Bombers Away: Twins-Yanks ALDS Game II Gamer

Well today it's all about A.J. Was he worth the cabbage? We'll see. He throws to Jose Molina, so he's already giving away some offense. Yanks take full command of the series with a victory. Here's hoping they get it. Fire Away!

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  • Why are the TBS announcers calling Burnett’s curveball a slider? I know Burnett has two curveballs, one that breaks in and one that breaks out. Is the other one actually a slider?

    AndrewYF October 9, 2009, 6:16 pm
  • Last night one of the TBS guys said that Lester throws a one-seamer. No joke.
    Is this strikezone as tiny as it looks on Gameday? Burnett got squeezed on 2-3 pitches, and now Blackburn is getting uber squeezed.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 6:20 pm
  • Looks like it might be a hitter’s umpire behind the plate.

    AndrewYF October 9, 2009, 6:21 pm
  • No score after 1.
    Let’s go AJ!

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:25 pm
  • Leadoff single not very good.

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:26 pm
  • I’ve played MLB The Show 09 too many times. As soon as that I saw that image, I knew what I was watching, haha..

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:26 pm
  • Carlos Gomez is the Twins’ version of Molina, in the CF, except with tons of speed.

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:28 pm
  • AJ’s stuff looks sharp tonight. Hopefully Molina can keep coaxing it out of him.

    AndrewYF October 9, 2009, 6:28 pm
  • Definitely some squeezing going on. That 0-2 pitch to Gomez looked juicy..

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:29 pm
  • Gomez moved the runner to second with a close ground out to Jeter.

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:30 pm
  • Easy ground out to second and AJ looks good, strike zone or whatever, after 2.
    Of course, his big knock is the “one big inning”, so we’ll see.. hopefully the Yanks will score many runs for him.

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:32 pm
  • ARod took a huge first cut.. but missed.
    But ya, like a broken record, the ump has a pretty small strike zone tonight thus far. ARod pops out easily to first base for the first out.

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:35 pm
  • Matsui walks to be the first baserunner for the Yanks.

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:37 pm
  • Really going to miss Matsui..

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:37 pm
  • Here’s Swisher.

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:38 pm
  • Oh the flip side, Swisher struck out on what looks to be a kind of a high fastball.. got the call that time..

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:41 pm
  • So much for being a hitter’s umpire…

    AndrewYF October 9, 2009, 6:41 pm
  • And here’s Cano, but with someone on base..

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:41 pm
  • Seems like he’s calling all the fastballs a strike, but all the slower stuff, not so much. Small sample set though.
    Cano grounds out to first to end the inning.

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:42 pm
  • Cano grounds out. Two boring innings so far.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 6:44 pm
  • Aw, where’s Krueg? I love reading him when the yanks aren’t 10 runs ahead….

    rootbeerfloat October 9, 2009, 6:44 pm
  • AJ wants that outside strike.. heh.

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:46 pm
  • Punto walks. Leadoff walks something something.

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:48 pm
  • Span with what should be a double play.. not sure if Jeter took an extra half a second on that throw or not, but Span just beats it out..
    Replay looks close..

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:49 pm
  • OCab sent that one to the warning track in LF, and Damon just got there in time, two outs.

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:50 pm
  • Speaking of missed calls, that was a DP.
    Glad Damon got to that one…2 outs.

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 6:50 pm
  • Span was running the entire way, and probably would’ve scored if that dropped..

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:50 pm
  • Here’s Joe Mauer, with an AB that really should be taking place with no one on..

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:51 pm
  • Big swing from Mauer, but he’s now down 0-2, which means nothing.. yet..

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:51 pm
  • Burnett freezes Mauer with a great curve.

    AndrewYF October 9, 2009, 6:52 pm
  • AJ with a pitch down the middle.. strike 3.
    That was a nasty, nasty pitch..

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:52 pm
  • Going to go to the bar.. goo Yanks!

    Lar October 9, 2009, 6:52 pm
  • Heh, bit of a makeup call on that one…Gameday says it was about an inch or two outside.

    AndrewYF October 9, 2009, 6:53 pm
  • Is it so much to ask for a well-umpired game?

