August 11, 2009

Matsui and Posada homer Yanks to victory

For the third straight game, the Yankees hit back-to-back homers. Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada did it in the eighth to give the Yankees (70-43) a lead and eventually a win over the Blue Jays (54-58).

Quick ‘Cap:
A four-run eighth inning started by Matsui and Posada’s homers was the difference in the game. If it weren’t for Lyle Overbay’s bases-clearing double in the third, a comeback would not have been necessary.

The Yankees took an early 3-0 lead, but then Overbay tied it in the third and Randy Ruiz’ solo homer gave the Jays the lead. After the Yankees eighth-inning rally, Mariano Rivera finally gave up a run in the ninth, but earned his AL-leading 33rd save nonetheless. Full box score here.

I was expecting a little more from starter Joba Chamberlain, but I guess the Blue Jays’ lineup is still powerful without Alex Rios. Posada’s homer was a Yankee Stadium cheapy, by the way. It was reviewed, but the original home run call was upheld.

Line of the Night:
Rivera: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K. That’s his worst outing by far since June 12. Amazing.

Up Next:
The deciding game of the series is a matinee between Ricky Romero (10-5, 3.66) and A.J. Burnett (10-5, 3.67).

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