Friday, September 2, 2011
Field of Dreams on Friday night
The Yankees outfielders put on a defensive clinic Friday night.
No matter how hard the Blue Jays smacked the baseball Friday night, be it a line drive or deep shot, the Yankees outfielders were there to snag the ball. Diving catches, running catches, leaping catches, you name it, the Yankees outfielders were doing it.
"You could look back and we had probably seven outstanding defensive plays tonight," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "To win games like that, you're going to have to have that."
Each of the outfielders had their own defensive gem, or gems, in the Yankees' 3-2 win.
Left fielder Brett Gardner made two great plays in the first inning that saved at least two runs, center fielder Curtis Granderson tracked down a deep ball to center field that could've potentially given the Blue Jays the lead in the sixth and right fielder Andruw Jones had a nice sliding catch and robbed a potential home run.
On that play, with the game tied at 1-1 in the fourth, Jose Bautista hit a shot to right, but Jones leapt at the wall and robbed what he said was likely a double but was close enough to the top of the wall that it might have gone out.
"I knew it was going to be a pretty close play," Jones said. "When he hits the ball he hits them far, so we were lucky to keep him in the yard today."
POWER TO THE PEOPLE: The Yankees lead MLB with 189 HR. They have 19 in their last 10 games and 32 in their last 17.
ROBERTSON UNAVAILABLE:Joe Girardi said David Robertson was unavailable on Friday due to tightness. He expected Robertson to be able to go on Saturday. Mariano Rivera and Rafael Soriano, both of whom pitched Thursday and Friday, will likely be unavailable on Saturday.
FIVE AWAY:Mariano Rivera recorded his 37th save on Friday night. He's three behind Detroit's Jose Valverde for the AL lead. He needs four saves to join Trevor Hoffman as the only pitchers to reach the 600-save plateau and five to tie Hoffman on for first place on the all-time list.