Despite a piss-poor showing from the offense in the first half of Tuesday’s suspended game, the Yanks won the completion of the tilt on Wednesday, 1-0. Jeter went deep to left-center to account for the only offense, while AJ Burnett, who didn’t even pitch Wednesday but was solid as can be on Tuesday, got the win. D-Rob survived a Joe Mauer liner off his back (which A-Rod caught for an out) to get five outs, Joba got his standard four outs and Mo almost shit the bed but pulled out his ninth save of the year.
Prior to the game, the Yanks brought back old friend Chad Gaudin. To make room for Gaudin, who was released at the end of spring training to make room for Mitre, the Yanks optioned Boom Boom Boone Logan to Triple-A. Good riddance to that son of a bitch, I say. Also, Shane Lindsay was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Lindsay, who was claimed off waivers two weeks ago, had some shitbox numbers in the minors this year so I’m not too distraught over his DFA. Perhaps one of the reasons the Yanks brought Gaudin back was because Ace’s back is seriously duffed up. There’s no timetable for his return, which is a shame because the bullpen could really use him.
Andy Pettitte was ON in the nightcap, going eight frames and giving up two runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and no walks on 94 pitches. If — God forbid — the Yanks hadn’t pulled this one out there’s no way you could pin the loss on Pettitte. He worked out of a first-and-third-with-no-outs jam in the eighth by finagling a line drive out from Orlando Hudson and inducing a Mauer double play. Bottom line: AWESOME game from Pettitte. Mo, who I didn’t think should be brought in for a number of reasons, recorded a 1-2-3 ninth inning (much better than his appearance earlier in the day) to get his 10th save and second in about four hours.
Swish Dog crushed the go-ahead homer in the ninth, Gardy had an RBI triple and Kevin Russo is making a name for himself at the dish (2-for-4, RBI) and in the field with some big catches.
You can’t argue with two wins in one day on four runs. With the triumphs, coupled with the Sox sweep of the Rays, the Yanks are now 3 1/2 games back of Tampa Bay for the top spot in the AL East. Unfortunately, the Red Cox are now just two games behind the Yanks. Oh well, it sucked to have to root for Boston these past few days but I’ll take it. Beantown: you can officially go back to sucking now, you have my blessing.
Javy is set to go against Nick Blackburn tomorrow in the finale. LET’S GO YANKS!!!