Roll On: Yanks-O’s Gamer II

Curt Schilling and Mike Mussina: you couldn’t find a pair with more disparate pitching styles or personalities, but these two old pros and potential HOFers have done fairly spectacular work this season in keeping their respective teams at the top of the AL East standings. Last night, Schilling notched win number 14, in a fist-pumping effort in Tampa. This afternoon, Mike Mussina goes for his 14th, and we certainly hope he achieves it—though we doubt there will be any fist pumping on his part, no matter the outcome. Moose has yet to win 20 games in a season, despite repeated assaults on the figure; he’ll have to have a tremendous final run and a lot of help from his mates to reach that number this year. We hope he does, for however arbitrary a determinant, it does seem to matter to those BBWAA voters who decide who will and will not be enshrined in Cooperstown. Today’s opponent is Canadian Adam Loewen, no great shakes thus far at 1-3 with a plus 6 era. With any luck, he’ll be drowning his sorrows in Molson before this game gets too far along. Meanwhile, root for Mike—and comment on the action—right here.

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  • Lineup:
    J Damon CF
    D Jeter SS
    B Abreu RF
    A Rodriguez 3B
    J Giambi DH
    J Posada C
    C Wilson 1B
    M Cabrera LF
    M Cairo 2B

    yankeemonkey August 5, 2006, 4:14 pm
  • And we’re off. Damon pop to Mora at 3rd. 1 down. In comes Jeets with a 13-game hit streak on the line.

    YF August 5, 2006, 4:38 pm
  • I was just looking at Mussina’s career numbers. In 15 seasons, he’s had exactly two teammates win 20 wins in a season — Rocket in 2001 and Pettite in 2003 — and in both cases he had a better ERA.
    (Also, in looking that up, I noticed until his injury-riddled 2004 and 2005 campaigns, he had only had one season where a teammate had more wins AND a better ERA — David Wells got him by a game and a bit of ERA in 2002.)

    Cam August 5, 2006, 4:38 pm
  • Walk for Derek on 4 pitches. Loewen high in the strike zone thus far, which is dangerous. Might just be pumped to face the Yanks.

    YF August 5, 2006, 4:40 pm
  • Still up in the zone on Abreu. 2-1.
    Interesting point from Cam.

    YF August 5, 2006, 4:42 pm
  • Abreu single, and then Alex out on the excellent play (while I was amswering the door–doh!)

    YF August 5, 2006, 4:45 pm
  • And Jeets CS at 3rd, and hurt. NOOOOOO!
    Mora lands on his shoulder. Visions of hs busted shoulder in Toronto…..
    Okay. He walks it off. That was horrible. Not to mention bad baseball.

    YF August 5, 2006, 4:47 pm
  • Mora tried to pull a Huckaby there. Eek.

    yankeemonkey August 5, 2006, 4:53 pm
  • Now Mora CS. Instant karma?

    yankeemonkey August 5, 2006, 4:55 pm
  • Once again, making a crappy pitcher with a 6+ ERA look great. Grrr.

    yankeemonkey August 5, 2006, 5:01 pm
  • Leadoff 2B for Miggy T.

    yankeemonkey August 5, 2006, 5:05 pm
  • Gibbons drives him in with a single. Still no outs…

    yankeemonkey August 5, 2006, 5:07 pm
  • Moose getting jobbed by the ump in the early going here.

    yankeemonkey August 5, 2006, 5:16 pm
  • Bases loaded with O’s with 2 outs. Roberts with a 2-run single after a 9-pitch AB. Damn that little ****.

    yankeemonkey August 5, 2006, 5:25 pm
  • Finally.
    Fahey Ks looking to strand 2. 3-0 O’s after 2 and Moose with 55 pitches. Blergh.

    yankeemonkey August 5, 2006, 5:28 pm
  • Cairo pulls something going down the line…just what we needed. This game sucks…

    yankeemonkey August 5, 2006, 5:33 pm
  • Green in for Cairo; injury unknown as of yet but looked like a pulled hammy…or maybe twisted ankle?

    yankeemonkey August 5, 2006, 5:38 pm
  • Update: Cairo out with a strained left hammy.
    Offense continues living down to the competition.

    yankeemonkey August 5, 2006, 5:52 pm
  • Relatively easy 4th for Moose, but he’s at 88 pitches now…unless the bats wake up real soon, it’s bye-bye 20 wins. Shame that the day the offense forgot to show up is the day Moose can’t pitch a shutout…Notched his 1,000th strikeout as a Yankee this inning though, congrats Mike!
    Have to say, Singleton by himself last night was infinitely better than today with O’Neill. I loved Paulie as a player, but as a broadcaster he leaves much to be desired.

    yankeemonkey August 5, 2006, 6:07 pm
  • Wow, Loewen with a one hitter? Sheesh. Where is that coming from.

    attackgerbil August 5, 2006, 6:29 pm
  • Looks like Loewen is starting to slip up. Two straight walks.

    Rob August 5, 2006, 6:53 pm
  • Wilson GIDP to end the Yanks chance in top of the 7th.

    Rob August 5, 2006, 6:59 pm
  • I’m on a super-slow connection many miles outside of Portland. Too slow for GameChannel right now. Hope these Yanks can connect better than myself in the next two innings. Catch you all later.

    attackgerbil August 5, 2006, 7:02 pm
  • Yanks go down 1-2-3 in the top of the 8th.

    Rob August 5, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • Un-effin’-believable. They’re getting 1-hit by a guy who came with a sparking 6.4 ERA.

    yankeemonkey August 5, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • Veras is in pitching the bottom of the 8th. He pitched a pretty effective bottom of the 7th without allowing a hit.

    Rob August 5, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • YM…The Sox suffer from this a lot this season. We make a middle of the road starter look like Sandy Koufax. It is frustrating and makes you madder then hell to think that this is happening to your team.

    Rob August 5, 2006, 7:17 pm
  • I know, Rob….And this guy isn’t even middle of the road. He’s more like…off in a ditch someplace!

    yankeemonkey August 5, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • I know…looks like the rebound from the blowout game has run its course. I expect that the Yanks and Sox are going to play a see-saw game over the next weeks with the lead.

    Rob August 5, 2006, 7:20 pm
  • Yanks last chance coming up. Top of the 9th.

    Rob August 5, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • I guess a 6-game win streak is just too much to ask for this season. Ah well, time to start another one tomorrow.

    yankeemonkey August 5, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • Looks like it. The Yanks have been on an emotional high coming off the b/o and then with the trade. What makes having a 5 game winning streak snapped is that the bats went quiet for the Yanks and they got manhandled by a scrub.

    Rob August 5, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • Yup, that sums it up quite nicely. Ah well. Go Rays! :-)

    yankeemonkey August 5, 2006, 7:29 pm

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