Mounds of Trouble: O’s-Yanks Gamer III

Credit Baltimore’s advance scouts for some solid research work. Yesterday, the Orioles decided to simply pass on Kei Igawa’s curve. He threw the thing nearly 30 times, and didn’t receive a single swinging strike. Instead, they sat back and feasted on the not-that-fastballs he managed to throw over the plate. If Igawa cannot throw his secondary pitches for strikes, that’s going to be a serious problem. He’ll lose that rotation spot and we all know how much Joe loves a reliever who doesn’t throw strikes; that is to say, not at all. Worth noting that Moose was also clocked regularly in the 85-88 zone with his fastball on Friday; worrisome. Meanwhile, the Yanks have already been reduced to the walking wounded. Darrell Rasner gets the start today, and he will find a lineup behind him that runs: Cabrera, Jeter, Abreu, A-Rod, Giambi, Phelps, Cano, Cairo, Nieves. Seems like old times, with 2/3rds of the starting outfield out; neither Damon or Matsui has been DL’ed however, which is encouraging on the one hand, but leaves the team short on the other. If one or both ends up on the list, the Yanks will have spent a couple of days needlessly playing without one of their decent replacement possibilities from Scranton (the Kevins, Thompson and Reese, or Bronson Sardinha). The Yanks face the O’s Eric Bedard today. A tough challenge under any circumstances. Indeed, this Easter Sunday is a marquee day for pitchers around the majors: Santana, Schilling, Sabathia, Hernandez, Halladay, Kazmir, Bonderman, Peavy, Zito, and both a Duke and a Duque. Also, there’s a Tiger on the prowl in Georgia. Should be a fun day.

186 comments… add one
  • O’s-Yanks gamer III not II

    Anonymous April 8, 2007, 11:48 am
  • Ugh. This game will not be fun to watch. Expect A-Rod to start pressing now that all the power is gone and his increased expectations.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 12:25 pm
  • Lineups:
    Baltimore
    B. Roberts 2b .176
    M. Mora 3b .292
    N. Markakis rf .250
    M. Tejada ss .200
    A. Huff 1b .350
    J. Gibbons dh .188
    K. Millar lf .071
    C. Patterson cf .200
    P. Bako c .125
    NY Yankees
    M. Cabrera cf .083
    D. Jeter ss .278
    B. Abreu rf .267
    A. Rodriguez 3b .389
    J. Giambi dh .188
    J. Phelps 1b .250
    R. Cano 2b .389
    M. Cairo lf .000
    W. Nieves c .000
    eek.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 12:42 pm
  • Hmmmm. Rasner on the mound for us. Bedard, their best pitcher, starting for the O’s.
    Our 1-8-9 spots in the lineup, ugh. Melky, after a bad spring and a bad start to the season needs to get going, as it looks like he could be playing quite a bit.
    Maybe this game will surprise us, meaning a decent start for Rasner, some solid play in the field, and enough offense against Bedard to win it. Hopefully.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 12:53 pm
  • Melky has looked very bad thus far. He looks like he’s in a daze out there.

    Nick-YF April 8, 2007, 12:57 pm
  • melky may not be george brett, but he’s definitely better than .083. sometimes the weakest looking lineups surprise. hope that happens today. fingers crossed, for sure.

    YF April 8, 2007, 12:58 pm
  • Didn’t he take a walk one time? More than you can say for Cano.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 12:59 pm
  • I didn’t include the players’ averages for them to be taken as an evaluation of their likely season averages; it’s obviously way too early for that. It was just easier than erasing them.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 1:03 pm
  • Ken Singleton and Michael Kay are going to pick apart ARod’s GS at bat after the commercial break. Time to find my mute button. Better yet, go make coffee. I’m tired.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 1:04 pm
  • Rasner facing Roberts. Gets a low strike for the first pitch.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 1:09 pm
  • Andrew: if Cano hits .389, walks will not be required.
    Roberts:
    -strike low
    -grounder to phelps, 1 u.

