Yanks-Halos ALCS Gamer V

NL Pennant-winning Philadelphia is waiting to defend their Championship. I see no reason why the Yankees should not oblige them.

AJ Burnett and John Lackey man the mound for their respective staffs. B-R preview. Comment away.

New York Yankees
Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Melky Cabrera CF
Jose Molina C
A.J. Burnett RHP

Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins 3B
Bobby Abreu RF
Torii Hunter CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Kendry Morales 1B
Maicer Izturis 2B
Juan Rivera LF
Jeff Mathis C
Erick Aybar SS
John Lackey RHP

309 comments… add one

  • It’s all about AJ this evening…let’s go yankees. end these fools.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 7:24 pm
  • FOX feed acting screwy to anyone else so far?
    If anyone is here yet…

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 7:38 pm
  • I have just woken up. let’s all pray that the feed here is better than it was last game!

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 7:45 pm
  • “…acting screwy …”
    is mcbuckfucker already polluting the airwaves?

    dc October 22, 2009, 7:46 pm
  • No, it’s twitchy…I’m not sure I can take it much longer???

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 7:56 pm
  • Yeah, good luck with that Nick…

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 7:57 pm
  • git ‘r dun

    dc October 22, 2009, 7:58 pm
  • the captain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    dc October 22, 2009, 7:58 pm
  • FIRST PITCH LEADOFF SINGLE FOR CAPTAIN CLUTCH!!!! Great start…jump on their ass early and often boys…FINISH THEM!!!

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 7:58 pm
  • high 5 krueg!!!!!!!!!!

    dc October 22, 2009, 7:59 pm
  • DAMON!!!! 1st and 2nd for Tex….COME ON TEX!!!! Now is the time brother. Do something. Now.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 7:59 pm
  • WORD DC!!!!

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:00 pm
  • Full count on Tex…gulp.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:01 pm
  • ok, so you’re going to have to provide descriptions if you can with the updates for the time being. No feed for me yet!

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 8:01 pm
  • tough pitch….dammit

    dc October 22, 2009, 8:01 pm
  • Bad call for strike 3…come on asshole. Outside. F-cking outside.
    ARod time.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:01 pm
  • come on arod…get it

    dc October 22, 2009, 8:02 pm
  • The breaking ball was outside Nick…not close. Rung him up though…
    ARod fouls out to Morales.
    2 outs. F-ck.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:02 pm
  • somebody please tell mcfuck to shut his piehole…

    dc October 22, 2009, 8:03 pm
  • krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:05 pm
  • Godzilla chokes too…that was horrible. 0-3 with RISP already. F-ck.
    It’s up to you AJ.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:06 pm
  • The FOX feed is so bad I have to mute it, literally cannot take it…
    Going to listen to my Yankees ALCS playlist on the computer…I’m in an Empire State of Mind with Jigga!!!!

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:09 pm
  • Um…AJ looking erratic…3-0 to FIggy.
    Nightmare scenario in the beginning stages…

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:10 pm
  • 5 pitch f-cking walk…to FIggins…awesome. Here we go.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:11 pm
  • Bad feeling early…

    John -YF October 22, 2009, 8:13 pm
  • Fat Bobby doubles…2nd and 3rd, no outs…AJ blows, we all knew it. Looks like it’s up to Andy back in NY…

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:13 pm
  • well, I got the feed only to see Bad AJ show up.

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 8:13 pm
  • 0-2. Game over. Thanks for playings. You suck AJ.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:13 pm
  • Burnett not sharp so far. 3 runners, 2 hits, no outs…

    John -YF October 22, 2009, 8:14 pm
  • This is what worried me all year…when it’s all on the line, does this team have the killer instinct to be champs? You have to win your elimination games, period.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:14 pm
  • F#@% LA that city sucks just the same Boston is a cess pool.

    El Duque October 22, 2009, 8:15 pm
  • wow. AJ is making me regret waking up early.

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 8:15 pm
  • wow, so AJ is bringing nothing to the table. warm up gaudin NOW

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 8:15 pm
  • 0-3. Get AJ the fuck out of the game…
    AJ is the absolute worst. I’m just mad at myself for actually believing he could handle this type of game. This bodes poorly for all our aspirations now…

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:16 pm
  • Its all gravy come on I would rather win in NY the best city in the universe

    El Duque October 22, 2009, 8:16 pm
  • i’m about to click out of the feed and go back to sleep.

