What a difference a day makes, huh? I’m sure most Yanks fans were feeling what I was feeling yesterday as we watched Justin “Mediocre” Masterson just tear through the Yankee lineup into the 7th inning. What happened next took some of the sting out of what was an absolutely unforgivable loss the previous day:
Bottom of 7th Inning
-Nick Swisher singles on the second pitch of the inning against Masterson. I thought nothing of it other than a touch of relief that Swisher was able to swing the bat after he had violently collided with the RF wall the previous half-inning;
-Juan Miranda works a 3-0 count, takes a strike and then weakly grounds out to first base. The Indians tried to start a 3-6 double-play but fortunately Swisher got to the bag in time;
-Brett Gardner’s speed gets him to first base on an infield single, advancing Swisher to third;
-Frankie Cervelli pinch hits for Chad Moeller and strikes out. The catcher’s spot in the lineup went 0-for-3 with 3 K’s (and a SF) today;
-Captain Intangibles steps to the plate with two outs and represents the tying run. In increasingly irritating fashion, Jeter again swings at the first pitch (his plate discipline has been absent in 2010). Another strike and ball later, Gardner takes off for second and Jeter is now in a 1-2 count with two outs…until he puts a “Jeterian” swing (as Sterling would call it) on a low pitch and slices it to right field for a two-run single! Brett Gardner scored on a close play at home, coming in just split seconds before the ball arrived for a tag;
-Granderson doubles and advances Jeter from first to third;
-Teixeira steps up and at this point I’m at least pumped up that the Yanks have shown a little life in this game. Because it’s Teixeira and I’m losing confidence in him daily I make no assumptions that he’ll actually drive a runner in but at least it’s putting the pressure on Cleveland for a change. Teixeira battles back from an 0-2 count to even it at 2-2 and then BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE! A three-run homer into the second level of LF bleachers and the Yanks have completed the comeback, all with two outs and after spending the first six innings looking foolish against a guy better suited to middle relief.
The Yanks added two more runs in the bottom of the 8th and took the game 7-3. Because of the magnitude of Teixeira’s homer the unsung hero/forgotten man was AJ Burnett. Burnett tossed a gem, going 8 strong innings of 5-hit/0-walk ball and allowed only 1 earned run while striking out 8. He had full command of his fastball and breaking pitches and, thanks to Teixeira, he picked up his 6th win (against 2 losses).
Yanks go for the series win this afternoon. I want this one. There’s no way we should be splitting at home against one of the worst teams in baseball.