Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Yankees Rock the 7th to 7th Win

7 in 7th Gives Yankees 7 Straight

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WP - Sabathia (4-3) LP - Bergesen (1-2)

The Yankees were in the midst of another nail biter last night when theoffense decided to end things early for a change. Well, the 7th inning really isn’t early, but it’s earlier than the 9th or 10th. The Yankees scored seven runs to blow open a 2-1 game and beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-1. CC Sabathia gave up a run in the 1st inning, but shut down the Orioles for the next six innings to win his third game in a row.

Alex Rodriguez homered for the fourth straight game to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead in the 1st inning, but the Yankees couldn’t add on any runs against rookie Brad Bergesen, who retired 13 in a row at one point. But the 23-yr old issued back to back one out walks to Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano in the 7th. Hard thrower Chris Ray came on for the O’s and was promptly greeted by a line drive single to right by Melky Cabrera to load the bases. Shortstop Robert Andino mishandled Francisco Cervelli’s slow grounder for a run scoring error and Derek Jeter brought home three runs with a line drive double to the gap in right-center for a 6-1 Yankees lead. Jeter picked up 2 RBI and Cervelli scored the third run when Adam Jones made an errant relay throw to the infield.

Jeter moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Johnny Damon’s single to center and Mark Teixeira put a cherry on top of the sundae with a tremendous 2-run blast to the second deck in right field for a 9-1 lead. It was Teixeira’s 11th home run of the season and his fourth in the last four games.

Sabathia avenged his opening day disaster against the O’s by beating them for the second straight time. He allowed just one hit after the 1st inning and struck out 7. Sabathia has given up just three earned runs in his last 24 innings pitched.

Game Notes

Brian Bruney was activated before the game and pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He also shaved his head. Edwar Ramirez was sent down to Scranton to make room on the 25-man roster. Basically, the Yankees could have flipped a coin between Ramirez and Jose Veras.

Chien-Ming Wang traveled to Yankee Stadium to throw a bullpen session with Dave Eiland. No word yet though on when he will be activated.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the four game home run streak is the eighth of A-Rod’s career, the most among active players. It’s also the fifth time he’s accomplished the feat with the Yankees. A mark that only Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Yogi Berra have achieved.

Phil Hughes tries to get on track tonight when he faces Jeremy Guthrie.

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