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 6:58 pm
  • Jeter with some WTP. Blackburn at 45 pitches.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 6:59 pm
  • Delmon Young HBP. Twins should be stealing here.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 7:05 pm
  • Wow nevermind, for some reason I thought Young had a lot more steals. 2 steals, 5 caught. Awful.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 7:06 pm
  • Gomez hit on the hands. That looked and sounded like it hurt…

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 7:07 pm
  • 2 HBO in a row?

    rootbeerfloat October 9, 2009, 7:07 pm
  • um HBP

    rootbeerfloat October 9, 2009, 7:07 pm
  • HOLY SHIT, awful baserunning by Gomez. Huge break for the Yankees right there.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 7:08 pm
  • Good play by the Twins there to get a ball in the bermuda triangle.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 7:14 pm
  • Kubel with an easy ground out. Despite his 143 OPS+ this season he’s not very confident-looking at the plate.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 7:33 pm
  • Booo, no hitter over. Gomez didn’t budge in center field, though I don’t think he could have had it if he tried.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 7:40 pm
  • Almost a strike-him-out throw-him-out, but Cano can’t hang on to the ball.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 7:52 pm
  • I can’t get over the fact that AJ walked Delmon Young. You have to try real hard to do that shit.

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 7:53 pm
  • Harris crushes the ball, misses a homer by about 2 feet. Tough play for Damon.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 7:55 pm
  • Here’s another Twins lead for us to come back from.

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 7:57 pm
  • Jesus christ is there anything Jeter can’t do? Team down a run and he hits a double.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 8:02 pm
  • New York crowd, make up your mind! First they chant “M-V-P” for Jeter, and now they do it for Teix.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 8:08 pm
  • fuck my life, I thought Tex hit that one out.

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 8:09 pm
  • ARod singles in the tying run. Suddenly he’s Reggie fucking Jackson…

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 8:13 pm
    …and I seem to have ejaculated in my pants.

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 8:13 pm
  • A-Rod delivers. Again.
    I like our chances if Joba is under control.

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 8:14 pm
  • A-Rod delivers. Again.
    Hey, two for life ain’t bad!

    SF October 9, 2009, 8:16 pm
  • (I kid…)

    SF October 9, 2009, 8:19 pm
  • $100 says the Yankees win this game in a walk-off. Since 15 of their 103 wins were walk-offs (15%), they’re due for one between now and the end of the ALCS.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 8:25 pm
  • Joba gives up a hit and is quickly pulled. Hughes coming in.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 8:26 pm
  • Hughes throwing at an itty bitty strikezone. Then Kubel checks his swing, and the homeplate ump says he went around (replay shows he didn’t). Just awful officiating.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 8:30 pm
  • Did you mean Phil Coke?

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 8:32 pm
  • …d’oh, yeah I do. Too many Phils.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 8:33 pm
  • Hughes is the 8th inning guy. Destroyer of hopes he is.

    MikeFidborg-YF October 9, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • for whoever he’s facing

    MikeFidborg-YF October 9, 2009, 8:40 pm
  • …wow, two balls called strikes against Melky. Ends up flying out.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 8:42 pm
  • More horseshit umpiring.

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 8:42 pm
  • Joe should pull Melky and get Gardner to bunt single, steal 2nd for whoever comes hitting behind. Melky not looking good,I hope he proves me wrong yet.

    MikeFidborg-YF October 9, 2009, 8:44 pm
  • Ron Darling reading Jorge’s signs and calling the pitches is pretty cool.

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 8:49 pm
  • Hughes coughs up the lead and Enter Sandman starts playing. Good play with another day off.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 8:59 pm
  • Should have blown away Punto with the fastball. Shit.

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 8:59 pm
  • All right, gentlemen. WHO WANTS PIE?

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 9:03 pm
  • Wow, it’s a 3-1 lead now.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 9:08 pm
  • Oh my god, that play by Harris at third was amazing.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 9:09 pm
  • When did Brendan Harris sell his soul to Satan?

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 9:09 pm
  • Minnesota playing about as well as they could possibly play tonight – with the exception of one baserunning mistake.
    5-foot wide strike-zone.

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 9:12 pm
  • This is easily one of the worst umpiring jobs I have ever seen.
    A high and outside fastball is a strike, except when it isn’t. Two pitches in the exact same location, the first is ball, the next is a strike.
    Chuck Meriweather, I will see you in hell.

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 9:18 pm
  • Teix-ARod-Matsui for the 9th. All three have great records against Nathan.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 9:22 pm
  • Wow, if gameday is accurate this has to be the worst job of umpiring home plate I’ve ever seen. Just atrocious. This combined with the Sox games last night is making a pretty strong case for instant replay.

    Ethan-SF October 9, 2009, 9:24 pm
  • Nice catch swish.
    Do or die time (at least until Sunday).

