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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Swisher, Suzuki Significant in Series Sweep
I figured that alliteration would be fitting after tonight's game being that the Yankees have swept the Blue Jays. Nick Swisher and Ichiro Suzuki had their hitting shoes on tonight as they drive in seven combined runs of the Yankees ten total runs scored. Ichiro put the Yankees on the board with a laser home run in the third inning. After that, the Yankees would figure out Laffey because in the following inning, Ichiro scorched a ball to the right field wall for a two-run double and Swisher would add on with a grand slam to give the Yankees an 8-2 lead as the game turned into a laugher. The home run by Swisher was his third grand slam of the season and the Yankees tenth slam of the season, tying a club record set in 1987 then in 2010-11. Derek Jeter also had a key single in the Yankees seven-run fourth inning to re-load the bases for Swisher's home run. The Yankees, with the help of their offense tonight, did what they needed to do and swept the Toronto Blue Jays out of the Bronx as they get ready to face a real contender who started the Yankees slide two months ago.
Phil Hughes did not contribute much in terms of tonight's win despite the "W" getting placed next to his name. Hughes allowed two runs to score before the Yankees would even score a run and barely made it through the fifth inning after allowing a two-run homer to Moises Sierra. Despite his lackluster performance, Hughes earns his sixteenth win to lead the Yankees starting staff in wins.
Tomorrow night, the Oakland Athletics come to Yankee Stadium as the Yankees try to give them a taste of their own medicine. CC Sabathia hopes to turn in a decent start after not doing well in several straight games now. I will be at the game tomorrow night, hoping for a victory and a six game winning streak.