Mike Mussina was stellar for 7 innings tonight, leading the Yanks to a 6-4 win at the Cell. His dazzling array of 83MPH fastballs, 73MPH curve balls and 63MPH change-ups had a powerful ChiSox lineup tied in knots all night. He did give up two long balls, but both were solo shots. You can live with that.
The fact that he went 7 innings was key, especially with the dynamic duo coming up in the rotation and no way of knowing if either will go 5. Most impressive about Mussina's start tonight was his downright shocking display of emotion. Not once, but twice the rusted old robot broke into a smile (see photo above for an example of what a robo-smile looks like). One came after he fielded a pop up because the Yankees stationary first baseman was nowhere to be found. The second came when Joe Girardi tried to remove Mussina from the game in the middle of the bottom of the seventh but Joe was told he did not have permission to make the move by catcher Jorge Posada. Hilarity ensued in the dugout after the inning.
Posada, Damon and the Melk Man provided all the offense the Bombers would need, but Moose was clearly the story of the night. The Giambino also picked up his first stolen base of the season.
Mo came in to bail Hawkins and Traber out of their mess in the 8th tonight and went five up, five down for his sixth save of the season.
Phil Hughes will try to right his own ship and finish off the sweep tomorrow against Gavin Floyd.
Player of The Game: Mike Mussina
Team Record: 12-10
Damon's Broken Bats: Don't ask.