Thursday, September 15, 2005

Two very different ways to win...

We saw two very different games down in the Trop over the past couple of nights, but the good guys came out on top on both occasions. The blow-out win on Tuesday was launched by a three run blast by Jason Giambi in the first but when an opposition manager gives his starter the hook without getting an out; you know that it is going to be your day.

Jared Wright pitched ok and got the W but when your team puts up 17 runs, you’d have to put in a pretty poor performance to not go away with one. Jorge Posada, Hideki Matsui and Bernie Williams all had good nights and Gary Sheffield returned to the line-up and could hardly move due to his tight thigh muscle but having his bat available was worth the hassle.

Last night the Yanks won a close one with all six runs coming on two-out hits including a pair of 2 RBI singles with the bases loaded for Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter. Wang looked lacklustre but battled through and despite the bp having fun and games in the 7th, the win was preserved as Posada cut down Lugo trying to steal 2nd with two out in the 9th.

The Yanks only had two extra base hits on Tuesday despite putting up 17 runs, this shows that the Yanks can play small ball and don’t have to rely on the long ball. Matsui is starting to look good and with Giambi moving up to the #3 spot, this line-up is starting to look a bit scary.

The question is though can they all get hot at the same time down the stretch? I sure hope so…

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