Fish And Guests: DRays-Yanks Gamer XV

Let’s get one matter of business out of the way.   What kind of closeted Sox fan would I be if I didn’t congratulate young Clay Bucholz on his fantastic performance last night?  Great stuff.  I’ll have to make sure to get those Sox gamers up on time when our fellow authors are on holiday so such events are encapsulated in their proper place.  We all apologize for the ommission.

Three days of the SatanFish have seen some interesting happenings at the Stadium.  Suspensions following ejections without warning, bat shenanigans, (don’t make Alex angry; you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry), and a fine debut by young Mr. Kennedy, but I think I’ve had my fill of Tampa Bay for this year.  (edit: Chamberlain’s suspension didn’t really have anything to do with TB; just interesting timing and the last three days are a blur..I’ll blame the fish anyway..) If the fish and all their young talent someday become a contender, this could make for a pretty chippy rivalry.

It’s a getaway game with Andy Pettitte on the mound for the Yankees as the Fish send Jason Hammel. Pettitte is riding a six-game winning streak; his last start against TB was the late-July 21-4 rout in which he went six innings, allowing 3 runs.  He also defeated the Fish July 12th, and recorded a no-decision in his season-opener against them back in April  This will be the fourth time the Yankees have seen Hammel this year, twice in short relief and once as a starter, where the bombers bounced him after four innings.

Lineups follow, comment away.

Tampa Bay
A. Iwamura 3b .281
C. Crawford lf .315
C. Pena 1b .272
B.J. Upton cf .315
D. Young rf .294
B. Harris 2b .285
J. Gomes dh .250
J. Wilson ss .263
D. Navarro c .208
J. Hammel rhp 7.44
 
NY Yankees
J. Damon lf .260
D. Jeter ss .325
B. Abreu rf .283
A. Rodriguez 3b .308
H. Matsui dh .300
J. Posada c .328
R. Cano 2b .298
A. Phillips 1b .293
M. Cabrera cf .296
A. Pettitte lhp 3.70
33 comments… add one
  • AP’s pitching relatively well. 2 hits over 2, one of which probably should’ve been caught, and the other got picked off.
    The Yanks hitting Hammel hard, when they do make contact and not strike out. Thus far, 3 strikes out sandwiching a double by Abreu in the first, and two hits up the middle in the 2nd, but followed by 2 double plays (the first not turned because Hammel didn’t touch the bag).
    Let’s get the slaughter going before we go to Seattle!
    Ohya, Seattle down 3-0 to Toronto. Nice.
    Just as I said that, Andy gives up a HR barely over the wall and Damon’s glove with 2 outs to Navarro.

    Lar September 2, 2007, 1:49 pm
  • AP left one up with a good 7 pitch AB by Navarro to give the Rays 1-0 lead.
    AP with 42 pitches through 3. Hammel with 33 pitches through 2.

    Lar September 2, 2007, 1:50 pm
  • Melky with a dribbler that eludes everyone and leads it off with a single.

    Lar September 2, 2007, 1:51 pm
  • >>>Don’t make Alex angry; you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.
    Yeah, if you’re not careful, ARod might try to swat a ball out of your glove, or yell at you while rounding third… ;^)
    (Apology appreciated for the lack of a Buchholz gamer, though the burden for these really falls on the SF mods not on a.g.)

    Hudson September 2, 2007, 1:54 pm
  • JD strikes out, Melky steals second. Jeter strikes out, both for the second time.
    Here’s Abreu with Melky on second with 2 outs.

    Lar September 2, 2007, 2:01 pm
  • Abreu strikes out, so Hammel strikes out the side. 3 innings, 52 pitches.

    Lar September 2, 2007, 2:01 pm
  • ARod gets plunked and swipes second, then Cano walks, but yet another squandered opportunity. Heading to seven, Yanks down 2-1

    attackgerbil September 2, 2007, 3:27 pm
  • Navarro singles to lead off the seventh.
    Iwamura’s funky bat doesn’t help him as it is left on his shoulder and he is punched out on a fine pitch on the inside corner.

    attackgerbil September 2, 2007, 3:35 pm
  • Yankee-killer Crawford singles to advance Navarro to second.

    attackgerbil September 2, 2007, 3:36 pm
  • Pena goes yard to the RF bleachers. 5-1 Fish. That’s it for Pettitte; skinny time. Maybe I should go outside or something. This stinks.

    attackgerbil September 2, 2007, 3:39 pm
  • Went to take a Sunday nap. Came back to see this. Bah.
    Abreu just tripled though, but with two outs, though it makes it a 5-2 game. C’mon ARod, at least drive the run in!

