Tuesday: Yankees 2, Rockies 1. WP: Javier Vazquez LP: Jeff Fasero Sv: Mariano Rivera
Wednesday: Yankees 7, Rockies 5. WP: Paul Quantrill LP: Joe Kennedy Sv: Mariano Rivera
Thursday: Yankees 10, Rockies 4 WP: Jose Contreras LP: Jason Jennings
Season Series Results: Yankees 3, Rockies 0, final.
Fun Facts: With this sweep, the Yankees won their 13th straight Interleague game and haven't lost to the NL during the regular season since they were no-hit by Houston last year... Yanks have now won four straight, eight of their last nine and 14 of their last 16. They are 8-1 in June... They outscored the Rockies 19-10 and hit four homers to the Rockies' three... Bernie Williams went 5/10 during the series and Miguel Cairo went 5/7... Alex Rodriguez has reached base in 47 straight games... Jeromy Burnitz had a 13-game hit streak snapped, he fell just short of his career-high.
What We Saw:
Friday: Vazquez retired the first 13 Rockies he faced before allowing three straight singles that scored the only Colorado run of the game. He then struck out the next two batters to end the inning and retired eight of the next nine. He was dominant. Jason Giambi provided all the offense the Yanks needed with a two-RBI single down the right-field line. Mariano Rivera earned his AL-leading 24th save of the year when the game ended with Denny Hocking being caught stealing. Not sure why Hocking was running there, because he's not fast. I'm not even sure why he was pinch-running in the first place. At any rate, it was a perfect throw by Posada and it's always fun to see a game end on something other than a pitch.
Saturday: Kevin Brown left the game after the second inning with tightness in his lower back. It's apparently unrelated to his surgery as he slipped during a pitch in the first. Brown wasn't effective anyway, and staked the Yankees to a four-run Colorado lead. Tanyon Sturtze came on to relieve (shades of last week against Baltimore) and did his usual thing. He'll let runners on, but he hasn't been letting them score. Except for that one run he walked in. Any way you slice it, Sturtze has saved the Yankees two games now, and has no wins to show for it. The Yankees crawled all the way back with the help of home runs from Gary Sheffield, Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams. Jeter should have been bunting in that spot, with a man on second and no outs, but Torre was letting him try to push the ball to right to advance the runner. Good call, apparently. Jorge Posada had three hits and Miguel Cairo had four. I wouldn't mind seeing more of Cairo, personally. He makes better and more consistent contact than Enrique and I'm pretty sure he could lead off fairly well.
Sunday: The Yankees finally gave Contreras a lead to work with, which he blew, but the Yanks just can't stop scoring. Contreras didn't look sharp, but he worked out of a few jams and only made a few really bad pitches. He retired the last 11 Rockie hitters he faced though, so that's definitely a plus. As was his 6:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Bernie got his 2,000th career hit in this game, part of a 3/3, two walk performance. John Flaherty provided the firepower for the Yanks, after striking out poorly the first two times up, he crushed a grand slam in the sixth to give the Yanks a 10-4 lead. Gabe White pitched for 1/3 of an inning and was his usual ineffective self, so Bret Prinz relieved him and finished off the game. Prinz has turned into a nice little reliever for the Yanks. He hasn't allowed a run yet and he throws in the mid-90's. Todd Helton finally got some hits, three of them to be exact, including a two-run homer. Can someone explain to me why Enrique Wilson and his .215 batting average gets more starts than Cairo, who is hitting .304? I think Wilson hit a popup in every at bat this game. Except for the one he struck out in.
Next meeting between these teams: Not this year.
On deck for the Yankees: The Yanks host the first-place San Diego Padres in a three-game series this weekend. David Wells will make his return to the Stadium on Sunday. Game one is on Friday and will feature Mike Mussina (7-4, 4.59) vs. Adam Eaton (2-6, 5.65).