Large and In Charge: Yanks-Phils WS Gamer IV

The big fellow is on the hill for the Yanks. That usually means good things. Philly counters with Kentucky Joe Blanton. Comment on all the action here.

283 comments… add one

  • Go Yanks!
    It seems like it’s been awhile since they started hitting from the get go.. let’s do it against Blanton!
    Tex with a ground out following a single by Jeter and a double by Damon and the score is now 1-0 Yanks!

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:25 pm
  • ARod gets hit for the third time in the last two games, and man on first and third, one out.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:26 pm
  • Of course…a warning is issued and now if CC misses on a pitch he’s out. The umpires in MLB are idiots sometimes.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 8:28 pm
  • ARod does not look pleased. There’s some probability of intent, mainly because it sets up the double play.
    The bench has been warned, though the Yanks did not hit anyone at all.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:28 pm
  • Come Hip Hip…liner back at his balls!!!!

    krueg November 1, 2009, 8:29 pm
  • On the flip side, I hope Blanton gets tossed. That would be something. Who would they have up?

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:29 pm
  • Looks like the Phillies are getting desperate.

    AndrewYF November 1, 2009, 8:29 pm
  • krueg – I’ll take a HR or a double instead.. =)

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:29 pm
  • Sac fly by Posada and it’s a 2-0 game. Posada did his job.
    ARod goes to second on the throw getting by the catcher.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:30 pm
  • Perfect…2-0, ARod to 2nd. Beautiful.
    I hear ya Lar…just saying! :)

    krueg November 1, 2009, 8:30 pm
  • (That said, I didn’t think it was intentional – just part of their “pitch inside to ARod” plan) Still.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:31 pm
  • Cano can add to that lead, but doesn’t. The Yanks starts off strong and takes a 2-0 lead before CC gets to start pitching.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:31 pm
  • I still want him to go down…
    2-0. Great start. Let’s do this CC.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 8:31 pm
  • Odd (and unintentional) timing on that Hamels commercial, haha..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:33 pm
  • and that is why joba should have knocked down utley last night. now, alex is hit again and all hands are tied. but i’ll take 2-0.

    YF November 1, 2009, 8:35 pm
  • Rollins, first-pitch swinging, impatiently makes the first out in the bottom half… Don’t the Phils want to get CC “Three Day’s Rest” Sabathia’s pitch count up?

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 8:36 pm
  • We need a LF’er…

    krueg November 1, 2009, 8:36 pm
  • Now Victorino, also first-pitch-swinging, doubles on a shallow drive toward Damon, double.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 8:36 pm
  • Victorino with a bloop double. Bah. Here are the lefties..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • CC goes 2-0 to Utley, who then doubles off the top of the wall. He’s got his number, apparently.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 8:38 pm
  • …and a new pitcher.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 8:38 pm
  • Utley with a double. I was actually relieved it didn’t go out, but definitely not a good beginning for CC.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:39 pm
  • Blanton actually only at 11 pitches, presumably because the Yanks came out swinging.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:39 pm
  • CC not getting the calls..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:40 pm
  • Where’s the FoxTrax now?

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:41 pm
  • Howard Ks on 3-2 count. Boy, he has become a black hole in this lineup.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 8:43 pm
  • CC strikes out Howard, coming back from 3-1. Big out here, but here’s Werth.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:43 pm
  • Are they walking Werth?

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:44 pm
  • They will pitch to Werth with two outs.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:44 pm
  • I guess they’ll pitch around him. Werth not chasing though.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:45 pm
  • Come on CC…

    krueg November 1, 2009, 8:46 pm
  • Werth walks and Ibanez is up.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:46 pm
  • CC gets out of it. They do get one run back on two doubles, but the Yanks still lead 2-1, and hopefully the Yanks remember they’re hitting against Blanton.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:48 pm
  • He got through it…whew. Good job big guy.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 8:48 pm
  • After the initial impatient out, the Phils work Sabathia up to 23 pitches but miss the chance to give Blanton a clean second chance at this start as Ibañez Ks.
    2-1 after one.
    (Hating having to listen to Joe Morgan on the radio tonight. Morgan is very knowledgeable, but he over-interprets every situation and is so often wrong with his pitch-by-pitch predictions.)

