston Jr. replaced him and hit a sac fly as a part of that five-run seventh. Seems like every time he comes in the game, he does something right. What a pick up for the Yankees.
Player of the Game: Mark Teixeira: 1 for 3, 1 R, 4 RBI, HR, SF
With a win today, the Yankees go 4-2 on the road trip. They hit their high water mark at 34 games over .500, with a record of 82-48. Boston beat Toronto (big deal) so the Yankees maintain their 6 game lead in the division.
Coming Up Next:
The Yanks fly to Baltimore and open up a three game set tomorrow. The first game is Pettitte (11-6, 4.18) against Guthrie (9-12, 5.26). Look out for Jeter sneaking up on Gehrig during this road trip. If there isn’t a huge slump, the record will likely be broken on this road trip. Jeter will finally be recognized as the star that he truly is.