Bats Back Colon In 7-5 Win

The Yankees needed to win this series and thankfully, they did.  This last game made me sweat a little more than I wanted to in the end, but I guess a win is a win, right? Let’s recap:

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  • Bartolo Colon was good, not great.  He allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out only four over seven innings of work.  He looked very good during the first couple of innings, pounding the zone with his fastball, but seemed to lose some confidence in it as the velocity dipped and relied a little more heavily on his off-speed stuff.  I guess it’s good though that he was able to find another way to win, but it is a little bit of a red flag.
  • The Yanks scored their first run in the second. on a RBI single from Andruw Jones that plated Russell Martin and cut a 2-0 deficit to 2-1.  In the fourth, Eduardo Nunez put them on top with a 2-run double to give the Bombers a 3-2 lead, a lead they would never relinquish.
  • The dynamic of the game didn’t really change until the sixth.  Derek Jeter led of with a walk followed by Curtis Granderson’s 27th homer of the season.  But it didn’t stop there like it usually does.  Mark Teixeira singled, Robinson Cano grounded out (which got Mark to second), Nick Swisher struck out, Martin singled, and Jones hit an infield single to bring home Tex.  This made it 6-2 and chased Gio Gonzalez from the game.
  • With 6-2 lead going into the eighth, Joe Girardi felt that for some reason going to David Robertson was necessary.  D-Rob had thrown 20+ pitches yesterday and with a game pretty much in hand, didn’t think this needed to be done; I would have gone with Cory Wade.  Robertson gave up two before leaving runners on second and third with two for Mariano Rivera, who was able to get out of the jam with a 6-4 lead still in tact.
  • The Yankees added an insurance run in the bottom of ninth on a Derek Jeter RBI ground out, but Mo still had some trouble nailing this one down.  He got Eric Sogard to ground out to lead it off, but then Jemile Weeks singled and Coco Crisp followed with an infield single.  Hideki Matsui was the next batter and he added his fifth hit of the day to make it bases loaded and one out.  Josh Willingham, the next hitter, was able to squeeze single in front of Brett Gardner in left, who was playing no doubles defense.  After that though, Mo induced a soft line drive to first and Teixeira was able to step on the bag and double off the pinch running Ryan Sweeney.
  • Russ Martin had two hits as did Andruw Jones. Derek Jeter went hitless, but did walk twice, score a run, and drive one in.  And Eduardo Nunez continued to make quiet contributions with a 2 for 4 day as he drove in two runs and scored one.  On the other side, Hideki Matsui had a perfect 5 for 5 day, which is just ridiculous.

As Michael Kay would say, “It was nice to put this one on the left side.”  This is a nice win going forward and with seven games left on the home stand.  Next up is the Seattle Mariners who come in having lost fifteen straight.  Let’s see if the Yanks can keep that going.

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