At first I thought….Uh-oh. He’s getting people out but he’s throwing a lot of pitches. And then, before I knew it, he hadn’t given up a hit. Was it possible that he would shut down the Rays completely – the same team that had mauled us the night before?
Clearly, this was a different game altogether. The deeper CC pitched, the better he pitched. Didn’t he and Cervelli have a nice rhythm? Meanwhile, the Yankees kept scoring. Cano, Jeter, Tex (he finally got hot!), A-Rod, Gardner – everybody seemed to contribute in one way or another. But how about the defense! I was so proud of our infield, in particular. I mean, they did everything they could to keep the no-hitter going. People talk about A-Rod’s hitting (congrats to him on his 1,000th hit as a Yankee), but he made some plays at third that were just stunning. And Tex. Seriously. How did the Yankees even win a game with Giambi at first?
CC was four outs – four measly outs! – away from history when Kelly Shoppach lined a single to left in the 8th. So much for the no-no, but what an entertaining, well played contest. The Yankees were on the happy-face side of the 10-0 blowout, my favorite place for them to be.
Apparently, CC treated everybody to a round of drinks after the game to celebrate.
Yikes. See that blonde next to him? I guess I might as well just come out and admit it: it’s me. I can’t remember what was in the glass I’m holding, but it was really delicious. And in case you’re wondering what I said to CC, it was: “Just get them all back to the hotel at a decent hour, so they’ll be ready to beat the Rays on Sunday afternoon and win the series.” He promised he would.
P.S. Last call for the Cooperstown Cookie Contest
, which ends on Sunday at midnight. If you like cookies and haven’t entered, you’re missing out.