Gardner had 3 hits and 3 steals, while Jeter and Damon also swiped a bag of their own. Robertson pitched a perfect inning.
The offensive malaise of April returned last night as the Yankees could hit, but not while anyone was standing on base. Don't believe me? The Yankees had 13 hits and only drove in 3 runs. Also bad was Joba's start. 4 innings and 3 runs is not what you would have hoped for. He threw way too many first pitch balls, and couldn't seem to put anyone away easily. Aceves gave up 3 runs in 2 innings, and Coke gave up a run in one inning of work. Apparently Coke didn't want to follow our advice about not giving up homeruns. That's now 5 in 20.1 innings for him. Not good for a reliever. Aceves may not be well suited for the long relief role. Maybe no one is. Its a tough role to fill. Aceves has either been lights out, or plain awful. His last two appearances have been the latter.
Though much of what was mentioned above could be categorized as ugly, the main ugliness came early in the game when Melky crashed into a wall and hurt his shoulder. We need to pray that he's okay, because he's been our fire starter. In the meantime, what's the plan for Wang? If there's any chance he can be the 19-game winner he was, shouldn't they be looking to get him there? Having him sit in the bullpen as a spare long reliever is an awful idea. Give him another couple starts in the minors to build up arm strength. Isn't that what this is all about?
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. Marky T won't let a team cold spell effect his commitment to children's health as he hit another homerun last night. That's 14 on the season for him.
Jorge Posada 5hr = $5.00
Hideki Matsui 5hr = $5.00
Derek Jeter 7hr = $7.00
Mark Teixeira 14hr = $14.00
Nick Swisher 9hr = $9.00
Robinson Cano 8hr = $8.00
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 = $73.00
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.