Monday, April 24, 2006

Yankees over .500

The Yankees finished taking 2 of 3 from the Orioles bringing their playoff odds up to 54%. In Game 1 they faced off against Kris Benson with Chen Ming Wang. Wang had walked the bases loaded and had two outs when Melvin Mora hit a ball to Jeter's left. Jeter showing his poor range had to make a weak off-balance throw and Phillips had to jump to get it. The umpire called Mora safe but replays showed that he came down before Mora did. That led to three runs scoring. Then in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and the Yankees down one Matsui had a full count. He took a pitch which appeared to be an inch or two off the outside corner. The umpire called it a strike and the game was over. Then in Game two Shawn Chacon somehow held the Orioles to one run despite giving up 3 walks and striking out only three. The Yankees in Game three went with Randy Johnson to take the series. He pitched surprisingly well despite only hitting around ninety and havng a slider which was flat for the first 4 innings. Giambi provided most of the offense. In the second he hit a homerun and hit another in the third. In the 5 with the bases loaded he hit a line drive hard down the first base line but right at Millar then in the seventh he hit a double which was off the base of the wall. In the third Torre showed why managers should be seen and not heard. First Jeter hit a single then he was picked off as he was running on the pitch. Then Sheffield hit a single and was caught stealing. Then A-Rod reached on an error and Giambi homered. Torre by himself took a grand slam away from Giambi and gave him a two run homer.

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