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Well, you knew it was time for him to make a re-appearance. I think a 15 inning victory counts for dramatic, although it shouldn’t have needed that many innings just to beat the damn Orioles. More on that later, though.
How about that Bartolo Colon? Good grief. 8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. Can we get this all the time, please? Mo came in for what we thought was a routine 9th inning save, but he kinda got a case of the yips and gave up a run….thus necessitating extra innings. I’ll give our bullpen lots of credit though….they were solid. Rock solid. Noesi was a horse, pitching four relief innings, giving up only four hits. Great, great job by the pitching last night.
The offense though….yeesh. One run until the 15th inning? Great time to finally wake up, though. We did get lots of production though, to the tune of 15 hits, even if our run total didn’t reflect that. Alex went 4-7, Derek went 2-7, which means he’s only 32 hits away from 3,000 now. Robbie went 2-6 with 2 RBI, Russell Martin went 2-4, Mark went 2-6….we got a little something from everyone. Of that group, the stand-out hitter was Alex, though. Good for him too, he’s been slumping lately. Let’s carry this into the last game of this little two-game series and sweep the O’s.
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Bartolo Colon, our bullpen, and Alex Rodriguez!
Freddy Garcia had a great start, and really the last couple starts has shown himself to be quite an asset to this rotation. His final line was 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. Our bullpen on the other hand, didn’t have the best of afternoons. Joba came in for the 7th, and gave up two runs to cut our lead to only one, and then Mo came in for the 9th and gave up the tying run to Brian Roberts. Fortunately Andino was out at the plate, otherwise the Orioles would have won the game 4-3. I know Mo gets the yips every April, so I’m not worried…..but it’s still shocking to see anyway. Thankfully our offense came through in the end.
Speaking of the offense, we scored two runs in the 1st inning, one run in the 5th inning, and then didn’t score again until the 11th inning. Now that’s a problem. Of course, coming off a 15-run game the previous night, I wasn’t expecting 16 runs, but I was hoping for more of a sustained offensive effort than that. A couple players had very nice days at the plate; Derek (4-6, RBI) and Grandy (3-5, 3 RBI). We also got RBIs from Alex and Russell Martin. Derek’s four hits brings him to 2,945 hits total, or just 55 away from 3,000. Keep pluggin’ along, Jetes. I know you’re not having the best year, but we’re behind you anyway.
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What wasn’t so great to see early in the season is Phil Hughes’ troubling pitching woes. I don’t know what’s going on with him right now, but it’s worrying me. CC is CC, AJ appears to have his sh!t together, but after that it’s a whole bunch of question marks, and Phil leads the pack. It’s waaaaaay too early to be talking playoffs, but if this team expects to succeed in the playoffs, we need at least three top-notch starters, and at the moment we only have two. So he better shape up soon. Our bullpen had to pitch the bulk of the game, and they did a great job — especially Bartolo Colon, who has been a surprisingly solid (all jokes about his weight aside) acquisition for us thus far. Mo got the win, and as usual, made it look effortless. Can we clone him?
The offense mirrored the pitching last night — dead in the beginning, hot at the end. After falling behind 5-0, suddenly the bats remembered what they’re paid millions of dollars to do, and started to hit the ball. From the 5th inning on, we scored at least one run an inning, with the exception of the 8th. Our big heroes were Jorge Posada, whose 9th inning HR tied the game at 5, and Swish, whose sac fly in the 10th scored Mark and netted us the win. Of course Swish got a pie in the face from AJ for his efforts. Derek went 1-5, which brings him to within 64 hits of 3,000. Alex went 3-3 with an RBI, Robbie went 2-5 with an RBI, and Grandy went 2-4. Nice job all around once the bats got hot. Let’s do this again tonight against the Rangers.
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BTW, did we really need to see Dubya’s smug and sneering face all night?
As I mentioned above briefly, CC did not have an ace-like start tonight. To be honest, it was crap. I don’t know how much of his bad start was the long layoff between starts or what, but he was all over the place and so were the balls Rangers batters were hitting off him. Thankfully though, our bullpen and later our offense, picked him up and we won the game. His final line was dismal: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K. Not good. Our bullpen on the other hand, was absolutely phenomenal. 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. Dustin Moseley had the most outstanding performance pitching-wise, going two innings and striking out four. So a big round of applause goes to our pen for holding the Rangers at 5 runs.
The offense was completely effing asleep until the 7th inning, which trust me….did nothing for my nerves. Or the ulcer I’m developing because of these guys. I kid. It’s more like chronic heartburn. In any event, Robbie Cano got the scoring for the Yanks started in the 7th with a solo shot off Wilson, who soon found himself in a world of trouble come the 8th inning, when the Yanks piled 5 runs on Rangers pitching. Both starters ended up with NDs but wow. You thought Girardi did funky stuff with our pen…..he’s got nothin’ on Ron Washington. That was almost Torre-esque. As for the scoring, a few guys had great nights by the time the whole things was through. Derek went 2-5 with an RBI, Alex went 2-5 with 2 RBI, Robbie went 3-4 with 2 RBI and Marcus went 2-4 with an RBI. Those were our 8th inning guys and without them….well….this entry would have a far different tone. Viva le dramatic comeback!
