Holding Serve: Tigers-Yanks Gamer IV

The New York Yankees kept pace with Seattle for the wild card, helping their own cause by taking another game from Detroit.  Last night featured Roger Clemens’ working out of jams and finding a way to hold the Tigers to only 2 runs on 10 hits, doing much of the lifting himself with eight Ks.  Rocket also intercepted a throw two second from Jorge Posada on a strikeout, freezing Brandon Inge off third for the double play.  Farnsworth worked a perfect inning, Vizcaino was effective, and Rivera got the save allowing one walk and inducing a game-ending groundout from Gary Sheffield, who says the fact that he is booed "just means I’m special."

The final game of the series against the Tigers as well as last game of the home stand prior to departing on a seven-game road trip features Chien-Ming Wang versus Jeremy Bonderman.  Wang’s last start was a six-inning, five-run no-decision against Baltimore August 13th.  Pitching on five days rest, Wang is 5-1 on the season.  Bonderman is winless since July 13th, though he was effective in his last outing against Cleveland, a seven-inning, two-run no decision.

After today’s early game the Bombers catch a flight to Anaheim tonight to face the Halos tomorrow at Angel Stadium, a day off, and then on to Detroit for four at Comerica Tiger Stadium before returing to the Bronx to host the Sox.  Interesting times.

Pete Abraham reports that Joe Torre says Jeter is "pretty banged up"; Betemit is at short.  Matsui is drawing DH duty, with Damon in left and Andy Phillips as first sacker.  Lineups follow, comment away.

Detroit
C. Granderson cf .288
S. Casey 1b .287
G. Sheffield dh .283
M. Ordonez rf .352
C. Guillen ss .305
R. Raburn 2b .341
M. Rabelo c .267
B. Inge 3b .244
C. Maybin lf .286
 
J. Bonderman RHP 4.65
 
NY Yankees
J. Damon lf .256
M. Cabrera cf .297
B. Abreu rf .285
A. Rodriguez 3b .304
H. Matsui dh .299
J. Posada c .336
R. Cano 2b .309
W. Betemit ss .231
A. Phillips 1b .286
 
C. Wang RHP 4.09
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  • Nice pitch for the k on granderson go get the game started.

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:12 pm
  • And Casey lines a skinking fastball to right. 2 out for sheff, who gets booed, and pops out on pitch 1 to betemit at sss.

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:16 pm
  • Damon line leadoff single to center on a fastball down the middle.

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:19 pm
  • No dramatic shadows to help Bonderman today.
    Melky fouls off pitch 1 with Damon in motion.

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:20 pm
  • Melky tops one up the 1b line, he’s out 3 unassisted, Damon to 2nd.

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:21 pm
  • Looks like Bonderman wants no part of Bobby. Can’t blame him…though with Alex on deck?

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 1:22 pm
  • 4 pitch walk to abreu brings up alex w/ 2 on. Time to get a lead.

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:23 pm
  • 2-0 to alex. i call homer this pitch.

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:23 pm
  • nope. drilled foul down the 3rd base line. so much for sooth.

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:24 pm
  • Good thing you’re not my financial advisor, YF ;-)

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 1:24 pm
  • though he had a good shot at.
    now 3-1. another good homer count.

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:25 pm
  • 3-2 to Alex. Do they send the runners?

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 1:25 pm
  • And another one yanked up the line.
    Come on Alex!

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:25 pm
  • Wooo. Alex walks to load ’em up for Matsui.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 1:26 pm
  • Bonderman doesn’t play with fire 3 times in a row. alex walked. bases loaded, 1 down for matsui. serious dp candidate, but also great contact man for the yanks. something likely to happen here….

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:27 pm
  • Let’s hope Groundzilla doesn’t rear his head here…

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 1:27 pm
  • granderson runs down a liner to deep left center. 1 run in on the sac. abreu holds at 2nd. 1-0. Let’s go Jorge!

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:27 pm
  • Sacflyzilla instead. Nice.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 1:28 pm
  • Followed by Jor-k.
    1 run out of that is less than ideal, but we’ll take it.

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:30 pm
  • Well, that was suboptimal. Still, Bonderman’s pitch count’s got to be around 20 already, right?

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 1:30 pm
  • Seems like it’s just you and me today, YF. Where’s everyone lately? It’s been lonely in these threads….

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 1:31 pm
  • yes, ym. these weekend games it’s hard to get a crowd these days. and i’m only commenting so long as the kid naps.
    fly out to abreu leads off the detroit 2nd.

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:33 pm
  • Hmm. That’s 3 FO against 0 GB outs for Wang so far.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 1:33 pm
  • Hey guys, I don’t get this game on TV, but rest assured I’m following the thread. :o)
    Kill some worms, Wang.

    doug YF August 19, 2007, 1:34 pm
  • And there goes the first worm! Wang and I must have a telepathic connection.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 1:35 pm
  • harrumph, couple of 2 out singles bring up inge.

