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Thunder Storms in Balti'mo

The Yankees lineup slumps as a team and hits as a team. The slump: Wednesday night. Fourteen innings, fourteen singles, and a 1-for-14 effort with runners in scoring position was the epitome of the Yankees’ recent bout of anemia. The hits: Robinson Canó’s 2-RBI double in the 15th inning not only broke the singles brigade and the RISP issues, it was the beginning of an avalanche of offense.

Derek Jeter led off the game with a double, and Curtis Granderson followed with an RBI triple off the top of the right field wall. A productive out by Mark Teixeira had the game at 2-0 before some people realized the game had even started. Later in the inning, Brad Bergesen drilled Cano, walked Russell Martin on four pitches, threw a wild pitch and was forced to walk Jorge Posada to load the bases. Nick Swisher unloaded the bases with a double. 5-0 after a half inning. Score truck idling on Eutaw Street.

Ahead to the fourth inning, where Brett Gardner and Jeter hit back-to-back triples, and then Big Teix went yard. 9-0 and pray the rain held out. It did. The game was official. Tack-on runs in the fifth and sixth. Even Eduardo Nuñez belted a home run to cap the scoring.

The early barrage was more than enough for CC Sabathia, who was on auto-pilot from the get-go. About as economical as he gets: average of 14 pitches per inning through his 8 IP, and struck out nine. No walks. Seventy-seven percent of his pitches went for strikes.

As good as CC was, make no mistake, this game was about the offense. Up and down the lineup, it was like a huge exhalation. A channeling of several days of frustration. The Yankees did what they’re supposed to do: destroy bad pitching. And the timely hitting was there. Eight of 13 runs were scored with two outs. They went 6-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

This was the type of victory the Yankees needed. Now if they could only have this kind of effort against teams other than the Orioles…Wait, how about the Mets?

* Jorge Posada was in the field, at first base, and went 1-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored, and two walks. His long flyball out to center field in the eighth inning has him 0-for-25 vs. LHP this season. A great note on Posada, though, from YES Network’s Jack Curry, via Twitter: Since he asked out of the lineup Saturday, Posada has reached base in 7 of 9 plate appearances.

* Another beauty from Mr. Curry: Swisher had 4 RBI tonight. He had just 3 in his previous 17 games.

* When Sabathia was removed in favor of Amauri Sanit for the ninth inning, the Yankees extended their MLB record streak of consecutive games without a complete game to 337.

* Courtesy of Larry Koestler at YankeeAnalysts, the Yankees have never had their starting pitchers go 8 innings on consecutive nights. Sabathia and Bartolo Colon just did it.


1 Mattpat11   ~  May 19, 2011 11:16 pm

I'm assuming the 2011 Yankees have never had their starters go 8 innings consecutively

2 Boatzilla   ~  May 20, 2011 2:19 am

I hope we don't see Posada at first much more. The team is vastly better with Texiera in the field.

3 RIYank   ~  May 20, 2011 8:16 am

[2] As long as Russell Martin is playing third, I'm happy.

4 Ben   ~  May 20, 2011 8:17 am

You gotta give ol' pisshands some time in the field somewhere, I think. Clearly, the guy needs it, for ego or focus or whatever. First base has got to be a safer spot than catcher to stash him, right?

5 rbj   ~  May 20, 2011 10:00 am

[1] Yeah. Can't imagine there hasn't been a time in the 1930s, say, when the starters didn't have back to back complete games.

[4] With all his concussions, Yankees have essentially banned Jorge from catching again. Dr. Andrews can't repair brain injuries.

6 Ben   ~  May 20, 2011 11:23 am

5. Ah. I didn't know that about Po. It didn't make sense how he'd gone from starter (admittedly not good) to not even a backup catcher. Concussions were the missing piece.

That sucks. Concussions are one of those toughness things that must be hard for athletes to contend with.

I'm glad I'm just a guy. Getting old is hard enough without everyone watching and weighing in.

7 Ben   ~  May 20, 2011 11:25 am

1. hasn't happened since Wells and Mussina in 2002...

Wells and Mussina - sounds like a really bad singing duo

8 Chyll Will   ~  May 20, 2011 11:41 am

[7] Depends on your opinion of Loggins and Messina >;)

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