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 8:48 pm
  • 24 pitches for CC that inning, including a 8 pitch AB by Howard.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:51 pm
  • Swisher, Melky, CC up.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:51 pm
  • Blanton got the call on a pitch that CC didn’t get. Swisher strikes out on 5 pitches.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:53 pm
  • Melky flies out on one pitch. Now CC is up.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:53 pm
  • CC seeing a few more pitches than Melky.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:54 pm
  • CC strikes out on 4 pitches. That was borderline..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:55 pm
  • Quick inning for Blanton, just what he needed.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 8:57 pm
  • Feliz will lead it off. It seems like he’s intent on taking pitches a bit.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:58 pm
  • Swisher gets that one, one out.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:59 pm
  • Ruiz, who hit a HR off Hughes last night is up now against CC.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 8:59 pm
  • CC goes 2-0 on Ruiz, a sign of his lack of superior control thus far..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:00 pm
  • He’s also not getting those borderline calls..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:00 pm
  • The 2-0 pitch looked like a strike, but Posada did not catch it and the counts goes to 3-0.
    3-1 pitch and Ruiz grounds out to Jeter. A good out that time..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:01 pm
  • Blanton up with two outs.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:01 pm
  • Fastball down the middle for a strike..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:02 pm
  • At least he’s not screwing around with Blanton, good for him.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:02 pm
  • End of 2, 2-1 Yanks.
    CC already at 34 pitches though.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:03 pm
  • Great 2nd CC…let’s go offense!

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:04 pm
  • That was actually quick for Sabathia, 9 pitches, down to a more reasonable pace.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 9:06 pm
  • Feliz robs a hit from Jeter. 1 out.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:07 pm
  • Great play..dick. Come on, don’t let Blanton off the hook already!!! Work this douche!!!

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:07 pm
  • Everyone is swinging away…making Blanton’s job easy.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:08 pm
  • CC looks fine to me. He gave up 1 hard hit ball – the Utley double. Victorino’s double was a bloop that fell in.
    The ump has already missed 3 calls for him, too, according to Pitch FX. 3 in the zone called balls (1 of those for Blanton so far). So I think CC is fine.

    Mark (YF) November 1, 2009, 9:08 pm
  • I care nothing about what you think about baseball Joe…I care even less what you think about Pearl Jam’s new album. Ass.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:09 pm
  • Ah, now we get the FoxTrax. Tex strikes out on a pretty borderline pitch..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:09 pm
  • Another quickie for Blanton (32 pitches through 3 innings); Teix not happy with the ump.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 9:10 pm
  • Well, the second to last pitch was a strike anyway…
    Back to CC.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:10 pm
  • That was a strike to Utley. Bah.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:17 pm
  • CC finally gets Utley (first time he’s managed it), 2-1 Yanks after three, Sabathia at 46 pitches.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 9:18 pm
  • Gets Utley. 3 outs. 46 pitches over 3.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:18 pm
  • Not too worried abour about running Blanton’s pitch count up…we hit him well anyway. Now, that doesn’t mean we should have stupid Ab’s…you still have to work the count. The pitch count is much more of an issue for CC, obviously on short rest. But he seems to have “settled in” (quatations b/c I don’t thik ke was bad inn the 1st, just unlucky w/ Victorino’s bloop) nicely.

    Mark (YF) November 1, 2009, 9:21 pm
  • At this rate CC could get through seven full innings and Girardi would likely go to Mo for the last two.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 9:21 pm
  • Anyone can settle into a nice groove if they get that kind of call, wow, what a strike to Posada..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:23 pm
  • That pitch was not even close to a strike…not even close…
    This guy is horrible.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:23 pm
  • ..and then the ump punches him out aggressively…what a joke. I hope he catches a fastball in the nuts. Prick.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:25 pm
  • Cano is lost…swinging at everything. flailing…

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:25 pm
  • 1-2-3 by Blanton. Bah.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:26 pm
  • 11 straight outs…come on guys.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:26 pm
  • krueg – to be fair, with that strike zone, you almost have to swing at everything!

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:27 pm
  • Blanton gets a fly-out from ARod, Ks Posada (unhappy about calls) and Ks Cano; he’s got 11 straight outs since giving up the two first-inning runs. 44 pitches through four, very efficient, especially considering the long 1st inning.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 9:27 pm
  • OK, Blanton got some major help from HP Ump Evritt that inning. Both Arod and Posada got screwed in their ABs.

    Mark (YF) November 1, 2009, 9:29 pm
  • Howard: 10 Ks in 14 ABs so far in the series, according to ESPN. … But he singles here to end his two-game drought.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 9:30 pm
  • Tough AB now..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:32 pm
  • Howard steals a base. Are you kidding me?

