Friday, May 05, 2006

Yankees Slam through Tampa Bay, Complete the Sweep

Game date- 5/04/06

Yankees- 10, Devil Rays- 5

W- Johnson (5-2)
L- Orvella (1-2)

New York's Johnny Damon is congratulated by teammates after hitting a grand slam in the eighth inning of Thursday's game against the Devil Rays.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

DH- Damon, 2-5 ( 1B, 2R, 4RBI, grand slam [4] )
SS- Jeter, 0-4 (BB)
1B- Giambi, 1-4 ( 1B, RBI, BB)
3B- Rodriguez, 0-4 ( HBP, RBI)
LF- Matsui, 3-5 ( 1B, 2B, 2R, RBI, solo HR [4] )
C- Posada, 0-2 ( 3BB, 2R)
2B- Cano, 1-5 (2B, 2R, RBI)
RF- Williams, 2-4 ( 1B, 1B, 2RBI, sac bunt)
CF- Crosby, 0-2

Other Yankee Batters:

RF- Sheffield, 1-2 ( 1B, BB, 2R)

Yankee Pitchers:

Johnson- 7H, 5R, 2BB, 4K, 6.2IP
Sturze- .1IP
Proctor- H, BB, K, .2IP
Myers- H, BB, K, 1.1IP


Randy Johnson struggled for his third consecutive start, giving up 5 runs on seven hits ( including a go-ahead home run to Ty Wigginton). He did pitch into the seventh inning, and picked up his league best 5th win ( tied with Jose Contreras of the White Sox).

The Yankee bullpen was dominate once again, with good performances by Sturze, Myers , and Proctor. The Yankee bullpen really has been splendid so far this year, check out these ERAs:

Kyle Farnsworth: 2.53 ERA
Ron Villone: 1.80 ERA
Mike Myers: 1.08 ERA
Scott Proctor: 1.56 ERA

Hideki Matsui had his second consecutive multi-hit game; he went three for five, only a triple short of the cycle.

Johnny Damon opened the game up in the eighth with a grand slam to left field ( after the D'Rays had opted to intentionally walk Sheffield to get to him).


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