Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Warren, Huff Combine for Great Pitching in Win

The two pitchers combined for eight innings pitched, allowing a combined two runs. Adam Warren started the game and allowed both of the Blue Jays runs to score which would be all they get for the entire duration of the game. David Huff, a journeyman came in to pitch the game which was his to win or lose as Girardi didn't want to unload the entire bullpen after playing two games yesterday. David Huff was up for the challenge though as he tossed five innings, allowing no runs on one hit. He would walk four batters and things got dicey with the game tied at 2 when Romine threw the ball away as he tried to get Rajai Davis stealing second base. The ball went into center field which allowed Davis to get to third base with two outs and Adam Lind at the plate. Lind would ground out and the inning would end uneventfully for the Yankees. Other than in the seventh inning, the Blue Jays never really posed a credible rally against Huff and Warren. The two pitchers worked beautifully to keep the game tied besides the home run that Warren gave up to catcher Josh Thole.

The offense in the game came early for both sides and late for the Yankees to give them another thrilling late inning win against the Blue Jays who are now 0-9 at Yankee Stadium this year. RA Dickey pitched a fantastic game for his team, going eight strong innings and allowing only one mistake to an Alfonso Soriano who gave the Yankees another lead after going 0-17 following an incredible week that earned him AL Player of the Week honors last week. Soraino pounced on a Dickey mistake and drove it deep to left field to allow Mariano Rivera to pitch a scoreless ninth inning to collect his 37th save of the season. Rivera struck out two batters in the process and picked off Rajai Davis trying to get back to second base after hitting a double off Rivera. The Jays are a fundamentally flawed team and they continue to show it time and time again as they lose their third straight against the Yankees. Oh, and Ichiro collected his 4,000th professional hit in the first inning against Dickey to make the game extra special.

The only sore spot for the Yankees tonight came in the second inning when the red hot Jayson Nix was hit by a pitch which turned out to be a broken hand. Nix will obviously be sidelined for the foreseeable future. This may expedite the rehab process for Jeter who is beginning a rehab assignment in Scranton tomorrow night.

The Yankees go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon as they send Andy Pettitte to the mound to face the Jays. Pettitte pitched well in his last start against the Red Sox and will look to level his record to 9-9 against a faltering Toronto team. The Yankees are creeping closer to a playoff position and they need to continue to win games at this pace to make up more ground to teams like Tampa Bay, Boston and Baltimore.

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