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There is still hope.

I don’t mean that there is still hope for the Yankees, nope, this team washed their chances down the drain a couple of weeks ago. Instead there is still hope for Mike Mussina to be able to grab that elusive twentieth victory.

Thanks in big part to the Yankees of last night playing like the Yankees of old. They came out and hit right away which was crucial to turning around a game where Moose gave up a run in the first inning. They came back thanks to a two-run homer by Bobby Abreu in the top of the first.

The biggest thing though was that the offense kept the pressure on which helped to take the pressure off Mussina. Abreu again played a big role in this thanks to his second homer of the night that came in the third inning. But they weren’t done there and they really took the pressure off the man with a four-run fourth inning and when the Yanks added on two more in the fifth they had a very comfortable 9-1 lead half way through.

Mussina did the rest and really pitched himself a decent game. He threw six innings and allowed just five hits, one run, two walks, and he added four strike outs.

The bullpen came in after his six innings were up and they held the lead. It was a comfortable lead, but if Mussina was a Met do you think he would have felt comfortable? I didn’t think so.

Slamming the door behind Mussina was Jose Veras, who pitched a scoreless inning, Humberto Sanchez, who made his major league debut and pitched a scoreless inning, and finally Chris Britton allowed a run, but kept things relatively quite.

Like I said last night, good defense needed to be apart of this run if Moose is going to have a shot at 20 and it was. Nothing was too spectacular, but everything was solid. They’re going to have to keep it up though because a 39-year-old pitcher doesn’t need to be giving extra outs away.

He one number 18, now he must the Toronto Blue Jays next Tuesday for a shot at number 19. Stay tuned.

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