A-Rod Lets His Bat Do His Talking

June 26, 2010 – 12:47 pm

CC CelebratesNYY 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 1. The Yankee hitters continued their all too predictable pattern of being dominated by yet another middle-of-the-road pitcher — this time it was cast-off Vicente Padilla who brought a hefty 6.67 ERA in to the game, yet managed to hold the Yankees to just two runs on six hits through six innings. But fortunately it was CC Sabathia on the mound for New York, and after a so-so April and May, CC has been on a tear this month. He struggled a bit for the first three innings, walking three but giving up just one run. But from the fourth on, he was untouchable — no runs, no walks, and just two singles. In the eighth he did was again lose the plate, but this time protecting a one-run lead he managed to get out of the inning three-up three-down in spite of going to a full count on all three batters. With two outs and Andre Ethier up with Manny Ramirez on deck, CC knew full well there was no way Joe Girardi was going to let him face Manny, as Ramirez came in to the game with a life time .571 BA against CC, and sure enough was 2-for-3 for the night. Determined to finish the eighth, CC struck out Ethier (for the third time I might add). Quite the gutsy performance by Sabathia.

Then to finish it up, we got treated to classic Mariano Rivera. After struggling two days ago in the ninth against Arizona, Mo easily struck out the side to get the save, using all of 13 pitches. That makes thirteen games in a row that Rivera hasn’t given up a run, and it brings his season ERA to 0.99. Amazing, the Sandman just gets better and better.

The big hits in the game came from Alex Rodriguez, who continues to heat up. He led off the second with a double to right-field and scored on Jorge Posada’s single to tie the game. And then he hit a solo home run in the sixth which proved to be the game winner. Facing Joe Torre for the first time since Torre ripped A-Rod in his book a couple of years ago, this must have been sweet revenge for Alex. Good for him, Torre had it coming.

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