Jeter and Posada, Nowhere But NYS

September 10, 2009 – 10:55 am

NYY 4, Tamp Bay 2. Wow, yet another come-from-behind win in classic 2009 Yankee style. The Yankees get yet another poor start from Joba Chamberlain and fall behind early, 2-0. And Jeff Niemann proceeds to shut out the potent Yankee offense for seven innings. But meanwhile, the Yankee bullpen is pitching a no-hitter and along comes Jorge Posada with a pinch-hit 3-run homer in the 8th, and that’s it — Yankees win yet again. Amazing.

Derek Ties LouJoba Chamberlain continues to be quite the mystery. Of the first five batters, he allowed four to get on base — one home run, two singles, and a walk. And for good measure, a wild pitch and a stolen base. But then all of a sudden he did a three-sixty and retired the next eight batters in order. Go figure. At least the bullpen continues to sparkle, as Aceves, Albaladejo, Bruney, and Coke combined for six innings of no-hit ball with just two harmless walks. What Girardi will end up doing for the No. 4 spot in the rotation come playoff time is anybody’s guess at this point. But it’s easy to forget, there’s still lots of baseball left to be played — four more times through the rotation — so things could still change dramatically between now and the start of the playoffs.

Of course, the big story was Derek Jeter tying Lou Gehrig’s hits record. And what a way to do it. Mired in a mini-slump, in classic old-school fashion Jeter lays down a bunt on the first pitch of his first at-bat and beats it out for a single. Ah, take that all you folks who preach “don’t give up an AB with a bunt”. That’s the way the game is played. And sure enough, mini-slump now broken, Derek proceeds to go 2-for-3 and tie the record. And in true Jeter style, his comment after tying the record was “I really didn’t know what to do because we were losing at the time and I didn’t want to disrespect Tampa”. Pretty apropos that it was Gehrig’s record that he tied — they are two of the classiest guys to ever play the game.

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