Pouring It On: Halos-Yanks Gamer V

The Bomber’s offense put on a stellar show last night as they taillied their biggest number yet seen in the runs as well as hits column this season, battering Bartolo Colon for seven runs in two innings and hitting seemingly at will off of every Halo pitcher sent to the mound after him except for Chris Resop, who came on with the game salted away in the eighth, and even then it was some snappy glove work from Orlando Cabrera who handled a bullet from Jorge Posada to start the 643 that ended that threat.  With 19 hits total, every Yankee contributed at least one hit and one RBI.  Every player except Bobby Abreu and Miguel Cairo scored, and Cairo lost a stand-up triple and an RBI due to a questionable call of Robinson Cano not stepping on third as he rounded the base on his way to home in the bottom of the fifth; with Cano’s misstep, the inning ended and Cairo’s hit was scored a single.  Despite all the crooked numbers in the box score, only two of the runs for either team came off the long ball; Alex Rodriguez hit a stinging line drive homer to left with Melky Cabrera aboard in the bottom of the sixth for his 29th of the season and 493rd of his career, tying Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff.  Ignoring Cano’s (or Doug Eddings’) blunder, the Yankees were exciting to watch on the basepaths, with Johnny Damon swiping two bags, Cabrera one, and aggressively taking extra bases on hits with men on.

The Halos put on a bit of their own fireworks show as Andy Pettitte was not sharp, getting roughed up for 10 hits that resulted in eight earned runs in five innings.  LA tied the game at 9 runs in the sixth inning as Chone Figgins slapped a low change from Edwar Ramirez for a single that scored two; Figgins was eventually erased on a base-running gaffe of his own.  Except for a scary wild pitch, Scott Proctor looked very good, striking out three of five faced.  His (heavily) breaking pitch and Ramirez’ change-up induced two check-swing strike-outs that Eddings seemed to thoroughly enjoy relating.  Ramirez was awarded the win, a slight consolation for his blown save.  Though there was questionable play in the field by both squads that certainly helped inflate the final offensive totals, in addition to the aforementioned double play there was some truly remarkable leather work on display, especially in the sixth inning when Maicer Izturis made a phenomenal, ranging stab of a grounder (again from Posada who easily could have been 5-5 on the night) across his body and glove-flipped the ball to Cabrera who turned the 463 to end the inning.

Today, Roger Clemens goes for career win number 351 and his third win of the season as the Yankees look to return to .500 and win three games in a row or more for the fourth time on the year.  John Lackey is on the mound for the Halos.  Opposing hitters are batting .238 off the righty, a season career best if he keeps it up, as would his 3.04 ERA be.  Lineups are in the extended; comment away.

LA Angels
R. Willits lf .317/.408/.375
C. Figgins 3b .317/.367/.404
O. Cabrera ss .333/.372/.453
V. Guerrero rf .323/.417/.551
G. Matthews Jr. cf .282/.343/.443
C. Kotchman 1b .297/.372/.502
G. Anderson dh .273/.274/.413
H. Kendrick 2b .295/.322/.426
J. Mathis c .000/.000/.000
 
NY Yankees
J. Damon dh .253/.341/.355
M. Cabrera cf .278/.336/.392
D. Jeter ss .342/.414/.472
A. Rodriguez 3b .319/.416/.668
H. Matsui lf .273/.353/.453
J. Posada c .329/.399/.509
B. Abreu rf .261/.351/.369
R. Cano 2b .276/.317/.420
M. Cairo 1b .247/.297/.301
56 comments… add one
  • Melky has nine singles in 22 total at bats with three walks and one K in the first inning of games this season.
    In the last two weeks, he’s .396/.453/.521 with four Ks in 48 at bats.

    attackgerbil July 7, 2007, 3:49 pm
  • Damn, check out the batting averages on that Angel lineup…
    .316
    .317
    .333
    .323
    .282
    .297
    .273
    .295
    .000 (replacement catcher?)

    Hudson (SF) July 7, 2007, 4:00 pm
  • did anybody else see this gem from the game preview on mlb.com?
    “Player to watch
    Robb Quinlan is batting .667 in six career at-bats against Clemens. The first baseman has done well against the Yankees, posting a .437 batting average in 32 career at-bats.”
    apparently scioscia also thought that HUGE sample size wasn’t enough to even warrant giving quinlan the start.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 4:13 pm
  • Yes, Mathis’ first two plate appearances of the season were two days ago. He came in for Molina last night; not sure if today is just a rest day or if something happened to Molina.

    attackgerbil July 7, 2007, 4:13 pm
  • 6 pitches = 3 outs. very nice.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 4:15 pm
  • resurgent abreu with the double to plate the resurgent matsui. 1-0 NY.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 4:22 pm
  • nice single by cairo… too bad willits played the ball so well. abreu holds at 3rd.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 4:25 pm
  • wow, damon literally hit it off the end of the bat. 1 run and 21 pitches thrown by lackey.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 4:30 pm
  • it’s a tough choice with the trade deadline looming and a-rod having the year he’s having. try to grab angel prospects and figgins now?, or, let him go there in 4 months and get essentially nothing? if i was a yf, i’d be taking a closer look at some angels this series. willits can play. kotchman is a good hitting 1b and can be had. napoli (hurt) is a solid offensive catcher for years time to come.
    if you haven’t seen reggie willits batting cage…..do so here…..
    http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/07/cool_livework_s.php

    sf rod July 7, 2007, 4:32 pm
  • Cairo hit the ball well last night too.

