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Well, I could lie and say I thought we’d pound the Orioles into the ground, but I think we all know that wasn’t going to happen, not even on our best day. Rather, they’re the ones that did the pounding. Our playoff chances keep getting slimmer and slimmer, given that we’re behind Kansas City by several games for the second WC spot. This isn’t going to be an in-depth recap, only because I stayed up rather late last night watching news about Robin Williams, and as such, I’m a bit exhausted right now and don’t particularly have the energy to do a whole lot of bellyaching about how bad the Yankees managed to shit the bed last night. Losing 11-3 is awful, whether it happens in April or August, but when you’re fighting for your playoff lives, it’s about 10 steps to the left of awful. I hope that tonight’s game is the exact opposite, in that we manage to win, whether it’s by one run or 20.
Ugh. Another great start from our rotation, another wasted effort from the offense. Granted, it’s hard to hold on to 2-1 leads, even against teams like the vaunted Royals. AJ pitches seven innings of 1 H, 1 ER ball, and gets bupkiss for the effort. Even our bullpen, outside of Buddy Carlyle, was great.
The problem was of course, the offense. When you only manage two runs for the whole game until the 10th when you tack on one more to tie it at three a piece, that’s usually not a good sign. Grandy went 2-5 with 2 RBI and Jorge went 2-3 with an RBI and that was the extent of our offense. How the heck do you club 12 hits but only net three runs out of it? You know what, don’t tell me.
Just please win tomorrow night so that we’re not going into the Boston series on a low note.
Another game, another woeful offensive showing. I’m still comforted in the fact that our pitching has at least held up all season, so we can afford to win games when only scoring three runs. So there’s that. We’re also at 20 wins on the season so far, which about 20% of what I’d like us to end up with. If you’re good at math, you’ll have a rough idea of what I’d like to see us end the season with, wins-wise.
We got another great start out of Freddy Garcia, who is proving himself to be a monumental asset for us in the rotation. He pitched six innings, gave up 1 ER on 6 H, walked two and struck out three. Dave, Joba and Mo pitched the final three innings, and Mo picked up save #13, which means he’s only 30 saves away from the all-time saves record. Keep going, Mo!
Speaking of moving forward toward countdowns, Derek got another two hits tonight, which means he’s now only 38 hits away from 3,000. He went 2-4 on the night with an RBI. Our other two runs came courtesy of a single by Alex in the 5th. Aside from that, we got no other offense from our lineup. I will say that all but three people in the lineup got at least one hit, so it’s a start. Let’s keep it going for the next game.
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Freddy, Derek, and Alex!
Bless you, Royals! Do it again a few more times and I’ll only ever use the barbecue sauce to the left.
But apparently not all the time. I don’t know what more AJ could have done, you should hardly expect your starter to no-hit every team they face. Our offense got their butts handed to them by some dude named Bryan Bullington. He sounds like he should be an outlaw in Dodge City circa 1876 or something. Hell, until Robbie got a hit in the 5th, we were being no-hit up to that point.
I hope we do better tomorrow against the Tigers — splitting a series against the Royals leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Eww.
Phil Hughes started the game this evening and didn’t have the best start, although truth be told, it could have been far worse. 6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K. That last one is a bit surprising, but in the end, I don’t really care how the pitcher gets someone out — just that they do. Our relief corps consisted of Joba, Boone Logan, David Robertson and Sergio Mitre and they combined for 1 H over three innings, giving up no walks. Major kudos to the pitching tonight for getting it done. Do it again tomorrow.
What did Alex put in his Wheaties this morning? 4-5, 5 RBI, 3 HRs. We didn’t even need the other three runs we scored, although insurance is always nice. Everyone in the starting lineup got at least one hit, while the only other players to get more than one hit were Mark (2-5) and Gardy (2-4). We got solo HRs from (aside from Alex) Jorge and Grandy and the third other run came courtesy of a DP from Derek in the 5th. I wish I had more to write about here, but Alex sort of kind of did everything. Because he’s sort of kind of awesome sauce and I wish more fans respected that. I would however like other people on the team to score some runs tomorrow instead of letting it be the A-Rod Show. Not that I mind it necessarily, just that he’s one of nine.
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Dustin Moseley started the game and didn’t pitch that poorly. He could have pitched better obviously, but he was hardly putting up Surgery Meat Tray-like numbers.
I guess what was most aggravating was on a night when the Rays lost to the Orioles (o_O) and the Sox lost in 11 on a walk-off HR off Wakefield (Aaron Boone, anyone?), it would have been nice to gain another game. We’re already the best team in the majors and I have to remind myself of that sometimes when I get a little too annoyed at them, I just don’t like that both of those teams are a little too close for comfort. Let’s win tonight.
CC gave up quite a few hits tonight, but the Royals weren’t really able to do much with them. His final line was 8.2 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. I can’t complain much about the pitching when your starter goes that deep into the 9th inning. As I mentioned, Dave Robertson relieved him and got the final out without giving up any runs, which puts him above Joba on the depth chart in my book just for that alone. Nice work both of you.
The offense was a little……..I don’t know. Blank, maybe. Alex is not looking good at all, and I hope it’s not because he’s hiding an injury. Mark rejoined the lineup after staying in NY during the Texas series after his wife Leigh gave birth to their son on Tuesday and congrats to them for that. Interesting here — both Mark and CC’s middle name is Charles. Both of them had sons within the last few days of each other. Both gave their sons the middle name Charles. I think that’s cute. I hope they dress alike and go to the same schools and marry twins just to complete the picture of preciousness. Back to the offense, though — it was pretty bland. Derek went 2-5, Austin Kearns went 2-4 with an RBI, Swish with 3-4 and Grandy went 2-3 with an RBI. Other than that though, no one else did much of anything else. I hope the next few games aren’t as boring. Although as long as we win, I won’t really care much.
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The only outstanding offense we got this afternoon was from Mark, who went 2-5 with 3 RBI and 2 HRs. Do better tomorrow.
CC wasn’t at his absolute best tonight, lasting only 6.1 innings, but he battled regardless. His final line ended being 6.1 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 9 K. Ouch. That hit count and walk total is a little un-Sabathia like but the Royals only did minimal damage off him. Thankfully. Some other night with some other pitcher, that exact line might be on the losing end. David Robertson finished the inning, throwing only 11 pitches and striking out one. Joba came in for the 8th and it was a typical dramatic performance from him, although he gave up no runs. He did give up two hits and strike out one, though. Chan-Ho Park closed the game giving Mo the night off since the Yanks made it a non-save situation with their big 8th inning, and it only took him 11 pitches himself to close out the win for CC, upping his record this season to 13-3. I don’t know what the hell we’re getting from AJ tomorrow, so hold on to your butts and pray.
I guess tonight’s offense can be summed up thusly — Alex is a beast. 3-5 and 4 RBI, including career HR #599 and he narrowly missed #600 later in the game! Another few feet and that RBI double would have been a 2-run shot. What’s funny/interesting is that he hit #500 off the Royals…..off Kyle Davies, who will be pitching in this series. Has a pitcher ever given up two HRs like that to the same hitter? It would be funny if he’s on record as surrendering #’s 500 and 600, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Other big performances came from Derek (2-5, RBI….which came on his first inside-the-park HR since 1996!) and Swish (2-5, 2 RBI). Everyone in the starting lineup except Gardy got at least one hit, and everyone in the starting lineup except Gardy, Robbie and Grandy got at least one RBI. So it was a very well-rounded effort out there this evening and I hope we repeat it for the rest of the series.
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