Last week featured our closest vote yet, but Eduardo Nunez's stumble into third base beat out Chris Stewart's "F yeah" by a couple votes. At least Stew has his veteran presents to comfort him. Due to some oddly scheduled off-days, the Yankees only had five games in the past week, and not much was intriguing to GIF. Yesterday boosted the total though, so here's what's up for vote this week:
7/28: Sori's exultant shower
In his third game back with the Yankees since his trade from the Cubs, Alfonso Soriano broke his brief hitless streak with a four-hit day. He belted his first Yankee homer in almost a decade, and capped his day by grounding awalk-off single up the middle, helping the Yankees avoid a home sweep to the Rays. Brett Gardner rewarded him with a Gatorade bath, and Sori was A-ok with that.
The Yankees gave Hiroki Kuroda a tall task Wednesday night by matching him up against otherworldly Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. The Yankees' offense has struggled against far worse pitchers than Kershaw, so Kuroda likely knew that he had to be on his game and shut down the strong Dodgers offense. He did not disappointing in his return to Dodger Stadium, shutting down Donnie Baseball's crew in seven innings, lowering his ERA from 2.51 to 2.38, second in the AL only to Felix Hernandez. This strikeout of Skip Schumaker with runners on first and second and two outs in the seventh ended Kuroda's night, and he showed some rare emotion on the mound after the whiff.
His dominance allowed the Yankees to survive getting blanked over eight innings by Kershaw, and they beat the Dodgers' bullpen in the ninth to split the two-game set in L.A. But yeah, Jim Leyland. Kuroda wasn't an All-Star. Whatever. #HIROK
7/31: Lol Angelols Dodgers
As previously mentioned, the Yankees rallied to beat the Dodgers' bullpen in the ninth inning of a scoreless game. The big go-ahead hit came from Lyle Overbay with two outs and two strikes on him against a lefty, and Jayson Nix stepped up with a runner in scoring position. This was a chance at an insurance run, but Nix has this horrible habit of always coming up in RISP situations and failing, despite what you might have heard from John and Suzyn on WCBS. (To wit, he is hitting .203/.284/.246 in 84 plate appearances with runners in scoring position this year.) It looked like Nix was going to continue this trend when he popped up into shallow right field.
Recently-inserted second baseman Mark Ellis backed up on the ball, but he collided with Yasiel Puig and Luis Castillo'd the ball, allowing two runs to score. It was a play right out of Casey Stengel's mid-thirties bumbling Brooklyn Dodgers playbook.