Saturday, June 28, 2008

Snapshot: Yankees News and Notes for June 28, 2008

Yesterday: (1) NY Mets 15, NY Yankees 6; (2) NY Yankees 9, NY Mets 0

Sidney Ponson, New York YankeesAfter a 15-6 Mets rout at the Stadium in Game One of yesterday's split-stadium doubleheader, journeyman reclamation project Sidney Ponson scattered five hits over six shutout innings en route to a 9-0 Yankees win.

The troubled right-hander, whom the Yankees gambled on with yesterday's unique doubleheader specifically in mind, is now 5-1. He was released by the Texas Rangers for off-field issues. With his performance, and Dan Giese's flop in game one, the Aruban may have positioned himself to take a more permanent spot in the New York rotation.

Ponson outpitched Pedro Martinez and the Bronx Bombers broke loose in Queens for their first win in four Subway Series games this season.

"I got another chance and I want to make the most of it," Ponson, who had a short stint with the Yankees in 2006 that ended with him being released with a 10.47 ERA, told the NY Post's Dan Martin. "That stuff is in the past. I knew I had to pitch well."

Bobby Abreu went four-for-four with a walk and three RBIs as the Yankees avenged the early afternoon rout. The right fielder singled in the first, walked, stole second and scored in the fourth. He also delivered an RBI single in the fifth, an RBI double in the sixth off left-hander Scott Schoeneweis and an RBI single off right-hander Joe Smith in the seventh when the Yankees put the game out of reach.

Bobby Abreu, New York Yankees"I like the way Bobby is swinging the bat," manager Joe Girardi told George King. "Some times numbers don't tell you everything and numbers against Pedro, a lot of times, they aren't going to be (good)."

Robinson Cano homered and drove in three runs for the Yankees. Derek Jeter extended his season-high hitting streak to 15 games with an RBI double off the center-field fence.

In the afternoon game at the Stadium, Giese and three relievers were embarrased by Carlos Delgado and the Mets. Delgado set a Mets record with nine RBIs and Luis Castillo scored a career-best five runs in a 15-6 rout.

Delgado hit a two-run double off Edwar Ramirez in the fifth inning and his 12th career grand slam in the sixth, a drive against Ross Ohlendorf that landed in one of the last rows of bleachers in right-center. Delgado added a three-run homer in the eighth off LaTroy Hawkins, a drive into a corridor beyond the right-field wall.

After the game, Ohlendorf was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in favor of punching bag Kei Igawa.

Hideki Matsui's left knee has landed him on the disabled list. Because Matsui last appeared in a game Sunday, the move was backdated to June 24.

Girardi didn't tip his hand to how long Kei Igawa will stick around, but Girardi said the left-hander could evolve into the long relief role.

Derek Jeter notched his 400th career double for the second straight day, if that makes sense. The Yankee captain had a two-bagger washed away on his 34th birthday on Thursday by a rainout in Pittsburgh, but reached the round number with a double to right off Mike Pelfrey in third inning of yesterday's opener. Jeter added another double by Jeter in the second game.

Justin Christian started in left field in the opener, going 0-for-2 with a walk. Johnny Damon started the nightcap and went 1-for-5.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A set starting rotation would be nice, wouldn't it?Will Ponson just pitch and keep the distractions to a minimum?