The odds were stacked up against the New York Yankees before Texas Rangers Cliff Lee even threw his first pitch.
By the top of the sixth inning, Lee was schooling the Yankees again, with a 6-1 lead, posting 11 strikeouts, no walks, and a stacked bullpen just waiting.
Yankees Javier Vazquez pitched just shy of six innings. Vazquez is fighting a pitcher’s “dead arm,” which is fatigue from throwing, but regardless Vazquez didn’t skip his start and that is a sign of a true ballplayer.
Mark Teixeira was on a mini-paternity leave, but is back today and his hot bat is always appreciated.
Replacing Tex at the plate and at first base was Marcus Thames, who was the player of the game by a landslide. Thames hit a homer and the ninth inning single that drove in the needed runs for the win.
I really like Thames because he has preformed since joining the Yankees this season. Thames is like a subdued Swisher, just happy to be a Yankee and fans are happy to have him too.
I am not even going to try and dissect Skipper Joe Girardi’s decision making because it gets me too upset. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees Get 2009 Swagger Back by Beating Cliff Lee and Rangers’ »