Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Swisher saves the day for Yankees

Super Swish! On just one leg, Nick Swisher hit a walk-off home run, saving the New York Yankees from the embarrassment of getting swept by the resurgent Baltimore Orioles.

What Buck Showalter has done with the O's, who have been the Yankees’ favorite whipping boys for years, is remarkable. Showalter has led his players to a 21-13 record and has them believing they can play against and beat anyone, even the mighty Yankees. Enjoying the role of spoiler, the O's spanked Yankee ace CC Sabathia last night and were three outs away from a sweep of the Bronx Bombers in their own stadium, which Alex Rodriguez stated several times would have been unacceptable.

But Swisher, whose left knee is clearly still not 100%, took a healthy swing and deposited a pitch into the left field bullpen for a much-needed victory. “I didn’t know if he was going to make it around the bases with that limp that he had,” winning pitcher Joba Chamberlain joked after the game.

The victory was critical, not just because the Yankees were close to losing four consecutive games for the first time this season, but because the Tampa Bay Rays are still breathing down their necks. Thanks to Swish, their division lead stays intact for now and the Yankees can enjoy their off day.

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