Nine In A Row Is, Like, Psychedelic!

The Yankees’ 7-4 win over the O’s didn’t feature late inning heroics. In fact, it was already 6-0 by the end of the second. But it was their ninth straight “W” and second straight series sweep, and it had its share of drama nonetheless.
Joba struck out Roberts to begin the first, then Jones lined a comebacker off Joba’s knee. Ouwww. After two more batters, he left the game, limping.
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His x-rays were negative, but still. I’m tired of the Orioles hurting my players even if they don’t mean to. Remember the slap I gave Guthrie last night? Well, here’s one for Jones.
Moving on, Alfredo “Ace” Aceves relieved Joba and threw three-plus scoreless innings for the win. Don’t ask me why he wasn’t left in there, considering that he was a starter in the Mexican League.
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And why Albaladejo followed was a mystery, given that we had Brett Tomko available. Wasn’t Bombko supposed to be our long man?
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Offensively, the Yanks continued to hit the ball hard. Four doubles in the first? No biggie. And Cano’s two-run blast in the second? So much for the slump I keep waiting for him to have.
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With Damon sitting out the game with a sore neck, Robbie filled in nicely in the two hole. I’m wondering about A-Rod though. He went 0-for-4. Is he staying up too late partying with his new flame?
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At least she’s his age, although he did promise he’d stay out of the tabs. I’ll be glad when Posada’s back in the lineup behind him because Matsui, despite tonight’s homer, isn’t scaring opposing pitchers.
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And finally, although Aceves rescued the game, it was Mo who saved it in a seemingly effortless 1-2-3 of Jones, Markakis and Huff. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the man is a deity.
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I hope he rests up for this weekend’s series against Philly – and for the chance to help extend the Yankees’ streak to ten
(Last call for the Favorite Fan Moment photo contest. Voting ends at midnight on Friday. Very soon the winner will own his/her own Flip Video Cam!)

24 comments

  1. luckylori

    9 in a row??? Now it’s just getting weird. Hope Joba’s okay. That’s always scary. I spent a little chunk of time today familiarizing myself with the whole Happy saga. Wow. I’ve decided to keep my ballhawking in the bedroom. Less bad press. 😉
    Lori
    http://luckylori.mlblogs.com

  2. kozmo

    Nine straight is tremendous, seven games over .500 and looking formidable for a change. Big-time praise for Aceves for pitching 3 /3 good innings after going 2 the night before. I too wondered why not Tomko, other than possible distrust, since Aceves had just gone. Holy Ramiro Mendoza!

    Good to see Cano lighting it up again. I have to give Melky a lot of credit, too. The guy is playing consistently good ball.

    Jason from The Heartland
    http://heartlndpinstripes.wordpress.com

  3. mikeeff

    i’d agree–robbie coming out of his mini-slump is a great sign. whenever he descended before it could take weeks for a re-emergence. i like his confidence. i love the whole team’s confidence. aside from alby staying in one inning too long, the pen did a heck of a job. this team expects to win…it just has to make a difference.

    http://www.michaelfierman.net/_/Blog/Blog.html

  4. Yankees Reality Check

    Jane – Is that a Bollywood slap you just laid down on Adam Jones? Awesome. I returned home from the gym last night to find Aceves on the mound warming up. Then I had a mini heart attack because I didn’t know what happened to Joba.

    Thank goodness for Robbie Cano, among others. Truly a team effort.
    http://yankeesrealitycheck.mlblogs.com

  5. dschaub@gpo.gov

    Number 9 — love it — esp. because as an old geezer, I am OFTEN repeating that Beatle beginning in my aging head… so, thanx again! Yes, ’twill be good to get Posada back, but let’s let him just bat and keep our Kiddie Corps of Catchers right where they are (I know, I sound like Jersey Bob)…talked to my office’s Philly Phan, and he says that tonite’s starter (Myers?) will usually give up a long ball or two, so it could be fun fun — but we should know enuf not to assume anything…even the NATINALS win a game sometimes (that’s not exactly a typo — ask their uniform makers)!!

