Keep The Faith: Yanks-Rangers Gamer III

These scrappy miracle-workers they call the Pirates Yankees, ain’t they something special! It’s another game and another opportunity for the underdogs to surprise us again. How this team is only 1 game back for the division lead is anybody’s guess. I’d say it has something to do with intangibles and playing small ball effectively. Tonight they find themselves facing star ace Kameron Loe, who pitched a complete game shut-out last week at Fenway. I don’t like our chances. Who would? Still, this is what it means to root for this band of working Joes. They’re going to fight until they can’t fight no more… And then they’re going to fight some more. This thread is your opportunity to root them along as they attempt to do the impossible again.

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  • Can you win a game 14-13 playing small ball?!

    SF May 17, 2006, 5:30 pm
  • If the pitching really sucks, then yes

    NickYF May 17, 2006, 5:34 pm
  • Doesn’t it get harder when pitchers suck? The two-run jack kind of defeats the purpose, right?

    SF May 17, 2006, 6:04 pm
  • “It’s another game and another opportunity for the underdogs to surprise us again.”
    No team with a $200 mil payroll wil ever, ever, evereverever be considered an underdog.
    “…this band of working Joes.”
    Slappy a working Joe?!?!
    Thanks, Nick- I haven’t laughed that hard in a while.

    Mayday Malone May 17, 2006, 6:11 pm
  • I’d say the Yankees a. don’t play small ball (unless your referring to Jason Giambi or the ill-advised New York Post promotion), b. aren’t working Joes, and c., have no more intangibles than any other team in baseball.
    Unless it’s the “intangible” of a terrific offense beating up on teams with poor pitching.

    Paul A. May 17, 2006, 6:12 pm
  • ACK, a you’re/your error! Apologies… *hangs head in shame*

    Paul A. May 17, 2006, 6:12 pm
  • gmjr down 4-3. nice start for wang.

    YF May 17, 2006, 7:09 pm
  • That’s a tough error on AP.

    YF May 17, 2006, 7:12 pm
  • Wang with the K of Nevin to end the inning. Nice start!

    YF May 17, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • Like the strike to ball ratio for Wang. When his control is good, he’s good. A truism for every pitcher I guess, but him especially.

    NickYF May 17, 2006, 7:19 pm
  • Jeetah!

    YF May 17, 2006, 7:21 pm
  • Giambi back. That’s good news.

    YF May 17, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • Giambi back in the line-up. Nice

    NickYF May 17, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • And the walk. Go figure. 2 on for Alex.

    YF May 17, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • C’mon A-Rod. Let’s get a lead for Wang.

    NickYF May 17, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • I imagine a big ovation for everybody’s hero as he steps to the plate.

    NickYF May 17, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • Jorge! The onslaught continues. Thought Joe might give him the night off after the theatrics (and that collission) yesterday. Guess not.

    YF May 17, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • And Jorge delivers again!!!

    NickYF May 17, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • Wang and the GIDP, again!

    NickYF May 17, 2006, 7:52 pm
  • Is it just me or was last night’s game one of those where, if you are rooting for the losing team, you just think “we have no shot”. Realistic or not, I think that’s what you feel when you blow a 9 run lead like that.

    SF May 17, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • It did seem inevitable by the end

    NickYF May 17, 2006, 7:57 pm
  • Yeah, you feel it during the game, but afterwards you just think “we couldn’t win that? What the hell can we win if we couldn’t win that one?”. I know this because I’ve been there…

    SF May 17, 2006, 8:02 pm
  • Need I bring up blowing a 3 game lead and living in Boston at the time? Let’s just say, after game 5, it felt like it was guaranteed to happen.

    NickYF May 17, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • Wow. Were you guys all…faking it? The whole “1918” thing even during game 7?