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:38 pm
  • Followed by a solid linedrive single to left from Rayburn…and an infield single from Rabelo that Betemit makes a nice play on going to his left but can’t get the runner.
    Something tells me Jeter might’ve waved at that ball as it went through into center. Ie, Flaherty is spouting BS when he says Jeter would’ve made that play.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 1:38 pm
  • K! inges swings over a fastball tailing in.

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:39 pm
  • Wang gets out of further trouble with a K!

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 1:39 pm
  • Cano out on a grounder to the right side.

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:42 pm
  • Pfft. Betemit down swinging.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 1:44 pm
  • Betemit waves at the heater outside.
    Kay doing everything possible to provide a reductionary interpretation of moneyball.

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:45 pm
  • 4 pitch walk to philips.

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:46 pm
  • A 4-pitch walk to Phillips. That’s gotta be a first, no?

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 1:46 pm
  • reductive. ahem.

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:46 pm
  • Jeebus. Now he walks Damon on 5 pitches.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 1:48 pm
  • Damon with another bb.
    Leche!

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:48 pm
  • 2-0 melkster. bonderman’s lost the plate.
    should be a good pitch to hit here.

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:49 pm
  • Time for Melk to smack one rilly rilly hard. Hopefully where they can’t catch it.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 1:49 pm
  • Gah. Guess he forgot the “where they can’t catch it” part.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 1:51 pm
  • Ugh. Melkster lines a high fastball to Ordonez. Good pitch to hit.

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:51 pm
  • OK, I’ve got to go for a bit. Go Wang and Yanks!

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 1:52 pm
  • Maybin fishing, Ks.

    YF August 19, 2007, 1:55 pm
  • Back for just a moment to point out how much I enjoy Leiter and Flaherty in the booth (most of the time).
    Really gone now!

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 1:56 pm
  • Matsui’s third rib of the game erases Wang’s WP that gave Detroit the lead. Tie game after five.

    attackgerbil August 19, 2007, 3:07 pm
  • Wang’s sinker doesn’t, and Rabelo leads of the Tigers sixth with a single.

    attackgerbil August 19, 2007, 3:08 pm
  • Huh. Looks like Wang fell apart for a while there. And the Yank offense is still slumbering somewhat…2nd and 3rd w/no outs and they only manage a sac fly? Feh.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 3:09 pm
  • Cano makes a nice play on Maybin’s grounder; they get Rabelo at second but Maybin is speedy and avoids the 463. Betemit looked good turning that play at short.

    attackgerbil August 19, 2007, 3:10 pm
  • Here’s a question: when Tiggers IBB’d Cano to get to Betemit, why not pinch-hit Giambi? I know it’s early in the game, blah blah, but that could’ve knocked Bonderman out of the game. Unless Jeter absolutely can’t play?

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 3:11 pm
  • Wang falls behind 2-0 to Granderson and is paying a lot of attention to Maybin, leading off of first.

    attackgerbil August 19, 2007, 3:12 pm
  • Granderson walks on two more pitches floating up and out of the zone. Credit Maybin with the distraction assist.
    YM: I think Joe must really want to rest Jeter this game.

    attackgerbil August 19, 2007, 3:13 pm
  • Damn, it’s very obvious this isn’t the Wang we’re used to. It’s not because the league has ‘adjusted’ or because he’s not actually good and Brad was right all along – his sinker just isn’t working, and it’s probably due to his finger.
    It’s a testament to Wang, though, that he’s able to at least grind out some innings. Take away any pitcher’s best pitch and you have yourself Josh Beckett of 2006 – or worse.

    AndrewYF August 19, 2007, 3:15 pm
  • Another WP pushes the runners to 2nd-3rd. Gator’s on the phone to the pen, because Wang is off right now.

    attackgerbil August 19, 2007, 3:15 pm
  • Guess so, AG. But, doesn’t Phillips also play SS? Or am I imagining?
    Of course they could also shift Alex to SS, put Phillips at 3rd and let Giambino play 1B. Obviously a moot point, but…

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 3:17 pm
  • Casey takes a sinker at the knees on the 3-1 to bring the count full.
    Sean Casey’s plate ritual annoys the heck out of me for no good reason.
    Now hits a sharp grounder fielded 43 to end the jam.

    attackgerbil August 19, 2007, 3:18 pm
  • Phew. Damage avoided, good play by Cano. He has really turned himself into a very good defensive player this year.

    AndrewYF August 19, 2007, 3:19 pm
  • Phew.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 3:19 pm
  • So who pitches the 7th? Do you let Wang go batter by batter? Or bring in Joba/Edwar?

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 3:21 pm
  • YM: AP has never played short in the bigs to my knowledge, but I like your creative thinking in the second paragraph. It’ll probably never happen in the first nine innings. Maybe in extras. If that’s the case, why wouldn’t they rotate ARod to short _every_ time Jeter is on the bench?

    attackgerbil August 19, 2007, 3:23 pm
  • Perhaps it’s politics more than anything else, gerb? Who knows… It’s also possible that Alex can’t play SS as well as he used to. But certainly it would be cool to try it. Unfortunately, Joe isn’t really an out-of-the-box thinker.
    Johnny!