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:32 pm
  • Howard steals on Hip Hip…damn. 2nd, 1 out.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:34 pm
  • Ibanez now up.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:34 pm
  • Well, at least CC gets that pitch called.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:34 pm
  • Ibanez flies out, two outs and here’s Feliz.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:35 pm
  • 2 outs…1 more CC!!!! LET’S GO CC!!!!

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:35 pm
  • Howard steal averts a double play as Werth grounds out to 3rd (and Howard can’t advance). A sacrifice would have put him on 3rd to be brought home with a sac fly.
    Now Ibanez pops out, 2 gone.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 9:35 pm
  • Geez, going by the replay, if Posada makes any kind of throw there, Howard is out by 3 feet. And the SB keep them out of the double play.
    And Evritt finally gives CC one like he gave Blanton, to Ibanez. This guy is looks awfully damn shaky calling balls and strikes behind the plate, but hey what else is new…

    Mark (YF) November 1, 2009, 9:35 pm
  • Feliz ties the game. Bah.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:36 pm
  • Howard shoulders in safely to home as Damon’s throw eludes Posada, Feliz makes it into second thanks to the play at the plate.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 9:37 pm
  • OK, that run is totally and completey on Posada’s awful, awful defense this inning.

    Mark (YF) November 1, 2009, 9:37 pm
  • And of course, Howard did not actually touch the plate, but the SB made it all possible..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:37 pm
  • Hip Hip drops the fucking ball…can you be a worse catcher Jorge? Fucking really???
    2-2
    Never touched home plate and cheap shot to take out a catcher not even covering the plate.
    Clusterfuck all around.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:38 pm
  • And another blown call this postseason, as Howard never touched home plate, so the glorious umpiring continues this postseason.

    Mark (YF) November 1, 2009, 9:38 pm
  • Alright Yanks, remember, you’re facing against Blanton. Get some runs back and make it easy.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:39 pm
  • IBB gives Blanton a chance to knock himself into a lead … Nuthin’ doin’, down swinging on 3 pitches.
    65 pitches for CC, 2-2 game after four.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 9:39 pm
  • Eff you, umps. What a total goddam pox on the game they are.

    Mark (YF) November 1, 2009, 9:39 pm
  • Thanks Posada…you should be charged with that run. You better actually hit since you are a fucking liability behind the plate.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:40 pm
  • Somebody has to put together a YouTube clip show of he plethora of blown calls this postseason set to the Benny Hill music.

    Mark (YF) November 1, 2009, 9:42 pm
  • Swisher walks to lead off the game.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:43 pm
  • That would be funny Mark…great idea.
    4 pitch walk to Swish…let’s get going boys. Now. Pour it on.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:44 pm
  • I just tuned in, how’d Posada screw things up? The Blanton strikeout was the first thing I saw.

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 9:44 pm
  • I wish someone would wait on that weak-ass changeup and crush it…

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:44 pm
  • MELKY!!!! Keep it going CC!!!!

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:45 pm
  • Melky with an infield basehit. Utley trying to be clever, as he really had more time than he thought. Men on first and second, no outs, and CC is up at bat.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:45 pm
  • Utley makes a poor decision attempting a glove throw to second to start a DP, Yankees instead have 1st and 2nd, no out.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 9:46 pm
  • CC could not get the bunt count, and gets one out without moving the batters.
    But here’s Jeter..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:47 pm
  • Well, Sabathia looked feeble trying to bunt, but of course Blanton gets another assist from Evritt on the strike 2 call. this guy is fucking atrocious.

    Mark (YF) November 1, 2009, 9:48 pm
  • cmon CAptain

    walein November 1, 2009, 9:48 pm
  • I heard some idiot commentator on MLB Radio (XM) say today that “The reason there is so much talk about the umpires is just that there are millions of people watching these postseason games.”
    No, the reason is that there has been an exceptionally high number of exceptionally bad calls by umps.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 9:48 pm
  • Jeter with a single the left side, and the Yanks retake the lead, 3-2!

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:48 pm
  • The legend continues!

    walein November 1, 2009, 9:49 pm
  • CAPTAIN CLUTCH DOES IT AGAIN!!!!
    3-2!!!!
    1st and 2nd, 1 out for Johnny!!!!
    Yeah Philly idiots…Jeter sucks alright. Fucking inbred scumbags.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:49 pm
  • Ath – Posada effed up twice – Howard stole second when a decent throw would have nailed him easily, only Jorgie bobbles the exchange. Then Howard would have been out again on a play at home, but he dropped the ball.