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 9:24 pm
  • It is Ethan; one inning the strikezone is huge for Burnett, then it’s tiny. Same for the Twins pitching staff; back and forth all game, depending on the inning.
    I’m cringing at the thought of Bucknor behind the plate in the Sox game coming up. I have a bad feeling some people are going to get tossed.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 9:27 pm
  • Oh look, Tex singles to start the 9th. Sonofabitch.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 9:27 pm
  • Teix does his job.

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 9:28 pm
  • Nathan seriously looks nervous.

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 9:31 pm
  • Nathan is going to shit his fucking pants out there.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 9:31 pm
  • Nathan seriously looks nervous.

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 9:31 pm

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 9:32 pm
    He really is like Reggie Jackson all of a sudden. All of his hits tonight were key.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 9:32 pm
  • oh my god.

    attackgerbil October 9, 2009, 9:32 pm
  • !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 9:32 pm
    Post of the night right here.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 9:33 pm
  • EAT THAT!!! I don’t ever, ever, EVER want to hear another BS comment about A-Rod and clutch situations.
    Finish this Hideki. Don’t have Mo for the 10th…

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 9:34 pm
  • Stupid unclutch arod unclutchly batting second in the inning so he could only tie the game. If he were truly clutch, he would have hit it twice as far so he could have run around the bases two times for the win.

    attackgerbil October 9, 2009, 9:37 pm
  • Damn.
    Probably Aceves – pitching off more rest than he has had all year. Hope that’s a good thing.

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 9:38 pm
  • holy fckin sht this is amazing. slow start but it’s built since the 5th all amounting to THIS little gem of a ball game. This is why baseball is exciting.
    here comes Gomez whose ADD ass will likely never live down that baserunning error. hit the showers kid.

    jonny YF October 9, 2009, 9:42 pm
  • My sooth from several days ago:
    Double play enabled by the ump: that third strike to Polanco was a total joke of a call.
    Somehow I think Nathan crumbles against the Yanks, if they even get to a save situation.
    Posted by: SF | Tuesday, October 06, 2009 at 08:25 PM

    SF October 9, 2009, 9:42 pm
  • Aceves pumping strikes. Of course, so was Hughes at first. Do twins send nathan out again?

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 9:43 pm
  • What is it with these 2 out walks?!

    snowballa October 9, 2009, 9:46 pm
  • Nathan looked like me waiting on my girl to piss on a stick. Who’re they gonna bring out?

    jonny YF October 9, 2009, 9:46 pm
  • For sooth, SF. Forsooth.

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 9:46 pm
  • True story: my brother and I went to a game 3 or 4 years ago in which Nathan blew the save against the Yanks. As we got on the subway to go home so did a couple – the woman wearing a Nathan jersey. As some of the other riders started getting on her case she got pissy and at the next stop she flipped the whole subway car off and got off the subway with her husband.
    It was Joe Nathan’s parents. No joke.

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 9:48 pm
  • This is exactly what happened in the 8th. I mean, exactly. Two quick outs followed by a walk to Punto and then a single moving him to 3rd. Can we please end the similarities there?!?!

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 9:51 pm
  • Holy shit IH. Holy shit.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 9:52 pm
  • Grit Gutner is the winning run.

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 10:00 pm
  • Wait, they’re leaving Nathan out there?
    Lol this is like Fernando Rodney all over again.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 10:01 pm

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 10:02 pm
  • A team with this much balance, sick power all up and down the line-up, and Gardner-speed to draw upon in late-game situations. And Nathan brainfarts into the outfield allowing Gardner to virtually crabwalk backwards into 3rd.
    Jeter walk-off? Odds?

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 10:03 pm
  • Brett Gardner is Our Most Beloved 4th Outfielder.

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 10:04 pm
  • Holy hell is anyone watching this?! Jeter’s face, priceless..

    jonny YF October 9, 2009, 10:04 pm
  • Of course they walk Jeter in hopes of the GIDP from Damon.

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 10:05 pm
  • LOL Nathan throws the ball away. He’s like a teenager on prom night out there.
    Finally he’s pulled. That was embarrassing.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 10:05 pm
  • What was Jeter’s face like?

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 10:06 pm
  • How about damon walks, tex Ks, and A-Rod hits the walk-off GS?

