Melk Man Delivers

24 innings in 24 hours, 9 and a half hours of baseball and 1 step closer to October. That was the end result of yesterday's 12-11 Yankees victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. For the second straight day, we got "free" baseball and Melky Cabrera had a chance to send the remaining crowd of 56,000 home happy. Unlike Friday night when he failed to get the game winning hit in the bottom of the 9th with the winning run only 90 feet away, the Melk man completed a long exhausting back and forth battle with a game winning single in the bottom of the 10th.

Via Anthony McCarron NY Daily News
"He's important to this lineup," said Jorge Posada, who started the 10th with a ground-rule double. "He's been slumping a little bit and he had a big hit. That tells you a lot about the kid."

You could also say Melky won the game in the top half of the 10th as well. He contributed to an inning ending play at the plate that denied the Blue Jays of taking the lead. With 2 outs and a man on first base, Toronto's Aaron Hill lined a pitch over his head and took one bounce off the wall, Cabrera barehanded and fired a throw to cut off man Robinson Cano, who then turned and with the help of the edge of the pitchers mound got the ball just in time for Posada to appply the tag on Matt Stairs.

Via ESPN.com
"That was as good of a relay as you'll ever see," Toronto manager John Gibbons said.

Cabrera finished 3 for 7 with a career high 5 RBI's last night. "I never had a game like that" he said afterwards.

The win kept the Yanks on pace with the Red Sox who won last night in Tampa Bay, and put them 5.5 games ahead of Detriot who lost last night to the lowly Kansas City Royals. The Yankees magic number to clinch a playoff berth now stands at 3, with 8 games left to play.
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