The wheels keep spinning for the Yanks, who win today’s game (their 5th straight), sweeping the Royals to go on to face Toronto on Tuesday. Wang, who came into the game tied for the league lead in wins, started off strong, having to pitch only 25 pitches through the first three innings. However, things went south in the fourth after he allowed three runners to cross the plate to tie the game. The big hit came off Alex Gordon, who hit a double to clear the bases and credit himself three RBI’s, accounting for all of the Royals’ runs in today’s game. Wang didn’t allow a run in the next three innings he pitched, but got into trouble with his command, allowing more walks then we’re used to seeing from him. Wang gets the win nonetheless, giving him 18 on the year, keeping him tied for the league lead, now only with Beckett who unfortunately also got his 18th win for the Sox today.
The offense continued their current surge scoring 6 runs today.
The man that started it off? None other than the monster that is Alex Rodriguez.
All I have to say is: A-Rod is beyond a ballplayer. There simply aren’t any words left in the English language to describe him. Ken Singleton said it best yesterday: “He’s turned the American League into his own personal playground.” He hit another home run, his 52nd and counting, in his first at bat of the game to add on to his 7 total in his last 5 games alone. Right now, the season he’s having is beyond ridiculous. It’s gotten to the point where although every fan quietly expects him to hit more home runs, they’re still utterly shocked when he does (myself included). People said in beginning the year that A-Rod wouldn’t be able to keep up with his mammoth numbers, but A-Rod certainly didn’t agree and, as September arrived, decided to end talks of the AL MVP ending up in anyone else’s hands but his.
Other offensive mention goes out to Cano, who went 2-4 with a run and an RBI and also Jorge Posada, who continues to tack on to his already spectacular numbers for a catcher, let alone one at his age. Jorge has been one of the most consistent forces on the Yankee lineup while having his, no doubt, best season of his career, and it’s almost unfair that it’s been overshadowed by A-Rod’s excellence.
Other pitching mention goes out to Kyle Farnsworth (the good one) who pitched a 1-2-3 8th inning, tacking on two strikeouts and not allowing a run. Farnsworth has been a completely different pitcher than the one everyone wanted to hurl something at earlier in the year. Although it took him a while to start pitching like he is now, his better performance couldn’t come at a better time, with the September stretch to the playoffs upon us and October baseball right around the corner. Also, credit to Mariano who was… Mariano.
The Yanks are now 4 atop the Wild Card over Detroit and 5 atop of Seattle. Hughes next on the mound on Tuesday against Toronto. The Yanks need to take care of another second string team before they go on to Boston to face the Red Sox, in a series I can’t wait for. (Who wants another sweep?)
Also, congrats to Curtis Granderson who joined the 20-20-20-20 club today (20 doubles, triples homers & steals.) How he got the 20 triples is beyond me.