Unlike some other teams I root for around here (ahem, Detroit), the Yankees are actually streaking at the right time of the season.
About a week and half ago, it seemed the Tigers could realistically catch the Yankees (who’ve been up-and-down all year) in the Wild Card race.
Now, it’s looking pretty impossible.
Last night, behind a Jason Giambi grand slam and 6 strong innings of work by Phil Hughes, the Yanks won again. The streak is now at six in a row.
Yankees 9, Blue Jays 2: If anyone was going to bring the New York streak to a screeching halt, it was Hughes, who hadn’t won since Aug. 10. But the young gun was excellent, allowing just 2 hits and lowering his season ERA to 4.91.
Brewers 6, Pirates 1: The N.L. Central is getting more annoying than exciting. Milwaukee rookie Yovani Gallardo has pretty much solidified his spot in the starting rotation, pitching a shut out through 6 innings while striking out seven Pirates. Prince Fielder hit his 44th home run of the season as the Brew Crew moved (yet again) to the top of the division.
Cubs 4, Astros 5 (F/11): See if this sounds familiar. The Cubs jump out to an early lead, get 5 strong innings from their bullpen, then bring in Ryan Dempster…you know how this ends. Dumpster gave up a walk-off triple in the 11th last night to drop the Cubs out of first. We’ve said before, Dempster isn’t that bad, he just seems to have horrible luck. Oh yea, and fans cringe when he heads to the mound. That’s always good.
Rangers 13, Tigers 6
Rangers 1, Tigers 4 (DH)
Angels 10, Orioles 5
Devil Rays 10, Red Sox 16
Twins 6, Royals 3
Cleveland 8, White Sox 3
Athletics 7, Mariners 4
Rockies 8, Phillies 2
Nationals 8, Marlins 13
Braves 13, Mets 5
Cardinals 2, Reds 7
Padres 9, Dodgers 4
Diamondbacks 1, Giants 2