Author Archives: Tamar Chalker

Game 53: Yankees 10, Athletics 3

The A’s got the run back in the bottom of the inning, however.  Kevin Kouzmanoff drove a single to left, but Brett Gardner threw him out at second.  A triple to right put Andy LaRoche on third, and he scored on a liner by David DeJesus, putting Oakland on the board.

Nick Swisher singled in the fourth and moved to third on a single by Andruw Jones.  With Gardner at bat, Swisher got picked off when Gardner failed to lay down a bunt.  Jones moved to second and Gardner was hit by a pitch.  Jeter singled up the middle, loading the bases.  Granderson singled, plating Jones and Gardner, giving the Yankees a 5-1 edge.

Rodriguez got the Bombers’ offense moving in the fifth, with a leadoff single to left. Robinson Cano followed with a monster homer to right center, and New York held a 7-1 lead.  Oakland got a couple runs back in the bottom of the inning, however. …

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Game 52: Yankees 5, Athletics 0

After giving up a double to Josh Willingham to start the second, Colon dominated the Oakland lineup.  He retired twelve straight batters before allowing a single in the sixth.

The Bombers, however, used some small ball in the seventh to pick up another run. Brett Gardner worked a one out walk, and stole second with Francisco Cervelli at the plate.  Cervelli, who had a couple close calls with pitches towards his head, walked as well, and they both worked a double steal with Jeter at the plate.  The Yankees’ captain drove a sac fly to center, and Gardner sprinted home from third, beating the throw and giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead.

The Pinstripes picked up another insurance run in the top of the ninth.  Nick Swisher lead off with a double and was replaced by Chris Dickerson.  Gardner laid down a nice bunt (yes, I actually just wrote that), moving Dickerson to third while the speedy outfielder beat the throw to first. …

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Game 51: Yankees 7, Mariners 1

The Yankees broke out in the top of the third. Derek Jeter lead off with a walk and moved to second on a single by Curtis Granderson.  They each advanced when Mark Teixeira grounded out and Jeter was out at the plate when Alex Rodriguez hit the ball sharply to third. Robinson Cano drove a single to right, scoring Granderson while Rodriguez moved to third.  Cano stole second and Swisher worked a walk, loading the bases with two outs. Andruw Jones then cleared the bases, driving a double to right and moving to third on the late throw home. Eduardo Nunez followed with a triple and the Yankees had a 6-0 lead early in the game.

The Bombers added a run in the fourth, when Granderson’s double to right was followed by a RBI single by Teixeira.  Sabathia had little trouble with Seattle, issuing a few walks, but never really getting in trouble.  The Mariners finally got a run in the sixth, when Justin Smoak hit a solo homer. …

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Prospect Profile: Adam Warren

During his freshman and sophomore years, Warren mainly pitched out of the bullpen, however, he became a key starter for them in his junior and senior years.  The Tar Heels made the College World Series each year, no doubt showing he knows what it’s like to play for  a team expected to win.

Warren wasn’t just a baseball player at UNC as he was continually recognized on the All-ACC Academic Team and the ACC Academic Honor Roll.  He has put his name firmly in the Tar Heel record books as he is tied for the best winning percentage over his career (32-4, .889).  In his senior season, Warren went 10-2 with a 3.31 ERA.  He struck out 103 batters, issuing just 39 walks and holding hitters to a .233 average.  The Tar Heel also picked up some experience in the Cape Cod League during a couple of his summers in college, playing for the Brewster Whitecaps and the Chatham A’s.

After signing with the Yankees in 2009, Warren headed for Staten Island.…

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Game 48: Blue Jays 3, Yankees 7

Garcia held the Blue Jays scoreless until the sixth.  Patterson doubled to center and scored on a single by Rivera, before Garcia got Jose Molina to strike out, ending the threat.  The Bombers’ bats kept working in the bottom of the inning.  Nick Swisher worked a walk and Jones knocked another two-run shot to center, giving the Yankees a 7-1 lead.

Garcia hit the wall in the seventh when Aaron Hill singled to left.  Eric Thames doubled him in and Rajai Davis hit an infield single, putting runners on the corners with no outs.  Davis stole second and Thames scored on a ground out by Jayson NixDavid Robertson replaced Garcia and got the final two outs of the inning, as the Yankee lead was cut to 7-3.  The Yankees’ bullpen did their job, and New York held on to win the game and the series.

Some Interesting Tidbits:

  • Jeter’s run in the first inning put him past Cap Anson for sole possession of 23rd place on the MLB All-Time Runs List.
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Game 47: Blue Jays 4, Yankees 5

The score held through the seventh, when the Blue Jays finally pulled Ricky Romero.   Curtis Granderson lead off the bottom of the eighth with a double down the right field line.  Teixeira grounded out, moving Granderson to third.  Alex Rodriguez struck out, but Cano lined a RBI double to center.  Martin singled, plating Cano and the Yankees trailed just 4-3 as they headed into the ninth.

With one out, Jorge Posada pinch hit for Eduardo Nunez.  Posada drove a double to right and was replaced by Chris Dickerson on the bases.  Derek Jeter grounded out, but moved Dickerson to third.  Granderson then hit a single past the Blue Jays’ first and second basemen tying the game.  Teixeira followed with a single to the same spot, which deflected off Rivera’s glove for the walk-off 5-4 win – and of course some pie!

Bronx Cheers: Derek Jeter: Jeter went 0-5 with a strikeout and three left on base.

Nick Swisher: Swisher’s slumping season continues, as he went 0-4 with a strikeout.…

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Game 46: Blue Jays 7, Yankees 3

For a moment, it looked like the Yankees would take the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Brett Gardner reached on a fielding error and stole second.  With two outs, Derek Jeter looked like he got a hold of a pitch, as the ball soared towards the stands in left.  Unfortunately, Corey Patterson was able to make the catch with his back against the wall.

Colon had held the Blue Jays to one run through five, but everything unraveled in the sixth. Patterson led off with a double and Colon intentionally walked Bautista. Yunel Escobar laid down a sac bunt, moving the runners over.  Colon walked Juan Rivera intentionally, loading the bases for Aaron Hill.  Hill drove a RBI single to left, giving Toronto a 2-1 lead. Eric Thames worked a walk, sending another Blue Jays run home.  J. P. Arencibia drove a bases clearing double to center as Toronto took a 6-1 lead.

Granderson worked another walk to start the bottom of the sixth.…

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Game 45: Mets 3, Yankees 9

The Yankees had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the inning.  With a man on base, Brett Gardner just missed a homer, as the ball landed in the stands in foul territory.  They continued to miss scoring chances, but Nova managed to quiet the Mets’ bats and the score was still 3-1 in the seventh.

Gardner led off with a single to center. Chris Dickerson worked a walk and Francisco Cervelli squared to bunt, but got plunked in the shoulder loading the bases. Derek Jeter immediately hit a RBI single up the middle, scoring Gardner and Dickerson to tie the game at 3-3.

The Mets pulled Mike Pelfrey, sending in lefty Tim Byrdak.  Granderson executed a sac bunt (I am biting my tongue…for now…) and Byrdak intentionally walked Mark Teixeira, loading the bases again. Pedro Beato faced Alex Rodriguez, who tapped the ball down the third baseline for a cheap single, bringing home Cervelli and giving the Yankees the lead.…

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