Well, Mussina showed enough to keep the critics off his back with a 7 inning 2 run performance. Both runs came on solo homeruns by Joe Crede and Quentin Tarantino. This was a huge outing for Moose, and it wasn't against some push over team. Posada had a 4 hit night, with 3 of those hits being doubles. Damon continued his recent hot streak with a pair of hits, and even Melky got busy with a couple hits of his own. Giambi had a hit and was walked 3 times. Mariano closed the game with a perfect 1.2 innings.
Perhaps the best thing of the game is that the Yankee offense got scored 6 runs without one long ball. Bad news for the children (more on that below), but good news for this offense.
Hawkins just can't seem to get groundball outs as was advertised. Traber can't get out lefties easily either. Hopefully they pick it up, but is anyone else not concerned about the bullpen when
Chamberlain leaves? I'm having my doubts...
Abreu's 0-5 night with 2 strikeouts was ugly, but not as ugly as Robinson Cano's streak of ugliness. He extended his hitting slump tonight going 0-4 with a walk. He did score a run, but he's also batting .165, so its a trade off. Honestly though, I'm not concerned.
Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children
The "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog joined Johnny Damon's homerun club, which raises money for the Children's Health Fund. We are pledged to donate $1.00 for every homerun the Yankees hit this season. We will keep a running tally of the homeruns hit and the money donated throughout the season. Tonight, the Yankees had a lot of hits, but none left the park. The C&C boys were limited to no homeruns for a second consecutive night, throwing yet another roadblock on their way to Derek Jeter's single season homerun record, set by Derek Jeter:
Melky Cabrera 3hr = $3.00
Alex Rodriguez 4hr = $4.00
Hideki Matsui 3 hr = $3.00
Bobby Abreu 3hr = $3.00
Jorge Posada 1hr = $1.00
Jason Giambi 3hr = $3.00
Johnny Damon 3hr = $3.00
Morgan Ensberg 1hr = $1.00
Robinson Cano 1hr = $1.00
Chad Moeller 1hr = $1.00
Total = $23.00
If you are interested in Johnny Damon's Homerun Club or the Children's Health Fund you can find links to both at the top right hand corner of our page.