Tex’s Two Homers Lead Yanks To 5-3 Victory

Finally, now that we have an earlier game, I can write an extended game recap for today’s game.  The Yankees went for the series win today with Bartolo Colon pitching, who was coming off of his first complete game shut out since 2006.  It was a scary one to watch at times, but a win is a win and the the Yanks took the game by a score of 5-3.

Nice face, Tex. (Chris Carlson/AP Photo)

Bartolo Colon was not great, but he was okay.  He wasn’t his usual economic self, but did get through each of the first two innings innings in 1-2-3 fashion.  However, he had a tough third giving up a lead-off homer to Mark Trumbo and then another run later on in the inning due to some hits.  He bounced back though to get through the fourth very easily.

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Bart gave up another run in the fifth which made it a 4-3 game at the time.  Then after giving up a double and then getting a ground out he was taken out in the sixth.  His final line was 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, and 90 pitches (56 strikes).  He threw a lot of fastballs early, but the Halo hitters caught on he had some trouble adjusting.  It was enough for him to earn his fourth win of the season though.

The Yankee bullpen did bend, but it did not break in this very close game.  David Robertson came in to relieve Colon in the sixth and after getting an out walked two to load the bases for Maicer Izturis who he struck out swinging on a nice 2-2 curveball.  he truly is the fireman.  He then started out the seventh and got an out, but Joe Girardi decided to go to Joba Chamberlain for the eighth, who gave up two hits, but got through the rest of the inning.

Joba stayed out for the eighth after an insurance run was added to make it a 5-3 Yankee lead.  He worked around a one-out walk, getting a double play ball to get him out of trouble.  Mariano Rivera came in for the ninth and actually allowed two hits and let the Angels get it to first and third with one out, but he got a double play ball to end the game and nail down his sixteenth save of the season.

Each of the Yankee relievers that were called upon had trouble, but got through it.  Like I said a win is a win though.  D-Rob and Joba needed a combined 62 pitches to get eight outs.  The one thing that leaves Yankee fans scratching their heads is the way Girardi avoided using Boone Logan against lefties.  What’s his future?

Just a bone-head play. (Chris Carlson/AP Photo)

This road trip has been defined by power and pitching and today’s game was a microcosm of that.  The Bombers once again jumped on the board early in the second with a Brett Gardner RBI double.  In the third, Mark Teixeira hit a solo shot to double the lead and make it a 2-0 game.  In the fifth, in a 2-2 game, Tex came up big again with his second homer of the game to make it 4-2.  He now has the second most homers in the Majors with 18 behind Jose Bautista (20).  In the eighth, Nick Swisher provided a big insurance run with a solo shot of his own off the foul pole to make it 5-3, a lead that would hold.

Every Yankee starter was on base at least once except for Francisco Cervelli who went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.  Mark Teixeira obviously had the biggest day of any bat going 3-for-4 with three runs batted in and two runs scored.  Curtis Granderson also went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored and Derek Jeter went 1-for-5, putting himself 14 hits away from 3000.  Jorge Posada also had a nice day going 2-for-4 with a double, but was tagged out trying to go for three, a play that looked downright dumb.

So this was a great way to end the road trip for the Yanks, not only winning the series in Anaheim, but also winning six of their last seven and going 6-3 on this tough west coast road trip.  They have an off day tomorrow and will begin a home stand on tuesday playing host to the Boston Red Sox.  They better use tomorrow to rest up a lot.

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