    YF April 8, 2007, 1:09 pm
  • Roberts grounds out to Phelps unassisted for the first out.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 1:09 pm
  • mora:
    -strike right down the middle. offspeed?
    -fly out to left on a fastball, outer half. 2 down.

    YF April 8, 2007, 1:10 pm
  • Mora takes a first pitch strike, then flies out to Cairo in left. Two away, Markakis up.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 1:10 pm
  • Peter Abraham writes that if Rassner is decent, we could see Kei Igawa in Scranton very soon. Perhaps before his next start.

    Nick-YF April 8, 2007, 1:11 pm
  • I’m deferring on play by play to you, YF; I’ve got to go bake bread for dinner. WIll chime in from time to time.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 1:11 pm
  • markakis:
    -ball inside
    -ball inside
    -strike inside half
    -lined single down the 1st base line on another ball inside half.

    YF April 8, 2007, 1:12 pm
  • Decent 1st for Darrel.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 1:14 pm
  • tejada:
    -fastball high, 1-0
    -fastball strike inside half, 1-1
    -fastball high inside, 2-1
    -foul pop caught by nieves on a fastball inside. 3 outs. wow. easy inning for a yankee starter!

    YF April 8, 2007, 1:15 pm
  • Melky with the shot to left. That’s what we like to see.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 1:17 pm
  • i’m only on for playbyplay until the kid awakes…then i’m intermittent:
    here comes melkster:
    -ball 1 low
    -strike at the knees, 1-1
    -ripped single to left on low slider right over the middle.

    YF April 8, 2007, 1:17 pm
  • thanks for blogging the game, guys. i (unfortunately) dont get it here in NC…

    BluDevlYank April 8, 2007, 1:20 pm
  • Jeter with the shot down the 1st baseline, Melky to 3rd.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 1:20 pm
  • jeter:
    -strike outside
    -staying away, ball outside, 1-1
    -slider/curve in the dirt, jeter swings wildly over it. 1-2
    -another one taken inside, 2-2
    -fastball low in, full
    -Jeter line up the first base line for a single, melky running, goes to third.

    YF April 8, 2007, 1:21 pm
  • Be nice to get to Bedard early…

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 1:21 pm
  • Abreu with the sac fly to left. 1-0

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 1:22 pm
  • abreu:
    -first pitch fouled back
    bedard gotta be tough for a lefty
    -low for a ball, 1-1
    -sac fly to left scores Melky
    1-0.

    YF April 8, 2007, 1:22 pm
  • ALEX FIRST PITCH HOMER TO RIGHT. 3-0!!!!!

    YF April 8, 2007, 1:24 pm
  • ARod with another bomb to right center! 3-0 Yanks.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 1:24 pm
  • en fuego!!!

    Nick-YF April 8, 2007, 1:25 pm
  • giambi k’s.
    phelps grounds out.
    alex in the dugout: “WE GONNA DO IT BIG. ALL DAY. ALL NIGHT.”

    YF April 8, 2007, 1:27 pm
  • In Bedard’s starts, he’s been either very good or very bad. I like this bad wersion we have here, so far anyway.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 1:27 pm
  • Uh..bad VERSION.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 1:28 pm
  • just in case that player of the week award was in any doubt….

    YF April 8, 2007, 1:28 pm
  • Nice cushion for Rasner

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 1:29 pm
  • he’s even catching pop ups now! alex alex alex!
    huff down. 1 out.
    my pitch-by-pitch is over.

    YF April 8, 2007, 1:29 pm
  • gibbons single.
    rasner “pitching to contact.”

    YF April 8, 2007, 1:31 pm
  • after today, yanks play three indoors and then three in sunny california — could be good for their middle-aged starters

    john April 8, 2007, 1:31 pm
  • He needs a bigger cushion. Effin Millar.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 1:31 pm
  • Millar with the 2 run jack. Not what we wanted to see. 3-2 Yanks.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 1:31 pm
  • and there’s some contact from kevin millar. 2-run jack to left. 3-2.

