4 homeruns! That's right. The Yankees hit 4 homeruns today making up for the lack of all offensive output in the previous two games. It helped that they were up against a soft tosser. Mussina gave up 3 runs in 5 innings to get the win. Ohlendorf pitched a good 2 innings of relief, giving up 1 hit and no runs. The Chamberlain-Rivera Express delivered two days after faulting. Rivera has yet to give up an earned run this season. He will eventually but this is pretty amazing. Cano's bat woke up a little being one of the Yankees to hit a homerun and also hit a double. Even Betemit hit a homerun, his first of the season.
Abreu, Cabrera, and Molina weren't invited to the hits party. Maybe next time guys.
Mussina's fastball. The hits that scored runs off Mussina were all on fastballs. According to gameday, all three hits in the 5th were off fastballs. The 3 outs were on a curveball, changeup, and splitter. At least that's what gameday is saying. I know the disparity between his fastball and breaking pitches is supposed to make it look faster, but eventually you gotta concede that you have a fastball that is thrown at the speed of breaking pitches, and breaking pitches thrown at the speed of knuckleballs.
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. 4 homeruns means a good day for the Children's Health Fund. Damon, Giambi, Cano, and Betemit all cracked one out for the cause. Don't look now, but Cano is gaining in the C&C homerun chase:
Melky Cabrera 6hr = $6.00
Alex Rodriguez 4hr = $4.00
Hideki Matsui 3 hr = $3.00
Bobby Abreu 4hr = $4.00
Jorge Posada 1hr = $1.00
Jason Giambi 6hr = $6.00
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
Total = $36.00
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.