Jose Can You See: Yanks-Chisox Gamer I

Nick is without internet, and YF is off for a spa weekend, which leaves me, the enemy, in charge of the game thread.  So while my compadres are either damning technology or getting hot pebble massages, Jose Contreras is making his return to the Bronx to square off against the Big Unit. Tonight, we hope, is the beginning of a second half that will spell the end of an amazing run of division titles and playoff appearances for the Yankees.  We’re sick of them, as is everyone but a large contingent of obnoxious New Yorkers and bandwagoners. Consider this your game thread for tonight’s game.  Go White Sox!

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  • Gerbil punching in at the top of the 4th. Looks like Crede got the two runs on board for the Sox with a home run in the top of the second, scoring Crede.
    Johnson strikes out Thome and Konerko to start the 4th, and Dye is retired on a roller to second.
    Guiel has the only hit for NY, and Contreras has walked no one.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • Contreras is a 28 pitches through three innings. Damon leads off the bottom of the fourth for NY.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • Damon is at 2-2: He takes a curve outside for ball 3. Full count: Contreras brings a fastball that Konerko knocks down and retrieves to the bag for the first out. Jeets up.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Takes a strike at the knees. 0-1 is away. 1-1: Jeter reaches out and strokes a pitch low and away to right field. Dye gave chase but couldn’t make the play. A stupid fan reaches out and catches the ball that would have rolled into the corner, making it a ground rule double. Jeter would easily have had third. The jerk is removed from the stands. I hope he enjoys the ball. Grr.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • Giambi is walked on 4 pitches. It’s first and second with one away to Álex.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • Arod swings and misses at a pitch away. The 0-1 is low. ARod is .303, with RISP.
    He hits an infield single into the dead zone between third and the pitcher. Bases loaded to Jorge. Great hustle by ARod who was really trucking on contact.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • A curve misses for ball one. Contreras is keeping the ball very low. The Sox didn’t like that call. Jorge ropes a single to right that scores Jeter. Giambi holds at third.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:02 pm
  • They showed that curve again; looked like a good pitch.
    Bernie takes outside for ball one. Bernie is .299 with 11 grand slams in his career with bases loaded.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • Low for ball two. The 2-0 is fouled off left. The 2-1: Bernie lifts it to deep left center for a sacrifice fly to score Giambi.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • Tie game, first and second with two away to Aaron Guiel.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • Outside for ball one. The 1-0 is outside. 2-0 is high. Three and O: Guiel started to swing but pulled back. It’s a called strike. Surprising that he was green lighted there. The 3-1 is away and high to load them for Melky.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:07 pm
  • Ozzie doesn’t like what he sees and comes out to talk to Contreras. He leaves Jose in there.
    He throws a strike to Melky, and then induces a pop-out to third to end the inning.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • Cairo fields a grounder from Crede for the first out.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:12 pm
  • I can’t see the game but it seems like Johnson isn’t pitching badly, just gave up the big hit–is that about right?

    walein July 14, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Uribe swings under an RJ fastball for strike one. Slider misses low. Uribe pops out to left for the second out. Big, big swings from Uribe in that at bat.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Walein: I didn’t start watching until the fourth, but from what I have seen, Johnson has looked good. He’s retired the last 10 batters he faced.
    The 1-2 was a strike but got called a ball. Johnson gets Widger swinging to retire the side.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • Cairo ropes it to left. Ozuna can’t get to it and the ball falls behind him; he slips. By the time he throws in to third, Cairo is in with a sliding triple.
    Damon is up and falls behind quickly 0-2.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • Damon cuts on a sick 0-2 curve from Conteras and misses badly. One out.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • Jeter up: Contreras misses inside for ball one. jeter’s 1 for two with a double and a run. Strike 1 looking. The 1-1: Jeter chases a curve ball that was low and fouls it off up third.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • The 1-2 is a fastball that Jeter wasn’t ready for. The ball was in the mitt before his bat broke the plane. Nice pitch by Contreras.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • c’mon captain!