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 8:16 pm
  • 0-4

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:17 pm
  • AJ Burnett fails

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 8:17 pm
  • Go back to sleep Nick…AJ is a fucking joke. He looks like a scared little bitch out there…unbelievable.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:17 pm
  • Took LA how long to get it together about time but iots still to late today or saturday its all good

    El Duque October 22, 2009, 8:18 pm
  • You win. Let’s just go play game 6.

    John -YF October 22, 2009, 8:18 pm
  • Is this the part where they beat us by about 12 runs and we completely fall apart and lose the series???

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:19 pm
  • HE GOT AN OUT!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS AJ YOU FUCKING SORRY PIECE OF SHIT!!!!

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:19 pm
  • Needs a two ball here.

    John -YF October 22, 2009, 8:21 pm
  • I knew he would be bad…I did not know he would be this bad…

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:21 pm
  • Guess it wasn’t Hip Hip, huh? haha
    Kill me now.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:22 pm
  • NOW HIT. Enough BS. Lackey isn’t sharp either.

    John -YF October 22, 2009, 8:22 pm
  • ah here comes the rally killers. first up, mr. cano

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 8:25 pm
  • RALLY KILLERS TO SAVE THE DAY!!!! Not.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:25 pm
  • 1 out. surprise.
    1-2-3 coming. game.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:26 pm
  • Just got in on his hands…Cano drives one to WT.

    John -YF October 22, 2009, 8:27 pm
  • 2 outs. yawn.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:27 pm
  • excellent start.
    so, do we rest the regulars soon?

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 8:28 pm
  • ghosts of ’04?

    dc October 22, 2009, 8:28 pm
  • Just got in. Looks like they lost before they started. Bah.
    Yanks can still pull out, butya.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 8:30 pm
  • AJ needs a 1,2,3 here…

    John -YF October 22, 2009, 8:30 pm
  • Nothing good will happen until AJ can get a fucking out…which he still can’t do. Pull his ass, go to Chad. Fuck it. Like pulling your goalie in hockey to send a message to your team…
    This is ridiculous.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:34 pm
  • There has yet to be a softly hit ball…YIKES!

    John -YF October 22, 2009, 8:34 pm
  • Wow. He got out of an inning. Finally.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:35 pm
  • Brutal. Hopefully this ends the AJ feels more comfortable with Jose Molina thing. As most of us know, and as the numbers show, AJ Burnett has the mind of a 12 year old and sometimes he’s great and sometimes he blames somebody else for sucking super badly.

    walein October 22, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • every one of Burnett’s strikes is catching a good part of the plate. He’s thrown exactly 2 good pitches so far. The Angels will score more.
    I pinch hit for Molina this inning.

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • Another EASY out…this is nauseating.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:38 pm
  • ANTHER EASY OUT!!!! WOO HOO!!!!

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:39 pm
  • They are all going to press now…forget what makes them good…and blow it. Hopefully, they don’t blow the fucking series.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:40 pm
  • No way that was in time..

    Lar October 22, 2009, 8:40 pm
  • Damon was safe by a fucking mile. But wait, we’re paying off the umps so how can that be?????

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:41 pm
  • wow, that half inning was shorter than my first time.
    That’s right, I’m making immature jokes now.

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 8:41 pm
  • da dum…crash.
    nice nick.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:44 pm
  • By the way, today’s game was the first time the Yanks finished their inning and they did not lead/tie.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 8:48 pm
  • what exactly is mr. overmanager waiting for? 6-0, 7-0? chad gaudin looked good in the ninth inning on tuesday. get him in there and stop fucking around.

