Game 136: Eight Is Enough. Just kidding.

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How ’bout them Yankees, huh?  To steal a line from Dan Patrick, you can’t stop them, you can only hope to contain them.  Come to think of it, the last time I watched ESPN was when Dan Patrick was working the SportsCenter desk.  Ah, the good old days.  To bring it back to the good current days, on our March to 100™, we’re sitting pretty at 14, getting ever so closer to single digits.  I don’t know if we’ll best our record from last season, but we might get close. 

All in favor of leaving Javy in the pen as the longman/garbage-time pitcher, raise your hands.  He’s fine when he has to pitch three or four innings in relief.  He is not fine when he has to start the game.  Don’t know what it is, but he’s got a block apparently.  Again, it was up to our bullpen to bail out our starter, something they’ve had to do too much of this season, our great record notwithstanding.  They threw 4.1 innings of three-hit ball, giving up no runs, no walks and five strikeouts.  Yowza!  More of that please.

The offense bailed out our starter, too.  He gives up three runs, we tie the game and then take a two run lead.  He gives the lead up, we score two more runs to take the lead again.  This time, our bullpen holds it down and we win.  Bingo, bango, boingo.  The hero of the game was Marcus Thames, whose 2-run shot in the 7th broke the 5-5 tie and gave the Yankees the lead they’d hold onto for the rest of the game.  Other players though had good afternoons.  Robbie went 2-4 with 2 RBI, Gazoo went 2-4, Gardy went 1-3 with an RBI and Derek went 1-4 with an RBI.  Everyone in the starting lineup got a hit except for Mark and Nunez, so the offense was pretty well distributed amongst everybody.  I hope we continue this, I want to see a double-digit win streak! 

Star of the Game™

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*raises hand* send Javy to the pen!

Also, very important, Boston lost both games of the double header, and the rays lost their game to the little birds, giving us a 2.5 game lead in the division standings. I also think we need to continue this streak as long as possible, we’ve got some tough teams ahead.

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Javy’s biggest enemy this year has been the long ball. He has given up 29 thus far in 143.6 innings. This means a little more than 1 per game. Normally he has good control, however this year is an exception with 3.6BB/9. Hence, his ERA hovers near the 5 mark. Pitching in the AL East is not a walk in the park and some pitchers have found that out really fast. The Jays, BoSox, and Yankees are the top HR teams in the AL -all of them are in the Eastern division….nuff said. Of course, Moseley did not help much by allowing the two inherited runners to score. I’m happy for the win and grateful that the Rays lost as did the Sox- a double header loss by identical scores.
Did anyone catch Teixeira’s completion of the double play in the seventh? He really bailed out Cano on that play and looked like Gumby doing a ballerina move; definitely a highlight real.

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