    walein July 14, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Ozzie doesn’t want to pitch to Giambi and calls for an IBB. ARod is up with first and third, two outs.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • ARod chases a curve low and away for ball one. Brutal pitch for righties to pick up.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Called strike two. Looked inside. The 0-2: outside fastball for ball one. Good eye, Álex.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • I’ve got to say. They seemed to pitch around Giambi last at bat to get to A Rod. He better start making them pay for this.

    walein July 14, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • The 1-2: way inside and it hits Rodriguez on the elbow to load them for Jorge.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • Ozzie must be fuming about that pitch.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • Jorge grounds out to short to end the inning. Giambi tried to screen Uribe but he picked the ball up cleanly anyway.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Walein: agreed. Contreras’ split stats don’t show him to be a significantly better pitcher against lefties vs. righties.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Anderson singles between short and third to lead off the top of the sixth. Ozuna up.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • You didn’t mention that GIambi stole second.

    walein July 14, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • I didn’t see it; the camera didn’t show it. I guess no one expects Giambi to run. That’s impressive.
    Ozuna hits a slow roller and the only play is to first. Anderson is on second with one away to Iguchi.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • Johnson is ahead 0-2 on Iguchi. Johnson brings high heat that Tadahito fights off foul to stay alive. He fouls off another 0-2.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Iguchi is retired swinging on a nasty slider from Johnson that came way inside at the ankles.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • Big bad Jim Thome is up. Johnson misses on a close pitch outside. 1-0: low and away for two balls. Way outside for 3-0.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • The 3-0 is a nice breaking pitch that Thome misses at for strike one. The 3-1 is a strike on the high outside corner. Thome doesn’t like the call and barks about it.
    Full count: strike three swinging!
    NICE.
    Great way for RJ to battle back from 3-0.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • awesome

    walein July 14, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Meanwhile, Zito and the Athletics are shutting down Boston. It’s Oakland 4, Boston 0 at the end of four.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • Bernie is ahead in the count 2-1 as we lead off the bottom of the sixth.
    The 2-1 is lined hard on the ground at Konerko who plays it himself for the first out.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • WOW!!!!! AARON FRICKING GUIEL!!!!!
    Home run to right field on the first pitch, a high fastball on the outside part of the plate. It was up at the letters.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • Yanks lead 3-2.
    Melky is free-swinging today and is behind quickly again, 0-2. He then grounds out to third. Two away.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • Cairo takes a ball low to make the count 3-1. He lines the 3-1 to right center for the third out.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Konerko singles to straightaway center to lead off the top of seven. Johnson is at 77 pitches.
    He feeds Dye a slider in the dirt that Posada keeps in front of him, but Konerko swipes second on the pitch. Hmm.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • secret weapon Guiel. Milton just hit a 2 rbi double off of Beckett…Sox having issues.

    walein July 14, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Strike one to Dye on a fastball. Dye fights a fastball off the middle-outside part of the for strike two.
    Dye grounds one up the middle. Cairo fields it right over second base, bobbles, and throws to first to get Dye by a fraction of a step. Looked like Dye pulled up just before he reached first. Tough to say, but I don’t think he was legging it out fully.
    Konerko advances to third. Crede is up with one away.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • Johnson loses the handle on a slider and drills Crede in the left calf. The entire team and Joe Torre come to the mound to see if Randy is losing it.
    Guillen and a trainer are checking on Crede.
    Uribe steps in, and lifts a pop to left. The throw home is cut off by ARod. Tie game. I think ARod should have let it through; there could have been a play.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • Crede tagged and advanced to second as well. I don’t get why ARod cut it off if he didn’t even have a play to second. Konerko is slow.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • That’s really annoying.

    walein July 14, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • It’s 1-2 to Widger with two outs. He fouls a slider off to stay alive. Another 1-2 is taken low for 2-2. Fastball misses away to make it full. The payoff pitch: comebacker that tips off of Randy’s glove, but fortunately bounces straight to Cairo who throws to first for the third out.
    Let’s get that lead back, boys.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Konerko may very well have been safe on that play, but Melky made a great throw. It would have been close. Damn it, I’m ticked that the throw was cut off.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • The good news is that Contreras is still on the mound. I think we can get to him. He’s at 88 pitches and has given up 6 hits..

