Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Jeter Not Hitting, but Yankees Still Winning

The Good

Who better the Nick Swisher? Nick the Swish went 2-3 with 2 homeruns including a walk off hit, his first at the stadium. Gaudin made a good start going 6 innings and allowing 1 run with 6 strikeouts. Certainly his best of the season. From there, Marte-Bruney-Coke combined to pitch a hitless inning (yes, one inning). Mariano got the win, pitching a perfect 9th before Swisher hit his homerun.

The Bad

Hughes gave up the lead when he gave up a homerun in the 8th. It was a matter of time before he gave up a run. Every reliever not named Mariano Rivera will give up runs from time to time.

The Ugly

Jeter went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts, which was an ugly performance, especially on the heels of Gehrig's record. The truth is though, Tampa Bay pitching was extra stingy yesterday. The Yankees combined for 5 hits over 9 innings. With 4 other players besides Jeter going hitless. Either way, 3 strikeouts in one game is rare for the man, and the fact that he didn't meet with the media after the game, may suggest that this is wearing on him. Nonetheless, he's going to break it, but I'm a little worried about the homeruns. I really want him to hit 3 so the 2009 Yankees can become the first team to have 8 players with at least 20 homeruns. Here's hoping.

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. Nick Swisher was the champion of children's health last night as he hit homeruns from both sides of the plate and at Yankee stadium, where he never hits homeruns. It just goes to show the power of charity.

Jorge Posada 20hr = $20.00
Hideki Matsui 23hr = $23.00
Derek Jeter 17hr = $17.00
Mark Teixeira 35hr = $35.00
Nick Swisher 26hr = $26.00
Robinson Cano 23hr = $23.00
Johnny Damon 24hr = $24.00
Melky Cabrera 12hr = $12.00
Jose Molina 1hr = $1.00
Alex Rodriguez 24hr = $24.00
Brett Gardner 3hr = $3.00
Francisco Cervelli 1hr = $1.00
Eric Hinske 7hr = $7.00
Jerry Hairston Jr. 2hr = $2.00
Total = $218.00

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.

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