The Royal Treatment

Perhaps you were asleep (as were we), or maybe you had just given up on a game that appeared lost (against KC? Get real.), but in the wee hours last night the Yankees put on one of their more impressive offensive displays of the year, tagging the Royals for 10 runs in the 8th inning en route to a 12-5 comeback win. Bobby Abreu paced the attack with 4 rbi, including the key go-ahead double, Cano had 4 hits, one a homer, Jorge had 3 and a homer, Damon 2 and a homer, and Derek went 3 for 6, boosting his average to .344, just 2 measly points behind Joe Mauer. (Yes, Alex K’ed 3 times.) This team is looking ever more like a juggernaut, nevermind the less than awesome competition—though it’s worth noting KC is looking a lot more game than they were earlier this year. But Sox fans know all about that, don’t they? Tonight, Mike Mussina, fresh off the DL, goes for win 14 for about the 9th time. We hope he finally makes it. Let the good times roll.

8 comments… add one
  • I went to bed at the end of top 7, when it was still 3-1 Royals. I figured the Yanks had a decent shot at winning, but that I really needed the sleep.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) September 5, 2006, 11:02 am
  • I had the pleasure of watching the whole thing. Joy.
    Shame Wang wasn’t in the game to record his 17th win. He probably won’t get to 20 wins now.

    Sam September 5, 2006, 11:42 am
  • > Shame Wang wasn’t in the game to record his 17th win
    Also unfortunate is that his throwing error may remove him from consideration for the gold glove. He is leading the AL in assists and is second in total chances and range factor.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 4:22 pm
  • That was a TOUGH error. I mean, the throw was on target… it glanced off the runner’s flailing elbow. I hate when fielders make good throws that happen to hit the runner and they are given errors (typically happens on plays @ the plate).
    Meanwhile, Alex Cora gets a HR on a ball that would’ve been a routine flyout, but for the worst play in Alex Rios’ life.
    The whole scoring system is baseball is FUBARed. Wang’s error last night isn’t even close to the most eggregious example of it.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) September 5, 2006, 4:26 pm
  • That was a TOUGH error
    Agreed, Rob. Anyone who has watched Wang throw any number of games would realize how adept he is at getting into fielding position after the pitch, reacting to the ball off the bat and making comebackers look routine. I think he will have quite a few more chances at that accolade.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 4:35 pm
  • I can’t believe I went to bed after the 7th and missed all the fireworks. Watching the highlights reminded me of that game against DRays when they put up a 13 spot after trailing 10-2 or something like that. Joy.

    yankeemonkey September 5, 2006, 5:30 pm
  • The error on Wang was baloney. It looked to me like intentional interference by Granderson. He shoulda been o-u-t.
    I wonder how Wang’s penchant for throwing groundballs affects his zone rating. He’s getting a ton of chances because of that hard sinker. It’s a good thing he’s so adept with the glove.
    And speaking of pitchers and fielding, how sweet was it last night when Jeets pegged one off Luke Whatshisname after getting knocked down in the box. Payback!

    YF September 5, 2006, 6:10 pm
  • Does anyone actually know how important a defensive position the pitcher actually is? I am seriously curious. My limited mind seems to think that a good fielding pitchers just can’t save much over bad fielding pitchers. But I might be and could be completely wrong – I’d be curious to know about this statistically. Can someone do the research for me!? ;-)

    SF September 5, 2006, 6:19 pm

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