    YF April 8, 2007, 1:32 pm
  • Rasner owned Patterson.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 1:32 pm
  • i agree with the fans at the stadium – i always disliked millar

    john April 8, 2007, 1:32 pm
  • Patterson k. Bako 6-3 ends the ining.
    can a-rod out hit the yankee starters?

    YF April 8, 2007, 1:34 pm
  • Bako hits one hard to Jeter who throws to first ending the inning. Orioles pick up two; it’s 3-2 NY after 1.5.
    Cano, Cairo, Nieves due up in the bottom half of the frame.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 1:34 pm
  • Rasner out of the 2nd. I think we’ll be needing some more runs before this one is over. Heh.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 1:34 pm
  • Robbie chops out to 3rd.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 1:38 pm
  • Robi takes low ball one, then a strike on the low outside corner. The 1-1 is way outside. The next pitch is a big breaking pitch that Robi had no chance at. Deuces: in the dirt to make it full. The payoff: Bedard comes with a fastball that is grounded at Mora; easy play to first for the first out.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 1:38 pm
  • Cano grounds 5-3 on a 3-2 count. pitch would have been a strike.

    YF April 8, 2007, 1:38 pm
  • Cairo also a 5-3 out.

    YF April 8, 2007, 1:39 pm
  • Cairo taps to 3rd. 2 down.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 1:39 pm
  • Miggy takes two balls and then a straight strike for 2-1. The next pitch is a breaking pitch that two hops to Mora who completes the 6-3 for 2 outs.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 1:39 pm
  • 5-3 rather. Nieves up. reaches out and grounds out 6-3 to end the inning.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 1:40 pm
  • three grounders to the left side.
    let’s just see if nieves can get it out of the infield today.

    YF April 8, 2007, 1:41 pm
  • Nieves ground to SS. Bedard settles down. Big inning for Rasner. No runs please.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 1:41 pm
  • Man, we’ve got real mashers at the end of our lineup. I think they rival the Orioles’ back two in suckitude.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 1:42 pm
  • Roberts shows bunt and then takes a strike to start off the top of the third. Rasner misses just outside for 1-1. The next pitch is a hard hit line drive pulled foul. Ump grants a late time to Roberts; Rasner was already in his motion. Roberts fouls the 1-2 off third. Another 1-2: pulled foul off first. Long at bat ends on a ground out 4-3.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 1:46 pm
  • Roberts grounds out to 2nd.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 1:46 pm
  • pesky roberts grounds 4-3.

    YF April 8, 2007, 1:46 pm
  • Mora lines to center.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 1:48 pm
  • Big curve misses away to Mora. Another ball. Then 3-0. Rasner gets a strike. Mora lifts the 3-1 to center, caught by Melky for the second out.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 1:48 pm
  • Markakis almost decapitates Rasner. Single brings up Tejada.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 1:49 pm
  • Rasner almost lost an ear on the liner back at him.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 1:49 pm
  • Tejada takes strike one. The 0-1 is low. Tejada takes a big cut at the 1-1 but Tejada swings under it to make it 1-2. The next pitch is low. Deuces: Tejada pops to shallow right; it drops _on_ the first base line in no man’s land. No one had a play.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 1:53 pm
  • Huff k’s to end the top of the 3rd.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 1:55 pm
  • First and third to Aubrey Huff, two away. He takes ball one. Rasner catches the inside corner for 1-1; looked a bit in. The next pitch is low-in. The 2-1 is foul-tipped for 2-2. Nice pitch. Deuces: curve way inside that totally fooled Huff who fans swinging. End of the threat. Top of the order due up.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 1:56 pm
  • Rasner has a sore finger. Guidry eyeballing it in the dugout…

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 1:58 pm
  • Rasner’s pitching count rising, and appears to have some kind of finger problem. (cut? blister?) looks like another short outting for a yankee starter….
    melkster ks.