    attackgerbil July 7, 2007, 4:32 pm
  • rod, I agree with you. That’s the decision that I imagine Cashman is dreading more than anything right now, with the close second being that he may have pissed off Jorge by not extending him before the season began.

    attackgerbil July 7, 2007, 4:35 pm
  • ugh. got the out, but they got the run. 1-1.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 4:36 pm
  • That’s an interesting link on Willits. Their kid probably can sleep through anything now.

    attackgerbil July 7, 2007, 4:39 pm
  • what do you guys think would be solid compensation in a trade for Arod?

    nyara July 7, 2007, 4:41 pm
  • Anybody else antipating with baited breath the new “The Bronx is Burning” miniseries on ESPN?
    It has John Turturro playing Billy Martin.
    Should be interesting to watch, if only for its unintentional comedic value.

    yf2k July 7, 2007, 4:41 pm
  • I hate damon!!!

    arny YF July 7, 2007, 4:43 pm
  • lackey’s breaking ball is stumping the yanks lineup.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 4:43 pm
  • Impressive 3rd inning by Lackey .

    arny YF July 7, 2007, 4:46 pm
  • People , don’t watch the Bronx is Burning , please!

    arny YF July 7, 2007, 4:47 pm
  • WE’ve always had to live with Matsui’s glove , as hard as it has been .

    arny YF July 7, 2007, 4:51 pm
  • interesting fact on lackey:
    after 90 pitches, hitters are batting over .370
    or so say the fox announcers.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 4:59 pm
  • Breaking ball is breaking hearts today .

    arny YF July 7, 2007, 5:01 pm
  • clemens at 53 pitches through 5 innings.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 5:08 pm
  • dammit. kendrick with the diving stop to rob cairo of another single.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 5:10 pm
  • melky cannot lay off that breaking ball. 3 Ks on pitches everyone else saw coming.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 5:14 pm
  • after all those throws to first, a perfect pitchout to nail willits stealing. beauty.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 5:26 pm
  • yanks offense can’t figure out lackey… one hit in the last 4 innings.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 5:34 pm
  • > what do you guys think would be solid compensation in a trade for Arod?
    The entire rosters of the Royals, Pirates, and DRays (if the Yanks were in a giving mood)?
    The Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom?
    Venezuela?
    Sorry for being facetious but I do start feeling pretty ridiculous when considering the idea that the Yankee Organization would not do everything in its power to keep him from walking, let alone mention the profane thoughts I had when Cashman’s public posturing played out that he’s already got a deal; it’s his decision, as true as that statement may be at its face. I am certain that there are realistic trades that may make me feel, in theory, possibly, somewhat, sort-of amenable to swapping him when penciling out the baseball side of the numbers, but I can not understand how after throwing away one or two hunnerred million dollars on thoroughly marginal speculations the last few years that there is any way that the Y.O. would not spend whatever money it takes to keep Alex Rodriguez, a truly once-in-a-lifetime (and potentially once in the history of the game) talent and draw, on the team.
    I realize it comes down to whether one is of the the mindset that expenses and opportunity costs (read trade benefit) of ARod being on the team will or will not cost the Yankees World Series victories. I’m on the will not side of that thought.

    attackgerbil July 7, 2007, 5:39 pm
  • very well put, and i totally agree. while cashman and co are [respectably] working on lowering payroll and getting younger, i see no reason why they wouldn’t re-sign him. i also think that while his price tag will increase somewhat, it won’t be so much due to his numbers this season (as it is somewhat of a contract year, and i assume/hope GMs are finally taking this into account when talking numbers), but how much his other suitors will be willing to pay for his talent + appeal. but with his numbers, likely milestones, and yes, his celebrity, i don’t think the yankees are even considering letting him go.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 5:50 pm
  • gah! leadoff double, and exactly 0 balls in play after that.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 5:52 pm
  • Um, what if Alex just doesn’t want to play in New York? Surely Cashman has to calculate this possibility in, no matter what A-Rod’s talent level might be.
    Not saying they should trade him, but just that in any consideration of whether or not they should, they have to determine what the possibility of him leaving might be. At this point, it’s not low, no matter what the Yankees offer him. There’s a chance that someone may be willing to match whatever the Yankees offer if A-Rod opts out and leverages his talent for a new contract, no?

    SF July 7, 2007, 5:55 pm
  • You know who I don’t like? Gary Matthews Jr. How’d he ever get $50M?
    Just thought I’d put that out there.

    SF July 7, 2007, 5:58 pm
  • I’ve watched a good deal of this game away from the blog, but is it just me or do the Angels swing at just about anything?