    SF May 17, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • I take a break from baseball for a night last night for relationship maintenance. I check the score prior to starting to cook dinner for the missus and a couple of friends, and miss the craziest game ever. I suppose I still made the right choice, but dadgummit.
    Hopefully Wang works quickly here.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • Did the maintenance work?

    SF May 17, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • SF, all I heard every day, every night, was “Yankees suck…”
    The horror

    NickYF May 17, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • SF: Absolutely. Great night, grilled out in the back with a few friends and didn’t think about the game until a my friend (Cubs fan, owns a sports bar) calls me to tell me what I missed.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • After an fielding error on Cano, Wang induces a 543 dp .

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • GMJR tries a bunt but Wang fields it to end the inning. Top of the order coming up.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • Damon lines out to Teixeira for the first out.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Just finished reading the game thread from last night. Talk about manic.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • Jeter grounds out to short. Giambi fouls off the 2-2 then takes to bring the count full. Fouls off the first full pitch, and then goes the other way with a double to left center.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • ARod singles to third. Giambia advances. Mora scores for Baltimore, then Tejada scores on a WP- O’s 4, Sox 1. Gotta run out for a minute. Back in a jiff.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • Jorge’s en fuego!

    NickYF May 17, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • he singles to center and a run scores

    NickYF May 17, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Cano follows up with another rbi single

    NickYF May 17, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • Bernie continues the rally. When Gerbil’s away, the Yanks heat up. Uncanny timing.

    NickYF May 17, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • Phillips grounds out to end the rally. It’d be nice if Andy started hitting to justify his popularity in the blog community.

    NickYF May 17, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Wang gets out the inning with another GIDP.

    NickYF May 17, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • I’m back, just in time to see Jeter hit a single to right. After a weak AB from Crosby and a groundout by Damon. I hope Giambi hits this so I don’t take their offense in my absence personally.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • Heading out of work, maybe I’ll see you guys on the other side. Good night.

    NickYF May 17, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Nick/Gerbil shift change. Giambi gets rung up on a ball low and away that was too low, too away..

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • gamecast says it was on the corner.

    Anonymous May 17, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • Blalock takes a strike from Wang to lead off the seventh.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Anonymous: It was a close pitch, looked low and away to me but tough to say. He probably should have tried to foul it off.
    Jeter with a nift spinnging grab to his left to get Mensch 6-3. Wilkerson steps in. Grounds the 1-1 pitch to Phillips who plays it himself. Rodriguez/Posada/Cano due up.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • Now here’s a question: if Wang gets through 8th on another ~10 pitches, does Torre leave him in?
    This just in: Pavano left his rehab game with problems in right triceps. He’s like bigfoot, we keep hearing about him but no sightings…

    yankeemonkey May 17, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • Arod strikes out (weakly) swinging on a breaking pitch that had him fooled to lead off the bottom of the seventh

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • YM: He’s only at 70 now. I hope Torre can give the pen a rest tonight.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Posada draws a walk from Wilson. One out to Cano.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Yeah…except he got pulled last time with 80 after 8. Let’s hope Torre spares the pen this time.

    yankeemonkey May 17, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Cano takes a 2-2 fastball for strike 3. Right down the middle.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • That last game when Wang was pulled was against Oakland. I wonder if it was as much to get Rivera some work. He had gone a stretch without having an appearance if I recall. Anyway, hope you are right.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • Bernie grounds out weakly 4-3 to end the inning.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • Wang induces yet another groundball from DeRosa, who hits it to ARod for the 5-3. One away.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • Ground ball fair. Rattles in the corner for a double from Laird. GMJR follows it with a shot to in the porch in right center to clear the bases. TEX 3, NYY 4. Crap. I think Farns is up in the pen.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • Yipes. 4-3. Was watching over dinner, away from the keyboard. Time for Mo!

    YF May 17, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • Michael Young is up with one out.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • Young hops it over Wang’s head. Cano makes a very nice play moving to his right outside of the second base bag, with a good throw to first to get the out. Two away to Teixeira.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • Nice play by Cano. He looks so stiff and erect out there, like a vivified Gumby doll, I don’t know how he makes so many plays.

