GAME 106: Yankees at Blue Jays

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Lineups and Notes via PeteAbe and BaseballReference
YANKEES (63-42, First Place AL East)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Hinske RF
Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (8-6, 4.51).

BLUE JAYS (51-54, Fourth Place AL East)
Scutaro SS
Hill 2B
Lind DH
Millar 1B
Wells CF
Rios RF
Encarnacion 3B
Barajas C
Bautista LF
Pitching: RHP Roy Halladay (11-4, 2.68).

Roy is Still in Town: After not being dealt at the trade deadline, Roy Halladay remains a Blue Jay and in the AL East. He has a 16-5 lifetime record against the Yankees with a 2.90 ERA and takes the mound tonight at the Skydome/RogersCentre or whatever the hell it is called now. He is also 8-0 with a 2.10 ERA in his last 10 starts against the Yankees, however, last time the Yankees were victorious on the 4th of July as the Yankees scored 5 runs on 9 hits in 7 innings, leaving Roy Halladay with a no-decision.
No Support for Andy: The Yankees could not ask more out of Andy Pettitte since the All-Star break. He has a 2.70 ERA since the break, however his record is 0-1 due to lack of run support. Pettitte has given up 6 earned runs in his last 3 starts while Yankee hitters only scored 3 runs with Pettitte in the game (8 total).
Beyond the Cycle: Hitting for the cycle Sunday is just a glimpse of how Mellky Cabrera has been playing lately. He is 15 of his last 35 with 5 RBI and 10 extra base hits.
Ha!: A-Rod is hitting .303 with 31 homers in his career at the SkyRogersDomeCenter.

UPDATE 7:13: After striking out Jeter and Tex, A-Rod drives in Damon who scores from first base. It looked like Damon got a lucky hit to even get on base so that is huge. Plus any scoring off Halladay is big.

UPDATE 7:16: Five years later A-Rod is still knocking balls out of peoples gloves. At least this time it was with his feet so he could get away with it and it's 2-0 Yankees. All sorts of sloppy play in that at-bat.

UPDATE 8:11: Pettite's lost the strike zone now. Back to back walks and now 2-0 to Rios with 1 out and the bases loaded in teh 4th.

UPDATE 8:14: Pettitte escapes with minimal damage. A sac fly and groundout keeps the Yankees the lead at 2-1.

UPDATE 8:31: Roy Halladay is cruising right now. He's retired 10 straight batters. As for Pettitte, he's hanging in there, but it's safe to say the two pitchers are heading in different directions at this point in the game, which is not good news for the Yankees.

UPDATE 8:52: Hughes coming in with 2 on and 2 out. Pettitte pitched very well today with Halladay being the opposing pitcher. Andy had 7 strikeouts and gave up 1 run on 4 hits. He did have a little bit of luck though, as a lot of hard hit balls were right at the fielders.

UPDATE 8:58: That was HUGHE! Ok, I know, stupid pun. But still, Yanks needed that.

UPDATE 9:03: Damon's success off Halladay continues and as I type Mark Teixeira wants to get in on the action and hits a monster shot off Halladay and that is back-to-back home runs for Tex and Damon and it is 4-1 Yankees.

UPDATE 9:19: Mo coming in to get a 4 out save. Hughes threw alot of pitches to Millah before striking him out. Two on two out for Mo. As for me, after this inning I'm off to see the movie Funny People, so there will be a recap after 10 when Jim is back.


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