    Mark (YF) November 1, 2009, 9:50 pm
  • Is there anything Jeter can’t do? I’m a Sox fan, and even I have to admit that the man is a f*cking god.

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 9:50 pm
  • Pop fly drops in, Yanks go up 4-2.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 9:51 pm
  • Damon bloops a single, and Melky was aggressive and scores, 4-2 Yanks!

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:51 pm
  • to clarify – Jorge mishandles the throw, rather than dropping the ball while making the tag.

    Mark (YF) November 1, 2009, 9:51 pm
  • JOHNNY!!!!! 4-2!!!! KEEP IT GOING!!!!! TEX TIME!!!

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:51 pm
  • Blanton is not getting hit hard, but the wheels do seem to be coming off.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 9:51 pm
  • Man, Melky’s really gotta slide rather than tiptoeing around the plate there. I know he was safe, but that’s some bad baserunning.

    Mark (YF) November 1, 2009, 9:52 pm
  • Hudson – probably the technology more than anything – with the millions of cameras, you can almost conclusively see what “really” happened on every play, eliminating tons of “maybes”..
    If there were 18 replays on the Howard throw, no one really would’ve bitched about it, for example. Posada dropped the ball. But ya.
    I don’t blame the umps, per se, just that MLB do not give the umps all the tools they need to make the right call..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:52 pm
  • Ahh, thanks Mark. Letting Ryan “10 Career SB’s” Howard steal a base is pretty pathetic.

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 9:52 pm
  • Tex hits it okay, but to the warning track. ARod should pad that lead..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:54 pm
  • Come on ARod…revenge baby.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:54 pm
  • ARod got under that one a bit and the Yanks get the lead, though Tex and ARod got out. 4-2 Yanks.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:55 pm
  • Blanton gets out of it without more damage, but the Phils are right back in a two-run hole after evening it up.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 9:55 pm
  • He’s trying to hit HR’s everytime…a single would have worked fine ARod. Ignore the Pennsyltuckyians.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:55 pm
  • Um..Lar, Cano not on second, an extra ump to look at the line and miss a ball bouncing 6 inches in…just bad umpiring. The umpires Union released their study of the 2007 season and claimed they had only made 14 bad calls at first base all season…they just don’t have a good merit system in place.
    You see 14 bad calls a first base in a week of baseball.

    walein November 1, 2009, 9:56 pm
  • Not only does MLB not give the umps the right tools to make the call, but they emply a bunch of late-middle aged men who with huge egos and absolutely no accountability to make the calls.

    Mark (YF) November 1, 2009, 9:56 pm
  • Lar, the technology has always been here to detect whether or not umpire calls are correct. Fans have always had instant replay.

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 9:57 pm
  • big innign here for CC.

    walein November 1, 2009, 9:58 pm
  • JRoll with a lead off base hit, just under Cano’s glove.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 9:59 pm
  • How the fuck does Cano miss that???? Seriously??? It’s the fucking world series dude!!!! MAKE A PLAY!!!

    krueg November 1, 2009, 9:59 pm
  • Cano is not having a good series

    walein November 1, 2009, 10:00 pm
  • This is not going well so far in the 5th…come on CC, you can do it bro!!!! BE THE BALL!!!

    krueg November 1, 2009, 10:01 pm
  • Walk. Fuck.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 10:02 pm
  • Ath – not with the wealth of cameras and clarity (HDTV!) in recent years! There’s some margin of error. I mean, hell, I was watching a clip from 2002 the other day, and the clarity difference is pretty insane.
    There are some glaring examples, and it’s easy to assume we would make the “right” calls, but the limits of human errors being what it is..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:02 pm
  • Need a CC double play here or a K.

    walein November 1, 2009, 10:02 pm
  • CC walks Victorino, and now Utley will come up with man on first and second.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:03 pm
  • CC nibbling at the plate… and with Utley/Howard/Werth coming up. Bad time to let two men on base.

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 10:03 pm
  • With no outs..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:03 pm
  • Not a great way to further that momentum. Still, Tex and ARod probalby should’ve done a little more..
    Utley is dangerous..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:04 pm
  • Rollins’ single past Cano and Victorino’s walk puts Philly runners on 1st and 2nd with no out for … Utley.
    (Right now, Philadelphia’s #1-2-3 hitters are all batting .231.)

