Aug 30, 2007

Break out the brooms!

The Yanks top three outpitched Boston's top three. Yankee pitchers allowed just six hits in the last two games. Wang pitched six hitless innings today before a 7th inning single. He reached 96 on his sinker, and held David Ortiz hitless (with two Ks). Their offense is very different without Manny (who sat out the last two games with a muscle strain).

Joba may have been throwing at Youkilis. Even though Joba's control isn't great yet, he put two fastballs in the exact same spot (over Youkilis' head) - perhaps it was retaliation for Arod getting hit in game one. However, he is a 21-year-old rookie with just 10 innings of major league experience who throws 95+. Joe Torre made a good point in the postgame show that if the umpire thought there was intent behind the first pitch, why was there no warning issued?

Robbie Cano had a plurality of the offense, crushing two HRs off Schilling (both to Death Valley), which would have been enough but the Yanks tacked on three against
Okajima (who's frankly been pitching over his head most of the year). Edwar relieved Joba and fanned Lowell and popped up Drew to end the game.

Horacio Ramirez goes for Seattle tonight against Cleveland. A loss would give the Yanks sole possession of the wildcard lead.

Phil Hughes goes tomorrow against Tampa's Andy Sonnanstine.

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