Like I said in my recap last night, I had a feeling the much hyped CC Sabathia vs R.A. Dickey matchup was going to turn out to be a letdown. And it did.
But for Yankee fans, it was still a good night as the Bombers were able to win despite extremely sloppy play in the field.
In fact, let’s not even speak of the horrific defense tonight. I want to forget it ever happened.
Let’s instead, talk about the home runs because home runs are good and home runs are what helped the Yankees score six runs to win the game.
The big blow came when Nick Swisher hit a three-run home run off Dickey in the third inning. The Yankees were up 4-0. Mark Teixeira hit a sacrifice fly to start the scoring in the inning, ending Dickey’s nearly month long scoreless inning streak.
CC Sabathia also had a rough go of it which was also not helped by his shoddy defense which I still won’t talk about in detail because it’s too painful. Sabathia finished the night giving up five runs – only one of which was earned – nine hits, two walks and he struck out three in 5 2/3 innings.
Dickey lasted six innings and gave up five runs, all earned, five hits, struck out three and walked three.
The Mets were able to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth thanks to again, the bad defense and also Sabathia who just couldn’t get anything going all night. Plus, he walked Vinny Rottino on four pitches. I mean, who does that? And again who the hell is Vinny Rottino?
Cory Wade came in to replace Sabathia and promptly gave up a single to Ruben Tejada allowing Rottino to come around and score.
The game was 5-5 in the top of the eighth when Robinson Cano hit a Miguel Batista 2-0 offering over the apple in centerfield giving the Yankees a 6-5 lead.
Boone Logan, David Robertson and Rafael Soriano combined for three scoreless innings giving up only two hits and striking out four. Soriano picked up his 15th save of the year.
So the Yankees were able to rebound from Friday night’s loss and win the second round of the Subway Series 2-1 and finished the season series against the Mets with a 5-1 record.
Not too bad.
Thank goodness, interleague play is finally over.