August 26, 2011
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The Grandy Man Can
So what’s more unusual then an earthquake hitting New York City? Three Grand Slams in one game. Yesterday the Yankees were the first team in MLB history to hit 3 Grand Salami’s in one game (something that shitty team 90 minutes south has never done). Cano, Martin, and Granderson were the 3 players to take it deep for the New York Yankees on this record setting day. The Yankees fell behind early, 7-1, before they came roaring back to avoid the sweep from the A’s (really the Yanks almost got swept by the A’s, great playoff push guys). The Yanks realized that they probably were not going to be playing a lot of baseball this weekend because of Hurricane Irene so they decided to score all their runs in one game. Russell Martin went 5 for 5 with 2 HR’s and Derek Jeter saw his batting average reach .300 for the first time in forever for one AB before he struck out and went back down to .299.
While everything went well for the Yanks offense, the pitching was still a problem. Phil Hughes allowed 7 runs on 6 hits in 2 2/3 innings. He needed 78 pitches just to get 8 outs which made the Yanks use much of their bullpen before they start a series against Baltimore of 5 games in 4 days. The Yankees are trying to figure out their rotation for the playoffs and it started to look pretty solid with the way that Nova and Hughes have been pitching, but after this outing it makes you wonder. Hopefully its just a bump in the road for Hughes just like it was for Nova when he gave up 7 runs to the Royals before he pitched a solid game against the Twins. There is no way that the Yankees can rely on AJ Burnett, the guy is a scrub. I still have no idea why the Yankees try to protect this guy while they throw Jorge under the bus.
Speaking of Jorge he is now challenging Robinson Cano for his starting position at 2nd base. Giradi said that because they were up by so many runs before Grandy’s Grand Slam he was going to put Russell Martin in at 2nd base, but Jorge convinced him otherwise. Jorge told him that if the Yanks scored two more runs he was going in at 2nd and not Russell. As soon as Granderson hit it, Posada ran and grabbed his glove and for the first time in his MLB career he played 2nd base (Posada played 2nd base while he was coming up in the minor leagues with the Yankees). Posada also made the last play of the game by fielding a grounder, hopping on one foot/crow hop, and gunned it……..straight into the ground where Swisher made a nice scoop for the final out (Because the Yanks were dominating the Yankees fielded an All-Star caliber infield of Chavez at 3rd, Nunez at Short, Posada at 2nd, and Swish-a-lish at 1st). If you haven’t seen the play click the link below for a good chuckle.