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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Yankees make it eight in a row

capt.5e2cde225ed445319e409974318c46a6.orioles_yankees_baseball_nyy105Robinson Cano went 3-for-4 with three RBI and the Yankees hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the second inning to extend their winning streak to eight games by beating the Orioles 11-4 Wednesday night.

Mark Teixeira got the scoring started in the first inning with an RBI double.  Then Nick Swisher, Cano and Melky Cabrera hit consecutive solo home runs in the bottom of the second to give starter Phil Hughes a 4-0 lead.  Swisher’s home run was his first of the season at Yankee Stadium.

Hughes would give up three earned runs on six hits (two home runs) while striking out nine and walking only one in five innings pitched.

Like last night, it was still a close game (5-3) until the later innings when the Yankees put up a six-spot in the eighth.  The big hit was a two-run Derek Jeter double off the right field wall.

Mariano Rivera came into the game with two outs in the eighth inning.  He hung around for the ninth inning to record his eighth save of the season.  In the process, he allowed a solo home run to Nolan Reimold, the first of his career.

Joba Chamberlain is on the mound tomorrow night as the Yankees look to sweep the Orioles and extend their winning streak.

AP Photo

3 comments:

She-Fan said...

What's with Mo and the home runs? Not that he was pitching in a normal save situation in the ninth, but still.

Emmanuel said...

That's what happens when you lose a couple mph on that cutter... I won't blame the new stadium on a shot to straight away center.

kongon said...

I think it was either Waldman or Sterling that suggested that Mo giving up the dinger was the result of him not pitching with the same urgency or adrenaline rushing had it been a normal save situation with the game on the line and no margin for error.

When he came in the 8th for that proverbial four out save, I did feel uneasy because you either get classic Mo or the one that uncharacteristically gets lit up. But by the 9th, the game was out of reach for the O's and the dinger inconsequential. Won't always have that luxury, however!

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