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • I never get that when the cut off man is not either a) going to try to make a play at another base or b) the throw to the plate is obviously offline and possibly wild.

    walein July 14, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • Lefty Matt Thornton is up in the pen for the ChiSox.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Damon grounds out weakly to first. One away. Captain up.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • Jeter takes low and away for ball one. The 1-0 is a very close pitch, but clearly outside for ball 2. Jeter grounds the 2-0 at Uribe for the 6-3. Two away.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • Giambi up. He takes the first pitch, looked like a splitter, at the knees for strike one. He breaks his bat and grounds out to Contreras to end the inning. That was quick.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • Damn

    walein July 14, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • Is Randy going to pitch one more?

    walein July 14, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • No decision in this one for RJ as Farns takes the mound for the eighth. Keep it together, Farnsinator.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Farns leads off with a strike to Anderson. The 0-1 is a fastball that rises right over Posada’s mitt. The 1-1 is a fastball grounded to Cairo, who gathers it up for out number one. Ozuna up.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • Fastball inside and high for ball one to Ozuna. The 1-0 is another heater that was supposed to be low and away, and ended high and tight.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • Farns misses low for ball 3. 3-0. Kyle, what gives?

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • 3-0 is a heater for a strike. Ozuna taking all the way. Ozuna fouls off the 3-1, another heater, to right to bring the count full. They payoff: fastbal down the middle, ground to Cairo who throws to Giambi for the second out.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Iguchi steps in to face Farns. Fastball for strike one, right down the middle. Breaking pitch is wild for 1-1. The 1-1 is another breaking pitch, grounded to Jeter who completes the 6-3 to end the inning.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Contreras is still pitching for Chicago. He’s facing ARod as we start the bottom of eight. Álex takes strike one. The 0-1 is lined to left for a single. Nice swing.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • McCarthy and Thornton are in the pen for Chicago. Contreras is coming out of the game, for Thornton I think.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • It’s Thornton. He’s a lefty with a 3.13 ERA. Posada is facing. He lines the first pitch to left, advancing Arod to second.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • First and second with nobody out to Bernie. The infield is in at the corners. Bernie is batting as a righty. He takes inside for ball one.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • The 1-0 is a fastball below the knees for ball two. The 2-0 is way inside for ball three. The 3-0 is high and Bernie takes first. Ozzie is peeved. Bases loaded to Guiel.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Let’s go AP!!

    bloodyank78 July 14, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Pinch hitter as Andy Phillips comes out. Ozzie counters by going to the pen to bring in McCarthy.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • Ah, maybe no AP, Ozzie goes to the pen after Torre brought out Andy to hit.

    bloodyank78 July 14, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • Sorry AG, I didn’t mean to be your echo.

    bloodyank78 July 14, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • No problem, BY. Glad you are here! :)

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • Andy is ahead 2-0, then fouls a fastball back to make it 2-1.
    The 2-1: away to make it 3-1. Big pitch here: Phillips takes a straight fastball to make the count full.
    Payoff: strike three swinging. McCarthy overpowered him.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • That’s so frustrating.

    bloodyank78 July 14, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • I wish Guiel had stayed in the game.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • Looks like McCarthy is coming out for Riske.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • Yeah, why pull Guiel? The guy was locked in tonight.

    bloodyank78 July 14, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • Boston scores a couple of runs in the bottom of the sixth. It’s now 7-2, Oakland. C’mon, A’s!
    It’s not Riske it’s Cotts. Cabrera breaks his bat on the first pitch, then ropes a single to center to score ARod.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • Hell YEAH!!!!!! LECHE!!!!

    bloodyank78 July 14, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • MELKY! :)

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • Come on Miggy, more runs, more runs!

    bloodyank78 July 14, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • I’ll take that; let’s go Johnny D!!

    bloodyank78 July 14, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • Cairo falls behind 0-1. He then lifts one to right. Should score a run. Jorge scores on the tag, and Williams advances to third on the tag as well. Nice, Miguel. Damon up with two away.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • Damon falls behind 0-2, then takes inside for ball one. The 1-2 is fouled off left. Another 1-2: in the dirt but Widger controls it and the runners hold. The 2-2: lined up the third base line for a double,scoring Bernie. YES! Nice, Johnny D.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • Thatta boy Johnny

    bloodyank78 July 14, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • New York 6, Chicago 3 with runners on 2nd and 3rd. The Captain is up with two outs.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • IBB to Jeter as Guillen likes the lefty Cotts’ chances against Giambi better.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • I don’t give a shit what Sox fans say, I know deep down they wish he was still patrolling center in Fenway. He’s so much more of a gamer than Crisp.

