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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Game 96 notes: Yankees win 7-3

The Yankees were able to win despite another shaky start by Kei Igawa. He gave up two solo home runs and allowed seven hits over five innings. He struck out six batters and walked three, throwing 94 pitches in the Yankees' 7-3 victory of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in game one of the day-night doubleheader.

Luis Vizcaino got his seventh win in relief when the Yankees broke the 2-2 tie in the sixth inning by scoring five runs.

Jason Hammell pitched well over four innings, allowing only two runs and three hits for the Devil Rays. However, this was his first start of the season, and his 68 pitches were his most since June 13.

Some notes from the game:

  • B.J. Upton homered for the third time in two games with a solo home run in the first inning.
  • Igawa's two home runs allowed gives him 15 home runs allowed in 56 1-3 innings pitched.
  • Vizcaino got his third win in his last five appearances. He hasn't allowed an earned run since July 1 (10 appearances, 10 2-3 innings pitched).
  • Shelley Duncan hit his first career home run in the sixth inning. He now has two hits and three RBIs in two career games.
  • Andy Phillips is proving that the Yankees don't need to trade for a first baseman. He got another two hits and two RBIs today, giving him a .307 batting average and 14 RBIs in 25 games this season.
  • Scott Proctor's struggles continued. In one inning, he gave up three hits and a solo home run. He has given up seven home runs in 53 innings this season.
  • Kyle Farnsworth pitched a scoreless inning, walking one and striking out two.
  • Jae Kuk Ryu got the loss. He gave up five earned runs in 1 2-3 innings.
Matt DeSalvo will pitched the second game of the doubleheader, which should start in a couple of minutes. Boston won 11-2 today, so the best the Yankees can do is pick up a half-game on the Red Sox if they win the night cap.


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