Monday, August 21, 2006

How sweep the sound

The bats cooled off but the concentration remained as the Yankees scored the winning run on a wild pitch to get out the brooms. For five innings Cory Lidle and David Wells exchanged zeros on the scoreboard before Melky Cabrera singled, stole second and came home on Bobby Abreu's RBI double into the gap in RCF.

The Yankees pen saw action in the seventh and Dotel got an out, give up a hit and came out to set up the lefty/lefty match up between Mike Myers and Boston's MVP candidate Big Papi David Ortiz. For once the Red Sox DH couldn't come through as he struck out swinging on three pitches. Scott Proctor came in (yes again) and recorded the final out.

In the 8th Nick Green led off with a double off David Wells, and the former Yankee starter was pulled for Keith Foulke. He pitched great and received a deserved standing ovation from those in attendance. Melky bunted Green over to third and the former Devil Ray came home on a wild pitch to score the all important insurance run. Green had earlier been changed with an error for dropping a pop fly when he cut across Robinson Cano and knocked it out of the second baseman's hand.

Proctor stayed in the game, the glue on his arm tendons still holding and got two quick outs before going full on Wily Mo Pena and giving him something to hit, and hit it he did as he half the deficit with a solo Home Run to RF. The Yankees opted not to go to Mariano as Kyle Farnsworth came in for the save and nailed it down with a perfect inning.

Sweeping the Sox in Fenway in this five-game set was more than anyone could've even dreamed. The 'pen may be a bit banged up going out west but they are going out there part of a team with a 6.5 lead in the AL East. Today's win was nice but it was Sunday's victory that was the sweetest.

I saw all the games and I truly still can't believe it, that was genuinely unbelievable.

Notes: Joe Torre told reporters on the post-game that Mike Mussina will be skipped his next start because of tightness in his groin. Jeff Karstens makes his Major Leaguer debut in Seattle on Tuesday night whilst Jaret Wright will go in Moose's spot on Friday.

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