July 24, 2009

Yankees take seventh straight

One would tend to think that a game played against the Athletics ending at 12:41 a.m. would have been played on the west coast. Instead, a two hour and 43 minute rain delay delayed an inevitable Yankees (58-37) 6-3 victory over the A’s (40-54).

Quick ‘Cap:
The A’s jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning against CC Sabathia on a sac fly and an RBI single. It was 3-0 in the fourth after a Kurt Suzuki RBI single, but then the Yanks stormed back in the bottom half.

Mark Teixeira drilled a 3-0 pitch into the second deck in right for a two-run homer. Jorge Posada later doubled in Alex Rodriguez, and Eric Hinske singled home Posada to give the Yanks a 4-3 lead. The Yankees made it 6-3 in the fifth on Teixeira’s double and Posada’s single.

Sabathia lasted seven innings to earn his 10th victory of the season. But he wasn’t the story from the pitching standout, the guy who relieved him was. Phil Hughes pitched the last two innings in perfect fashion, notching his first career save. Full box score here.

“We expect to win every night,” Teixeira said after the game. That pretty much explains my feelings with the team right now. They are playing all facets of the game, and playing them well.

Line of the Night:
Hughes: 2 IP, zeroes. Hughes now has 22 consecutive scoreless innings since June 14.

Up Next:
Joba Chamberlain (5-2, 4.05)will take the ball for game two of the series against Brett Anderson (5-7, 4.25) tonight at 7:05 p.m.

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