Originally posted on Lady At The Bat  |  Last updated 8/14/12
On paper it didn't look like a good matchup for the Yankees: Rookie pitcher David Phelps up against what is arguably the best team in baseball. But the results last night proved once again that you have to play the games.  Phelps only had about 80 pitches in him, and for a while, it looked as if he was going to throw them all before the end of the third inning. But he got through five innings. What probably boosted his confidence was  his two pickoff plays. Two. You usually don't even see one.  Phelps gave way to Derek Lowe in the sixth inning, who finished the game and got his first save in something like a decade. Once again, congratulations are in order for Brian Cashman, who had the foresight to bring a veteran on board instead of trusting the stretch run to a minor league long man.  Of course it was only one game. We will see what happens in Phelps' next start, and during Lowe's next appearance. But things got off to a great start last night. Other Notes: * Cong...
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