Game 130: Chicago 3, Yankees 8

Bronx Cheers:
Matsui: The DH went 0-4 on the day and struck out once.

Coke: In the ninth inning the reliever gave up a homerun to Jermaine Dye. He got the other three batters he faced out with no problem, but lately it seems like he can’t make it through an outing without giving up at least one run.

A-Rod on the basepaths
: Seriously, what was he doing out there? In the first inning he started to steal, hesitated and got picked off at first. He got lucky later on when he was on first and thought that Nix was going to catch Matsui’s hit in the air, so instead of running to second he ran back to first, where Nix would have had an easy double play if he had been thinking.

Curtain Calls:
Jeter: The Yankee shortstop is unstoppable right now. He consistently gets on base and is making a good statement to MVP voters. Today he went 2-3, scoring three runs and walking once.

Teixeira: Teix was hitting the ball hard today and ended up going 1-3 with a run and four RBIs. His three-run shot in the seventh inning sealed the Yankee victory.

Aceves: With Joba making an abbreviated start, Aceves was called in to make up the difference. He pitched three innings and gave up only two hits. His ERA is down to 3.88.

Milestones:

  • Johnny Damon’s homerun tied his career high of 24 homeruns. With one month left to play it is safe to say he should set a new career high, which is always a good thing to do in a contract year. He did leave the game because of cramps in his calves, but he seems to go through this every year, I am not worried.
  • Derek Jeter has 2710 hits, meaning he only needs twelve more to pass Lou Gehrig for all-time most hits for a Yankee. He is also two steals shy of 300.
  • Alex Rodriguez needs two more hits to reach 2500.
  • Mark Teixeira’s three-run homer gave him 101 RBIs on the year. He’s the first in the league to hit 100 RBIs this season.

In The On Deck Circle:
The Yankees left the Bronx for Baltimore, where they will send Andy Pettitte (11-6, 4.18) to square off against Jeremy Guthrie (9-12, 5.26) on Monday. Pettitte has been fantastic in the second half of the season, and is undefeated in his last six starts. He took the no decision against the Orioles on July 20th, despite holding them to one run on six hits in 7.1 innings. Guthrie is coming off a couple of solid outings, picking up back-to-back victories. He went seven innings and did not give up a walk or a homerun as he held the Twins to one run and six hits. The first pitch is at 7:05pm at Camden Yards.