The Yankees overcame a great outing by Carl Pavano to come away with a 7-3 victory to close out their series with Cleveland. The former Yankee disabled-listee looked fired-up before the game and brought his best stuff to the mound today, holding the Yankees to one run and four hits in six innnings.
After yesterday’s 22-4 beat down, I was interested to see how the Yankees would respond. AJ Burnett was the starter and did a great job i his two previous starts to recover from losses in the previous games. Burnett was less then stellar, but still kept the Indians to under three runs in 6 and 1/3 innings.
Burnett, who had struck out 15 and walked only two in his first two outings only managed 2 K’s today, while walking seven. Still, he allowed only three hits and left only 2 and 2/3 innings for the bullpen.
Jonathan Albaladejo finished the sixth inning for the Yankees, keeping the Indians off base. Brian Bruney pitched another perfect inning in the eighth. He didn’t record any strikeouts, but was dominating still.
Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth, allowed one hit, but retired the rest of the lineup to preserve the win. Since the lead was 4 runs, he does not get credit for a save.
Pavano pitched three perfect innings for the Indians before allowing a Derek Jeter double, followed by a Mark Teixeira single which scored Jeter and cut the deficit to 3-1.
Fast-forward to the seventh, when Robbie Cano hit a double, followed by a Hideki Matsui single, scoring Cano. The, with two outs, Jorge Posada hits a pinch hit homerun, scoring Cody Ransom and giving the Yankees a 4-3 lead.
When it appeared that a fan might have interfered, the umpires took a look at the replay. The replay showed the ball actually appeared to bounce off the fan, who was behind the wall, then hit the wall and bounce into play. The umps ruled the ball would have gone out, had it not been hit by the fan.
Ransom then put the game out of reach in the bottom of the eighth with a towering pop-up to left field that Indians left-fielder Shin-Soo Choo seemed to lose in the sun, clearing the bases and giving the Bombers a 7-3 lead.
The Yankees will play their 12th straight game without a day off tomorrow, a 7:05 start against the Oakland Athletics.
Player of the Game: Jorge Posada (1-2, HR, 2 RBI, game-changing HR)
Honorable Mention: Cody Ransom (1-4, 3 RBI, sacrifice-bunt/fielder’s choice)