"Oh, I think it's clutch dinger time." (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Tonight's game was the first of sixteen meetings with the Toronto Blue Jays during the second half. The Yankees will hopefully continue the success they had off of them during this game, as they defeated the Jays 6-2. Many people tweeted that tonight could be a high scoring game for both teams due to the match-up between Phil Hughes and Henderson Alvarez. Except for a mistake here and there, this was a decent pitcher's duel. Yesterday's match-up was suppose to be a pitcher's duel. It clearly was not. You just can't predict baseball, Suzyn.
Phil Hughes pitched very well tonight. So did Henderson Alvarez. Their numbers tonight are very similar. Hughes went seven innings giving up two earned runs, one home run, four hits, four strikeouts, and three walks. Alvarez went six innings giving up two earned runs, one home run, five hits, six strikeouts, and four walks. They both managed to keep their teams in the game until the runs showed up. That's exactly what you want to see from young pitchers. I definitely like to see it from Hughes.
Keeping the Yankees in the game until the runs showed up is precisely what Hughes did tonight. Again, kudos. The bottom of the 8th is exactly when they appeared. Holy crap, did they take a while to appear due to the constant need for discussion between Frasor and Arencibia. All their talking could not save them from the might, the magic, and the muscle of Monstar. I mean Raul Ibanez. Raul worked the count to 3-2 and then crushed a dinger into the 2nd deck in right field. i believe the proper term for that is "clutch" or "glitch" or something. I forget which. Good work, Ibanez.
More after the jump.
- Russell Martin came through with a classic short porch homer tonight. So did Adam Lind. Two players supposedly on the comeback trail. Good luck to both.
- The loss was made even worse for the Blue Jays by the injury to Jose Bautista during the top of the 8th. Paul O'Neill described what the injury could possibly be while the Jays medical staff was examining him and from what Paulie was describing, it does not sound good. At all. We're talking six to eight weeks. The Blue Jays have my sympathy. They have been plagued with the evil injury bug all year long. Come back soon, Bautista.
- Cano made an awesome heads up defensive play in the top of the 8th to rob a hit from the Blue Jays. He also extended his hitting streak to nineteen games. I love watching him play baseball.