    SF July 7, 2007, 6:00 pm
  • Good point, and I’m banking on the hope that Alex and Cash have enough respect for eachother that there will be an open line of communication before the trade deadline regarding Alex’s desire to stay or leave. Color me naive, but it helps me sleep.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 6:01 pm
  • > …is it just me or do the Angels swing at just about anything?
    If by “Angels” you mean “Melky and Bobby”, then yes, they do. And they miss. Horribly.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 6:04 pm
  • Kendrick should buy Cairo dinner tonight. He’s now robbed him twice.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 6:05 pm
  • The open line probably exists, it’s tilts one way, and it sounds something like this:
    “Uh, Brian, this is Scott. Alex can opt out, I don’t think I need to remind you. He’ll think about staying, but the number for that has to incentivize him not to. Send me an offer, and we’ll talk.”
    “Thanks, Scott. Can you just be honest with me? Will Alex be opting out?”
    “Brian, like I said, he CAN opt out, he hasn’t told me if he will. We need to sit down and discuss his options. Again, put together a deal that keeps Alex a Yankee until retirement and I’ll check with him”.
    “Hey Scott, I’ve got call-waiting beeping, I think it’s Posada’s agent – gotta run”.
    Click

    SF July 7, 2007, 6:06 pm
  • if only it was cashman or the yankees choice. no doubt you do what ever necessary to retain a-rod. but at some point, and that point is creeping ever closer (24 days), you have take the shrewd business approach. when a-rod walks at years end he’s worth nothing but cap space. for three more weeks he’s worth figgins, kotchman, and possibly brandon woods. all of which fill signifigant needs for the yankees.

    sf rod July 7, 2007, 6:08 pm
  • Lackey + Cabrera + 2 strikes = breaking ball for strike 3.
    and it happens as I’m typing this. sigh…

    nyara July 7, 2007, 6:09 pm
  • Anyone for some 9th inning heroics?

    nyara July 7, 2007, 6:17 pm
  • was k-rod warming?

    sf rod July 7, 2007, 6:17 pm
  • > Um, what if Alex just doesn’t want to play in New York?
    SF, you are absolutely right in everything you said and that’s a great question. Of course Cash is dreading this situation. This is truly a non-trivial problem for New York, which sounds strange to say when one is talking about one guy. Factor in Rivera/Posada, and, well, gosh, this could turn so incredibly sour that .. well .. okay I don’t want to think about that part right now.
    So Yankee fans live with the deals the team has made, the fact that ARod has difficulty not saying anything, the fact he has more difficulty in saying the wrong thing when he shouldn’t be talking to begin with, and the fact that he plays in the most predatory media environment in the game. Train wrecks are common. Yeah, he may want to bolt. It’s his choice. I’ll be a bit pissed since ARod will be going back on his word when he specifically stated he wants to be a Yankee, but so be it. I’ll be more pissed at the fact I didn’t watch him play as often as I would have liked when I had the chance.
    On to the part that really bugs me. Imagine that ARod agrees to a trade or walks to another team. Imagine that the next year the Yankees actually make the playoffs, with whomever is playing third at the time hitting league average. Meanwhile, ARod hits 43 home runs and 146 rbis for the Angels who finish behind Seattle and Oakland. Now imagine a.g. clawing his eyes and ears off at the bullshit “logic” that will pervade interweb that somehow it’s ARod’s absence that won it for the Yankees while his presence cost the Angels a chance at the playoffs. Makes me sick to think about it.

    attackgerbil July 7, 2007, 6:26 pm
  • going into extras, and i don’t feel great about this. i hope i’m wrong.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 6:26 pm
  • NICE play by cano up on a softie up the middle to avoid disaster. to the bottom we go.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 6:32 pm
  • Anyone for some 12th inning heroics?

    nyara July 7, 2007, 7:03 pm
  • well…ortiz homers after pedroia tripled. 2 – 0 sox. sorry there’s no gamer up.

    sf rod July 7, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • Yanks trailing by one after Molina doubled in Kendrick.
    Cano, Cairo and Damon to bat in the bottom of the 13th

    Rob July 7, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Cairo singles and steals second. Damon at the plate.

    Rob July 7, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Cairo to third on a wild pitch.

    Rob July 7, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Damon walks, Melky up.
    Runners at 1st and 3rd.

    Rob July 7, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Melky goes down swinging, 2 away.

    Rob July 7, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Jeter up

    Rob July 7, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Jeter hits the first pitch into a FC, Damon out at 2nd. Game over.
    8 well pitched innings from Roger go to waste with the lack of run support again.

    Rob July 7, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • incredible. i’m not big on needlessly questioning torre’s strategies, but how do you
    a) not even attempt to have damon steal 2nd, or
    b) not even attempt to have melky bunt to the right side of the field.
    what a hapless game. i’m out.

    nyara July 7, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Gotta be a frustrating loss for New York.

    Hudson July 7, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • nyara, I only got to watch the bottom of the last inning of this game. You asked two really good questions right there.

    attackgerbil July 7, 2007, 9:05 pm

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