Nick Swisher. Nick the Swish hit a homerun and scored 2 of the Yankees 5 runs. He also pitched the only scoreless inning for the Yankees. Yes, you've read that correctly, Nick Swisher pitched the 9th inning and was the only, um, reliever, to not allow a run. Nick Swisher has to be the best part of this still young season. Melky Cabrera and Jorge Posada both had a pair of hits and drove in runs.
Hmmm, where to start. Much of what happened in this game falls under the ugly category, so I'll just point out some bad trends. After hot starts, both Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter have been awful at the top of the lineup. Matsui is still struggling at the plate and looks awful running to first. But the offense cannot be blamed for this loss. 5 runs should be enough.
Chien Ming Wang had another horrible outing where he could not get out of the 2nd inning. He left the bases loaded for Jonathan Albaladejo who promptly gave up a grandslam to Carlos Pena. Albaladejo pitched 3 innings and gave up 3 runs. Afterwards Edwar Ramirez threw two innings allowing one run, and Phil Coke went one inning allowing 3 runs, though all unearned. By the end of the night, 4 Yankee pitchers allowed 15 runs. You're not going to win too many of those games.
The other thing we'll mention is about Swisher's smile while he was pitching. Posada didn't seem to like it because they were losing so badly. I understand Posada's sentiment, but baseball is a game, and given the circumstance (Nick Swisher pitching the best inning of any reliever) I think a smile is warranted. Not to mention that right now Swisher is the best player on the team. So keep smiling Nick, eventually we'll all join you.
Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children
The "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog joined Johnny Damon's home run 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 home runs hit and the money donated throughout the season. Nick Swisher hit a homerun last night to not only help the Yankees not get blown out so badly, but to also help sick children everywhere. Thank you Nick Swisher.
Jorge Posada 1hr = $1.00
Hideki Matsui 1hr = $1.00
Derek Jeter 1hr = $1.00
Mark Teixeira 1hr = $1.00
Nick Swisher 3hr = $3.00
Robinson Cano 1hr = $1.00
Total = $8.00
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.