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 10:04 pm
  • Infield fly rule, probably, and a huge out by Utley. One out.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:06 pm
  • … CC gets ahead 0-2 on Utley
    … Posada goes to the mound yet again
    … Utley steps out
    … Foul on a slider, still 0-2
    … Infield fly, one gone

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 10:06 pm
  • Yes. Infield pop up. sweet

    walein November 1, 2009, 10:06 pm
  • Big out. Come on CC…

    krueg November 1, 2009, 10:06 pm
  • A double play here would be nice.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:06 pm
  • Wow, worthless at-bat from Utley. CC really knows how to bear down when he needs to.

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 10:07 pm
  • 2 outs.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 10:07 pm
  • Ryan pops it up. Two outs and Werth is a huge threat.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:07 pm
  • Big moment here: Phils down two runs, two runners on, heart of the order up, CC at 80 pitches.
    And Howard pops out to Jeter.
    If CC gets out of this with his pitch count under 85, the Phillies are in big trouble, IMHO.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 10:08 pm
  • Another pop up to Jeets? On a hanging slider?

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 10:08 pm
  • I like Howard as a baseball persobnality and I feel bad for him…but lucky for him his name isn’t AROD and McCarver and Buck are doing thegame. Also, that first pitch shuld have been a strike call to werth.

    walein November 1, 2009, 10:08 pm
  • Crowd unhappy about JPos going to the mound yet again.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 10:09 pm
  • Werth stays alive witht hat foul ball..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:10 pm
  • walein – there’s plenty of time to root for next year.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:10 pm
  • That pitch looked dangerous, but Werth fouls it..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:11 pm
  • CC gets out of it with a K. End of 5, 4-2 Yanks.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:12 pm
  • K!!!!!

    krueg November 1, 2009, 10:12 pm
  • Great pitch to K Werth.

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 10:13 pm
  • 2-2 count, Werth backs out, Posada back to the mound. Crowd boos.
    Ks him on a change. Inning over. 87 pitches for Sabathia. He’s got a chance to get through seven and avoid the non-Rivera bullpen.
    The Phillies’ odds are rapidly plunging not just in this game, but in this series.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 10:13 pm
  • Agreed, Hudson. The Yanks are just too good when they need to be.

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • Posada strikes out to start the inning.
    Let’s see Cano, Swisher and Melky get it going again..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:17 pm
  • Jinxing bastards!!!!!

    krueg November 1, 2009, 10:18 pm
  • Posada is like the Kobe Bryant of baseball, always working the umps/refs…

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 10:19 pm
  • 2 outs. Cano is worthless.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 10:20 pm
  • Great eye Swish!!!! Melky time…he’s going yard, I can feel it.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 10:22 pm
  • Just noted that Teix/ARod have even worse WS batting averages than Utley/Howard, and yet the Yanks are up 2-1 and are cruising toward a possible 3-1 advantage.

    Now Blanton walks Swisher again. WTF? He can go after the big guys, but can’t throw strikes to Swisher?

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 10:22 pm
  • What are you waiting for Melky??? Two fastballs right down the alley…

    krueg November 1, 2009, 10:23 pm
  • Cano hit it hard, but right at Howard. BABIP luck. That was the best at-bat he’s had all series.

    doug YF November 1, 2009, 10:24 pm
  • I’m trying really hard to ignore you Hudson…you are close though bro…

    krueg November 1, 2009, 10:24 pm
  • Meh…maybe not. He got two pitches to crush but didn’t like them.
    Got another inning in you CC??? Please???

    krueg November 1, 2009, 10:25 pm
  • Does CC have enough to go 8?
    His batting spot is up 1st next inning.. tough call.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:25 pm
  • CC at 88 pitches through 6..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:25 pm
  • Blanton gets out of the sixth at 93 pitches. The Phils will be lucky to get one more inning out of him.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 10:25 pm
  • Remember Hudson, BA isn’t everything… Utley’s OPS is over 1.000

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 10:26 pm
  • Uh oh, Melky out with some hamstring/thigh problem. With a lead, you want him out in the field..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:28 pm
  • 6-7-8 batters up for Phils.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:28 pm
  • Melky is hurt??? That’s not cool. Hope Gardner is ready to rock…

    krueg November 1, 2009, 10:28 pm
  • CC with a 3 pitch strike out of Ibanez. One out.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:29 pm
  • K…1 out.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 10:29 pm
  • Feliz with a one out single, and Ruiz is up..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:29 pm
  • Blanton is out, Franciso is in with two outs.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • CC sits down them rather quickly, despite the Feliz single. 94 pitches through 6, so I suspect he’ll be batting this inning.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:32 pm
  • Pinch-hitting Francisco does nothing but erase Blanton, as the Phillies help Sabathia to stay in the game (and Girardi to go straight to Mo in the 8th) by seeing only 7 pitches across 4 hitters.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 10:33 pm
  • Lar did you mean that you wanted Melky at the plate with a lead? Gardner will vacuum up anything hit to center field.