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 8:48 pm
  • the only good thing about this game so far is that it’s moving along.

    walein October 22, 2009, 8:49 pm
  • AJ is throwing better to 1st than to the plate…awesome.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:49 pm
  • This is getting embarrassing now…

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:49 pm
  • Burnett is completely out of it. Must be thinking about something Kevin Brown once told him about money.

    walein October 22, 2009, 8:49 pm
  • I’m about to turn this off…I cannot take it.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:51 pm
  • AJ almost blew that fucking rundown…wow.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:52 pm
  • That was big. We need some runs. Now.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 8:55 pm
  • My first instinct was to say the same thing, bring in Gaudin. But after thinking about it, leave AJ out there. He’s done in this series after today, so get what you can out of him. You use Gaudin here and chances are good if he went 2, 3, 4, innings then he’s done until game 7.
    Also, Lackey isn’t sharp, they will start hitting him. Now, it might be 8-0 by that point but he’s not his normal self.

    John - YF October 22, 2009, 8:57 pm
  • Tex with a leadoff single…

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 9:00 pm
  • Good point John…hopefully he’s settled down now. Next two games are at home.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 9:01 pm
  • Why does he take that pitch???? How can he not know it’s coming???
    No chance we are coming back in this game…f-ck it.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 9:02 pm
  • Alright, Cano, let’s get 1 in and worry about the rest later..

    Lar October 22, 2009, 9:03 pm
  • How fucking slow is Godzilla…fucking get off your turtle!!!! Christ. 2 outs. No rally. Game over.

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 9:03 pm
  • Thanks Cano, for swinging at a ball 4 time and time again.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 9:06 pm
  • Cano is completely worthless. Seriously. The beginning of the end?

    krueg is ready to rock October 22, 2009, 9:06 pm
  • AND AJ is back to normal…about to be 0-6

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 9:12 pm
  • whew, that was close…perhaps we will score some runs now? finally?

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 9:13 pm
  • Rally Killers up…this should be quick. Like Nick’s first time…

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 9:16 pm
  • Swisher K’s…again. yawn.
    Melky’s turn.

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 9:18 pm
  • 1 out single…yawn. Molina up…wait, Hip Hip pinch hitting…

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 9:19 pm
  • Molina out, Jorge in.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 9:19 pm
  • Molina was CLEARLY not happy…

    John - YF October 22, 2009, 9:20 pm
  • Meh…he can join the club tonight.

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 9:21 pm
  • This should have happened after the first inning. 4 Runs AJ? Sorry, no more personal catcher who cannot hit. Plus, 14-36 lifetime Posada against Lackey? This is a f-ing joke!

    walein October 22, 2009, 9:21 pm
  • If Jorge can crank one, this would be a good time.. haha..

    Lar October 22, 2009, 9:22 pm
  • And Posada cranks a strike out. Haha.
    Jeter up with two outs.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 9:23 pm
  • K’s on a fastball right down the middle…unreal. 2 outs. No rally, no nothin’…

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 9:23 pm
  • Molina isn’t happy? (little fingers making the tiniest violin in the world weep).

    walein October 22, 2009, 9:23 pm
  • Complete game shutout for Lackey at this pace…

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 9:23 pm
  • Getting all sorts of respect/calls from the home plate umpire. Bah.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 9:24 pm
  • Even Jeter looks a little lost…Lackey is making us look like a bunch of amateurs.

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 9:25 pm
  • Oh don’t get me wrong, he’s not right, I am just pointing it out…
    Seriously, I am not being bitter but those sticks are just stupid. Make noise with your hands, bang your seat, do you really need to bang to sticks together?

    John - YF October 22, 2009, 9:26 pm
  • Jeter… oofughly.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 9:26 pm
  • Another inning of nothingness.
    How long until they put us out of our misery? This inning? Next inning?

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 9:27 pm
  • AJ not pitching awful – except for the whole “big inning” thing. Yanks can get back into this with a good inning or two.. let’s go!

    Lar October 22, 2009, 9:34 pm
  • Burnett shakes off Posada then Hunter strokes one to left; Posada set up low out, Burnett missed belt in. #(*$#@

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 9:35 pm
  • Get out of this inning AJ…then let’s get it together. This sucks. Come on.

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 9:35 pm
  • Meanwhile, Posada and AJ team up for a 124 inning.
    Amazing

    walein October 22, 2009, 9:36 pm
  • Fangraph sez game is 90% over. Let’s go, 10%!