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The game yesterday was pretty back and forth, with both teams giving up leads left and right. However the Yankees got lucky with a 2-run HR in the 9th inning by Greg Golson to give us the 9-8 victory. Now on to the pictures!
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Also, Greg Golson and Jorge Vasquez!
The pitching this afternoon was pretty good. The guys whom we normally pick on around here, Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre, did fairly well. Chad went 2 innings and gave up only one hit, Mitre went 2 innings giving up no hits (someone call Ripley’s) and after that it was a hodge-podge of young kids just finishing out the game. Both Gaudin and Mitre are fighting it out for the 5th spot in our rotation with Hughes and Chamberlain so if they were dressing to impress, they started off on the right foot.
As far as the offense went, would you believe we won in a walk-off? I know, it’s like we didn’t see enough of those last season. The Drama Club, the Drama Llama…all were in full effect today. This time the walk-off wonder was Colin Curtis, who hit a 3-run jack to give us the 6-3 victory. Alex went 1-2 notching the Yankees’ first hit of the spring in the 5th and Nick Johnson went 1-2 as well. Obviously there were a lot of players going in and out of the game, so there was no real earth-shattering performance out of anyone, but it was still great to see none the less. Now, I think we know what time it is……
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This one is for you, Jason. For those who are new to Yankees Chick, I’ll fill you in on the backstory of the post title. Not last season but the season before it, Jason and I grew very tired of Kyle Farnsworth blowing games for us with his erratic and often-times maddening pitching style, so we christened him Nuke LaFarnsworth, after the character Nuke LaLoosh in “Bull Durham”. Basically, anyone that gets the Nuke La______ treatment is a pitcher who in a tight spot or in a big game, will completely sh!t the bed. Aren’t we glad he’s not in a Yankees uniform anymore? Yeesh. Thanks, Kyle!! That was a veritable pinball machine of suck. Some errant throws, and a liner that bounces off of Nuke and ends up in foul territory. BTW, where was Soria? I know you’re the Royals and you’re just playing out the clock but shouldn’t you always put your team in the best position to win, even if you have nothing to play for? If the situation were reversed, I’d hate to see Girardi throwing wins away like that. Bad form, Mr. Royals Manager.
AJ Burnett did not deserve the ND tonight, he pitched very well. His final line tonight was 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB and 8 K. Another great performance. He could have gotten the win if Phil Coke didn’t have an uncharacteristic bad night. Robertson and Bruney both had great nights in relief and due to our 9th inning heroics (surprise, surprise), Bruney improved to 5-0 on the season. Nicely done! Let’s hope we get the sweep tomorrow with the same stellar pitching.
The funniest thing about this whole game is that our A lineup managed only half the run production of the 3rd stringers who played last night. I was prepared to complain about that more than winsomely make mention of it, but thanks to our Drama Club/Drama Llama/never say die team, I don’t have to worry about that. Our big offensive producers tonight were Mark (2-4, RBI) and of course our late-inning heroes: Robbie Cano, Eric Hinske, Francisco Cervelli and Juan Miranda, who got the pie in the face treatment from AJ. I’m hoping we don’t end up with only 2 runs tomorrow since there appears to be a pattern to our run scoring this series; 8,4…………
Boston lost, so our lead in the AL East is now double-digits and sits at a pretty 10.5 games. Here’s hoping Texas pulls out a win so those loons can’t celebrate a 5 game losing streak. On the March Past 100™, we’re now at a +2. Let’s keep this going, I want to see how much further we can go. BTW, we’re 46 games over .500 for the first time since 1998. Read that year one more time. Since 1998. Holla.
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Also, Robbie, Eric and Francisco who sadly, don’t have pics up yet.
Don’t you just love walk-off wins? Late-inning heroics, dramatic finales, the Drama Llama….we love all that sh!t. It’s why Lisa calls us The Drama Club™, after all. And such an unlikely candidate for hero in Francisco Cervelli, too. On to our Magic Number countdown. Right now it’s down one spot from 12 to 11, and since Anaheim couldn’t f*cking strike out Nick Green, it looks like it could say at 11. I had a few choices for this one, as I could have put Chuck Knoblauch, Gary Sheffield or Fred Stanley here, but went with Lefty Gomez instead. He’s considered our franchise’s greatest pitcher, right along with Whitey Ford.
For once, it wasn’t our pitching that was the problem. We actually got a decent start out of Chad Gaudin tonight, with a final line of 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, and 2 K. Not amazingly spectacular, but sure as sh!t better than what Surgery Meat Tray horked up out there last night. Marte, Bruney. Coke, Hughes and Mo comprised our relief corps tonight, pitching 4.1 innings of 3 hit ball. Not bad at all. This was such a sorely-needed win, too.
