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.
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.
And why Albaladejo followed was a mystery, given that we had Brett Tomko available. Wasn’t Bombko supposed to be our long man?
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.
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?
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.
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.
I hope he rests up for this weekend’s series against Philly – and for the chance to help extend the Yankees’ streak to ten.
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