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Yankees and Indians Four Game Wrap Up

April 29th 2008 18:17
On the first game of the series on Friday night, Pettitte took the loss on the strength of Jhonny Peralta's three run home run in the third inning. Paul Byrd picked up his first win of the season. The good news for the Yanks was that Jason Giambi finally cashed in with two hard hit homeruns. Also, the team called up Jonathan Albaladejo to replace the injured Brian Bruney. He pitched two innings of no run ball.

Ian Kennedy took the mound on Saturday afternoon in search of his first win of the season. He got a no-decision but improved on past performances with a 5 inning, 3 ER day. He looked more comfortable on the mound despite a three run inning by Cleveland. Kennedy has been highly touted as a control pitcher in the vain of Greg Maddux and Kennedy's idol Mike Mussina. So far this season, he has been anything but. He has 17 walks to only 15 strikeouts. Since he is not overpowering, he cannot succeed in the Majors without an absolute command of the strikezone.

Joe Giradi made a somewhat questionable call in the ninth inning. The game was tied with one out. With first base open, Giradi opted to walk the struggling Travis Hafner (.233) to set up the double play. The problem with this decision was that the man behind Hafner, Victor Martinez is hitting .373 and is by far the best hitter on the Indians right now. This also added pressure to a struggling Ross Ohlendorf to make a good pitch. He did and Martinez crushed it for a walk-off win.

Sunday afternoon's game was a classic old-school pitching duel with two of the game's top aces, Chien-Ming Wang and C.C. Sabathia. Wang outdueled his opponent 1 - 0 on the strength of Melky Cabrera's solo homer in the fifth inning. Wang improved his American League wins record to 5 - 0 while Sabathia took the tough luck loss to fall to 1 - 4.

Wang improves to 5 - 0.

Two major side notes on Sunday's game. Jorge Posada was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career. He has started more games than any other catcher in 8 years. He was sent to see the dreaded Dr. James Andrews, the Tommy John specialist, about the pain in his shoulder that will not go away. Posada was able to swing the bat very well but cannot throw.
Also, Grady Sizemore sat out to end his 382 consecutive game streak due to a mild ankle sprain. Sizemore is an integral part of the Indian lineup and serves as a table setter for the big hitters that follow.

The Yankees made a strong series comeback on Monday night to split 2 - 2 with the Indians. Mike Mussina made his third consecutive strong appearance to earn his 252nd win of his career. Indians call-up Aaron Laffey no-hit the Yanks through 5 innings before allowing 4 runs on only 4 hits in the sixth. The rally was not necessarily a Bronx Bombing with 3 infield hits, a hit batter and two groundouts.
The Yankee bullpen was again outstanding. Albaladejo (who I think is a name we're going to hear a lot), Farnsworth (who has been lights out of late), Chamberlain and Rivera combined to go 4 innings and gave up 0 earned runs. Rivera has been better than ever this season. He now has pitched 10 innings, given up 0 runs and has 8 saves. His command is impeccable and he is making hitters look silly.

Ending Notes:
The Yankees have survived their brutal three week road stretch playing 18 of 20 games away. Their record is 14 -13 which doesn't sound like much. However, by glancing at the schedule it appears the roughest part is over. Considering that they are above .500 with two struggling rookie pitchers who will look to improve and injuries to Posada and A. Rod; the team should feel pretty good about their April work.

A. Rod will not play in Tuesday night's game against Detroit. He will rest his right quad and hopes to play by the end of week.

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Comment by Harry

April 30th 2008 00:55
It's a good think they are resting A. Rod. Must have been a hard decision, but the right one.

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April 30th 2008 05:10
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