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 3:33 pm
  • Joba!

    doug YF August 19, 2007, 3:38 pm
  • Meanwhile in Boston, it’s a good tight game…I was kinda hoping Sox would smack the Halos ‘pen around some. Dang it.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 3:39 pm
  • Ya know, a couple more runs here would be *rilly* nice.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 3:41 pm
  • Holy moly, Joba gets the heart of the Tiger lineup in order, strikes out 2 and throws all of 9 pitches in the inning. Just filthy.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 3:44 pm
  • Haha, Kay and Leiter arguing over whether the Chamberlain rules are too strict. I can’t believe I’m agreeing with Kay here, you can’t risk his arm by pitching him too much now. Leiter is right in that *a* reliever can go two days in a row, whatever; he’s just forgetting that this kid is only 21 and has been a starter up until a few weeks ago.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 3:47 pm
  • ARod the thief on IRod. LOVE it.

    attackgerbil August 19, 2007, 3:50 pm
  • Oh.. it’s Rabelo. Never mind.

    attackgerbil August 19, 2007, 3:51 pm
  • Still a good job by Alex on the theft. Now if only they can cash in…

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 3:52 pm
  • See, here again with letting Betemit bat after a Cano IBB. Ugh.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • YAY! Betemit says “Pinch-hit this!” A biiiig insurance RBI single to drive in Alex.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 3:54 pm
  • Excellent! Andy “I’m better than Mientkiewitz” Phillips drives in Cano, 6-3 Yankees.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 3:57 pm
  • This is weird: the Sox-Halos game, which started a full hour after this one, is already in the top of the 7th. So much for the Yankees playing a nice quick one…

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 3:59 pm
  • Johnny loads them with a swinging bunt.

    attackgerbil August 19, 2007, 4:01 pm
  • Damon with a little bleeder that Inge can’t get to, bases loaded for the Melkster.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 4:01 pm
  • Here come the Yankees, right on time.

    doug YF August 19, 2007, 4:01 pm
  • Booo. A meek groundout for Melk strands the runners. Still, 2 big insurance runs ain’t nothing to sneeze at.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 4:03 pm
  • With a 3-run lead, do they let Edwar pitch the 9th? Or do they burn Rivera again?

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 4:04 pm
  • Oops. I thought it was the 8th for some reason…

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 4:04 pm
  • Ramirez’s gameday picture is the goofiest thing ever. I love it. He looks like a bespectacled chicken. And he K’s Raburn to start the inning.

    doug YF August 19, 2007, 4:08 pm
  • Edwar is sick.

    attackgerbil August 19, 2007, 4:11 pm
  • WOW. Edwar gets the side swinging in order!!

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 4:11 pm
  • Edwar’s gameday reminds me of the Church lady.

    attackgerbil August 19, 2007, 4:11 pm
  • I’d leave him in there for the 9th. Especially since the alternative is apparently Villone, yuck.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 4:12 pm
  • Looks like he’s done though. Joe can’t get through a game without using less than 4 pitchers, it seems.
    Argh, Mo IS warming. Grrrrrrrrrrr.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 4:18 pm
  • Ahahahhaha, loaded for Betemit *again*.
    And he makes them pay! A bases-clearing double deep to CF. 9-3 Yanks and Mo sits back down!

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 4:23 pm
  • Edwar still in. Excellent.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 4:27 pm
  • Here comes “Chicken Little” Ramirez… that has to be one of most unflattering gameday pictures ever.
    Maybin flies out, Granderson pops out. Two!

    doug YF August 19, 2007, 4:28 pm
  • WOOT!! Yankees win!!!

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 4:29 pm
  • Casey flies out to Damon.
    Yankees win!

    doug YF August 19, 2007, 4:29 pm
  • Right on cue, the Halo meltdown commences.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 4:31 pm
  • 3 perfect innings for the Yankee bullpen, complete with 5 strikeouts.
    Now the starting pitching can take the helm as the biggest ‘weakness’ of the team. Used to be the bench, then it was the bullpen, now it’s the starting pitching, and the starting pitching is as strong as it’s been all year.
    This team is as strong as it’s going to be, heading into the toughest series it will likely play on the year. I am excited.

    AndrewYF August 19, 2007, 4:47 pm
  • Indeed. I have some hope for the Angels series, though. Hughes seems to pitch better on the road, at least so far and Pettitte looked great the last couple of outings. The Moose vs. Lackey game could be ugly, but Lackey did get slapped around by the Sox so we’ll just have to wait and see. Sure is exciting to watch right, though.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 5:23 pm
  • I predict the Yankees lose Pettitte’s start, but eke one out vs. Escobar (Moose faces Escobar, not Lackey), because that’s just baseball.

    AndrewYF August 19, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Oh my God, why is this man getting paid and why am I even paying attention to him? This is Steve Phillips on tonight’s SC, talking about the keys to success for the Yankees going forward:
    “…Rookie Joba Chamberlain has done a terrific job so far, but we’ll only know whether he can succeed in October once he fails….” Um, what?!

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2007, 11:09 pm

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