Yanks move into first with nondescript win

Montero continues to rake, but Tampa falls
Yanks praising Girardi's leadership

The best way to describe this game to someone who didn’t see it: the play of the game was a Mark Teixeira scoop at first on an off-line Derek Jeter throw. Sure, it was a good play, but when you think play of the game, don’t you think of a homer or a big RBI? The Yanks didn’t get one in this game. They scored on a Jeter single, a Teixeira groundout, and a Swisher sac fly. Nothing flashy. Just three — dare I say it? — gritty runs and some timely pitching. The Yanks rode it all the way to first place in the AL East, beating the Indians 3-1.

When you look at Pettitte’s final line, it’s surprising he allowed only one run. He threw just 45 of his 84 pitches for strikes (54%) and allowed 11 baserunners in five-plus innings. This led to a number of Indians threats, none greater than one he left in the sixth. After a single, walk, and a 2-0 count on the next batter, Joe Girardi had seen enough. Pettitte clearly wasn’t feeling 100 percent; Girardi and the trainer had to visit the mound in the fourth for a possible injury concern. With a bases loaded, no outs situation just two pitches away, Girardi insisted that his starter hand over the ball.

Al Aceves took care of the next two balls, but bore down after that. To allow just one run with the bases loaded and no outs is admirable, and that’s just what Aceves did. Then he did some more, shutting down the Indians for two more innings and yes, laid the bridge to Mo. Since Mo is Mo, and Mo has already had his freakout moment of the year, he was just fine, striking out Asdrubal Cabrera and Grady Sizemore before getting Victor Martinez to ground out, giving the Yanks the W. With a Boston loss against Toronto, the Yankees are in first place by themselves for the first time since the last day of the 2006 season.

While the Yanks’ offense did a good job of manufacturing a few runs, pitching won the day. Pettitte was shaky but limited the damage with runners on base. Aceves allowed just one baserunner of his own in three innings pitched. And, of course, Mo did what Mo does. The offense did have a few chances to lay it to the Indians, but they went 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position. That’s why pitching is so damn important. The Yankees have been hitting better lately with RISP, but sometimes they’re going to have games like this. When the pitching doesn’t go out and allow five runs, as we saw countless times last year, the team has a chance. Those two hits with RISP, plus the sac fly, was enough with this staff.

The Yanks won on Wednesday and they won today. One more and that’s a winning streak. Thankfully, they’ll call on their best man to do it, as CC Sabathia takes the hill tomorrow evening in his return to Cleveland. I’m certainly looking forward to this one. It’s one of the benefits of having the Yanks being in first place: I’m always looking forward to the next game. Not that I’m not when they’re in second, third, hell, even last. It’s just when the team is going well, I just can’t wait to get to the next game. It’s quite the feeling. Hopefully the Yanks keep it going.

Montero continues to rake, but Tampa falls
Yanks praising Girardi's leadership
  • John

    Let’s stay here for the rest of the year…or if possible, the rest of eternity.

  • Will (the other one)

    TEH GRITTY GUTTY WINNN!!111!

    Seriously, though, Al Aceves is awesome. The fact that we’re getting anything out of a guy like him at all, never mind the overall quality he’s put out this year, is just outstanding.

    • steve (different one)

      it’s amazing that our incompetant GM was able to sign him from the Mexican league in between making highly inflammatory yet vague statements about the outfield dimensions.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        But Cashman will always be teh sux0r!we hav no bench and joba is teh starter! very angry face1111

        • Ellis

          Great game. Comments with “11!!1” and “teh suxor” are still so, so irritating.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADvb3yyhwM Slugger27

            i couldnt agree more

          • rbizzler

            I usually am in agreement, but I thought that this one was tastefully done.

            • LiveFromNewYork

              and teh funny

  • TheLastClown

    Excellent game. I watched on delay with MLB.TV’s DVR functionality as I was still watching Stephen Strasburg pitch today.

    It’s going to be a lot of fun to watch him when he comes up to the bigs. Doesn’t look like he needs a lot of MiLB polish.

    But just great to see the Yankees come up with a win in Jorge’s first game back. He looks healthy.

    Aceves gets more credibility every time he takes the mound. Even if Andy ends up being hurt & CMW isn’t returning to form, I would be satisfied to see Ace spot start.

    15 Errorless games? Excellent to see.

    Nady+Marte+CMW+Bruney into this mix = 1998 flashes, but with perhaps more pitching dominance.

    Tis a happy time to be a Yankee fan.

