Thursday, September 9, 2010

Swish Walk-Off Saves The Day As Yanks Avoid Sweep

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

N.Y. Yankees «001000002371
WP: J. Chamberlain (3-4) LP: K. Uehara (1-1)

I don't care how hot they are, getting swept by the Oriole at home would have been a disgrace. Thankfully, with the O's up 2-1 and one on a one out in the 9th, Nick Swisher to a Koji Uehara fastball and hammered it into the visitor's bullpen for a two-run walk-off home run.

It was a huge hit for the Yankees, not only for the embarrassment they avoided, but it was a good way to end a solid homestand. You also never want to follow up a winning streak with a long losing streak, and three games was enough.

The game came down to this dramatic moment for Swish because once again an Orioles starter kept the Yankees bats quiet. Right-hander Brad Bergesen held the Yanks to just one run on four hits over 6.1, while walking two and striking out five.

The only run the Yanks scored against him came when they manufactured one in the 3rd. Curtis Granderson led off with a walk, then stole second and moved to third on a Francisco Cervelli groundout. Brett Gardner then drove in Curtis with an RBI double, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple (although replays showed he got his hand in before the tag).

Ivan Nova pretty much matched the efforts of Bergesen as he continues to impress the Yankees and us fans. The rookie lasted six innings--his longest outing of the season--and allowed two runs on six hits, walked two, and struck out six. Nova may have had his best stuff since his callup today, at least he had his best curveball. Not only was he throwing it for a strike 72.73% of the time, but he also threw several in the dirt as a put-away pitch. Impressive stuff from the 23-year-old.

Nova's only mistake of the game came on a 3-0 pitch to Matt Wieters in the 5th that the catcher sent over the wall for a two-run homer. After the game, Nova said he never thought Wieters would swing at the pitch.

However, that one blemished looked like it might lead to a sweep because after Bergesen left the game the O's bullpen continued to keep the Yanks bats in check. David Robertson, Boone Logan, and Joba Chamberlain matched zeros with the O's relievers and that set things up for the Yanks in the 9th.

Alex Rodriguez started the inning with a single and Eduardo Nunez pinch-ran. Then, after Robinson Cano flew out to center, Swish did his thing.

Like I said before, this was a huge win, and with the Rays losing last night to the Sox, the lead in the east is back up to 2.5 games. The Yankees now have an off-day before heading to Texas to face the AL West leading Texas Rangers. Javier Vazquez will start the opener on Friday, with C.J. Wilson starting for Texas. First pitch will be at 8:05pm, and the game will be on YES.

Brett Gardner, LF-CF4011011.284
Derek Jeter, SS4000000.262
Mark Teixeira, DH4000030.264
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4020000.269
Eduardo Nunez, PR0100000.286
Robinson Cano, 2B4010012.318
Nick Swisher, RF4122012.292
Lance Berkman, 1B2000112.248
Curtis Granderson, CF1100101.246
a- Marcus Thames, PH-LF1010000.306
Francisco Cervelli, C2000003.252
a-singled for Granderson in the 7th
2B - Brett Gardner (17, Bergesen)
HR - Nick Swisher (26, Uehara)
RBI - Brett Gardner (45), Nick Swisher 2 (82)
SB - Curtis Granderson (11, 2nd base off Bergesen/Wieters)
RISP: 1-4 (Francisco Cervelli 0-2, Brett Gardner 1-2)
Team LOB - 5
E - Derek Jeter (6, Throwing)

Ivan Nova66222612.92
David Robertson1.10000203.75
Boone Logan0.20000202.34
Joba Chamberlain (W,3-4)10000204.65
IBB - Markakis by Ivan Nova, by Wieters
WP - Ivan Nova 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Ivan Nova 91-60, David Robertson 20-13, Boone Logan 10-6, Joba Chamberlain 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ivan Nova 4-8, David Robertson 1-1, Joba Chamberlain 1-1
Batters Faced - Ivan Nova 26, David Robertson 4, Boone Logan 2, Joba Chamberlain 4


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