99 Red Balloons

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Red Sox 0 2 1
Yankees 3 7 0

WP: Sabathia (19-7)
LP: Matsuzaka (3-6)
S: Rivera (43)

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PLAYER OF THE GAME: CC Sabathia. The lefty went 7, while striking out 8 and surrendering only one hit in a dominating effort.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Melky Cabrera's catch against the wall on ball hit by Jed Lowrie in the third inning. It carried a lot farther than Sabathia thought it would, but Cabrera was able to snag it as he crashed into the center field wall.

TURNING OF THE GAME: Robinson Cano's home run. It got the Yanks on the board and was all the run support CC needed.

  • CC has been been worth every last penny so far this season. With the win today, he becomes the first 19-game winner in the majors. He last lost a game on July 28 against the Rays (when I believe John made a comment about the Yankees trading for Halladay because CC was "no ace"). He is 9-0 since and has gone at least 7 innings in 10 of his last 11 starts, and the Yankees are 11-0 in those starts.
  • Robinson Cano sure is having a good bounce-back season after a disappointing campaign last year. His numbers in several categories, a .321 batting average, 24 home runs, 80 RBI's, a .352 on-base percentage, and slugging at a .519 clip are much improved over the .271, 14, 72, .305, and .410 from 2008.
  • The Yankees only stole 2 bases today off of Victor Martinez, instead of the 7 they stole last night off of Captain Varitek. Brett Gardner proved his worth off the bench when he took 2nd base on a pitch in the dirt, stole 3rd base, and then, to borrow a Michael Kay line, got himself into, and out of, a pickle.
  • This is win number 99 for the Yankees, and the Magic Number for the division is 1. The Bombers can try to win clinch the division and reach the century mark behind Andy Pettitte tomorrow afternoon.
  • My Syracuse Orange defeated the Maine Black Bears 41-24, despite two onside kick recoveries and two successful fake punts by Maine. If the season ended today, we'd be Bowl Eligible, with a 2-2 record. Unfortunately, it doesn't and the undefeated South Florida Bulls come to the Dome next weekend.
Paul Byrd vs. Andy Pettitte
Red Sox vs Yankees, 1:05 PM



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