Until Matsui’s HR in the 8th inning, the offense tonight was deader than dead. We scored two quick runs in the 1st inning and did jack squat after that until the game was nearly over. Not good. This is not the time for the offense to go into meltdown mode. I’m not entirely concerned, mind you…..just peeved. Only two hitters got more than 1 hit tonight and that was Alex and Matsui. Both went 2-4, however Hideki had 3 RBI to go along with it. The other “hero” of the game was Cervelli, who got a big hit in the 9th to score Gardner and get us the 5-4 victory. I’m just grateful we were able to get this win under our belts before we head out west to play the Superfluous Acronyms™ who BTW, just effing choked up the game against Boston. How in the HELL do you go 1-2 with 2 outs against Nick effing Green and freakin’ LOSE. God damn. I’m so tired of teams going into Fenway and pulling their pants down. It’s embarrassing. Have some pride, would you?
This win tonight was big in more ways than you know. A loss would have meant a 5.5 game lead in the AL East instead of the 6.5 game lead we currently have. Had the Angels done their damn jobs (I hate the fact that I had to root for them, both teams should be sunk into the sea) it would have been a 7.5 game lead, but beggars can’t be choosers. Our Magic Number for HFA is now 11. The March to 100™ has arrived at the #6 slot. Let’s keep this going, we can do it.
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Not much to say about Joba’s start tonight, other than it was what it was. He’s only pitching 3 innings anymore, and his first inning was bad but the last two were good. Our bullpen was the real story – 6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. You’re not going to lose many games when your bullpen can come in that early in a game and put up a line like that. Big props go to Aceves, Albaladejo (who got the win), Bruney and Coke for shutting Tampa down after that initial 2-run inning.
Well, it finally happened. I knew it would eventually, Derek Jeter is just too good to go hitless for long. He needed three hits to tie Lou Gehrig for the top spot on the Yankees’ all-time hits list and four to pass him……and wouldn’t you know he got exactly three. He had an opportunity in the 8th inning after we batted around to get a chance to break that record, but he was walked. It’ll have to wait for the next game. It’s amazing when you look at what he did and then think about how much more Gehrig would have accomplished had he not gotten sick. I think sometimes we take that aspect of it for granted. Derek most certainly makes us all proud to be Yankees fans – I wouldn’t have it any other way. Congrats. Now aside from Derek’s record-tying feat, we didn’t get a whole lot of anything until the 8th inning when Girardi had Jorge pinch-hit for Brett Gardner. We scratched a run across before his at-bat, thanks in part to last night’s hero, Nick Swisher. With two men on, Jorge launched one into deep right and put the Yankees up 4-2, to cap off a 4-run inning. No complaints here. That’s just more of that Drama Llama/Drama Club™ late-inning heroics that we’re known for, remember? Aside from Derek and Jorge, Alex went 2-4, continuing his hot streak right now and Matsui also went 2-4. I would have like something a little more balanced, but all this drama is good for your blood pressure. Right? LOL
It doesn’t appear that Boston will lose this game, so our lead in the AL East remains at 9 games. If by chance a miracle occurs, I’ll update this portion of the post. Our Magic Number for HFA is now 17, and it looks like it’ll stay that way for right now. On the March to 100™, we are finally in single-digits……9 games to go! We can do this. We absolutely can do this. Now ordinarily I’d do multiple stars, and give one out to an outstanding pitcher and an outstanding hitter, but given the weight of what Derek Jeter did tonight, I think he should stand alone. Jorge’s HR was absolutely important but what Derek did was a pretty big deal.
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I was prepared to title this “Chad Gaudin: Ace Stud” but sadly Phil Hughes had other ideas. Then again, if he hadn’t given up that HR to Bartlett, we wouldn’t have had our Drama Llama/Drama Club™ special with our patented walk-off HR/pie in the face extravaganza! The pitching wasn’t really a problem tonight, Gaudin did a damn good job for being Chad Gaudin. 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 6 K. I’ll take that line from a #5 every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Our pen, with the exception of Hughes (who pitched very well aside from the HR) did a phenomenal job. Can’t ask for more than what we got.
The offense was dead tonight. Dead, dead, dead, dead, dead. 3 runs on 5 hits, two of which came off the bat of Nick Swisher. I love Nick Swisher. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone in recent memory who loves being a Yankee more than he does. He really enjoys being here and really, what more do you want from a player? Nick went 2-3 with 2 RBI and a BB and Alex was responsible for our other run, and he went 1-4 with an RBI. Aside from them…..nothing doing. Derek went 0-4, so his march toward Lou waits for another game. I know David Price is a good pitcher, but for the longest time we were being 1-hit. Although it would have been funny had we won the game 1-0 with our only hit scoring our only run. I wonder if that’s ever happened before? Anyway, I’d like to see the Yankees maybe have a more balanced approach offensively for the next game. It shouldn’t be that hard. For some reason I thought this series was 3 games instead of 4, so let’s go for the sweep tomorrow!
As I mentioned up top, the Red Sox won so our lead in the AL East remains at 9 games. The Yankees are also the first team to 90 wins and are 40 games over .500. Our Magic Number for HFA is 18, and if the Angels lose tonight (they are currently losing 1-0 to Seattle), it’ll be 17. The March to 100™ is getting closer and closer to a reality, we’re now a mere 10 games away. A win tomorrow will get that in to the single-digits. We can do it.
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