    Lar September 2, 2007, 4:02 pm
  • Well, we get a run back, but we’re still down 3. The Yanks have been leaving people on base left and right today..

    Lar September 2, 2007, 4:05 pm
  • Well, at least Seattle already lost. Would be great to pick up a game though..

    Lar September 2, 2007, 4:06 pm
  • D Rays now ahead 6-2 on a Wilson solo homer to left.

    Rob September 2, 2007, 4:10 pm
  • And Josh Wilson adds on the hurt. 6-2 Rays. WTF.

    Lar September 2, 2007, 4:10 pm
  • And now it’s out of reach. Iwamura makes it 8-2. Sigh. Okay, end of me for the day.

    Lar September 2, 2007, 4:11 pm
  • might wanna check that bat joe.

    sf rod September 2, 2007, 4:11 pm
  • Has to be frustrating for Yanks fans to sweep Boston, teh turna around and lose the series to Tampa.

    Rob September 2, 2007, 4:17 pm
  • > Has to be frustrating
    The Yankees continue to show a remarkable capability to play to the level of their opponent.

    attackgerbil September 2, 2007, 4:29 pm
  • Unless its the Angels, Gerb. Thats the ONLY comfort I have in the Yansk maybe winnign the Wild Card.. at least they’d face the Angels in the first round. Small favors.

    Dionysus September 2, 2007, 4:39 pm
  • Was this the last series for Ny against TB?

    Rob September 2, 2007, 4:47 pm
  • Watch for Detroit in the WC race. If anyone will challenge for it, I really believe it will be Detroit/Cleveland and not Seattle, which is in the middle of a TERRIBLE slump and still has a lot of tough games left with little rest.
    I want the WC and I want to face Anaheim. We need to get that (rally) monkey off our back. If we can’t we don’t deserve anything more anyway.

    IronHorse (yf) September 2, 2007, 6:38 pm
  • Wow. Some Yankees site. You guys really need to grow some. I look at the sux site and no Yanks fans trashing the sux fun and here the place is loaded with sux fans trashing your team and you don’t say a word.
    I really thought this place was supposed to be a site that carried an even debate. Looks like they were right over at Lohud.

    Marc from Portland Maine September 2, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • If you’re a frequent commenter at LoHud, Marc, you’ve told us all we need to know.
    The vast majority of the LoHud commenters wouldn’t know a decent debate if it slapped them in the face. The fact that you can’t seem to spell “Sox” properly shows you’re not really interested in finding one here either.

    Paul SF September 2, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • I see the sux defense here is, umm really Ignorant as I thought, lol.

    Marc from Portland Maine September 2, 2007, 11:41 pm
  • I thought the Sox’ defense was pretty good, actually. Pedroia, Crisp, Lowell, Youkilis. Really, one of the better-fielding teams the Sox have fielded in recent memory…

    Paul SF September 2, 2007, 11:47 pm
  • That’s funny what you losers always fall to. Shift the argument like Schillings demented republicans do all the time.

    Marc from Portland Maine September 2, 2007, 11:51 pm
  • Tell me Paul. I’ve read some of your comments and it seems to me you are a reasable person at times. Why is it that the sux fans jump all over the Yankee fans so much? The Yankeee fans don’t do it. Why do you think that is?

    Marc from Portland Maine September 3, 2007, 12:03 am
  • NO reasable debate here. Thanks Paul.

    Marc from Portland Maine September 3, 2007, 12:21 am
  • oops > reasonable,

    Marc from Portland Maine September 3, 2007, 12:24 am
  • > grow some

    attackgerbil September 3, 2007, 2:11 am
  • You too Gerbil < rodent

    Marc from Portland Maine September 3, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • You too Gerbil < rodent

    Marc from Portland Maine September 3, 2007, 9:43 pm

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