    YF May 17, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • Young hits a roller straight at Jeter, who slings it to Phillips to end the inning. Let’s get some insurance.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • YF: Agreed. Cano seems to get to just about everything hit in his general direction on his feet. He doesn’t seem to need to lay out very often.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • Cordero is in for Texas.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • Cano and Wang looking chummy in the dugout.
    6-3 from Phillips, who is 1-4 on the night.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • Nice play by Cordero.

    YF May 17, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • Crosby hustles on a dribbler that Cordero fields to get the out at first. Good play from the Texas pitcher.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • Mo is warming in the pen. I would guess that’s a wrap for Wang. Great outing really.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • Damon grounds out 4-3.
    Wang’s line for the night:
    8 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned runs, 81 pitches (55 for strikes), 18 ground ball outs, 3 fly outs.
    Final in Baltimore: Orioles 4, Sox 3. Woohoo! way to end the slump, O’s!

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • Okay. All on Mo. Seems like opponents have been making unusually solid contact on his cutball lately; he hasn’t been blowing too many guys away. Is it inconsistent work? Losing a step? Let’s see how he does tonight….

    YF May 17, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • 18 gb/o. awesome.

    YF May 17, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • He’s been working a lot the last week and a half. I wonder if the big layoff prior to that is hurting him?

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Fly ball to straightway center from Nevin for out number one.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • YF: someone told me I missed a pretty good game last night. I haven’t checked the score. Was it exciting? ;)

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • Jeez. Block puts one foul WAY up into the upper deck.

    YF May 17, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • Blalock just went upper-deck foul by about 30 feet from the pole. Scary. Then Mo rings him up.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:39 pm

    YF May 17, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • HA! Blalock bit on the high cheese.

    bloodyank78 May 17, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Two away to Mensch, who is 3 for 4 lifetime against Mo.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • Mench swinging for the fences.

    YF May 17, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • Detroit/Cleveland are tied with 40 seconds left in the game. Exciting finish.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:41 pm

    YF May 17, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Mench takes the count full fouling off the 3-1.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • MILE HIGH pop to Jeter to end the game. Final TEX 3, NYY 4.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Got him. Left it out over the plate though. That was definitely a mistake pitch. Mench missed it.
    But we’ll take the win. BIG TIME!

    YF May 17, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • whew. a few tense moments there at the end…

    yankeemonkey May 17, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Okay. Let’s go Lebron!

    YF May 17, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Nicely done. And another great outing by Wang. You’re right, YF. His ability to induce ground ball outs with that sinker is gold.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • “Blalock reminds me of a left-handed hitting Gary Sheffield” I’m almost certain that Hank Blalock isn’t a waste of a human being. Hank’s kind of a team player. Works hard, doesn’t pout about contract situations…

    Quo May 17, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • Cleveland up by 2.
    The good news: that looked like some old-school Mo there.

    YF May 17, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • Cleveland takes the lead with 27.8 left, 86-84.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • PS: Glad to have you back leading the threaf AG!

    YF May 17, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Totally old school Mo. Fly balls right at fielders, high pop-outs, short at bats.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Thanks, YF. I am sorry to have missed the game/thread last night.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Cavs win. The coronation of Lebron.

    YF May 17, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • If you look at Wang’s line last Friday against Oakland, his game against TEX on the 7th and tonight’s game, they are so similar. The TEX game on the 7th was a bit shorter, but still, consistent. Great to see that.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • Re: LeBron,
    It took you long enough. Gawd. What happens when he has a few more years to mature and a few more players?

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • Meant to say “Dear LeBron,”
    Ruined my sarcastic jealousy, shock and awe.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • God. And now L&O kills off Borgia. Terrible. Best legs on TV. Very sad.

    YF May 17, 2006, 10:28 pm

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