Mariano Rivera saved his 601st career game today, tying Trevor Hoffman’s all-time save record. Rivera tossed a perfect ninth inning to preserve a 7-6 victory. Curtis Granderson blasted his 40th homer as the Yankees record improved to 91-59 on the season. They sport an ML best, 40-11 record in day games.
After five innings, the Yankees were trailing the Jays, 6-1. They began to mount their comeback scoring four runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by A-Rod’s three-run home run. A-Rod has dealt with an injury-riddled year, but if he play his best ball in October, no one will care. Curtis Granderson’s two-run home run an inning later proved be to the decisive blow.
Bartolo Colon got the start for the game and quite simply, didn’t have his best stuff. The burly righty gave up six runs in four innings. Colon has not won in eight starts, but continues to post an ERA under 4.00 (3.81 for the season). At season’s start, who would have guessed he’d still be on the team?
Give the Yankee pen some credit though. The four-some of Scott Proctor, Aaron Laffey, Hector Noesi, and Rafael Soriano built the bridge to Mo, tossing four innings of hitless ball and keeping the offense in striking distance.
As I’m writing this, the Rays lead the Red Sox, so the Yanks’ magic number is three.
What’s Next? Rubber game tomorrow as the Yankees wrap up their trips to our neighbors of the North.
Sunday, 1:07PM: Freddy Garcia (11-7, 3.71 ERA) vs. Brandon Morrow (9-11, 5.23 ERA)