Burnett threw a lot of pitches, but it amounted to 6 shutout innings with 7 strikeouts. Jeter went 3-4 with a double and 2 walks, and Matsui hit a line drive homerun later in the game, and then came back and hit another for good measure. Teixeira added another jack to his amazing May, and Kevin Cash of all people had a great night driving in a pair of runs with a single, and then scoring a run after hitting a double.
Also good was Chien Ming Wang's relief appearance. He pitched 2 perfect innings and struck out two batters. Hitters were not missing his sinker, and those that made contact achieved the intended result. Perhaps a game start is in order?
Jose Veras has pretty much sucked all year. He recorded one out last night while giving up 2 runs on a homer. It wasn't the homerun that annoyed me, but the walk he gave up right after it. With a 6 run lead, start throwing strikes!
Johnny Damon made a really nice catch in the 6th, but scared every Yankee fan in the place when he ran into a wall. Luckily, the wall was a net, and he appeared to be fine. With Melky out, we can't afford to lose Damon too.
In the 6th inning, Burnett was struggling to throw strikes. After walking a batter and throwing a ball to the next batter, Kevin Cash ran over to the mound to try and calm his pitcher down. However, Cash didn't say a word. He literally walked to the mound, walked around Burnett, picked up the rosen bag, threw it back on the ground and ran back. Burnett looked so confused, but it worked. He struck out the next batter.
In the 9th, while Kevin Cash was batting, a Derek Jeter chant broke out in the stands. Even in Texas they respect the gangster.
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. The Yankees used last night to pad their stats for children's health as they combined for 3 homeruns. Marky T continued his crusade for children's health with yet another homerun, and Matsui rededicated himself with two of his own. Cano also added 1 to the cause, and now the Yankees are tied with Texas for most homeruns hit in the majors. The amazing thing is that we've done this without a month of A-Rod, a month of Swisher (lets be honest, he hasn't been here in May), and a few weeks of Posada.
Jorge Posada 5hr = $5.00
Hideki Matsui 7hr = $7.00
Derek Jeter 7hr = $7.00
Mark Teixeira 15hr = $15.00
Nick Swisher 9hr = $9.00
Robinson Cano 9hr = $9.00
Johnny Damon 10hr = $10.00
Melky Cabrera 5hr = $5.00
Jose Molina 1hr = $1.00
Alex Rodriguez 7hr = $7.00
Brett Gardner 2hr = $2.00
Total = $77.00
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.