September 16, 2009

This week on Pied: Francisco Cervelli

On this week’s episode of the new hit TV show on the Yes Network, Pied, Francisco Cervelli was, pied, in the face. Cervelli licked the whipped cream off his face after grounding a walk-off base hit into left to give the Yankees (94-53) a 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays (66-80). It was the 14th walk-off win of the season for the Yankees, which leads all of baseball.

Quick ‘Cap:
I feel like the same guys are providing the RBIs during the game, and then it’s a different guy to get the walk-off hit every time. Hideki Matsui’s two-run homer in the eighth inning tied the game at four. Brett Gardner led off the ninth with a line drive single up the gut, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and then scored on Cervelli’s hit.

Chad Gaudin pitched another solid game — not quite as good as last time, but still good enough to win. Then, as always, Joe Girardi used five pitchers to close out the final 3-1/3 innings of the game. Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth to earn the win. Full box score here.

Another day, another walk-off win for the Yanks. This is really a magical team. I’m not sure if it has what the 1998 team had, but let me tell you, it’s definitely close.

Line of the Night:
Damaso Marte: 1/3 IP, zeroes, K. That’s right. He pitched to one batter, a lefty, and struck him out. Now, let’s see him do that 27 times in a row.

Up Next:
The Yanks get an off-day on Thursday, but head out to Seattle for a weekend series. A series preview will be posted before the first pitch.

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