While most of the baseball watching world was anxious to see if Alex Rodriguez would hit his 600th career home run Monday night in Cleveland, true Yankee fans had to be excited about the key players who factored most in the 3-2 win.
Curtis Granderson, who has been contributing butstill not measuring up to expectations offensively, followed his two home run game Sunday at home vs. Kansas City with a game deciding two-run dinger Monday night vs. the Indians. Granderson's round-tripper followed an earlier at-bat when he ripped a line drive off the right-center wall only to be thrown out at second. The point is Grandy is swinging a good bat right now--just what Bomber fans thought they would be seeing all year.
Javy Vazquez was solid in seven innings as he tossed five-hit ball and held the Tribe in check before getting help in the eighth from David Robertson, Boone Logan, and the 9th inning save by Mariano Rivera. The "W" gave Vazquez a 6-2 mark in his last 10 starts dating back to June 1st.
Nick Swisher continues to enjoy a career year. The fan's choice for the last spot on the All-Star team smacked his 18th HR of the year off of a very effective Jake Westbrook. Westbrook yielded only four hits on the night in eight innings of work while suffering the loss.
When people like Jeter, Teixeira,Rodriguez and Cano have relatively quiet nights it's got to be comforting for Yankee fans to know that the likes of Granderson, Swisher, Vazquez, Robertson and Logan turned in strong professional performances to grind out a hard-fought 3-2 win.
Dustin Moseley now it's your turn.