Nine Straight Wins And Counting For Yankees

The New York Yankees continued to roll on their drive towards first place in the AL East by winning their ninth straight game, a 7-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium, completing a three-game sweep of the O’s.

This sweep followed a four-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins over the past weekend, and victories in the final two games against the Blue Jays in Toronto before the Twins series, increasing the Yankees record to 24-17, placing the Bronx Bombers in a virtual three way tie for first with the Blue Jays (27-17), and Red Sox (25-16).

After a scary top of the first inning when Yankees starter Joba Chamberlain was knocked out of the game by a hard line drive off his right knee by Adam Jones, the Yankees exploded for four runs in the bottom of the first on a lead off double by Derek Jeter; a RBI double by Robinson Cano; a RBI double by Mark Teixeira; and, a two-out, two RBI double by Melky Cabrera that scored Tex and Nick Swisher, who walked, for the early 4-0 lead. 

Robinson Cano (3-for-4) blasted a two-run homer in the second inning to give the Yanks a 6-0 lead; and, after the O’s scored a run in the top of the 5th, Hideki Matsui hit a homerun in the bottom of the 5th inning, that completed the scoring for the Yankees, and gave the Bombers a 7-1 lead at the time.  

Thank God the X-rays of Joba Chamberlain’s knee were negative; and, Joba said, he was “100 percent confident” that he would make his next start against the Rangers in Texas on Tuesday.

Alfredo Aceves (3-0) replaced Joba, and pitched brilliantly over 3.1 innings of work to earn the victory in this game.

The Orioles scored two more runs in the top of the 6th, and another run in the 7th, all off Jonathan Albaladejo, who, to say the least, was not effective [at all] in his 2.1 innings out of the bullpen, as he allowed all four Oriole runs.

With the score now 7-4, Jose Veras built the bridge to Mariano Rivera who closed out the Yankees victory with a scoreless 9th inning, recording his ninth save of the year.

The Yankees open a big three-game series this Memorial Day Weekend against the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies, starting Friday night, May 22, 2009, with A.J. Burnett (2-1) on the mound for the Yanks against Brett Myers (3-2) for the Phillies.    

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4 comments

  1. juliasrants

    Jimmy – good to see you back blogging! I was glad to hear that Joba wasn’t hurt to badly in the game. Seems like both our teams had a tough start to interleague play. Hope you are having a great long weekend!

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  2. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Emma …

    Yes, Alfredo Aceves has pitched very well for the Yankees since being called-up this year … Same as last season when Aceves came up as a starter, and had a few solid pitching performances !!! … Alfredo Aceves will be used mostly as a long reliever, pitching two or more innings in various games out of the Yankees bullpen the rest of this year; but, it’s a long season, and teams never have enough pitching … So, it is possible at some point Aceves may start a game or two before the season is over !!! … That would be fine with me ’cause I think Aceves could be a very good Major League pitcher if he is given a chance to start on a regular basis !!!
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    Thanks for the visit, Emma; Have a great weekend !!!
    — Jimmy Curran, “BY&L”

  3. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Julia …

    Joba was hit with a hard line drive off his knee, but as of this weekend he says he will be ready to pitch in his next start, Tuesday, against the Texas Rangers !!! … Hopefully, he will be okay in all of his upcoming starts !!!
    .
    Well, the weekend did start out badly for both the Yankees and Red Sox, as they both lost their game on Friday … But, there were some interesting turn of events on Saturday with the Yankees beating the Phillies 5-4, scoring three runs in the bottom of the 9th for the victory; and, the Red Sox lost to the Mets 3-2 on a very dramatic two-run homer by Omir Santos in the top of the 9th at Fenway !!! … The Yankees and Red Sox are now tied with a record of: 25-18 …
    I really do not like interleague play !!! … I would much rather have the Yankees playing the Red Sox, and the Phillies playing the Mets this weekend !!!
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    Take care, Julia; Have a great weekend !!!
    — Jimmy Curran, “BY&L”

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