    bloodyank78 July 14, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Low for ball one to Jason. Mo is up in the pen for NY.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Shift happens. FC as Giambi grounds out and Jeter is forced at second.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Nice play by Iguchi. It’s Mo time.

    bloodyank78 July 14, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • “Shift Happens” LOL

    bloodyank78 July 14, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • Thanks, BY.. I’ve been waiting to use that line.. :)

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Trial by fire as Thome leads off. Strike one on the inside corner.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Thome holds up on a cutter high in the zone for ball one. The 1-1: broken bat lifted to center. Damon can’t get there and it falls in for a single. HATE that.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • Those extra runs are real nice seeing as its Thome, Konerko, Dye. Nasty little blooper for Thome.

    bloodyank78 July 14, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • Let’s turn two, guys. Konerko takes strike one. He then hits a soft liner to right to make it first and second, no outs. Nice hitting there. Dye up. Takes strike one.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Thank god for those three runs. No f’ing way Mo allows three straight base runners.

    bloodyank78 July 14, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Ball one to Dye. The 1-1: hit on the ground in the hole between short and third to load the bases.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Jeter was playing close to second and there was a huge hole. ARRRGGHHH.
    Posednik up with nobody out, bases loaded.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • uggggg

    walein July 14, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • I stand corrected. At least Posednik is a lefty. I’d love a GDP right about now.

    bloodyank78 July 14, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Inside to Posednik for ball one. The 1-0 cutter misses inside for 2-0. The 2-0 is a strike on the inside corner. Another strike. The 2-2 brings the fans to their feet. Ground ball at AP who steps on the bag for one out. The run scores. It’s 2nd and 3rd, one out, NY leading Chicago 6-4.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Uribe is up. he hits a high pop to the corner. Crosby makes the catch. Konerko scores on the tag. It was in foul territory!!! Let that drop, Bubba!!!

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • Bubba just made a web gem. Come on Mo shut this meathead down. I can’t stand Piersynski.

    bloodyank78 July 14, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • AJ Pierzynski pinch hits.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • A web gem that scores a run. He should have let that go.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • Seems like Mo needs help getting the outs.

    Anonymous July 14, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • Mo gets ahead of AJ 1-2. Fans are on their feet. The 1-2: cutter inside fouled high and right out of play.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • AJ just gets a piece of a pitch low and away to stay alive. Still 1-2.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • Ground ball to AP is just foul. Would have been the last out. Looked fair over the bag. I don’t like that call.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • I’m gonna need blood pressure medication after this AB

    bloodyank78 July 14, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • AJ breaks his bat on a foul. Another 1-2 coming.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • yesss

    walein July 14, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • AJ pops one straight back. Still 1-2. AJ takes one for a ride but it’s not deep enough as Crosby makes the catch in right to end the game. Heart attack over. NY 6, Chicago 5.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • OVAH!!!!!! Jesus tap dancing Christ that made me nervous.

    bloodyank78 July 14, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Seems like Mo couldn’t catch a break in that inning.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Nice outing by Randy there.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Gerbil, walein, have a nice night guys.
    That one made me sweat, I think I’m gonna have some Johnny Walker to calm the nerves right now

    bloodyank78 July 14, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • You too, BY.. sounds like a good idea. That was a nail-biter.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • The wheels are all the way off as Ellis doubles to the left field corner, scoring Thomas and Crosby. Bradley advances to third.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • oops.

    attackgerbil July 14, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • Caught the last 3 three innings of this, but unfortunately couldn’t boot up during the doings. What a wonderful ending though, with the great rally in the 8th—Leche!—the defensive gem by Bubba in the 9th, and that final battle between Rivera and Pierzynski, won by the forces of good. And all the while, the Sox are getting their asses kicked by the A’s.
    Good nite all!

    YF July 14, 2006, 10:17 pm

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