Saving Face: Halos-Yanks Gamer IV

Andy Pettitte had his shortest outing in more than four years in his last start, getting knocked around for eight runs by Oakland on July first.  He’s back on the bump today for the Bombers as they face the Halos, who visit The Stadium for a three-game set.  AP has yet to face the Halos this year, who are 3-3 on their current road trip, taking two of three from Baltimore then dropping two of three in Texas.  New York is winless against Anaheim this season after being swept in three games in May and being outscored 17-10. 2005 CY winner Bartolo Colon is on the mound for the Halos.  Colon took the loss when he allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings to Baltimore in his last start.

Alex Rodriguez is in the lineup tonight after getting a day off yesterday; in 2005, ARod hit three homers off of Colon in one game and has eight lifetime in 45 at bats.  Johnny Damon starts in left field today for the first time since 2001; Melky’s in center while Matsui is the DH.

Angels
R. Willits rf .324    
C. Figgins 3b .316    
O. Cabrera ss .329    
V. Guerrero dh .329    
R. Quinlan 1b .271    
G. Matthews Jr. cf .282    
G. Anderson lf .266    
M. Izturis 2b .250    
J. Molina c .231    

Yankees
J. Damon lf .249    
M. Cabrera cf .272    
D. Jeter ss .341    
A. Rodriguez 3b .314    
H. Matsui dh .273    
J. Posada c .324    
B. Abreu rf .260    
R. Cano 2b .270    
A. Phillips 1b .286    

65 comments… add one
  • Sox fans, pay careful attention. This could be the team that eliminates your team in the post-season.

    Nick-YF July 6, 2007, 6:19 pm
  • The Damon switch is interesting and points to Melky becoming a full-time starter from this point on.

    Nick-YF July 6, 2007, 6:20 pm
  • Bartolo “when I face the Yankees I pitch like what’s inside my” Colon goes for the Angels tonight. This game is a foregone conclusion.

    SF July 6, 2007, 6:27 pm
  • Sox fans, pay careful attention. This could be the team that eliminates your team in the post-season.
    83 games in and we’re already at this point, Nick? Sad.

    Anonymous July 6, 2007, 6:27 pm
  • yes, yes, we are.

    Nick-YF July 6, 2007, 6:29 pm
  • That anon was me, for the record.

    SF July 6, 2007, 6:54 pm
  • Bartolo Colon reminds me of Diego Maradona.
    That is, Maradona today.

    SF July 6, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • One of the bigger injustices in post-season hardware distribution has to be Colon’s Cy Young award. Not quite a Palmeiro Gold Glove (achieved while primarily DHing), but it’s up there.

    SF July 6, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Like I said earlier, Colon is useless against the Bombers.

    SF July 6, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • so much for that early lead.

    Anonymous July 6, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • sorry, the previous post was mine.

    nyara July 6, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • wow, colon is falling apart… Arod is now 23-47 lifetime against him.

    nyara July 6, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Like I said, without jinx intention: Colon is useless against the Yankees. What a turd.

    SF July 6, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • That interview of the new higher ups from China’s baseball program was paaaaiiiin-FULL. Kay had no clue what to say.
    Anyway so far so good, 1 out runners on the corners Miggy up.

    John - YF (Trisk) July 6, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • SF go watch that young phenom battle your team and stop worrying about the 300 lb pitcher we are facing! LOL.

    John - YF (Trisk) July 6, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Horse crap call. Horse Crap, he touched 3rd.

    John - YF (Trisk) July 6, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Agreed John. Horse crap.
    I wonder how many runs Pettitte has to give up before Joe goes and gets him.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • $10 play, .50 cent throw….
    Arrggggh!!!

    John - YF (Trisk) July 6, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Cairo makes a great stab, but then throws a bit behind Pettitte covering first. Scored a single then E3 on the allowed run. Finally Joe comes and gets him.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Haven’t had the pleasure of seeing this Edwar kid, this should be interesting.

