Sep 13, 2006

I Hate Umps Like This

You know, the inconsistent types. First inning: he squeezed Lidle out of at least 3 strikes. This wouldn't be a big problem if he kept the same zone throughout the game, but he didn't. The first inning had a tight k-zone, but afterwards he was calling strikes for high and away, high and inside, and low and inside pitches. That's what is most frustrating - not the poor calls, but the shifting strike zone.

Anyway, a good offensive win. Lidle didn't really help by allowing 4 runs in 4 innings. But this lineup can destroy mediocre pitching. There's really no soft spot. As Torre said, having Matsui back allows other guys to rest - tonight it was Posada. And they really got contributions from only 4 hitters: Jeter, Arod, Giambi and Cano. No one else had a hit.

Cano was the hero of the game, driving in 5 runs. His 'clutchiness,' which started out low earlier this year, has been improving since he came off the DL. A sac-fly, a 2-out, 2-run shot and a bases loaded double.

Jeter's streak continued with a first inning single. He now has the longest Yankee hit streak since Mattingly's 24 in 1986. Very impressive.

8-4 Yanks (with Boston's shutout, the Magic Number is 7).

3*: Cano, 2-3, HR, 2b, r, 5 rbi
2: Arod, 3-4, HR, 2 r, 2 rbi, sb
1: Bruney, 2 ip, 1 h, 0 bb, 2 k, .71 Yankee era
1: Giambi, 2-3, r, bb

PS: Francisco Liriano injured his elbow again and will miss the rest of the season. I know this may sound bad, but seeing as the Twins will likely be our LDS opponent, it should only help in our title quest.


Anonymous said...

Its nice to see Robbie Cano lead the charge against the D-Rays. It completely makes up for last year. Besides, isn't it just nice to see his light up after a big hit?

Travis G. said...

It IS great to see a future/upcoming star lead the way. And his smile is infectious. But what do you mean by 'it makes up for last year'?