Sep 9, 2006

Yanks Finally Beat Loewen

It seems like this guy has our number, but not today, as Wang was able to hold down the O's as the Yanks scratched across 2 runs.

Wang is now tied with Johan Santana for most wins with 17. He'll be right there among the Cy Young candidates. Another great outing, and especially sweet today because he did it on the road, where his era is 2 runs higher. He would have allowed no runs except that he missed with a 2-out, 2-strike fastball that was lined to center, scoring Millar, for his only earned run. Wang didn't even have great stuff today. It was average, or even below average stuff. His fastball didn't hit 96 as often as normal, and he was missing locations with it. However, his slider and change were the best I've seen from him in a long time. From the notes: the Yanks have won 20 of Wang's 30 starts, nearly a quarter of their 84 wins. It's always nice to win, but doing it without Giambi, Arod, Rivera, and a pinch-hitting Abreu is even better.

Jeter's hitting streak is a career high 19 with 2 more today, putting his average up to .344. Mauer isn't in the lineup today, but he's at .348.

Kevin Thompson had a no contact day, 2 walks and a strikeout. As a matter of fact, I don't think he took a swing today. Great job by Damon and Jeter manufacturing the insurance run in the 9th, because Farnsworth came in and gave up a solo shot to Millar - what a fastball hitter he is.

3-2 Yanks

3*: Wang, 7.1 ip, 1 er, 8 h, 0 bb, 1 k
2: Damon, 2-4, 2b, r, rbi
1: Jeter, 2-4, 2b, rbi

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