    doug YF November 1, 2009, 10:34 pm
  • doug – I mean, I want him to play defense (along with Gardner, with one of them subbing for Damon)

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:37 pm
  • Woah, CC at 95 pitches yet they’re letting him stay in… interesting.

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 10:38 pm
  • Damon strikes out, and Tex is up with two outs.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:39 pm
  • Park holds them.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:41 pm
  • Ath – CC at 95 pitches is nothing.. haha.. this is a key inning, with their big hitters up though.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 10:42 pm
  • Yeah, but since he’s on short rest and will have to pitch Game 7 if needed… sure a Game 7 is looking unlikely, but still.

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 10:44 pm
  • Marte warming for N.Y.
    Madsen warming for Philly.
    It’s do or die for Philadelphia here.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 10:45 pm
  • Rollins gets a piece of it, but it’s at ARod. One gone.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 10:47 pm
  • Victorino also tags one, but again right at the fielder (Swisher). Sabathia seems to be flagging, but getting his outs. Two gone.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 10:50 pm
  • Joba warming as well now, but it’s unlikely we’ll see either him or Marte…
    Philly 1-2-3 hitters now all at .214 …
    CC up 1-2 on Utley.
    And he hits another home run. 4-3 game.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 10:52 pm
  • Utley makes it a one-run game. 5 straight sliders on the outside corner.

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 10:52 pm
  • Lefty Marte coming in to deal with lefty 2009 World Series strikeout king Howard.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 10:53 pm
  • Posada to the mound again.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 10:56 pm
  • So is Mo available tonight?

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 10:57 pm
  • Howard flies out. He’s never had a hit against Marte in six tries.
    Madsen will pitch the 8th for Philly, starting with ARod.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 10:57 pm
  • Madsen K’s Alex.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 11:02 pm
  • Sorry: Madsen >>> Madson

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 11:02 pm
  • 1 run lead. I would love to see them pad the lead before facing Werth..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:03 pm
  • Joba, not Mo, warming.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 11:03 pm
  • So does that mean Joba for the 8th, Mo for the 9th? Or no Mo at all?

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 11:03 pm
  • Posada trying to atone for his errors..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:04 pm
  • Posada an error.
    Mo only threw 5 pitches last night, and most definitely will pitch tonight.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:05 pm
  • Well, unless the Yanks can tag on a few runs right here..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:05 pm
  • Joe Morgan talks down Cano’s batting, which of course guarantes he gets a hit. 1st and 2nd, 1 out.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 11:06 pm
  • Cano with a bloop single. Awful read by Posada and only gets a base out of that one. Probably could’ve got to third with a better runner..
    Now is Swisher with two on and one out.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:06 pm
  • A base hit would be great right about here. A double is nicer.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:06 pm
  • Yeah, but when you consider all the warm-up pitches Mo threw… they say warming up for a pitcher wears out their arm as much as actually pitching a few outs.

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 11:06 pm
  • Gardner is on deck, and presumably Matsui would be fater.
    Swisher missing that nasty changeup..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:07 pm
  • Ath – thanks, but will you seriously not consider giving Mo the 9th?

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:08 pm
  • Swisher with a huge strike out. The “good eye” failed him that time.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:08 pm
  • Madson Ks Swisher. 2 gone, still 1st and 2nd. Gardner batting.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 11:08 pm
  • Gardner up with two outs, and a huge spot here.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:08 pm
  • Oh of course not Lar, just wondering how far the Yanks would stretch him… 40+ pitches on Friday, the better part of an inning last night, it’s a lot.

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 11:10 pm
  • Gardner pops it up and Yanks got nothing.
    Werth, Ibanez, and Felix up.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:10 pm
  • Ath – he can rest in the offseason. Your question of “No Mo at all?” was pretty terrible, as terrible as these ump calls! ;P

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:10 pm
  • Pop-up, Madson escapes.
    Joba practicing his chest-pump before jogging in. ;^1

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 11:11 pm
  • The tricky question is when to throw him in. Can’t worry about tomorrow though.. unless you discount Mo’s pitching to overuse, but either way, it’s the World Series!

