Patience, Pen Help Yanks To Comeback WinPosted: July 19, 2011
This went from looking really bad in the first two innings to very good by the end of the game. We haven’t seen the Yankees come back to much this season so when they did tonight, it was that much sweeter. Let’s recap:
- AJ Burnett showed us exactly why he is not worth $16.5 million per year and exactly why we can’t rely on him to be the number two starter. The first four Tampa hitters of the game reached base safely on a walk, single, double, single leading them to three first inning runs. He then allowed a run in the second and by the end of three innings, he had walked four hitters.
- Burnett settled down to an extent only walking two over the next 2.1 innings, only allowing two walks, two hits, and holding the Rays scoreless in that stretch.
- Hector Noesi came into the game in the sixth with one out and runners on first and second. He got a fly out but then walked Casey Kotchman to load the bases for BJ Upton who he struck out looking. He then threw a scoreless seventh, working around a one-out single. He continues to impress.
- The Yankees did score a first inning run on a Robinson Cano fielder’s choice that plated Curtis Granderson. However, after that bats fell silent and the Bombers looked awful against the rookie, Alex Cobb. They weren’t working counts and weren’t forcing Cobb to labor.
- In a 4-2 game in the eighth, Cano led off with a single followed by a Nick Swisher walk. Andruw Jones then pinched hit Jorge Posada and flew out. Joe Madden then went to his closer, Kyle Farnsworth, showing everybody how much he wanted this game. Russell Martin then singled, followed by a Brett Gardner singled to make it 4-3. Eduardo Nunez then grounded to short and it would have been a double play, but Nunez beat it out thanks to a great take out slide by Gardy at second, tying the game at four.
- So we went to the ninth tied and Tampa went to Alex Torres to make his MLB debut since they were short on pitching after last night’s 16-inning marathon. Torres allowed a lead off single to Granderson who stole second after Mark Teixeira struck out. Cano then hit a grounder to move him over. In a surprise move, they intentionally walked Swisher to get to the lefty-hitting specialist, Andruw Jones, who wound up walking anyway. R-Mart then came up, worked a full count, and walked in the go-ahead run.
- Mariano Rivera would come in and pitch a perfect, eight-pitch ninth to nail down his 24th save of the season. David Robertson would get the win after throwing a perfect eighth as he struck out two. Something else worth noting is the fact that every Yankee who had an at-bat, got on base at least once.
I think that this is one of their best wins of the season. They looked really bad on both sides of the ball through the first few innings, but fought back, got good relief pitching, and were able to grind out a win somehow. These same two teams will meet tomorrow at the same time for the second game of this four game set.