    • thurdonpaul

      1998 was certainly magical, anything close to that would be terrific

      • EB

        To put in into perspective, on May 30, the 98 team were 37-11.
        Even crazier, the currently team is 28-20, whereas at one point the 98 team were 65-20. So in effect the current team would need to string together a 37 game win streak to match that team thru 85 games.

        Amazing

        • steve (different one)

          So in effect the current team would need to string together a 37 game win streak to match that team thru 85 games

          the 37 game win streak has already started.

          that. just. happened.

    • steve (different one)

      wait, more pitching dominance than 1998? err…

      • BigBlueAL

        Amazing how short memories some people have.

  • Craig

    Nice Major League reference, and in Cleveland no less.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADvb3yyhwM Slugger27

      it HAS happened before…

  • AlexNYC

    Al Aceves does not look like a rookie to me. He looks more like a veteran out there on the mound.

  • http://www.conservationvaluenotes.com Jon G

    Great win.

    The one thing we talked about is what does it say about Girardi’s confidence in the rest of the pen that he leaves Aceves out there for 3 innings… (so now Aceves is done till Monday likely)

    It’s time to get Melancon up here getting some MLB innings under his belt in easy situations like they did with Joba before putting him into the higher pressure situations.

    Do we really need Tompko in the pen along with Wang and Aceves? Do we really need Veras if he’s shown that he can’t be trusted over a couple of seasons now?

    Let’s see what we have in Melancon in time to assess pen needs before the trade deadline…

    • whozat

      “The one thing we talked about is what does it say about Girardi’s confidence in the rest of the pen that he leaves Aceves out there for 3 innings… (so now Aceves is done till Monday likely)”

      That he figured he could leave Aceves in and use three pitchers today, instead of five?

      • D

        Y should he have faith in anyone out there? Let em earn trust

  • anonymous

    I wonder if Francesa will call for Andy to go to the pen tomorrow. Since you know he went 5 innings only then broke down.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      wait a second ANDY PETTITTE IS A STARTING PITCHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • BigBlueAL

        LMAO!! Get me Porcello’s stats for his last 5 starts!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Angelo

    When will Aceves be at full strenth?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADvb3yyhwM Slugger27

      he isnt?

  • stuart

    girardi should not have any confidence in most of the pen but aceves had 22 pitches after 2 innings and he was a starter.

    they need to give robertson some more streesful situations, and somehow get a look at melancon.. melancon looks like he is get the late inning work at AAA now.

    again why is berroa on the team and tomko also……….

    • D

      This isn’t try outs. U earn important innings. Like Ace is doing

      • handtius

        Ok, so how do you earn innings…oh yeah, by pitching innings. crazy, i know.

        • steve (different one)

          sure, but you also want to win the game.

          Aceves had a 7 pitch 7th.

          i loved what Girardi did.

          so what if Aceves is unavailable today? you can’t take wins back off the board.

  • BigBlueAL

    Holy Shit!! I just saw the Rays-Indians highlights and Randy Choate got the save for the Rays by K’ing Mauer to end the game. What has this world come to….

    • rbizzler

      Saw that too, FTW. ‘Exhibit A’ in how hard it is to put together a passable bullpen.

    • AlexNYC

      Randy who?

  • josh

    i know that melancon is young but he is not that young. what are they waiting for?

  • D

    No such thing as nondescript wins

  • My Name Ain’t Kelvin

    Ace was again impressive out there. And if this ‘injury’ to Andy causes him to miss starts, then at least we have CMW, who IMO is looking better and better. Look at that, we have depth. ;)

    • http://deleted RollingWave

      BUT IT’S?NOTHING IN COMPARASON TO DA RED SOX ‘S HISTORIC DEPTH AND THEIR 12th in the league SP ERA!!!!!!

      • My Name Ain’t Kelvin

        And surely, since it is a good thing, Cashman does not deserve any credit. Ace was found by the scouts, not Cash. No, Cash does not deserve any credit.

        /sarcasm

  • jonathan

    I think that it is strange that people are so concerned about getting innings for the bullpen. If it was a perfect world we wouldnt even need a bullpen…the starters would finish the games. If Aceves is getting it done then you keep sending him out there as long as he can take it. Trying to get inning for high risk or rookies is not the team priority its winning. Today we have CC vs. Carmona who has been getting hammered lately (though remember that Verlander came back to form against us, people step up against the yankees especially vs CC ex teammate). So if its the 6th inning CC has like 76 pitches its 8-1 yankees…do you pull him for the 7th just to get the bullpen mopup duty in a blowout? Hell no. The Bullpen is a convenience…I hope we never have to rely on it so heavily again.

    • steve (different one)

      word.

  • hawkins44

    Boys, these are the games that win divisions… ugly wins.