Just when you thought it was over it was another Yankees come from behind victory. But lets back up a minute shall we? The game started in typical Yankee fashion as the Yankees scored early and often over the first two innings.In the bottom of the first with the bags full of Yankees Matsui reached on an error by Lyle Overbay. Mark Texieria attempted to score from second but was gunned down at the plate by a great throw . The only problem I have with the whole thing is that he pulled the ball out of his mitt before tagging him. Folks the rule says you have to tag him with the ball not his empty mitt. But OK even with the bad call you couldn’t be to mad after 2 innings of play the Yankees had a 4-0 lead. Then in the top of the fourth inning with the Yankees up 4-3 it all came unravelled. Cody Ransom (who should have been sent down instead of Ramerio Pena and this only reconfirms that for me) committed an error that led to 5 unearned runs. Suddenly its 8-4 Jays and Newly recalled Jonathon Abaladejo came in relief of Joba Chamberlain who struggled all day. Seems to me when Joba overuses his fastball because he doesn’t have his good slider it causes him to throw a lot of pitches. Many of you are Joba to the Bull Pen fans. Let me first say that that is an argument that I will discuss later and secondly just shut up.
At any rate the Bull pen was great shutting the Jays down for 5 innings. Just when many people would have given thought to the ok we are down by 4 runs wheres the remote Hideki Matsui brought them back into the game with a three run bomb in the bottom of the frame making it 8-7. Funny thing was that my son was the one looking for the remote when I said wait if Matsui will hit one out now. On the very next pitch BOOM 8-7. Thought about going and getting a lottery ticket at that point but I didn’t want to jinx the good luck I had bestowed on our hometown bombers.Then in the Bottom of the fifth with Melky Cabrera on base the Captain hit one out putting the Yankees Back on top 9-8.Jorge Posada then had another big hit, a double that scored Johnny Damon and the Yankees were up 10-8. From there the story was Alfredo Aceves who from the sixth inning till the end pitched like an Ace.He Pitched 4 innings allowing only 1 hit and struck out 5. He threw 43 pitches 33 of them for strikes and earned his first major league save as the Yankees held on to win 10-8.
On a day that A-Rod rested (drs orders) the Yankees were able to come up big with the third straight victory over the Jays. Now we talked a bit before about who might replace Wang in the rotation now that he is headed for the DL. Aceves is certainly a candidate, but how can you take him out of the pen? Aceves and Hughes are your two most trusted relievers and I cant think of anyone that could replace them, especially with Bruney struggling right now. Manager Joe Girardi has already ruled out Hughes who has earned the title of eighth inning guy. A title that was held by Joba Chamberlain last year. My vote of confidence is going to Sergio Mitre who was just called up to triple A scranton from AA Trenton. Mitre has previous big league experiance. He is currently 3-1 in 39 innings with 31 Strike outs and an ERA of 2.95. Mitre spent time with Chicago and Florida and was part of the trade for Juan Pierre. Mitre started the season on the DL recovering from Tommy John surgery but has come on strong. Other candidates might be Alredo Aceves, Josh Towers, Casey Fossum or long shots Kai Igawaand Ivan Nova. Although Nova is one to remember he is also an up and coming star to be.Hes only 22 and hes made his way from A to AAA this season.
Tomorrow the Yankees will finish this wrap around all day game four game set with the Jays as Andy Pettite will face Ricky Ramerio who hasn’t given up an earned run in the last 15 innings pitched earning wins in both of his last two starts. Pettite last pitched on 7/1 going 7 innings and only giving up 2 runs in a Yankees 4-2 win. First pitch 1:05 bring your brooms as the Yankees go for the sweep and get ready to face the twins on Tuesday.