At first I thought….Uh-oh. He’s getting people out but he’s throwing a lot of pitches. And then, before I knew it, he hadn’t given up a hit. Was it possible that he would shut down the Rays completely – the same team that had mauled us the night before?
Clearly, this was a different game altogether. The deeper CC pitched, the better he pitched. Didn’t he and Cervelli have a nice rhythm? Meanwhile, the Yankees kept scoring. Cano, Jeter, Tex (he finally got hot!), A-Rod, Gardner – everybody seemed to contribute in one way or another. But how about the defense! I was so proud of our infield, in particular. I mean, they did everything they could to keep the no-hitter going. People talk about A-Rod’s hitting (congrats to him on his 1,000th hit as a Yankee), but he made some plays at third that were just stunning. And Tex. Seriously. How did the Yankees even win a game with Giambi at first?
CC was four outs – four measly outs! – away from history when Kelly Shoppach lined a single to left in the 8th. So much for the no-no, but what an entertaining, well played contest. The Yankees were on the happy-face side of the 10-0 blowout, my favorite place for them to be.
Apparently, CC treated everybody to a round of drinks after the game to celebrate.
Yikes. See that blonde next to him? I guess I might as well just come out and admit it: it’s me. I can’t remember what was in the glass I’m holding, but it was really delicious. And in case you’re wondering what I said to CC, it was: “Just get them all back to the hotel at a decent hour, so they’ll be ready to beat the Rays on Sunday afternoon and win the series.” He promised he would.
P.S. Last call for the Cooperstown Cookie Contest, which ends on Sunday at midnight. If you like cookies and haven’t entered, you’re missing out.