    YF April 8, 2007, 1:59 pm
  • Melky takes a strike after hinting a bunt. He fouls off first for 0-2. Chases a low pitch and gets a piece of it to foul it off third. The next pitch was just a bit outside. looked like it should have been strike three. Then Cabrera goes down swinging. One away to Jeter.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 1:59 pm
  • Melky K’s. 1 down.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 1:59 pm
  • Jeter flies out to right center. Two away.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:00 pm
  • Jeter flies to medium deep right. 2 down.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 2:00 pm
  • Abreu takes a strike at the knees. The 0-1 is a breaking pitch over for 0-2. The next pitch is low and away. The 1-2: high. Deuces: Abreu protects and fouls it back. Reset deuces; breaking pitch away to make it full.
    I love it when Abreu works counts like this.
    The payoff: Bobby fouls it off first. Another full: lifted high but straight to Gibbons to end the inning.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:03 pm
  • This typepad certainly tests one’s patience. Time for some brunch.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 2:07 pm
  • It’s very laggy today, and the captcha is rather frustrating.
    First and second with one out.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:10 pm
  • wow. paul bako takes one out.
    someone call clemens!

    YF April 8, 2007, 2:12 pm
  • bring up hughes

    dc April 8, 2007, 2:12 pm
  • i’ll be posting our annoying correspondence with typepad on the comment issues very soon. so stand by, we’re working on this….

    YF April 8, 2007, 2:13 pm
  • yankee starters will have to pitch 2 months of shutout ball in order to bring their era’s back to earth

    dc April 8, 2007, 2:14 pm
  • Crap. I went to get a snack and come back to Baltimore leading by two. At least the ARod detractors in NY didn’t boo him for that ground out to short.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:21 pm
  • Rasner is at 67 pitches through 4.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:23 pm
  • Markakis with a single to lead of the O’s fifth.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:25 pm
  • Another horrible start. Rasner staked to a nice 3-0 lead, and then proceeds to cough up 5 runs in the next 3 innings. Meanwhile, after the shakey start, Bedard’s settled in and retired 11 in a row.
    Very frustrating.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 2:26 pm
  • First time in Yankee history that none of the first 5 starters have made through the 5th to start the season. Marvelous.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 2:30 pm
  • Rasner’s out. Sean Henn comes in.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:31 pm
  • First and second, one away. Gibbons takes inside for ball one, then rips a foul up first. Henn misses low away. The 2-1 is fouled back. The 2-2 is low. The payoff: popped to first on the IF.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:34 pm
  • Sean Henn on to retire Gibbons on the popup. 2 away…

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 2:34 pm
  • Welp, I guess we really couldn’t have expected Rasner to succeed where Pettitte and Mussina failed.
    Good thing we actually have a good bullpen, or we’d be looking at 0-5.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 2:35 pm
  • The suddenly hot Kevin Millar up…

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 2:35 pm
  • Millar up with two outs. First pitch misses just inside. The 1-0 is hit hard but foul up third. The 1-1 misses low. It’s 2-1: inside. The 3-1 misses way outside to load the bases. Corey Patterson up.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:37 pm
  • Sacks juiced on BB to Millar. Corey Patterson up..

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 2:37 pm
  • Henn behind 2-0. Flirting with disaster here…

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 2:38 pm
  • Henn misses inside and low. The 1-0 to Patterson is in the dirt. Gator visits the mound.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:38 pm
  • Henn behind 2-0. Flirting with disaster here…

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 2:39 pm
  • Henn behind 2-0. Flirting with disaster here…

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 2:39 pm
  • Henn behind 2-0. Flirting with disaster here…

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 2:39 pm
  • Henn behind 2-0. Flirting with disaster here…

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 2:39 pm
  • Henn behind 2-0. Flirting with disaster here…

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 2:39 pm
  • Finally gets a strike on the inside corner. Then Patterson chops it foul up first. Deuces: Phelps makes a great stab on a line drive glove side. Fantastic grab.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • Phelps snares the liner. Praise the Lord.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • Wow, Phelps just saved the effing day.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • Looks like typepad is messing with my head. Heh. Sorry about the multiples.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 2:42 pm
  • Bottom of the fifth, Cano, Cairo, Nieves due up for the Yankees.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:42 pm
  • Nice stab by Phelps. Henn squeezed by the ump on Millar. He’s giving Bedard everything on the left side of the plate, but nothing for henn inside on righties.

