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.