Fifty-five games later, the Yanks are over .500, hopefully for good.Tonight's win
was dramatic, nerve-wracking and about 3 outs away from never happening. Had the Yankees not taken the lead in the top of the 12th, LaTroy Hawkins was coming into the game. We all know how that would've ended
Several things to note from tonight's game. Farnsworth was dominant, and he was pitching in consecutive games. The ability to bounce back with no rest is going to be key for Farnsworth the rest of the way. Edwar gave up his first run of the season on a solo bomb. It was a great run to start the season for the kid, and I expect him to start another one right away.
The Yanks were the aggressors in this game, against a younger, faster team. A-Rod stole two bases (let's not talk about his idiotic caught stealing), Damon stole one and Abreu did as well. Damon's speed set up the game-winner when he went first to third on Jeter's single up the middle. Bobby Abreu has been on an absolute tear, and the most amazing thing about it is the counts that he's getting these hits on. It seems like he goes up there looking to fall behind as quickly as possible, then he does his best work with two strikes. I don't know why he bothers to argue with umps over questionable calls anymore.
The Wanger did not have it tonight. It was blatantly obvious from the first inning that his sinker was not sinking. He did settle down for an inning or two, relying on his slider for K's, but it caught up to him later on. This is his fifth straight start without a win, the longest stretch of his career, I believe.
This is the second consecutive game in which I've had no problem with any moves made by Joey Jr. That's definitely his longest streak of the season. Probably the one decision that saved the game was to keep Veras in for the 8th instead of going to Farnsworth. The extra inning of work Veras gave extended the pen enough so they could avoid using Hawkins and get the ball to Mo with the lead. I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention the Houdini act Ohlendorf pulled off in the 10th and 11th innings. He made the mess himself both times, so it's not that great, but he did wiggle out both times without blowing the game.
By the way, this day last year was the official turning point for the Bombers. They won at Toronto in the "Ha" game, to bring their record to a dismal 22-29 (actually it was May 30, 2007, but who's counting). From that point on they finished 72-39. They were 13.5 games behind the Sox on this day in 2007, today they're 4.5 back. If this ship is truly righted, the Yanks have more than enough time to take this division, and more.
The Ras takes the mound tomorrow against Blackburn.Player of The Game:
Bobby AbreuTeam Record: