I come to you tonight from deep within Red Sox Nation: Smack dab in the middle of Cape Cod. I proudly drive my car around adorned with Yankees pride – hopefully I don’t get jumped. Anyways…
What a phenomenal way to start the second half of the season. In a 10 game homestand, the Bronx Bombers managed to post a 9-1 record. True, they faced two of the worst teams in baseball this season: Baltimore and Oakland, but the team also managed to sweep the Tigers.
Most importantly the team demonstrated it had an ability to win games in a multitude of ways. They beat the Tigers with great pitching – winning games 5-3, 2-1 and 2-1. The defense and pitching was great the entire homestand. Despite one bad inning thrown by Al Aceves in Saturday’s loss, opponents never scored more then 4 runs in a game.
In Sunday’s game, Oakland got off to a fast start, getting 2 runs in the top of the 1st off of Yankees starter Sergio Mitre. The Bombers answered quickly and took the lead 4-2 in the bottom half of the inning. After Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon got on base, Hideki Matsui hit a two out single, scoring Jeter.
After Nick Swisher walked, Robinson Cano demonstrated he can consistently hit RBI’s by smacking a bases clearing double to deep right-center.
Oakland took the lead back in the sixth, 5-4 on a homer by Ellis, but the lead didn’t last long. Derek Jeter hit a 2-run single and Mark Teixeira hit a 1-run single to put the Yanks on top for good 7-5. Phil Hughes, Brian Bruney and Mariano Rivera held the A’s scoreless for the rest of the game, with Rivera earning his 29th save of the season and fifth of the homestand.