Saturday, September 3, 2011

Yankees win as Jesus Montero records his first major league hit

Here is my game recap from this afternoons victory over the Blue Jays.

The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon by the score of 6-4. Bartolo Colon made the start and pitched pretty well but not great. He got a no decision in this game. The bullpen was outstanding as usual and they were shorthanded with Rafael Soriano and Mariano Rivera not being available due to being used a lot lately. The offense saw Montero pick up his first major league hit and Robinson Cano deliver the big blow in the game.

Colon pitched 6 1/3 innings giving up four runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out seven. Boone Logan picked up his fifth win of the season pitching 2/3 of an inning and striking out one. Dave Robertson picked up his first save of the season pitching two scoreless innings. He gave up a hit and struck out three.

Brett Gardner had two hits and a walk, Derek Jeter had the day off and Mark Teixeira was still out of the lineup with a sore knee. Alex Rodriguez was back and had a hit and a walk, Cano had a hit and two RBI and Nick Swisher had a hit, RBI and a walk. Andruw Jones had a hit, Montero had his first major league hit and Eduardo Nunez had a hit, RBI and a walk. Francisco Cervelli had two hits and two RBI, Jones and Cano had a double each. Cervelli hit a homerun and the Yankees were 4-7 with runners in scoring position. The Yankees left six men on base. Gardner had two stolen bases and Cervelli was caught stealing and picked off.

In the second inning the Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead on a Adam Lind solo homerun and a J.P. Arencibia sacrifice fly. The Yankees came right back in the bottom of the second with three runs to take the lead. Nunez had an RBI single and Cervelli hit a two run homerun. In the third inning the Blue Jays tied the game at three on a Jose Bautista RBI single. In the fifth inning Dewayne Wise who had a great game hit a solo homerun, his first of the season to give the Jays a 4-3 lead. Cano had the big blow in the game, a two run double in the seventh to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead. Swisher added an RBI single in the seventh to give the Yankees a 6-4 lead which wouldn’t change.

The Yankees will be going for the three game sweep on Sunday afternoon. CC Sabathia will be on the mound. The Yankees remained ½ a game ahead of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East. The Red Sox also won on Saturday evening to keep pace. The Yankees are hoping that Teixiera will return to the lineup on Sunday and Jeter will be back in there after the day off on Saturday. The Yankees will be looking for Sabathia to pitch deep into the game to give their bullpen a break. Robertson won’t be available on Sunday but Soriano and Rivera should be. Montero should be making his second straight start at DH, after getting his first hit out of the way he will probably relax more now and his natural instincts should take over. It is amazing to watch Posada being fazed out and if Montero hits he will be on the postseason roster and make the team next year if everything goes right. The Yankees of course are trying to win a division title and that is the most important thing to them right now but the future is also important and they have seen a lot out of the so called young guns this season. Nova has a chance at rookie of the year, Nunez has done a lot of good things especially offensively and now Montero is getting his chance. Hector Noesi has also done a nice job this season in long relief.

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