Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Yankees with a dramatic win over the Jays

The New York Yankees were losing 4-1 in the eighth inning and this was  fast moving game.  It looked like another one of those games where the Yankees just don't look that good and they would have to try and avoid a sweep at home against the Jays on Wednesday afternoon.  Then with two outs in the eighth they got an RBI double by Robinson Cano and a Russell Martin RBI single, suddenly the game was 4-3.  In the ninth inning with one out Jorge Posada hit a pinch hit double, Chris Dickerson pinch ran for him and go tto third on a Jeter groundout in the shortstop hole that he almost beat out.  Granderson hit an RBI single to tie the game and then stole second he scored the winning run on a Mark Teixeira hard smash off of the first baseman Juan Riveras glove.  A wild celebration ensued and Teixeira got the pie in the face although he turned away from it at the last second.  This was only the second walk-off for the Yankees this season and they badly needed a game like this.  Here are some postgame notes. 

Forty percent of the RBI this season from Granderson(14 of 35) have either tied the game or given the Yankees the lead.  He has been their MVP so far this season and also playing outstanding defense in center field.  He said he was just trying to get something to handle and it is a mental battle with yourself.  He said you just have to try and put the ball in play hard somewhere. 

Posada said going to second was as soon as he fell down he thought he would have a chance so he took the chance and made it.  Posada said he was only going to pinch hit if Gardner got out because if not they would of bunted with Eduardo Nunez. 

Russell Martin is three homeruns shy of his total for the previous two years with the Dodgers. Sabathia pitched a complete game which was the first nine inning complete game win by a Yankees starter since Sabathia did it on May 8, 2009 in Baltimore.  The Yankees went 341 games without a nine inning complete game win by a starter.  It was the longest such streak in American League history.  This informatiion was from Elias. 

There was nothing new with Rafael Soriano.  He is going to see Dr. Andrews which isn't good news.  He had to shut himself down again yesterday and who knows how long he will be out.  The Yankees will have to make due with Joba Chamberlain and Dave Robertson as the main set up guys now.  It may be a double whammy for the Yankees who could lose Soriano for the season and then be stuck with him next year because he won't be able to opt out. 

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