Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ichiro Caps Big Day with Game Winner

Something that I did not mention about the afternoon game was that Ichiro got three hits. In part two of the double header, Ichiro continued after getting the start over Andruw Jones by getting FOUR more hits. The biggest hit of the night came off the bat of Ichiro, who finished the day with seven hits and four stolen bases! Those are crazy numbers and the trade paid off for today's game, even if it's the only game Ichiro makes a huge impact in. Another crazy number is how many runners were left on base by the Yankees tonight. Twelve runners were left on base but the only run that mattered was scored by Ichiro in the bottom of the eighth to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead which Soriano would hold on to and save the game. The Yankees swept the double header and go ahead of the Orioles by a full game. This is a series that the Yankees need to sweep and they are just one win away from doing so. By the way, the Yankees are on a four game winning streak. Things are starting to come along for the Bombers when they need it most.

David Phelps provided the Yankees with a stellar performance by going 6.2 innings and allowing one run on three hits. He was not at all helped out by the umpire but managed to work around the ump and got outs all on his own. The bullpen was fantastic tonight, capped off by Soriano's second save of the day to give him forty-two on the season. The Yankees will need to go out and score some runs tomorrow because I have a feeling the Blue Jays are not going down without a fight after getting swept in a day-night doubleheader.

Trying to stop the Blue Jays tomorrow night will be Phil Hughes, who is coming off perhaps his best performance of the season in Boston last week. Facing Hughes will be Aaron Laffey. The Blue Jays lineup is missing crucial home run power so if that says anything about Hughes, he should have a good night.

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