  6. Jane Heller

    Julia, I finally went and checked out Happy’s blog and now I see what the controversy is. Yikes! When I was a little kid, I once asked a movie star to sign my menu at a restaurant. That’s the extent of my “snagging.”

    Joba seems to be OK, Lori. Just a bruise, although it’s not clear that he’ll be able to make his next start. I hope it doesn’t throw his mechanics off. He was just getting them ironed out.

    LOL, Steve. Have I mentioned that there IS a new magic pen? I think Sue asked me about it yesterday. I haven’t posted a picture of it, because I’m too superstitious!

    Perfect 10 sounds good to me, Cheshirecat. Fingers crossed. Toes too.

    You’re right, Jason. Credit to Melky for his consistency. And how can we resurrect Mendoza? He’s been our missing link. Has he been reborn in the body of Aceves?

    Mike, they’re playing with confidence and they’re winning – and they’re winning because they’re playing with confidence. A nice little circle. I agree on Cano. He seemed as if he was slumping and I figured that would be it from him for a month or so. But he bounced right back – a great sign.

    Yes, Yankees Reality Check. A Bollywood slap indeed! Whoever injures the boys will get one or something similar. Glad you missed the Joba incident. It was a little scary to watch.

    I take nothing for granted, Dave. I know the Phillies will be formidable. They didn’t win the WS for nothing. If we could just win the first game in the series….

    It’s the same team, Jeff, with a few new parts and a few old parts that finally started hitting.

  7. Jane Heller

    Maybe I should kidnap some Phillies before game time, Sue. Utley? Rolllins? Howard?

    Six is pretty great too, Kaybee. And aren’t you relieved Jake said no to the White Sox?

  8. Yankees Reality Check

    Umm…if you’re going to kidnap Ryan Howard, can you bring him over to my place? I love that guy!

  9. jewsonfirst and http://brooksrobinsonrules.mlblogs.com/

    I guess we can call Adam Jones a 6-tool player, with the 6th tool being the ability to aim the ball with his bat in search of enemy targets. Too bad he couldn’t do that in Spring Training during intrasquad games. That would have saved us from disasters like Adam Eaton.

    They better be making moves right now. The “experiment” isn’t working at all.

    Ken

  10. Jane Heller

    You can kidnap Howard and I’ll kidnap Rollins, YRC. Whatever it takes!

    Adam Jones will be huge for you guys, Ken. I was so impressed with his arm in center, plus he can hit. And yes, his “sixth tool” is his ability to line comebackers at the opposition. I feel your frustration with the results lately, but at least you’re playing the Nats this weekend. 🙂

  11. Erin Kathleen

    I’m just glad the Yankees are beating someone else for a change. Although, maybe all of those losses were a good thing. Apparently it just made the Twins really mad and they took it out on the White Sox yesterday (and hopefully the Brewers tonight). By the way, I think we should really thank Brian Cashman for sending Wilson Betemit to the AL Central. That is the gift that keeps on giving.-Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com

  12. Dillon M

    We’re only 1.5 games back of the top spot in the AL East. As I’ve said so many times during this streak, if the Yanks continue to win and Red Sox beat up on the Jays, we’ll be back in this race in no time. I guess I was pretty much right on.
    -Dillon
    http://demboysfromthebronx.mlblogs.com

  13. Jane Heller

    Hey, Erin. I thought you’d forsaken me after the Yankees swept the Twins. 🙂 I’m glad your guys came out swinging after our series and showed some fire. Maybe it’ll be just what they need to get it going.

  14. Jane Heller

    You were right on, Dillon. But now we have to keep it up because the Sox are hot too. The race is on!

  15. crzblue2

    Jane,
    When I saw the name “Aceves” and the mariaches I thought “She cannot be talking about the Mexican singer back in old days that my dad & uncles used to listen to. ” I did not know you had a pitcher with that name. the one I was thinking about is Miguel Aceves Mejia


    Emma
    http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

  16. Jane Heller

    Emma, I wish I’d had that video when I was writing the post! It would have been perfect. Yes, Aceves is our pitcher who was a starter in the Mexican League. He’s been great for us so far.

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