    Lar October 22, 2009, 9:37 pm
  • That’s always been AJs thing Lar. Looks great and then loses his fucking mind for about 20 minutes and that’s why alot of us didn’t want the long contract.

    walein October 22, 2009, 9:38 pm
  • Signing off fellas, not feeling to well. Enjoy the rest of the game, if you can!

    John - YF October 22, 2009, 9:38 pm
  • Get well soon, John.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 9:39 pm
  • Well, ARod is trying.

    walein October 22, 2009, 9:41 pm
  • ARod doubles off the RF wall.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 9:42 pm
  • C’mon Matsui. Let’s get one in, and then we’ll worry about the rest later.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 9:45 pm
  • Too bad Cano is the next pitcher.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 9:46 pm
  • I meant hitter, of course. Bah.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 9:47 pm
  • Big swing right over a curve on the first pitch to Cano. The 0-1 is a weak 63. Feh.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 9:47 pm
  • Cano not hitting. I’ll take 4 solo shots about now.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 9:47 pm
  • Now at 95%. It’s getting late early. Even a good AJ might not have helped.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 9:49 pm
  • AJ at 80 pitches through 6. At least he’s still giving the Yanks some chance to catch up, if they can ever hit..

    Lar October 22, 2009, 9:56 pm
  • It’s Swisher, Melky, Posada. The “best #9 hitter in baseball” is pretty bad at being the #6 hitter.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 9:58 pm
  • Ah, Swisher with a flyout. Then again, it’s not like they score the lead off hitter anyhow.
    Melky with a double though. Maybe he’s warming up? Still moot unless they can hit with men on. Would’ve been sweet.
    Posada and Jeter with a chance to drive Melky in. Chip away!

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:01 pm
  • Melky doubles up the RF line. Not a bad pitch by Lackey.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:01 pm
  • Plate just got wider on those last two strikes to Posada.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:02 pm
  • Lackey is really getting the benefit of some calls tonight..

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:02 pm
  • I love it!
    McCarver wants to choke the ump!

    walein October 22, 2009, 10:05 pm
  • Posada working an 8 pitch walk. Is this the break-through they needed? Here’s Jeter.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:06 pm
  • Lackey doesn’t like the ball four call at the knees. Wow, haven’t seen a pitcher jaw that much at the ump in a while.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:06 pm
  • 3-0 pitch to Jeter..

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:07 pm
  • Jeter walks on four pitches. Juiced to Damon.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:08 pm
  • Well, 4 straight balls and Jeter walks.
    Damon will come up now, and this is obviously a huge huge moment in the game right now.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:08 pm
  • if we can’t make it happen here, i just don’t know what i’ll do

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 10:08 pm
  • Melky just scared the crap out of me.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:10 pm
  • Damon could bring in even one run.
    Tex has not been hitting much lately, but it’ll be forgiven if..

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:10 pm
  • we can’t even get a deep enough fly ball. my god

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 10:10 pm
  • *couldn’t.
    Sigh.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:10 pm
  • Darren Oliver against Tex. Oliver has not been bad this series so far. Tex has been awful so far.
    The stage is set.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:11 pm
  • That was fun!

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:13 pm
  • finally. thank you tex. a-rod?

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 10:13 pm
  • I love you Tex. 4-3.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:13 pm
  • A;LSDKFJAL;KSDFJ;LKJFA;LSDKFJA;LSDKFJADLS;KFJDFKL;J!!!!!!!!!!

    doug YF October 22, 2009, 10:13 pm
  • No chance they pitch to arod here.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:13 pm
  • IBB to ARod. Not surprising.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:14 pm
  • Matsui will have his chance to redeem himself.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:14 pm
  • Fucking Tex…unreal.

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:15 pm
  • Tim McCarver has a serious crush on John Lackey.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:15 pm
  • What happened?!

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 10:15 pm
  • ALRIGHT!

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 10:15 pm
  • Nice, Godzilla. Tie game.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:15 pm
  • Game tied. 4-4.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:15 pm
  • TIE GAME!!!!! ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME????

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:15 pm
  • @nick: like randolph to mortimer in “coming to america”: we’re back!

