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Jun
23
2007

Bombers Snap Three Game Skid

Kei Igawa's second tour of duty was eerily similar to his previous first go-round in pinstripes.

Igawa couldn't get out of the fifth, Barry Bonds belted his 749th career homer and Mariano Rivera came into the game with one out in the eighth, but the Yankees held on to defeat the Giants 7-3 in San Francisco.

The Good:

 Alex Rodriguez.  It's nights like these when A-Rod shows that when he's on, he's the best in the business.  A-Rod helped the Yanks take an early lead when he led off the second inning with a double and then scored his 68th run of the season on Hideki Matsui's sacrifice fly.  Rodriguez reached base in all five of his plate appearances and picked up RBI number 75 on Friday night.  A-Rod finished a perfect 4 for 4 with a walk, a run scored and 2 RBIs.  

Melky Cabrera.  Joe Torre stated before Friday night's game that Johnny Damon would not start during the weekend.  No problem.  Right now, Cabrera is a better hitter and a better fielder.  Melky helped the Yanks jump out to a 3-0 lead with a two-run single in the second.  In the sixth, Cabrera fouled a ball off his right shin and was in obvious pain.  Things looked bleak, but Melky got back in the box and laced a triple to right.  That's what I like to see.  Cabrera finished 2 for 5 with a run scored and the 2 runs batted in.

Hideki Matsui.  Matsui finished 0 for 3, but he made the play of the game in the fifth.  The Yanks were up 5-2, but the Giants had the bases loaded with two outs and Bengie Molina at the plate.  Molina ripped a ball deep to left and Matsui made a snazzy, twisting, leaping catch to save the lead and end the inning.  Matsui also continued to get that runner in from third.  Matsui hit a sac fly in the first and is batting .833 with a runner on third this season.

The Bad:

Kei Igawa.  Igawa's start was symbolic of his short stay in pinstripes; inconsistent.  Igawa started off well, but he fell apart and was unable to hold a 5-0 lead past the fifth inning.  His motion is a bit different, but Igawa still had trouble keeping the ball down.  I don't know what to expect from Igawa.  His ND looked like this: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K.

The Ugly:

The Camera Eye.  In the top of the fourth inning, the Yankees had runners on first and second with one out.  Kei Igawa stepped up to the plate and was preparing to bunt.  The only problem was that the YES camera was fixed on Robinson Cano at second base.  It was "stalker cam" as the lens stayed on Cano for the remainder of the inning.  Igawa got the bunt down (I guess) because I saw Cano move over to third.  Then I watched as Cano jogged on home as Melky grounded out to end the inning.  Now I know what it's like to stare at Cano from the third base line.

Fox gets the Yankees and Giants Saturday afternoon tilt.  It should be a good pitching matchup as the Yanks send Chien-Ming Wang to the hill to face off with Matt Morris.

Can't wait to hear Joe Buck and Tim McCarver call the action.

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