Injury update 4:56 p.m. - Posada had the day off because he...
... felt post-concussion symptoms Tuesday after getting hit by a foul ball. The star catcher sat out Wednesday and was sent to a neurologist for tests. His status for New York's upcoming road trip was uncertain.
As the bottom of the 9th rolled around, I was thinking about what to say about this game. Perhaps something about the Yankees hitters forgetting that gametime was 1:00 PM. And then Nick Swisher hit a 2-run, walk off homer.
So to recap, Nick Swisher is awesome. While he'll never have the stature of somebody like Jeter or Pettitte, I feel like he's become the Paul O'Neil of this Yankees' run.
Ivan Nova pitched well for the 3rd time in 4 starts, limiting the Orioles to 2 runs over 6 innings. He's still on a pretty short leash, and I'm not sure if Girardi doesn't trust him, or if he's simply watching his pitches/innings. Either way, I think it's fairly obvious who the 5th starter will be once Andy Pettitte returns. The last Yankee starter to pitch this well during a late season callup was Ian Kenn......on second thought, let's not jinx this.
The bullpen did what the Yankees' bullpen seems to be doing a lot lately - shutting down the opposition. 3 innings, no hits, no walks, 6 strikeouts. It's nice to see everything coming together at the right time. By the way, has anybody else noticed Joba lately? He's, you know, actually pitching well. While there may not be enough innings left in the season for him to get his ERA under 4.00, he's done what's been expected of him since the All Star Break. Maybe he's not a headcase and maybe he can pitch in New York.....
Play Of The Game:
Brett Gardner's 3rd inn Nick Swisher's walk off homer increased the Yankees chances of winning by 77%. I doubt there have been many other plays this season that single-handedly increased a team's chances of winning by that much.
Quote Of The Game: I can't resist. After a conversation about a lack of run support, the link was made to another kind of "support" that baseball players typically wear below the belt. Thanks for the Carl Crawford picture, Kevin L.