August 19, 2009

Five-run sixth lifts Yanks past A’s

Four hits, two walks, a hit batsmen and a sac fly led to five runs in the sixth inning for the Yankees (75-45) to beak the tie and eventually go onto win 7-2 over the Athletics (53-66).

Quick ‘Cap:
Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon, Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada picked up one RBI in the deciding sixth inning. Robinson Cano started, and ended the inning. Posada picked up a second RBI in the third inning on a ground-rule double, and Melky Cabrera scored the first run for the Yanks on one of the Athletics’ four errors.

CC Sabathia allowed solo shots in the first two innings, but only allowed two singles for the rest of the game. He was yanked after eight innings (94 pitches), so David Robertson could get some work in, I guess. Robertson pitched the ninth just as expected: two walks (on eight pitches), and two strikeouts. Full box score here.

For CC, it was a nice time to put on a show, as he is from Vallejo, Calif. His friends and family were in attendance, who probably were just as mad as I was that he didn’t finish the game. Robertson was the only reliever used in the past two games. The bullpen gets another off-day on Thursday before the Red Sox series.

Line of the Night:
Jeter: 3-for-5, R, RBI. His third consecutive three-hit game. He will continue to be listed here as long as this streak continues.

Up Next:
The Yanks will send out Chad Gaudin (5-10, 5.13) to try for their fifth straight series win. Brett Anderson (7-8, 4.55) will try and prevent that from happening.

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