(Touchdown! Courtesy of The AP)
The internet at my apartment was kind enough to crap out on me in the middle of the 8th inning last night, so while you can refer back to last night's live blog to get everything that happened leading up to that point, I'll use the space here to cover what happened after and hand out the AB4AR good checks and bad checks on another Subway Series victory for the Yankees.
- After Robinson Cano's MONSTER blast to dead center field to give the Yankees the 6-5 lead in the 8th, the whole "Freddy Garcia coming into a close game" idea was scrapped and Joe went to D-Rob to pitch the bottom half.
- Pitching for the 2nd consecutive day for the first time since coming back, D-Rob did his usual thing, striking out the first 2 batters of the inning before Andres Torres singled to right, stole second, and took third on a balk. After falling behind Ruben Tejada 3-0, Robertson battled back and forced a groundout to A-Rod to end the threat.
- Rafael Soriano came into the game to close it out in the 9th, and the rain came with him, but it didn't bother Raffy as he worked around a 2-out Lucas Duda single to pick up his 15th save of the season.
- Nick Swisher: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 LOB. The HR off of Dickey should have stood up as the winning runs, but still a solid all-around game for Swish. He drew his walk against Dickey and also had an 8-pitch AB against him in the 5th. Get this guy some more knuckleballers.
- Cano: 2-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB. It was a questionable move by Terry Collins leaving Batista in the game for another inning in the 8th, and Cano was quick to make him pay for it. That HR made up for his crummy night in the field.
- CC Sabathia: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K. His ERA actually went down last night, but I wasn't impressed by anything CC did. Yes, most of the hits off him were bloopers and there wasn't a lot of solid contact, but that's exactly why it bothered me. Because the Mets lineup is not good, and CC let him hang around all night. He got into too many 2- and 3-ball counts and caught too much of the plate with 2 strikes. It didn't look like any of his pitches were working that well for him last night, and against a better team the damage could have been much worse.
- Derek Jeter: 0-5, 1 K. Facing a guy who throws a variation of knuckleballs isn't the best recipe to fix Jeter's GB fixation.
The Yankees will stay in the primetime spotlight, as they travel back to their side of town to face the Cleveland Indians on ESPN tonight. No live blog for this game, but tomorrow's game notes should be solid and maybe my internet won't crap the bed this time! Hiroki Kuroda and Josh Tomlin are the pitching matchup. First pitch should be just after 7 PM Eastern/6 Central.