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:11 pm
  • Lidge warming.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 11:13 pm
  • Yanks really should’ve a bigger lead coming to this, and while Jeter and JD hit well enough, the Yanks could only score 4 in 8 innings..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:13 pm
  • I’m not familiar with how Mo is utilized normally, so it’s a little foreign to me. Let’s not forget that he’s about to turn 40, and reliever over-use in the postseason is well documented ;-)
    But yeah, it does seem like a no-brainer now that I think about it. Especially since it’s a 1-run game now.

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 11:13 pm
  • Werth Ks.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 11:14 pm
  • Ath – I agree, I mean, in a “normal” situation, say, regular season, you know, you can debate it.
    But ya, 1 run game, World Series, you’re not going to go to Hughes..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:14 pm
  • Werth with a huge K.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:15 pm
  • As an Yanks fan, this is probably the most “abused” I’ve seen Mo, in this postseason, not just World Series. By far.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:15 pm
  • >>>Yanks really should’ve a bigger lead coming to this
    Except that Philly really should have more runs, in that they’ve had more baserunners than the Yankees tonight.
    And Ibañez Ks.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 11:16 pm
  • (I mean, in awhile.. I don’t remember the championship years..)
    Ibanez strikes out.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:16 pm
  • Hudson – maybe, but this site isn’t SF vs PF! ;P

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:17 pm
  • Joba has taken the life out of the stadium.

    doug YF November 1, 2009, 11:17 pm
  • Tied game.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:18 pm
  • Feliz goes deep on a 3-2 count. Tie game.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 11:18 pm
  • I guess that’s the other scenario where Mo might not pitch.
    Joba looked great until that pitch.. 3-2 fastball in the middle..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:18 pm
  • Feliz put the life back in the stadium.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 11:19 pm
  • Oh no. Joba went to finish off Feliz with an inside fastball, but all Feliz can hit are pitches inside.
    Shit shit shit.

    doug YF November 1, 2009, 11:19 pm
  • Matsui, Jeter, Damon up in the 9th.
    Inning is over, but one batter too late..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:20 pm
  • Ruiz Ks. Joba truck out the side yet gave away the lead.
    But rejoice, YFs: Brad Lidge is headed to the mound.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 11:21 pm
  • Eff Brad Lidge, the Yankees will gnaw on his bones.

    doug YF November 1, 2009, 11:23 pm
  • Matsui’s pinch-hit AB:
    … Strike, 0-1.
    … High fastball, 1-1.
    … Fastball, 92 mph, 0-2.
    … Slider, pop-up, out.
    One gone in the top of the 9th.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 11:25 pm
  • Now the Yankee Captain:
    … Slider, swinging strike, 0-1
    … Slider, ball, 1-1
    … Fastball, swinging strike, 1-2
    … Low-ish fastball, crowd groans, 2-2
    … Slider, foul, still 2-2
    … Slider, in the dirt, count full
    … Slider, swinging strike
    Two out in the top of the ninth.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 11:29 pm
  • Oh fuck, I go make a snack and it’s a tie game.

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 11:31 pm
  • Next up, Johnny the former Caveman:
    … Inside, tight, 1-0
    … Slider, foul, 1-1
    … Slider, foul, 1-2
    … [Ruiz to the mound]
    … Slider, foul tip, still 1-2
    … Fastball high, 2-2
    … Fastball outside, full count
    … Fastball, foul, still full
    … Fastball, foul, still full
    … Fastball, single
    20 pitches already for Lidge.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 11:34 pm
  • Wow, heads up play by Damon. Too bad with two outs it’s the same..

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:34 pm
  • C’mon, wild pitch.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:35 pm
  • Damon steals, Ruiz throws though he had no chance, nobody there to get it, Damon to third with Teix batting. Big mental error by the Phils there. Coke and Rivera warming.
    Teix HBP.
    1st and 3rd with two out for ARod.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 11:36 pm
  • Hits Teixeira. If only it was a wild pitch instead.
    Now ARod is up.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:36 pm
  • AROD!

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:37 pm
  • :LEIRLAWJKEL:KJ AROD!

