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:
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
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).
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