Ichiro started his day by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the first game, but topped that off with a 4-for-4 night with four stolen bases and the game winning RBI. Not to mention a fantastic catch during the eighth inning of the first game that probably saved the game.
It was a game that is sure to be a Yankee Classic, but it wouldn’t have been possible if it hadn’t been for Phelps. The Yankees needed a strong performance out of him after Girardi used up every important reliever in the afternoon game and they got it. Phelps went 6.2 innings, gave up just three hits and allowed only one run. He left the game in a bit of a jam, but Boone Logan helped him escape and then Rafael Soriano picked up his second save of the day.
They weren’t the prettiest of games, but Andy Pettitte and Phelps stepped up and Ichiro did the rest. The most important thing is that they won and are now a full game up on the Orioles (at least until their game against Seattle is over tonight). They’ve also improved to 6.5 games up on the Rays who are pretty much an afterthought at this point.
The Yankees have CC Sabathia going tomorrow and it would be great to see him follow up today’s impressive pitching performances with one of his own as they try for the series sweep. The Yankees certainly could use it from him.