The offense exploded and Mike Mussina never imploded as the Yankees cruised on by the Tampa Bay Rays by a final of 6-1 Monday. The win gained the Yankees a split in the series and finished off their first homestand with a record of 4-3 as they head off to play the Kansas City Royals.
Mussina was superb, going six strong allowing only one run on two hits. Moose, who also had three K's was dialed in enough to tie Hall of Famer Bob Gibson with 251 career wins.
The offense struck early as Bobby Abreu who finished a double away from the cycle, continued his barrage of hitting heroics with an early 2nd inning HR, a two-run shot to put New York out in front 2-0. Abreu is hitting .400 on the young season.
Flashing ahead to the 6th, Abreu tripled, Alex Rodriguez singled him in and Hideki Matsui doubled in A-Rod, increasing the lead to 4-1. The Yankees tacked on two more in the 7th on hits by Matsui and Cano, making the final 6-1.
Finally Brian Bruney, Kyle Farnsworth and LaTroy Hawkins pitched brilliantly, thus saving the arms of Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera for the next series in KC.
Bomber Bites: Should the Yankees have hung on to Doug Mientkiewicz or Andy Phillips instead of signing Morgan Ensberg? I'm getting the feeling he might be this year's version of Josh Phelps.
Brian Bruney is making me feel a lot better about the Yankees trading away Scott Proctor. The guy who was the "2006 version of Joba" has looked sharp thus far, velocity wise and with his control.
Hey Joe Girardi, with Derek Jeter out can I please see A-Rod at SS, if only for a few games?
Phil Hughes faces former Mets pitcher Brian Bannister in KC and they wonder why people decry the "Los Mets" philosophy, this guy for Ambiorix Burgoss?
Jose Molina, what a steal!