4-Run 8th Saves Yankees… For Now

It’s been awhile since Vernon Wells delivered a big hit for the bombers. Well that all changed in their 4-3 win over Toronto on Wednesday.

Robinson Cano got the bombers on the board for the first time in the series with an RBI single. Alfonso Soriano followed that up with an RBI double to cut the deficit to 1. Then Wells put New York ahead with a 2-run double.

Phil Hughes got the start for the Yanks, surrendering 2 runs in 3.1 innings. David Huff came in in relief, going 3.2, allowing the other jays run.

Mariano Rivera shut the door, recording a 4-out save, to keep the yankees relevant in the wild card discussion. (Save #44)

The Indians lost again to the Royals, while the Orioles topped the Red Sox in 12. The Rays evened up their aeries with fellow card holder Texas. What does it all mean? That the yankees are 2.5 back of Texas, 1 back of the Indians and behind the Orioles. There’s still hope with 3 remaining with the Rays. And they own the season series with Cleveland, texas and baltimore, which helps in the event of a tie. Now they just have to continue to win and get help. Of course, what awaits them if they win a wild card spot and find away to win the wild card game, the dreaded Red Sox. The Yanks are just 6-13 against them this year. But October is the land of strange occurrences, so you never know. You’ve gotta get there first.

10 games to go and there’s still so much to be decided, not just in the AL, but the NL wild card is set to be just that, wild til the end.

Five Run 5th Inning Saves CC, Yankees

CC Sabathia has his offense and the pen to thank for his 12th win of the season.

The veteran lefty was cruising along and had a 2-1 lead thanks to Alfonso Soriano’s 12th homer of August. In the 5th, the wheels came off. With one swing, the light hitting Danny Valencia sent one over the wall and put the Baltimore Orioles up 3-2. They’d tack on another to take a 4-2 lead.

In he past, a lead for Sabathia meant good things. But this year, not so much. But this isn’t the first half Yankees offense anymore. 4 straight extra base hits to open the inning, including a two-run shot by Ichiro Suzuki, gave them back the lead for good. The offensive outburst is nothing new of late, but to get it off notorious Yankee killer Miguel Gonzalez right after CC blew the lead, was huge.

Sabathia was sent back out for the 6th, but was pulled after allowing a 5th run.

Robinson Cano was back in the lineup after missing Wednesdays finale in Toronto with a left hand contusion. The lefty second baseman showed no ill-effects, going 2-3 with 2RBIs and 2 runs scored.

David Robertson and Mariano Rivera did what they do best, and the Yankees picked up a pivotal 8-5 win, to move within a .5 game of Baltimore in the wildcard hunt.

Adding to the good feelings, Cleveland fell to Detroit, pulling them even record wise with the Indians. It actually puts them ahead in the standings because the yanks owning the season series. Oakland and Tampa, who each hold a wild card spot, are facing off on this weekend. This means that the bombers ensure themselves of gaining on one of them with the win (in this case it was Tampa, as the A’s picked up the win and took over the top wildcard spot).

Ivan Nova gets the ball in game two, looking to continue his recent hot stretch. The 26-year-old hasn’t loss since late July. Scott Feldman toes the rubber for Baltimore.