John McDonald to the Rescue
There’s something to be said about a game where John McDonald hits a home run. For those who witnessed it live, be thankful because a Johnny Mac home run comes around about as often as Halley’s Comet. J-Mac’s dinger along with HR’s from Alex Rios and Eric Hinske pushed to total number of home runs hit in this series to 14. I think the official tagline for Yankee Stadium should now be “Yankee Stadium: Where even Johnny Mac is a home run hitter.”
Scott Rolen continues to amaze us with his impeccable ability to put the ball into play. It’s now 23 games and counting where Rolen has a hit and is going for the club record of 28 games set by Shawn Green. The way Scott Rolen is playing right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets his hit streak up to 30 games.
Thankfully, Ricky Romero was there for another solid start and to at least salvage one game in this four game series. Romero pitched his way in and out of a few jams, but left Brandon League with the bases loaded in the seventh inning … which is a recipe for disaster. My theory that there are two opposite sides of Brandon League is becoming more and more true, as he apparently replaced himself in the bottom of the seventh inning.
For the first time this season, I can honestly say that I though Jason Frasor was going to blow the save. As the hits and runs kept piling up, we all just sat nervously as The Sausage King thankfully struck out Eric Hinske to help the Blue Jays hang on for the narrow win. For the third straight game, things started to get ugly in late-innings and today’s match up almost shifted in the Yankees favour once again.
If it wasn’t for that home run for John McDonald then the Yankees just might have won all four games in the series. Thank you J-Mac for saving the Blue Jays … I hope you realize that your heroics from today will not be overlooked. I hear that the American League needs somebody to hit in the Home Run Derby next week!