What does it take to shut down an offense that can light up scoreboard? Hint: A man pushing 40. Answer: Yep, Mike Mussina. The Moose, who pitched 7 shutout
innings tonight to earn his 15th win of the season, is making a run for
possibly his first Cy Young award this year. With a crumbling rotation,
an offense that does what is wants, when it wants and two teams ahead
of the Yanks in the standings, Mike Mussina is single-handedly keeping
this team in contention.
Despite facing a team with an offense that has
become the new “bombers” in a must win game [as all games are these
days] Bullwinkle was not fazed and kept them scoreless
through 7, where the bullpen took over and continued the trend. Bruney
took care of a batter, Marte finished up the 8th and Mariano notched
save #28 in the 9th.
As for the offense… it was pretty
much what it has been all year: somewhat there, but unable to get big
hits with runners in scoring position. Jeet started things off with a solo shot
to put the Yanks on the board in the first. The Capt’n clearly broke
out of his slump tonight [about time] with 3 hits tonight and 2 RBIs.
P.S. Thanks to everyone that showed up at the in-gamer. It was a good one.
I’ll let you guys know ahead of time before the next one.