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 10:07 pm
  • I am going to be sick.

    attackgerbil October 9, 2009, 10:09 pm

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 10:09 pm
  • WOW, double play ends the inning. Bad baserunning by Gardner–he never even stopped.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 10:09 pm
  • Wow – amazing game. Hope Aceves didn’t relax too much there. If they can hold MIN down one more inning, we’re back to Teix/A-Rod/Matsui…

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 10:11 pm
  • Contact play, running on contact?

    Joe in Jersey October 9, 2009, 10:11 pm
  • if we lose, we only beat ourselves

    snowballa October 9, 2009, 10:14 pm
  • Mauer scary here.
    Love Cervelli being in the game.
    That ball was fair. And by a ton. That’s crazy. And really wrong. That may be the worst call of lots of bad calls. Shocking.

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 10:14 pm
  • Starting to look like a second inning of Aceves would have been a hell of a lot better than Marte.

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • Was that with the Twins batting, IH, or the Yanks?

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 10:17 pm
  • Robertson. Welcome to serious pressure kid.

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 10:19 pm
  • Bases loaded with no outs. No doubt the Twins will find some way to screw it up.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 10:22 pm
  • Gotta hand it to the Twins. They are scrappy and they’ve gotten through the Yanks’ intimidators in the pen. Line-drive out. Whew…..for now…..

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 10:23 pm
  • Sure enough, with the bases loaded the first two Twins batters make two outs on two pitches.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 10:24 pm
  • 2 outs. Gulp.

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 10:25 pm
  • Unbelievable.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 10:26 pm
  • Amazing team effort gets D-Rob out of the jam. Incredible.

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 10:28 pm
  • Wow. Wow. That was a huge inning. I still can’t quite believe the missed call in the outfield.
    Teix, A-Rod, Hideki — please end it here!!!! Whose left in the Yanks pen.
    By the way, the Yanks only have 6 hits. Crazy.

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 10:28 pm
  • Teixeira walk-off homer.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 10:30 pm
  • THIS! IS! A! HOMEBOY!!!!

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • AJ: “Boom!”

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • Teix walk-off LINE-DRIVE HR. Every single player (except Marte) contributed. This team is awesome to watch.

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • Just talked with Nick…lots of screaming.
    That was an AMAZING GAME!!!!!

    walein October 9, 2009, 10:33 pm
  • that’s gotta kill the twins right there. blown call followed up by an 318ft HR. ouch.

    sf rod October 9, 2009, 10:35 pm
  • Somewhere in a bar in Tennessee Krueg is pouring beer on himself and making out with complete strangers.

    Atheose October 9, 2009, 10:36 pm
  • Boom goes the Pie-namite!
    God, I need a cigarette. I’m spent.

    doug YF October 9, 2009, 10:37 pm
  • Hilarious Ath. And probably spot on accurate.
    Sf rod, somehow I don’t think it would matter much to the Twins or anyone else if Teixeira’s HR went 380 or 318 ft. Fact is, Teix crushed that ball. It was on a rope.

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 10:44 pm
  • By the way, Yanks still had Gaudin in the pen if necessary. He could have gone a good 5 innings.

    IronHorse October 9, 2009, 10:47 pm
  • You guys suck now, I’m taking my business to lohud or somethin’.

    jonny YF October 9, 2009, 10:54 pm
  • Back from the game…a real epic. Not much else to say but Marte sucks and everyone else is awesome.

    sam-YF October 10, 2009, 12:25 am
  • I, for one, am loving the MT curse. Thank you, thank you, John Henry.

    AndrewYF October 10, 2009, 12:41 am
  • Same here Sam. Stadium was electric. Fans were great.
    Couldn’t get access at the stadium to follow thread, so that sucked…but all else was amazing.
    Girardi with some questionable moves pitching wise, but he dodged a bullet.
    Gardner playing extremely shallow in center paid off with Mauer not running on him. Carlos Gomez cost his team a run. Huge mistake. Oh and like Sam said Marte soooks.

    John -YF October 10, 2009, 12:43 am
  • Joe Nathan went to Stony Brook U, which is in Long Island, a few years before me. Because of this I’ve always been a fan of Joe Nathan, but it’s a pity he’s always came between the Yanks!

    Lar October 10, 2009, 12:50 am
  • Was at a bar downtown and most of the game was a snoozer, but wow was the ending worth it. There were quite a few spots where I was prepared to be heart broken but somehow the Yanks pull out. Wooooo!

    Lar October 10, 2009, 12:53 am
  • Ya, when Marte was pitching, people were screaming for Swisher, haha..

    Lar October 10, 2009, 12:54 am