This short stint in Los Angeles delivered plenty of late inning drama as the Yankees and the Dodgers split a two game series where the Dodgers had more reason to celebrate as they moved into the record books with their win on Tuesday. The Dodgers walked off in the 9th inning on Tuesday after Mark Ellis (.281) hit a single off Shaw Kelly (3-1), scoring Andre Either. This win gave the Dodgers their first 10-1 start since the All-Star break in tram history.
Yaseal Puig is the real deal as his relentless hitting gave the Dodgers their first run of the game, scoring after his double off the center field wall just missing a home run. Andy Pettitie (7-8) settled down after the 2nd inning despite allowing 8 hits he didn’t allow any more runs.
Lyle Overbay (.250) gave the Yankees their 56th win with a pinch-hit RBI single to break an 8 inning tie on Wednesday. His questionable “safe” call on a check swing lead to former Yankee legend and Dodgers manager, Don Mattingly to be tossed out of the game. Sure enough, Overbay blooped one into center field scoring Robinson Cano.
Hiroki Kuroda (10-6) continues his stellar year, pitching seven scoreless innings allowing only one walk and eight strikeouts, improving to a 2.36 ERA. The Yankees gave Mariano a three-run lead to work with in the 9th and the veteran had no problem shutting down the Dodgers 1-2-3 with two strikeouts, picking up his 34th save of the season. Rivera was honored by the Dodgers with a ceremony including a message from Rachel Robinson, widow of Jackie Robinson.
The Yankees mantra in the clubhouse has to be to fight. The only way this team can win is to find any way of getting on base, through bunts and small ball the Yankees can have a legitimate chance to grab one of the two wild-card spots. Since the Red Sox have that never say die attitude right now they don’t seem to be willing let the Yankees get much room on their 8 game lead. With
The Bronx Bombers are being lead by their pitching, having the 8th lowest ERA in the majors (3.69) they give the Yankees a chance to win every game. Somehow the Yankees are five games over .500 in arguably the best division in the American League but are slowly moving down the wild-card standings and being crept up on them by the Royals, yes the Kansas City Royals.
Curtis Granderson returning to the lineup against the Padres, only playing in 8 games this season after breaking his wrist. Granderson loves the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium and the Bombers could sure use more of the long ball this season. With Grandy back in the middle of the lineup it gives the Yankees more chances to get men on base and more chances for the Yanks to drive in more runs. Hopefully the Yankees can grab at least two from the 4th place Padres (50-59) in San Diego this weekend to regain or at best keep their wild-card hopes steady heading into August.