A third straight victory, and a third straight crisply-played game for the Yankees Thursday night in a 7-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
A few quick impressions.
- Two great examples during the game of why Bobby Abreu is no longer a Yankee. First, Nick Swisher hurtled himself into the right-field wall trying to catch a foul ball -- something Abreu never would have done. Second, the Yankees' game-winning rally started because Abreu failed to make a play on a ball hit by Robinson Cano, allowing the Yankees to start their rally.
- I don't know how long he can keep it up, but until he cools off Melky Cabrera has to play center field every day (and I doubted I would say that this year). Two hits last night, including the game-winner and the Melk-man is batting .327.
- I am loving Ramiro Pena, and wondering why it took so long for Joe Girardi to let this kid play. Two hits, including a rally-capping 8th inning double for his first two big-league RBI. Pena has also been flashing a quality glove. This guy has to stay on the roster once Alex Rodriguez returns.
- It was nice to see Girardi give the ball to Phil Coke in a pressure spot. I hope we see more of that.