(I just explained to Godzilla that he got a face full of whipped cream because he was the latest Yankee to hit a walkoff home run. He wasn’t sure at first.)
What a game to kick off the series against the Orioles: a 2-1 win for the third day in a row. With the score tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Matsui was the hero with one swing.
These pitcher’s duels are exciting, but it’s a good thing the Yankees are winning them or I’d have a bad case of hives by now.
Pettitte was dealing tonight – a great bounce-back from his past few outings. I mean, seven-plus innings and a season-high eight strikeouts? Not bad at all, Andy.
Hinske put the Yanks on the board with a homer in the second. (I did ask Girardi to write his name in the lineup in place of Swisher, did I not? Like, just yesterday?
) So far, he’s making Cashman look like a genius.
Otherwise, the offense was AWOL again. The Yankees forced rookie pitcher Hernandez to throw a lot of pitches early on, but then they let him settle in – something they’ve been doing often: not finishing off a pitcher when they have him on the ropes.
But the real story of this game was the Yankees’ defense. Are these guys showing their stuff or what? Cano flashed leather, and Melky gloved another shoestring catch. But the two bang-bang plays at the plate in the eighth were amazing. Make I take a moment to congratulate Tex, Molina and Coke, all of whom figured prominently?
If tomorrow night is another 2-1 affair, it’ll be really spooky. On the other hand, we’re about to have a solar eclipse.
Don’t be surprised if something unusual happens….