    YF April 8, 2007, 2:42 pm
  • Cano fouls the first pitch off, then hits a single to left to get things going.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:43 pm
  • Miggy takes ball one. Then a wide strike to Cairo makes it 1-1. The next pitch is called a strike. Late call, looked low.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:44 pm
  • The 1-2 is a check swing on a ball in the dirt that Cairo just holds up on. The 2-2 is a comebacker knocked down by Bedard. His only play is to first.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:45 pm
  • tired of hearing about miggy’s versatility. if you’re hitting .000 it doesn’t matter how many positions you can play.
    out 1-3. cano to 2nd.

    YF April 8, 2007, 2:45 pm
  • Kay wonders if Pettitte is warming up to pitch an inning. That’d be weird, maybe he’ll have his start pushed back.
    Bedard knocks down a nice sting by Cairo. Same as a sac bunt.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 2:46 pm
  • One out, Robi on second. Nieves takes a breaking pitch outside for ball one. The 1-0 is hit at Mora. Cano holds at second on the 5-3.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:47 pm
  • nieves. 5-3. still on the infield.

    YF April 8, 2007, 2:47 pm
  • And Nieves does the most useless thing imaginable.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 2:47 pm
  • Cabrera takes a strike at the knees. The 0-1 is hit foul up first. The 0-2 is low but Melky chases to K swinging and end the inning.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:48 pm
  • u-g-l-y. at least we get the big guns next inning.

    YF April 8, 2007, 2:48 pm
  • Pettitte on the mound.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:51 pm
  • Top six, Bako up. He pops out to left on the first pitch.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:52 pm
  • wow. pettitte on in relief on his throw day. gets bako to fly to right for his first out….
    wow wow wow

    YF April 8, 2007, 2:52 pm
  • Roberts up. Pettitte doesn’t get the outside call that Bedard has been getting. The 1-0 is a strike on the inside corner. The 1-1 is fouled off back of first. The 1-2 is a called strike three. Roberts stands there for a second, but that was a very good pitch.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:53 pm
  • Maybe we should carry 8 starters, fuggedabout Henn and Bruney.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 2:53 pm
  • ks roberts on the outside edge. ump’s been giving that pitch all day.

    YF April 8, 2007, 2:53 pm
  • I think we need to go to a seven man rotation.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:54 pm
  • Pettitte misses low on the 1-2 to Mora. Deuces: low and away. The payoff: low. Mora takes first on the BB. Markakis up.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 2:55 pm
  • mora walks. andy a bit timid around the zone against the righty. now lefty markakis.

    YF April 8, 2007, 2:56 pm
  • …Pettitte? I know it’s his throw day…but how is this a good idea?

    desturbd1 April 8, 2007, 2:56 pm
  • Andy to the rescue. Whatta guy. Meanwhile, Jerry Layne, the HP umpire has an everchanging K zone. Dick.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 2:57 pm
  • markakis pops a high-in fastball to center. shouldn’t have been swinging at that.
    props to andy for the big hold there. maybe th boppers can put him in line for the w.

    YF April 8, 2007, 2:57 pm
  • ARod with 2 straight groundouts and no boos. Whooda thunkit?

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 3:03 pm
  • proctologist on.

