Our starting pitching sucked last night. I’m just going to be honest with you. We had a 6-0 lead and Nova completed choked it up and after the 5th, we found ourselves down 7-6. A 6-run lead. Gone. Oy vey. We tied the game the following inning and it stayed tied because our pen managed to not give up any more runs to the damn Rays. Boone, Joba, Kerry, Dave and Mo all combined for 5.1 innings of two-hit ball. Now that’s a bullpen. And it’s good they held the Rays to 7 runs because our offense died until the top of the 10th. I hope our bullpen keeps up what they’ve been doing and I hope our rotation gets its act together. The playoffs are coming sooner than we think.
Well…..6 runs usually should be enough to win a ballgame, unfortunately for us though, we needed two more than that. Fortunately, we were able to provide those two runs. A quick run down of the lineup shows a few players that had good/great nights. Alex went 2-6 with 2 RBI, Robbie went 3-4 with 3 RBI, and Jorge came in as a PH in the 10th and hit the tie-breaking and game-winning HR for the Yanks. Derek went 2-5, Grandy went 2-5, Mark went 1-5 with an RBI, and Austin Kearns went 1-5. So the offense had a great game, if only our pitching (aside from the pen) did too. Let’s do the same tonight and take the series. I can’t remember the last time we did that.
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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!
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Javy started the 2nd game of this series with Seattle and didn’t fare that well, lasting only three innings. Granted he didn’t perform that well in the three innings, but he only had 65 pitches, not 85. I don’t know if it was necessary to pull him that early. I think he could have gone another couple innings and saved the pen a bit, but I’m not paid to make those decisions. Unfortunately. Chad Gaudin did yeoman’s work this afternoon, throwing three scoreless innings of relief, giving up only one hit and striking out three. Phenomenal. Boone Logan (who ended up with the win), Dave Robertson and Mo pitched the last three innings, with Mo giving up an uncharacteristic run in the 9th, although it didn’t make a hill of beans difference — he still got the save and we still won the game. I did like his comments in the post-game; he was asked if he ever broke a sweat getting a save and he said “today I did.” What a bada$$.
Any amount of runs today would have been a billion times better than a shutout, so seeing nine runs on ten hits was a revelation. A couple guys had big afternoons — Robbie went 2-4 with 2 RBI, Jorge went 1-3 with 2 RBI and Eduardo Nunez, making his ML debut, went 1-3 and netted the go-ahead RBI for us in the 7th. So congrats to him for that! Also, Derek went 2-5 with an RBI. Nice job all-around for the Bronx Bombers. Let’s please please please please do this tomorrow. Awesome.
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I can’t blame Dustin Moseley much here. He’s a spot starter, taking over for the beleaguered Andy Pettitte, who hopefully will return before the playoffs. He threw five innings and didn’t have the greatest of outings, giving up 4 ER on 5 H, but thankfully our offense was hot and it didn’t matter much. Our bullpen on the other hand ….. wow. It’s finally starting to get back to where it needs to be, thank God. 4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, BB, 5 K. That’s a good line, especially when they need to come in that early. BTW, how great an acquisition has Kerry Wood been? It looks like Ca$h struck again. I still can’t believe he got Nick Swisher for Wilson Betemit. Kenny Williams must have been high or something. *laughs*
Speaking of Swish, he went 1-5 tonight, but thankfully a lot of other people got hits too. Gardy went 1-4 with an RBI, Mark went 3-4 with 2 RBI, Robbie went 1-3 with an RBI, Grandy went 1-4 with an RBI, Austin Kearns went 1-3 with 2 RBI and Ramiro Pena, still subbing for an injured Alex, went 1-3 with an RBI. Everyone in the lineup got a hit except for Derek and Jorge and everyone except Derek, Jorge and Swish got at least one RBI. Nicely done! Let’s do the same tomorrow afternoon and take this series. It started off kind of crappy, but it has potential now to be a great finish.
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For starters, Phil had a pretty decent start, actually I’d say he had a damn good start considering how the first couple innings played out. That was a very gusty performance he gave, and it’s a shame it didn’t get rewarded with a win. Our bullpen was spectacular, holding the Sox down and keeping us within striking distance the whole time.
Speaking of striking distance, am I the only person who threw something across the room when we had bases loaded and no one out…..and failed to score a single run? I thought for sure that was our inning. Twas not to be, apparently. I wanted 3 of 4, they needed 3 of 4…..meh. I would have liked to gain another game on the Rays, but we’ll have to save that for another game.
And speaking of Mr. Moseley, he pitched one hell of a game tonight. 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. That’s a damn good spot-start if I do say so myself. He had the Sox off-balance all night, and I don’t know if we win this game if AJ started in his usual slot. So that’s a good thing there. We were able to gain a game in the standings as Tampa lost this afternoon. Joba, Boone Logan, Dave Robertson and Mo came into to pitch the final 2.2 innings and combined for one hit, no runs and one walk. Mo only threw one pitch and added to the eight he threw yesterday, that’s nine total in two games and he can come into tomorrow if need be. So all-around great job from the pitching tonight. Do this tomorrow and we’re golden.
The offense was also pretty nifty tonight as well. 7 runs on 12 hits ain’t too shabby, but we seem to tattoo Beckett whenever we see him, so I was expecting a decent result from them. That said, we had a very slim lead over them, only 2-1, as they went into the bottom of the 5th and the 5 runs we scored certainly helped with the breathing room and gave Yankees fans a moment to exhale and relax and enjoy the rest of the game. Derek went 2-5 with 3 RBI, Lance Berkman went 3-4 with an RBI, Mark went 2-5 with an RBI and Swish went 2-5. We got a little bit of something from everyone, and that was great to see. I love when we can bat around in an inning. I wished we got a little something off Wakefield and that damn flutterball, but eh. Beggars can’t be choosers. Again, much like the pitching, let’s do this again tomorrow!
Also, congrats to Derek for passing Babe Ruth on baseball’s all-time hits list. He’s only 126 hits away from 3,000 I believe. You’re awesome, DJ!
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We needed Phil come in and wash the bad taste of Javy’s start out of our mouths and he did just that. 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. Who’s gonna turn that down? We even got great relief pitching from Surgery Meat Tray and Chan-Ho Park! I know! They went a combined 2 IP and gave up 1 H and struck out 3. Amazing!
Even more amazing was that the damn bats woke up. While we won the Minnesota series, we didn’t exactly do it in convincing fashion. We basically won as a result of our pitching being fractionally less sucky than their pitching, not because we clubbed them to death with runs. Tonight was a different story, though. Eight runs on twelve hits should be enough every game to get you the the win, and tonight it was for us. The two big nights went to Robbie (3-4, 4 RBI) and Swish (2-4, 2 RBI). Derek had a nice night as well, going 2-4 and both Juan Miranda and Gardy went 1-3 with an RBI. If we can get this combined effort every game on out, we’ll be golden. Speaking of golden, both the Sox and Rays lost tonight, so we gained a game on them both. Sweet!
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