The extra inning affair saw several more homeruns at Yankee stadium including 2 from Melky Cabrera who also hit a walkoff 2-run shot in the 14th inning. The bullpen was extraordinary with Coke-Albaladejo-Mariano-Marte-Ramirez-Veras combining for 7 innings of scoreless baseball. Veras really held down the Athletics with 3.1 innings and 4 strikeouts.
Girardi's decision to have Sabathia pitch the 7th even though he had already thrown 100 pitches, and was pitching horribly was a bad decision. I know he may not have much faith in his bullpen, but at that point I had more faith in the bullpen then I did in Sabathia. And what's the deal with running up his pitch count this early in the season? He may be durable, but he has 6 years on this contract. Save some of those pitches for later.
Sabathia had a horrible start and was booed as he walked off the field. His final line was 6.2 innings and 6 runs with 2 strikeouts. I know he's typically a slow starter, but he needs to start improving quicker than normal. I mean, is it bad that I'm relieved that our staff ace is not going to be pitching in Boston this weekend?
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. Four more Yankee homeruns yesterday, two of which were from Melky Cabrera. There might really be something to this wind tunnel theory. Jeter and Matsui also helped the cause.
Jorge Posada 3hr = $3.00
Hideki Matsui 2hr = $2.00
Derek Jeter 4hr = $4.00
Mark Teixeira 3hr = $3.00
Nick Swisher 4hr = $4.00
Robinson Cano 3hr = $3.00
Johnny Damon 2hr = $2.00
Melky Cabrera 4hr = $4.00
Total = $25.00
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.