    YF April 8, 2007, 3:04 pm
  • Game 1 pitching matchup between the Yanks and Twins on Monday: Carl Pavano vs. Sidney Ponson. LOL.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 3:05 pm
  • Offense is really going down meekly. Hopefully Chris Ray pulls a Lidge and is traumatized by A-Rod’s grand slam so much he forgets how to close.
    CANO! Oh well, errors were bound to happen. I think the Yankees have the worst defense in the majors so far.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 3:07 pm
  • Now Robi joins the E-club.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 3:07 pm
  • Oh no Cano…

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 3:07 pm
  • This is going to end in tears.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 3:09 pm
  • Tejada scores on a sac fly by Millar.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 3:11 pm
  • Now a walk to Patterson. Good at bat from Corey there. First and second, two away to Bako.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 3:16 pm
  • Broken bat from Bako is played 6-4 FC to end the inning. Baltimore 6, NY 3 as we head to the stretch.
    Tiger’s leading at 3 over at the Masters.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 3:18 pm
  • Bedard at 83 pitches. He could be around for another inning or two. It’s gonna be tough to come back, now trailing by 3.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 3:20 pm
  • the new yankee formula:
    bad starting pitching + bad defense > alex rodriguez
    gotta flip the sign.

    YF April 8, 2007, 3:20 pm
  • Giambi chases a 2-2 that was way down in the dirt for a swinging K. One away to Phelps.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 3:23 pm
  • Phelps comes through with a groundball single to center. Redeem yourself, Robi.
    Cano hits a comebacker the deflects off Bedard’s glove to Roberts, who throws to first for the FC.
    Jorge to hit for Cairo.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 3:25 pm
  • Is that a fielder’s choice? I just thought it was a regular old groundout.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 3:29 pm
  • Posada K’s swinging to end the inning.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 3:29 pm
  • You’re right Andrew, it was a groundout.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 3:31 pm
  • Who dyou give the player of the game to? I’d say Millar, but I’m surprised Markakis didn’t make the list. It certainly wasn’t anyone but A-Rod for the Yanks.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 3:33 pm
  • I agree with Millar.
    Glad to see Johnny back out in the field; he’ll lead off the bottom of the eighth.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 3:36 pm
  • Nice job by Myers, now we’ve got our top guys for the 8th and 9th. I’m so, so glad Nieves isn’t leading off.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 3:37 pm
  • Mike Myers looking sharp, even against the righties. Big boys coming up this inning. I think Bedard is done…

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 3:38 pm
  • Damon hanging tough..

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 3:41 pm
  • Jamie Walker is really having to work against Damon.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 3:42 pm
  • Damon! Triple. GREAT 11 pitch AB!

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 3:44 pm
  • Damon triples to the left center wall. What a great at-bat to watch. Wow.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 3:44 pm
  • great ab

    Anonymous April 8, 2007, 3:44 pm
  • Cabrera hits it hard at Tejada but Damon scores. Baltimore 6, New York 4. Jeter up with one away.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 3:44 pm
  • Jeter lifts it to Patterson for the second out.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 3:45 pm
  • Here we go….

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 3:47 pm
  • Abreu up. He takes away for ball one. The 1-0 is fouled up third. The 1-1 is popped behind the third base dugout for 1-2. Next pitch: grounder at Huff; Walker doesn’t get to the bag in time to cover. Abreu with the hustle single. Abreu looks a little sore after running that out.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 3:48 pm
  • Bradford in to face ARod; two outs, runner on first, Yankees down by two. I’m getting a bit tense.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 3:49 pm
  • So, is A-Rod completely forgiven and embraced by New York, just because of one 24-hour stretch?

    Hudson April 8, 2007, 3:51 pm
  • Uh yah. That’s the nature of the beast. There’s a reason why NY is the toughest town to play in.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • Bradford misses in for ball one. Then a foul grounded off third. The 1-1: a bit high/away. The 2-1 is outside but ARod chases and fouls it back. Snow flurries are back. The 2-2 misses outside. Payoff: grounded foul off third. Another full count: low. Alex takes his base. Bradford is out as John Parrish comes on to face Giambi.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 3:55 pm
  • Good eye Alex.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 3:55 pm
  • So, is it fair to assume that ARod can just as easily revert to whipping-boy status in an equally short time, if he is perceived as becoming un-clutch again?

