Tonight’s game in Atlanta saw some old and some new. Andy Pettitte and former Red Sox, Derek Lowe went head to head in an Old Timer’s match-up and Cody Ransom came back to the lineup from a 60 day DL stint to play second in place of Robinson Cano (wrist soreness). Yanks prevaled 11-7. Yankee bats continued to be hot off of last night’s win, winning two straight now, and taking sole ownership of 2nd place in the AL East with a Toronto loss.
Yankees started the first on fire with a Derek Jeter single, followed by hits from Johnny Damon, and an Alex Rodriguez 2 run shot. Scorng for the first ended there but not before a Jorge Posada walk and singles by Nick Swisherand Brett Gardiner. This was just to beginning of the demise of Derek Lowe. I take such satisfaction from saying that. ARod’s home run (563) tied him with Reggie Jackson on the All Time home runs list, albeit he has yet to really hit like Mr. October. Let’s hope that changes for THIS YEAR’S post season.
The Braves came back with a run of their own in the 1st scoring Larry (Chipper is stupid) Jones (1B) off an Yunel Escobar double. Pettitte seemed to strain somewhat from the first pitch, even though he held the Braves scoreless for the next two innings afterwards. Derek Lowe just plain crapped out, unsucessful at retiring a single batter in the 4th, prompting his ex-chowdahead ass to the dugout early. The Yankees 4th would be the last pitched of the faltering as of late pitcher as he was replaced by, what seemed to be all of the Braves bullpen for the rest of the game. The Yankee bats remained hot, scoring one more run in the 2nd and three more in the 3rd, giving Pettitte some cushion with a 8-1 lead after 3 1/2 innings of play…when the Yanks veteran got stopped up in the Braves half of the 4th.
Pettitte was nailed for 5 runs during the Braves 4th as Atlanta hit around the order bringing the score to 8-6, starting with an Garrett Anderson single and ending with an Anderson strike out delivered by Alfredo Aceves. This inning was sloppy for the Yankees defensively with an Gardiner dropped ball to shallow center. Bottom line, Pettitte didn’t have it. It seemed that the veteran was pooped out, struggling, sweating and wincing at times, perhaps back soreness. Aceves came in and was solid, keeping the Braves scoreless through to and incuding 6th, being replaced by Phil Coke in the 7th.
Yankees top part of the 7th saw the bats come alive again after a two inning drought, with Jeter and Damon both scoring on an ARod double, extending the Yankees lead to 10-6. Coke gave up one run in the 8th. Braves countered with one run in the 9th off David Robinson, final score 11-7.
This is the offense, we as Yankee fans, are used to. Perhaps Brian Cashman’s unexpected visit to Turner Field lit fires under their asses.
Jeter 4-5 (1BB); Rodriguez 2-5 (1BB); Damon (with his 95 MLB active player leading career triple) and Posada both 1-4, 2BB a piece; Ransom 2-5. Mariano Rivera got his 17h save of the season, bringing him within one save of 500 for his career so far. Aceves goes to 5-1; Lowe 7-6 with 3 straight losses.
And in other “you’ve got to be pooping me” news:
According to a Bryan Hoch report via Twitter, “Nady hurts elbow on throw at Triple-A … Cashman said it could be the worst case scenario.” More should be out concerning the outfielder tomorrow.
Yanks continue on the road to Citi Field tomorrow for Subway Series part deux.