The Bomber’s offense put on a stellar show last night as they taillied their biggest number yet seen in the runs as well as hits column this season, battering Bartolo Colon for seven runs in two innings and hitting seemingly at will off of every Halo pitcher sent to the mound after him except for Chris Resop, who came on with the game salted away in the eighth, and even then it was some snappy glove work from Orlando Cabrera who handled a bullet from Jorge Posada to start the 643 that ended that threat. With 19 hits total, every Yankee contributed at least one hit and one RBI. Every player except Bobby Abreu and Miguel Cairo scored, and Cairo lost a stand-up triple and an RBI due to a questionable call of Robinson Cano not stepping on third as he rounded the base on his way to home in the bottom of the fifth; with Cano’s misstep, the inning ended and Cairo’s hit was scored a single. Despite all the crooked numbers in the box score, only two of the runs for either team came off the long ball; Alex Rodriguez hit a stinging line drive homer to left with Melky Cabrera aboard in the bottom of the sixth for his 29th of the season and 493rd of his career, tying Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff. Ignoring Cano’s (or Doug Eddings’) blunder, the Yankees were exciting to watch on the basepaths, with Johnny Damon swiping two bags, Cabrera one, and aggressively taking extra bases on hits with men on.
The Halos put on a bit of their own fireworks show as Andy Pettitte was not sharp, getting roughed up for 10 hits that resulted in eight earned runs in five innings. LA tied the game at 9 runs in the sixth inning as Chone Figgins slapped a low change from Edwar Ramirez for a single that scored two; Figgins was eventually erased on a base-running gaffe of his own. Except for a scary wild pitch, Scott Proctor looked very good, striking out three of five faced. His (heavily) breaking pitch and Ramirez’ change-up induced two check-swing strike-outs that Eddings seemed to thoroughly enjoy relating. Ramirez was awarded the win, a slight consolation for his blown save. Though there was questionable play in the field by both squads that certainly helped inflate the final offensive totals, in addition to the aforementioned double play there was some truly remarkable leather work on display, especially in the sixth inning when Maicer Izturis made a phenomenal, ranging stab of a grounder (again from Posada who easily could have been 5-5 on the night) across his body and glove-flipped the ball to Cabrera who turned the 463 to end the inning.
Today, Roger Clemens goes for career win number 351 and his third win of the season as the Yankees look to return to .500 and win three games in a row or more for the fourth time on the year. John Lackey is on the mound for the Halos. Opposing hitters are batting .238 off the righty, a season career best if he keeps it up, as would his 3.04 ERA be. Lineups are in the extended; comment away.
|R. Willits lf||.317/.408/.375|
|C. Figgins 3b||.317/.367/.404|
|O. Cabrera ss||.333/.372/.453|
|V. Guerrero rf||.323/.417/.551|
|G. Matthews Jr. cf||.282/.343/.443|
|C. Kotchman 1b||.297/.372/.502|
|G. Anderson dh||.273/.274/.413|
|H. Kendrick 2b||.295/.322/.426|
|J. Mathis c||.000/.000/.000|
|J. Damon dh||.253/.341/.355|
|M. Cabrera cf||.278/.336/.392|
|D. Jeter ss||.342/.414/.472|
|A. Rodriguez 3b||.319/.416/.668|
|H. Matsui lf||.273/.353/.453|
|J. Posada c||.329/.399/.509|
|B. Abreu rf||.261/.351/.369|
|R. Cano 2b||.276/.317/.420|
|M. Cairo 1b||.247/.297/.301|