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:38 pm
  • ARod’s big moment:
    … Fastball taking, 0-1
    … Swing, down the line, double
    Yankees up 5-4, Lidge blows it, 2nd and 3rd, two out.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 11:38 pm
  • YYYYEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    walein November 1, 2009, 11:38 pm
  • ALL HAIL A-ROD MAY HE LIVE FOREVER

    doug YF November 1, 2009, 11:38 pm
  • Posada can make this an easier job for Mo. Let’s go.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:38 pm
  • A-ROD
    GOLDEN GOD

    doug YF November 1, 2009, 11:40 pm
  • Thanks Posada. Silly base running, but whatever, you drove in two.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:41 pm
  • Posada:
    … 0-2 to Posada
    … Fastball up and away, 1-2
    … Lidge at 28 pitches
    … Fastball very inside, 2-2
    … Swing, base hit, two runs, Posada thrown out though
    7-4 Yankees, Rivera will lock this up.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 11:41 pm
  • Mo, 3 outs with 3 run lead.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:41 pm
  • Lidge: Garbidge.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 11:41 pm
  • Congratulations, YFs, on winning the World Series. It’s over.

    Hudson November 1, 2009, 11:42 pm
  • Lidge’s deal with the devil is up. LOL @ Fox for trying to make us think otherwise.

    doug YF November 1, 2009, 11:42 pm
  • Jorge. WTF are you thinking?

    attackgerbil November 1, 2009, 11:42 pm
  • Sure enough, Lidge blows it. Still just a 1-run lead thanks to Hip Hip.

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 11:43 pm
  • Centaur-Rod is the clutch .. and a probable World Series world champion!

    SoxFan25 November 1, 2009, 11:45 pm
  • One.

    doug YF November 1, 2009, 11:45 pm
  • Woah, nm… 3 run lead. Wow, I missed a bunch.

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 11:46 pm
  • Two.

    doug YF November 1, 2009, 11:47 pm
  • Game over. 3-1 Yanks.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:47 pm
  • Start spreading the News!

    walein November 1, 2009, 11:48 pm
  • Game, Yanks up 3-1. Lee vs Burnett next.

    Atheose - SF November 1, 2009, 11:48 pm
  • Three!
    Yankees win! THAAAAAAAAA YANKEES! WIN!

    doug YF November 1, 2009, 11:48 pm
  • All with two outs. In Yanks’ favor this time.

    Lar November 1, 2009, 11:50 pm
  • Shit, everything in this game happened with two outs. Utley’s homer, Pedro Happy’s homer, and then the most epic slaughter of Brad Lidge.
    God, baseball, you are a cruel and unforgiving mistress, but I love you so.

    doug YF November 1, 2009, 11:53 pm
  • 1 more win and we are in Valhalla.

    krueg November 1, 2009, 11:58 pm
  • krueg,
    I found myself rooting for the Yankees in the first game – I think it was because, besides the Red Sox, they’re the players I am most familiar with, plus they looked sort of underdog-ish against Lee.
    I came to my senses after the game and I’ve been rooting for the Phillies for the past three games.
    But, now I think I am going to be loyal to the AL-East, and am going to start rooting for the NYY to win the whole thing.
    What do you think? ;-)
    -A

    am-SF November 2, 2009, 11:05 am
  • I think no matter what you do, you cannot jinx us!!!
    AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW…WE’VE GOT THE GROOVE!!!

    krueg November 2, 2009, 11:21 am
  • am-SF,
    Not that you asked me, but I think that if you turn to krueg to game-tracking guidance, it is a road to emotional ruin. But it’s an awesome ride.

    attackgerbil November 2, 2009, 11:23 am
  • krueg – whatever made you think I wanted to jinx you?! I really honestly (cross-my-heart ye baseball gods!)* am going to be rooting for the NYY to win the whole thing! I really feel sorry for all you guys for being not having won this millenium! It is time to get over it and start catching up to your nemesis up north . . . ;-)
    * – think the gods believe me? worth a shot . . .
    -AM

    am-SF November 2, 2009, 11:57 am
  • It’s going to happen no matter what epiphany you’ve had random stranger SF…

    krueg November 2, 2009, 12:12 pm
  • I think so too actually. Damon’s steal, even though it hurts to say it as a Red Sox fan, sealed the deal.
    - am-SF (not a random stranger, we’ve been introduced before during an early season Bos-NYY series ;-) – just not a frequent poster since I don’t have a TV anymore and have to listen to the games on radio due to our no TV rule since our kid was born!)

    am-SF November 2, 2009, 1:31 pm
  • You people with your priorities!!! Well, sorry I didn’t recognize you AM…welcome back!!!
    I still cannot believe that play by Damon…unreal.
    GO YANKEES!!!

    krueg November 2, 2009, 2:55 pm

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