Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Yanks Ground Jays with Five Run 2nd (Postgame Notes 13 May 2008)

Double. Home Run. Triple. So on and on went the extra base hits in the second inning.

At one point there were two doubles, two triples and a home run...and not a single or a walk.

It was some good, old fashioned Bronx Bombing, and it sparked the Yankees to an 8-2 victory.

The surprise here, though, was that it was all the result of the bottom of the line up. In the second, when the Yanks sent ten men to the plate, everyone reached base except for Nick Swisher and Francisco Cervelli.

Whatever the cause for the bottom of the line up suddenly producing, the Yanks certainly appreciate it.

One night after the Yankees got, well, owned by Roy Halladay, they erupted for eight runs, including Brett Gardner's first career home run.

Andy Pettitte, pitching for the Yanks, started out very shaky. He walked three in the first inning, and with the aid of an error, the Jays actually took a 1-0 lead. However, he settled down after that, going six innings and allowing only one ER, and, had he not walked so many, would have likely pitched the seventh.

Alfredo Aceves was again great from the bullpen, allowing one hit over two innings, but Albaladejo struggled with his control to the point that Mariano Rivera began to throw in an 8-2 game. He was able, however, to get a game-ending double play that kept Mo from working too long.

All in all, tonight's game was quite the change from last night. It's perhaps the perfect exhibition of why baseball players, even with such a long season, need to have a short memory.

The Yanks will have a chance to take the series with a win tomorrow.