Jeter showed what he could do out of the leadoff spot with 3 hits, and Damon showed some power out of the 2 spot, with 2 hits including a triple. Matsui and Posada both homered yesterday showing what time on the DL can do for your power stroke. Swisher hit a pinch hit double. His first hit as a Yankee.
The Yankees left 11 runners on base, including Damon at 3rd after he hit his triple, and Pena at third after he came in to run for Swisher. Marky T went 0-4 and was flat in the clutch. He honestly looked overwhelmed by all the booing he got. Damon should have caught Izturis' homerun, but what can you do.
Seeing the Yankee offense falter with runners in scoring position invoked memories of last years offensive malaise, but 5 runs are normally enough to win a game. Yesterdays loss is the fault of the pitchers. Sabathia was awful, going 4.1 innings with 5 walks, no strikeouts and 6 runs. Coke pitched well until he went out for the 8th inning and gave up a homerun to Cesar Izturis. Bruney took his cue from Sabathia and decided to avoid the strikezone like the plague. Sabathia and Marky T, the two ringers, sucked, but it is just the first game. Sabathia is a slow starter, and in his last tune up start of spring training he went 3.2 innings allowing 2 runs. We may have to watch a couple more starts like this before we see the Sabathia we paid $161 million for.
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. Yesterday, the post-surgery Posada and Matsui hit homeruns to put the Yankees closer to tieing the game before the bullpen gave it all back. They are now on pace to hit 162 homeruns this season.
Jorge Posada 1hr = $1.00
Hideki Matsui 1hr = $1.00
Total = $2.00
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.