    Hudson April 8, 2007, 3:56 pm
  • Giambi takes a strike on (maybe off) the outside corner, then he chases to make it 0-2. The next pitch is low and away to make it 1-2. The 1-2 is in the dirt. Deuces: In the dirt again to make it a full count. The payoff: just tipped. Another 3-2: walks him. Bases loaded to Phelps.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 4:00 pm
  • Sacks juiced. C’mon Josh, a bloop single will do it…

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 4:01 pm
  • Yes, Hudson, but only if he has a long stretch of un-clutchness. He’s earned that. Jeter was so clutch for so long he’s earned a month’s worth at any given time.
    Guess they like to pitch to Phelps better than Minky.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 4:02 pm
  • Phelps takes away for ball one. The 1-0 is swung on and missed. The 1-1: low. 2 and 1: Phelps swings over it to make it deuces. The 2-2: fly to straightaway center to end the inning. Baltimore 6, NY 4.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 4:03 pm
  • Phelps took wild hacks at 2 pitches out of the zone. Ugh.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 4:05 pm
  • These Oriole relievers don’t seem to realize that ARod and Giambi are not the kind of hitter that swings at junk.
    Bradford and Parrish appeared to be trying to get them to chase, and instead walked both.
    Or maybe they were just trying to get to Phelps. If so, that worked, but rather than put the go-ahead run at the plate, I would have thrown strikes to the former two and dealt with the consequences if necessary.

    Hudson April 8, 2007, 4:05 pm
  • Myers is still out there.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 4:06 pm
  • You would have thrown strikes to an extra-hot A-Rod and always dangerous Giambi? That’s always a good strategy.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 4:08 pm
  • Myers gets booed as he walks Gibbons.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 4:10 pm
  • Millar pops out to end the inning. Three outs left to work with.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 4:16 pm
  • 3 good sticks coming up in the 9th. Need a baserunner to get the tieing run to the plate…

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 4:16 pm
  • Cano grounds out weakly to first for one out.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 4:20 pm
  • Nice running catch by Patterson to steal a double from Posada.
    Damon up. Not that it matters now, but I don’t like this ump’s zone at all. Damon singles to right to keep hope alive. Melky up.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 4:23 pm
  • Jorge crushes it and Patterson runs it down. That sucked. Damon baseknock. Not dead yet…

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 4:23 pm
  • Full count to Melky: weak ground out to Roberts to end the game 6-4.
    Blech.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2007, 4:25 pm
  • Andrew: With two strikes on both these hitters, better to run the risk of a run scoring or even tying than to walk both and put the go-ahead run at the plate… Especially given the type of hitters both are. Throwing three balls in the dirt to a guy who’s unlikely to chase is a waste of being ahead in the count.
    Anyway, game over, theeee Orioles win.

    Hudson April 8, 2007, 4:26 pm
  • Chalk this loss up to ANOTHER bad start from the rotation. First week grade for the Yankee starters: F
    It should get better. It can’t get much worse.

    Whatever April 8, 2007, 4:27 pm
  • This is why we need better starting pitching.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 4:28 pm
  • Oh, don’t worry, you’ll get Rocket in a few months. I’d bet most anything on it.

    Hudson April 8, 2007, 4:36 pm
  • As much as I am LOATHE to admit it… I think the Yansk will score Clemens. I WANT the Sox to get him, especially after having my “Tavarez is a hopeles smess of ugly” suspecions confirmed, but after this week I imagien the Yanks will throw an absolutley Ungodly amount of money at him that’ll make Zito and Matsuzaka’s contracts look liek penny candy

    Dionysus April 8, 2007, 4:47 pm
  • In other news, Phil Hughes’ chief competition for Best Future Pitcher Ever just outpitched him in his debut. Of course, it wasn’t below freezing where Bailey was pitching, so we’ll see.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Matsui now DL’d with a bad hammy.

    SF April 8, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Wah. I want a 7-inning start from one of our guys. With our offense and bullpen, that’s a near-guaranteed win.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • hard to imagine the yanks starter woes continuing to be this bad, although once they get squared away the offense will cool…ugh…long season

    dc April 9, 2007, 8:09 am

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