August 12, 2009

Robbie Cano, don’t cha know! (seriously)

Heading into today’s game, Robinson Cano was batting .203 with runners in scoring position this year. Cano overcame the percentages and delivered a walk-off single in the 11th inning to lead the Yankees (71-43) to a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays (54-59).

Quick ‘Cap:
Johnny Damon and Cano hit solo shots in the third and fourth innings, but the Blue Jays tied the score at 3 with two runs in the sixth off A.J. Burnett. Burnett worked his way out of numerous jams in his six innings of work, surrendering 10 hits in the process.

It would stay tied until Cano hit one off the wall, easily scoring Alex Rodriguez from second base in the 11th. Phil Coke, David Robertson, Phil Hughes and Chad Gaudin combined for five innings of shutout relief. Full box score here.

Cano is absolutely on fire right now. Good to see him come through with runners on, finally. It was the 11th walk-off win for the Yankees this season

Note: Derek Jeter scored after being hit on the foot with a curveball in the first inning. His X-rays came up negative, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he got a day or two off.

Line of the Night:
Hideki Matsui: 0-for-5, 2 K. Mark Teixeira gets a day off finally, and this is how Matsui replaces him in the No. 3 spot.

Up Next:
The Yankees head to the west coast for a four-game series with Seattle. Full series preview up tomorrow.

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