Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A-Rod Breaks Record and Catapults Yankee Win

Rodriguez watching his grand slam leave the park

Mike Minor was dominating the Yankees tonight. He was getting strike calls that were questionable based on my MLB app and the Yankee hitters were doing their best to figure him out. Unfortunately that did not come against Minor. Instead, the Yankees beat up on the bullpen. Venters loaded the bases in the eighth inning and A-Rod came to the plate. He battled Venters and the count went to 3-2. A-Rod took the next Venters pitch deep into left field for his 23rd career grand slam, tying the Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig. The slam meant more than just tying an all-time legend. What was important about the home run is that it tied the game at 4. Two batters later, Nick Swisher would drive in the go-ahead runs on another long ball. The night was made more special by the grand slam that Alex Rodriguez hit and it helped the Yankees win. A-Rod has been terrible with runners in scoring position all year but tonight he gets a pass.

Swisher rounding the bases after hitting go-ahead two-run homer

CC Sabathia was not great tonight. He set the tone early by allowing a bases clearing double to Matt Diaz and gave up only one more run after that. He went seven innings after throwing over 25 pitches in the first inning. That's what a work horse gives you. CC Sabathia gives the Yankees length no matter how his night is. However, his last few starts have been sub-par and he needs to figure out his fastball command. After his laboring he ended up with the win because he left the game right before the six runs were scored.

 The Yankees now have the best record in the American League and hold a 5 game winning streak that began against the Mets. The Yankees will go for the series sweep tomorrow and send out Kuroda to pitch after his brilliant game against the Mets last week. He will go up against veteran Tim Hudson, who is 4-2 with an ERA just under 4.

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