Phil’er Up!…

 

The Yankees continued their winning ways on Tuesday night despite Brian Bruney…

 

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After Alex Rodriguez had hit a two-run homer in the 7th inning to break a 3-3 tie with the Seattle Mariners, Bruney came on in the 8th inning and promptly surrendered the lead.  There was much controversy over whether Joe Girardi should have left Phil Hughes in the game.  Hughes had pitched a perfect 7th inning and given his current effectiveness, it would seem that he is ideally suited for setup work.  Nevertheless, the bullpen is stronger if Bruney is pitching right and the last thing that Girardi needs is more 8th inning controversy.  So, it was probably the right decision to go with Bruney despite the result.  Hughes is pitching great right now, as is Phil Coke, but there is no guarantee that will continue.

 

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Bruney, of course, set himself up to get the victory, thanks to the Yankees’ late inning heroics.  Hideki Matsui led off the bottom of the 8th with a double.  Brett Gardner entered the game as a pinch runner for Matsui and advanced to third on a bunt single by Nick Swisher.  Melky Cabrera followed with a double to score Gardner.  Derek Jeter then singled to bring home both Swisher and Cabrera, giving the Yankees the final margin of victory, 8-5.

 

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From there, it was up to the great Mariano Rivera who quietly eliminated the Mariners in the top of the 9th and earned his 501st career save.

Mo had also thrown out the first pitch so he opened and closed the game.  Very appropriate…

 

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, left, congratulates closer Mariano Rivera last night after Rivera recorded his 501st career save. The Yankees defeated the Mariners 8-5. Kathy Willens/The Associated Press

Kathy Willens/AP

 

Joba Chamberlain continued to take heat for another underwhelming performance.  He pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up 9 hits and 3 runs.  He also walked 3 batters and struck out 4.  He allowed a home run to the light-hitting Ronny Cedeno in the 3rd.  It’s tough to criticize.  On one hand, I recognize that he is not pitching as well as he could or should, but conversely, he is keeping his team in games (the Yankees are 10-5 in games started by Chamberlain).

 

Noah K. Murray/The Star Ledger  

 

After the game, Joe Girardi offered this assessment of Chamberlain:  “He had too many long counts tonight. It seems like when he gets in the long counts, he slows down a little bit. And it seems to work against him … Joba is not what you would call an experienced big league starter. There’s some growing pains that you go through in learning how to pitch at this level.”

 

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Eric Hinske arrived in the Bronx today following the trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  His flight to New York last night was cancelled because of weather conditions, so he had to catch a flight to New York today.  Ramiro Pena was sent down to AAA-Scranton/Wilkes Barre to make room for Hinske.  He seems to be saying the right things:  “It’s awesome to get on a team like the Yankees.”  Hopefully, he fills the void that the Yankees need from the bench with corner infield and outfield support.

 

David Zalubowski/AP 

 

It was nice to see the Boston Red Sox blow a 10-1 lead and lose to the Baltimore Orioles, 11-10, on Tuesday night.  The loss allowed the Yankees to close the gap to 2 ½ games.  But earlier today, the tables were turned as the Red Sox overcame a 5-1 deficit to win 6-5 in extra innings.  So, Boston’s lead has been increased to 3 games pending tonight’s outcome.  Julia‘s favorite player, Julio Lugo, delivered the winning hit in the 11th inning.  Jonathan Papelbon became Boston’s all-time career saves leader with 133, breaking a tie with Bob Stanley.  It was his 20th save of the season.  Personally, I would have preferred another Orioles victory…

 

Brian Roberts

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Oh well, let’s just focus on closing the gap back to 2 ½ games…

 

 

Go Yankees!

–Scott

5 Comments

Bruney better get it going to make the road to Rivera easier.
-Dillon
http://dillonm.mlblogs.com

3 1/2 – I like 3 1/2!;-)

I have no idea what to make of Lugo! But I think he will be here for a while longer – Lowrie is getting his knee checked; it has not been right since he was hit by a pitch last week. I don’t think we can take the M*A*S*H tent down anytime soon. And how nice that Hinske can “talk the talk”; wonder if he can “walk the walk”? lol! Hey – wonder if the Nats would give up Julian Tavarez to the Yankees? Maybe if I sent you a Life is Good Hat…… ;-)

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com

Hey scott, no worries the yankees will catch up

Johnny
http://13mlb.mlblogs.com/

Okay – it’s still 2 1/2 games. Game on my friend! ;-) And sorry – but I like Red Sox wins SO much better! lol!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Why is it that the YES announcers always bring up the weirdest tidbits of useless info during games? Joba Chamberlain’s girlfriend (Ashley) who is an actress (on a Disney channel show called Life with Derek) was eating a Subway sub in the stands. ummm….sure. We need to know all this why? I guess they got sick of talking about another Red Sox player joining the team? :)
Ginny

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