Saturday, June 23, 2012

Bombers Win via Bombs

On a night where the Yankees desperately needed to get a win, their home run bats came alive against Chris Young and Jon Rauch. Young was rolling along in the game, having allowed only two hits through six innings. However in the seventh he walked Teixeira then Swisher hit a ball to right that Duda leaped for but came up empty, putting runners on second and third with no men out. Ibanez then drilled a 3-run blast over the wall in right field to tie the game at 3. Chavez then came up with the bases empty and provided the Yankees with a lead that they would come away with at the end of the game. They didn't score any of their runs by playing station to station baseball, however the home runs were enough to win this game for the Yanks.

Ivan Nova pitched better than the box score showed. His infield made two crucial errors behind him, one coming from Jeter and another coming from A-Rod. Only one run scored as a by-product of those errors but it drove up Nova's pitch count to where he had to get pulled after 5.2 innings. The bullpen did its job. Rapada pitched a third of an inning with men on base and escaped that. Later, Robertson came out to pitch his eighth inning and after walking two batters, struck out the next two. Robertson still makes you sweat. I think regardless of the role that's given to Robertson, he will always be a pitcher who creates jams then most of the time, escapes them. The Yankees have won their fourth game against the Mets, with the rubber game of this series slated for tomorrow night at 8:05.

It's a sexy pitching match-up for tomorrow's game. 11 game winner RA Dickey gets the ball for the Mets. He will oppose lefty CC Sabathia. Both pitchers are coming off complete game victories. The Yankees have not been great against knuckle-ballers in recent years and with Dickey pitching, look for it to become an interesting Sunday night.

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