Do you see what I see?
Yep, the magic number to clinch the Division is five. If Baltimore had lost it could have gone down to four.
Since the Red Sox are good for nothing, the Yankees will have to be like Pedro Cerrano from Major League and say, “Eff you Jobu, we do this ourselves.”
And they did do it themselves tonight with an 11-4 victory over the Blue Jays.
Things got started when Nick Swisher hit a two-run double that gave the Yanks an early 2-0 lead. They added another run in the third inning when Derek Jeter grounded into a double play with the bases loaded – it Raul Ibanez scored from third to but the Yankees up 3-0.
After the Blue Jays scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to cut the Yankees lead to 3-1 – thanks to a solo shot by Colby Rasmus, Russell Martin hit his 20th home run of the season, a three-run shot that gave the Yanks a 6-1 in the sixth.
A scary thing happened in the sixth when Robinson Cano was hit by a pitch from Brett Cecil. Cano remained in the game but he was seen leaving the clubhouse with ice on his hand and according to multiple reports, will be getting x-rays. The last thing the Yankees need is Robinson Cano being seriously injured right now. Let’s start forming the prayer circle now, shall we?
The Yankees continued to tack on runs, with the final blow coming off the bat of Eric Chavez who hit a two-run, opposite field home run in the ninth. It was Chavez’s 15th home run of the year.
He’s the ninth Yankee player to reach the 15 home run plateau this season. That ties the major league record with the 2005 Indians and Rangers.
Hiroki Kuroda, wasn’t sharp tonight. He was lucky to have only given up two runs because he allowed 10 hits through 5.1 innings. He got himself into and out of a whole mess of trouble. If he were pitching against a better team, the outcome could have been a lot different. Still, tonight’s outing was Kuroda’s shortest start since all the way back on May 21.
Despite the so-so outing, Kuroda was aided by his offense – for once – and earned his 15th win of the year.
Old Man Derek Jeter hit his major league leading 209th hit tonight and every Yankee starter had at least one hit – the Yankees had 13 in total. Ichiro Suzuki, Swisher and Martin all had two hits apiece.