    John - YF (Trisk) July 6, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • What an infuriating game, yet the Yanks are leading.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • First time seeing him as well.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • He wears DAVE WINFIELD’d number? Uggh.
    Let’s see if he’s Domingo Jean or Ramiro Mendoza.

    John - YF (Trisk) July 6, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Molina with a successful sac. Tough test here.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • OOh. I liked that first pitch to Willits.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • wow. Just wow.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Ok AG one problem, nice change speed wise and deceptiveness wise, but tooooo much of the plate. Needs to be low and away.

    John - YF (Trisk) July 6, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Willits Ks. Now he starts Figgins off with consecutive changes. Fun.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • That one was low and away, perfect!

    John - YF (Trisk) July 6, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • If you were referring to that third pitch, yeah, it was a thick pitch, which is why I can’t believe how much Willits missed it by.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • third pitch to Willits that is.
    Damn. Now Figgins golfs a single. Tie game.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • If Ramirez gets Figgins, does that make it turning point #449 for the season?

    SF July 6, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • Whoops, so much for that turning point.

    SF July 6, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Yeah I was.
    Uggh, tie game. Ok gentlemen my computer is out of battery. Time to pack it in. AG have a great night. Go Yanks!

    John - YF (Trisk) July 6, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • SF, go watch your debacle, nevermind this one. And it’s turning point #26 wiseguy!

    John - YF (Trisk) July 6, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Thanks John, you too.
    Woohoo! Figgins steals second, ball gets away, then Cano throws Figgins out at third. Greedy.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Damon walks to lead off the Yankee sixth, then swipes second. Barely. Wow, very close. Good call though.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Melky singles to center. Then GMJR bobbles allowing Damon to score.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Jeter strikes out swinging after fouling off four.
    ARod hits a line drive out of the park to left to score Melky.
    Yanks 12, Angels 9.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • That was a screamer. Could have killed someone.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Sorry.. not out of the park.. over the wall rather.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Matsui pulls a single to right. Still only one out.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Izturis turns a very, very pretty 463 as Posada grounds into the DP to end the inning. Wow, gotta watch that again.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • nice shot of ARod and Jeter having a laugh as they were sitting on the pine together after that laser beam dinger.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Orlando Cabrera doubles off Ramirez. Vlad checks it back to the mound, then Ramirez (wildly) hits Quinlan. Proctor comes on with the tying run at the plate and one away.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Strike, then a WP from Proctor. Runners advance to 2nd and 3rd. Gah.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • GMJR gets rung up on an appealed check swing on an off-speed pitch. Two away to Anderson.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Anderson rung up swinging on a big slow breaker to end the Angels seventh.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Abreu singles. Anderson makes a nice running grab on a line by Robi. Then a nifty 643 to end the Yankee seventh.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Izturis lines out to Damon. Then Kotchman is rung up on another appealed check swing.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Willits grounds out 5-3 to end the eighth. Proctor looking good.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Damon singles to lead off the Yankee eighth.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • Another swipe for Damon.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Melky singles to center.. Damon’s comes home. GMJR makes a good throw that hops in a weird way off the mound as Damon gets around for another run.
    Now Melky steals second.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Jeter singles to right to score Melky. Halos 9, Yanks 14. Still no outs in the eighth.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • ARod up looking for the cycle; gets ahead 3-0. Takes all the way for 3-1, then walks on the next pitch. First and second to Matsui.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • Matsui grounds to Izturis; ARod is forced at second. First and third to Posada with one away and another pitcher coming on for Anaheim.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • Jorge grounds into the 463 to end the eighth.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • Villone on to (hopefully) close it out for NY.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Figgins Ks. Two more to go.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • OCab pops to MCab for the second out.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • Vlad pops out to Cano. Ball game. Halos 9, Yanks 14.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Edwar Ramirez is awarded the win.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • false hope?

    dc July 6, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • Just you wait! At this pace, we’ll be tied in 11 more games!

    Lar July 7, 2007, 3:24 am

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