In an exciting game that went to the 14th inning, Yankees outfielder Melky Cabrera hit a beautiful shot to deep right that went into the seats, giving the Yankees a 9-7 win over Oakland. This was the Yankees third win in a row.
Today’s game also marked Jeter’s 2,000 as a Yankee. He is sixth on the list of most games played as a Yankee.
Oakland got on the board first with a three-run HR in the 2nd inning by Kurt Kiyoshi Suzuki. Initially, it looked like an Oakland fan (he was wearing a huge green poncho) reached over the wall and stole the ball from a jumping Johnny Damon. However, for the second time in three games, the umpires went to instant replay and determined the ball would have landed over the wall anyways.
The Yankees didn’t wait long to answer. Hideki Matsui, who has finally remembered that he’s actually a good hitter, smacked one to right-center for a solo shot. Not to be outdone, Cabrera hit his first homer of the afternoon, a shot to left-center into one of the bullpens, cutting the lead to 3-2.
The A’s, who were looking for their first win in 4 games, answered back quickly with a series of hits that scored a run when Derek Jeter made a decision to go the plate to try to stop Jason Giambi from scoring. The problem: no one was at home plate. Jorge Posada made the decision to run to first, to back up the double play, thinking Jeter would turn two and let the run score.
After the Yankees tied it up in the bottom of the 4th, Jeter smacked his 4th home run of the year to give the Bombers a 5-4 lead. By the way, Captain Clutch did not hit his 4th homerun last season until June 13 and he finished will 11 overall. Although I doubt he’ll hit this many homers, but if he keeps it up, Jeets is on pace to hit 43 this season.
After Oakland tied it back up at 5-apiece in the sixth, Captain Clutch hit a two-out double, scoring Cody Ransom. Mark Teixeira then followed with a single to right, scoring Jeter and giving New York a 7-5 lead.
CC Sabathia was the starter today, and despite allowing 7 runs, he was able to keep the Yankees in the game. His final numbers were 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 K. After getting two outs in the 7th, Sabathia allowed two more runs and Oakland tied the score at 7.
The Yankees bullpen then kept the A’s scoreless for the rest of the game, including Jose Veras, who managed to pitch 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing no hits and only one walk. Yes, the same Veras who has a 5.59 ERA this season.
The Yankees now have a scheduled day off Thursday before traveling to Boston for a three-game series against the Red Sox. This will be the first time the two rivals will face off.
Player of the Game: Melky Cabrera (2-6, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR, 3 SO, Game-winning-walkoff-HR)
Honorable Mention: Jose Veras (3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 4 SO)