I didn’t know what to expect from Joba on Sunday against Detroit. Sure, he’d had a good outing against the Tigers at Comerica, but that was 1,000 years ago in baseball time. Would he give the Yankees five innings of full counts and endless conferences with Jorge? Or would he re-surface as the aggressive, emotional, hard-throwing Joba of old? Luckily, it was the latter who showed up.
He went six-plus, struck out eight and yielded only one run on three hits, and he pitched quickly, without those interminable strolls around the infield that bored his teammates (and me). When he got into trouble, he was able to wriggle out of it, even after Swisher pulled one of his Three Stooges routines on Granderson’s fly ball.
(Psst: How about using Hinske in right when Melky’s in left, Joe?)
Edwin Jackson pitched well enough to win, just as Verlander did on Saturday, but once again A-Rod went deep and the Yanks tied the score at 1-1. Tex’s solo homer in the sixth put us ahead for good.
With those two getting hot at the same time, the Yanks have a formidable 3-4 combo. Speaking of combos (I’ll seize on any excuse to throw a pic of The Mick up here)…
…I’ve got to say that the Hughes-Mo tandem continues to blow me away. I know Hughes won’t throw scoreless innings forever and Mo won’t convert every save. But wow. Hughes was sensational again and Mo earned #508. They’ve been a couple of magicians lately.
With the sweep of Detroit and Boston’s loss to Roy Trade Rumor, the Yanks are only a game out of first. I can’t get too excited about this, since we’re only in July. But it sure beats hanging out in the cellar.
As happy as I am about the Yankees’ sweep, I’m so sorry I missed Old Timers Day at the Stadium. Apparently, it was televised on TBS at 8:30 a.m. here in California. Who knew? I was sitting around reading the New York Times and missed it. But I did get to see pics like this.
And my question is…Why do men sprout bellies when they get older? Do all their fat cells just gravitate to the spot above their belts? Do these three guys have any idea that they look like this?
Oh, well. I hope they all had a great time in the Bronx.
P.S. Here’s a photo of Yankee she-fans Peggy and Diane, who “met” through their comments on this blog and then got to say hi for real at yesterday’s Old Timers Day. I feel like a matchmaker! It’s great when bloggers and fans connect through the game they love.