Sunday, June 24, 2012

Yanks Edge Mets to take Series

What was supposed to be a pitching duel between two of the best pitchers in baseball turned out to be somewhat of a slug fest for the Yankees. The Mets scored 4 of their 5 runs with two outs, just like they have been doing all season. The defense on both sides was terrible tonight. The Yankees, who entered tonight's game with the fewest errors committed in the league, made 3 errors behind CC Sabathia. Chris Stewart made two of the three errors. His second error however, should have been charged to Robbie Cano. Stewart made a perfect throw to second base and Cano let it trickle into center field. CC Sabathia was not great tonight. His pitch count climbed early and led to his eventual early departure. Cory Wade came in and surrendered the tying run in the sixth inning. After Wade, the rest of the bullpen was lights out, specifically Boone Logan. He has become a premiere reliever in the game.

To atone for his errors in the field, Cano came up in the eighth inning and drilled a solo home run past the big apple in center field. It was his 16th home run and it gave the Yankees the lead which would be the difference in the game. The Yankee offense scoring all their runs via the long ball still frustrates me, but what frustrated me even more in this game was the second inning. Teixeira gets held up at third base on a base hit by Raul Ibanez that should have scored him. He was halfway between home and third and would have scored easily on the throw based on where the ball was when he was between third and home plate. The run would have given the Yankees an additional run that would have helped them later in the game. Nevertheless, the Yankees win the game by a score of 6-5 and take 5 out of 6 from the Mets in the season series.

Tomorrow, the Cleveland Indians come to Yankee Stadium to play three games. Tomorrow's starters are Josh Tomlin for the Tribe and Hiroki Kuroda for the Bombers. The Indians have been playing well this year and the Yankees have won two in a row.

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