The offense really came alive tonight. 13 runs, and every Yankee contributed somehow. Shelley Duncan got it started with a 3-run homerun, but Giambi was equally impressive stroking an opposite field double and going 2-3 with 2 walks. Matsui, Abreu and Cano all had multiple hits as well, and the hard hitting Chad Moeller knocked in a pair of runs. Pettitte wasn't the sharpest we've seen, but good enough for 6 innings of 2 run ball with a whopping 9 strikeouts. Hawkins pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief and Ramirez closed out the game with a shaky inning where he nonetheless got the job done.
Jeter had one really good base running play between third and home which allowed Arod and Abreu to move up to second and third. Heads up base running.
Further more, after misplaying two balls hit his way, Matsui bounced back by making a catch in left and throwing out the runner at home for a double play. Moeller showed his irreplaceable talent by putting the tag down.
It was free hat day at the stadium....I got a free hat. It was awesome.
Ensberg has some incredible warning track power. I'd love to see him push some the extra 9 feet necessary for a homerun.
13-2 was ugly for the Mariners. The game got pretty boring after 5th, but we tried to stick it out. We ended up leaving the game in the bottom of the 8th while Arthur Rhodes was warming up. I walked by and shouted "Maybe tomorrow Rhodes!" to which he slammed down his hat and kicked his glove at his catcher. It was odd to see a professional ball player act like that. Okay that might not have happened, but you get my point.
It was also cool to see the physical anomaly that is R.A. Dickey pitch. You just don't see knuckleballers come out of the pen any more.
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. Shelley Duncan hit his first homer of the season to put the Yankees up early on. I hope to see many more from him:
Melky Cabrera 6hr = $6.00
Alex Rodriguez 6hr = $6.00
Hideki Matsui 6 hr = $6.00
Bobby Abreu 5hr = $5.00
Jorge Posada 1hr = $1.00
Jason Giambi 8hr = $8.00
Johnny Damon 5hr = $5.00
Morgan Ensberg 1hr = $1.00
Robinson Cano 4hr = $4.00
Chad Moeller 1hr = $1.00
Wilson Betemit 1hr = $1.00
Derek Jeter 2hr = $2.00
Shelley Duncan 1hr = $1.00
Total = $47.00
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.