After opening up the season series 5-5 against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees have won the last 5, including Wednesday night 4-2.
On a historic night that saw Derek Jeter tie the iconic Lou Gehrig with 2,721 hits as a Yankee, the Bombers rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the eighth inning to win the game outright. The Yankees have won 4 in a row, 12 of their last 14 and are 41-13 since the All-Star Break.
For the first time since September 30, 2004 when the Yankees were 100-59, the team is now 41 games over .500. Derek Jeter is fifth in the AL with a .330 BA, Mark Teixeira leads the league with 106 RBI and is second in homers with 35 and CC Sabathia is tied for the league-lead in wins, with 16.
The Yankees got ahead for good off a three-run homer from Jorge Posada. Alex Rodriguez had started off the inning with a single, and later scored on an error that allowed Nick Swisher to get on base.
Joba pitched horrible and demonstrated he might not be ready for postseason play. He pitched his customary 3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and 1 walk. He was pushed deep into counts, and threw a disappointing 55 pitches – too many for only throwing 3 innings.
Jonathan Albaladejo pitched the seventh and the eighth innings to earn the win. His out-of-the-bullpen record is 5-1 now.
The Yankee continue their “tour of the AL East teams” with a three-game home series against Baltimore. Then, they have a make-up game against the Angels on Monday and a quick, two game series against Toronto in the Bronx.
At 91-50, the Yankees are on pace for 108 wins or more. What a finish to the season!