I’m back from a week in Ireland…what’d I miss?
Getting to watch tonight’s 11-5 destruction of the A’s is about the best way I can think of to get back into the swing of things. True, Dustin Moseley pitched poorly and, true, the A’s aren’t exactly the 1927 Yankees at the plate but there was still a lot to like about this game:
- The Yankees pounded out 13 hits to go with their 11 runs and chased Cy Young contender Trevor Cahill (4 9 8 8 2 2) early;
- Seven of the nine Yankee starters registered at least one hit (only Jeter and Granderson missed the hit parade);
- The Yankee 3-4-5 hitters (Teixeira-Cano-Swisher) went a combined 9-for-11 with three doubles, two home runs and nine RBI;
- Marcus Thames continued his absolutely ridiculous hitting, blasting his sixth HR in the past six games; and
- Javier Vazquez showed once again that he cannot be completely dismissed as a viable major league pitcher. In relief of Dustin Moseley, Vazquez (4.2 2 1 1 1 6) picked up his 10th win of the season.
The Yankees are 81-50, tied for first place with the Tampa Bay Rays. We all do a lot of complaining about a lot of things as fans but does anyone else realize that the Yankees are 31 games above .500? That’s pretty remarkable.