The Yankees pounded the Tribe 11-4 last night, taking three of four from a rather hapless Cleveland team.
Despite the final score, this was a tense game until the top of the sixth. Dustin Moseley -- spot starting for the injured Andy Pettitte after Sergio Mitre showed he wasn't up to the task five days ago -- was fantastic, throwing six innings of four-hit, one-run ball. Moseley got into some trouble in the first, but once he settled down it was fairly smooth sailing. Between Moseley's effectiveness as well as the fact that starter Mitch Talbot had to come out of the game after the second inning with an injury, forcing Manny Acta to coax seven innings out of his comical bullpen, it would've been insane if the Yankees had not been able to pull out the victory.
Of course, the first five innings were a ridiculous exercise in frustration, as the Yankees managed to put runners on first and second with no outs from the 2nd through the 5th inning and somehow only managed to score one run. When Derek Jeter came to the plate in the 6th with two outs and a man on second, the Yankees were o-10 with runners in scoring position at that point in the game. Thankfully Jeter -- who I've really been riding the last day or so -- delivered, and the Yankees would never look back.
In the seventh, the Yankees would end up sending 10 men to the plate after Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez made the first two outs of the inning. As great as pitcher's duels can be, I personally love seeing the Yankee offense come alive and absolutely dismantle the opposing team, and so the seventh inning was a ball for me.
A-Rod knocked three runs in and came to the plate with the bases loaded three times, but obviously #600 will have to wait another day. Jeter and Curtis Granderson had two RBI apiece, while Tex and Brett Gardner walked three times each. Speaking of walks, Cleveland pitching handed out 12(!) of them, which Andy from NYaT was kind enough to point out tied the Majors' season high for walks issued in a nine-inning game.
When the Indians brought third baseman Andy Marte in to pitch the ninth, I thought for sure the Yanks would be able to pick up lucky #13, but of course Marte went ahead and retired the Yankees in order for Cleveland's first 1-2-3 inning of the night since the 1st.
Chan Ho Park did his thing in the ninth, giving up three runs, but thankfully even CHoP couldn't vulture this victory. Why is Park still on this team again? Additionally, aren't we trying to rebuild Joba Chamberlain? Seems like the 7th, 8th nor 9th innings would've been the perfect time to give Joba some low-leverage work. Oh well.
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