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • Oliver was way overdue to get smashed, and while he isn’t getting smashed, it’s still overdue.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • Warm up someone in the bullpen – if Joba loses it, he loses it. If Hughes loses it, he loses it. I don’t want to see AJ lose it.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:17 pm
  • HIDEKI MATSUI IS A HOMEBOY

    doug YF October 22, 2009, 10:17 pm
  • @snowballa
    thanks! I still have no idea what happened, but I guess I don’t need to know! woo hoo!

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 10:18 pm
  • ok, now if we don’t win this game, i will be upset. cano, this is where you redeem yourself. act accordingly.

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 10:19 pm
  • Jepsen vs Cano. Is Cano due?

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:19 pm
  • Nick:
    bases loaded, 1st pitch Tex sees he blasts into the gap in left center…3-4
    IBB to AROD, 1st and 2nd, 2 outs
    Godzilla rips a single to right center…4-4
    1st and 2nd, 2 outs for Cano

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:19 pm
  • Cano gaps it. Matsui … scores. 6-4. Cano to third.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:20 pm
  • 6-4 YANKEES TAKE THE LEAD!!!! CANO COMES THROUGH!!!! 2 OUT, 2 RBI DOUBLE!!!!!
    YEEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAWWWWWWW!!!!

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:20 pm
  • Cano gets his!

    doug YF October 22, 2009, 10:20 pm
  • Cano said, sorry, my bads, and doubles. =)

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:20 pm
  • Nick: Melky doubles a low inside curve up the RF line. Jorge walks; ball four nearly made Lackey blow a vein and almost got him tossed for jawing. Jeter walked on four pitches, none of which were close. Oliver comes in for Lackey, who did NOT want to come out. Damon doubled to left center, Matsui singled to right. Tie game.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:20 pm
  • Doubles and takes third, or maybe triple. It was close for Matsui, but he was safe anyways.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:21 pm
  • This is unreal. If Swish gets a 2 out RBI….

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:21 pm
  • Oops.. left out an IBB to ARod after Damon’s double.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:21 pm
  • …of course not, but the damage is done!!!!! 6 RUN INNING!!!!

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:21 pm
  • Swisher, pad that run.
    Yes, take out AJ.
    Swisher hits a fly ball that’s deep enough. Unfortunately there were two outs.
    Still, obviously I will take it.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:21 pm
  • Who said Grady Scioscia?

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:22 pm
  • Scosia might be thinking just about now that he should have given Lackey the chance to win or lose his own game.

    Hudson October 22, 2009, 10:22 pm
  • Holy shit. Did my morning coffee have happy acid in it?

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 10:22 pm
  • Never mind what I said Nick.. I’m to excited to think/type straight.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:23 pm
  • Hudson – I was surprised actually. If he had given up the Tex double, fine, but ya.
    Easy to second guess him now, and hell if I mind, haha.. but whatever. Go Yanks!

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:23 pm
  • ag – haha.. ya, I’m super hyper right now, probably not making sense.. =)

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:23 pm
  • sorry nick, here is the play by play:
    melky doubled
    posada walked on a controversial 3-2 pitch
    jeter walked
    damon popped up
    sosh takes lackey out who mouthed “i got this sosh”. sosh, channeling grady little, disagrees and puts oliver in.
    first pitch, tex hits a 3-run double
    a-rod intentionally walked
    matsui hits 2-run single
    jespen relieves oliver
    cano hits 2-run triple
    swisher pops up
    YANKS, 6 ANGELS, 4

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 10:24 pm
  • Still a game. Hopefully, the BP does its job.

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 10:24 pm
  • walein – I haven’t seen AJ too much until this year, but he’s been on my dynasty fantasy team for the last 4-5 years, and it’s always feast or famine with him.. haha..
    I can laugh about it now.. at least for now.
    Joba warming up, I think. AJ does go back out there for some reason. I think they got to take him out..

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:25 pm
  • Nick – ya, still a game.
    Mathis with a single.
    TAKE AJ OUT! Flat curve right there..

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:27 pm
  • Leadoff single…hold your horses YF’s…

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:27 pm
  • is leaving burnett in a good idea?!

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 10:27 pm
  • thanks snowballa!

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 10:28 pm
  • Mathis singles to lead off. AJ is pitching…. still?

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:28 pm
  • Jesus. Jeff Mathis has turned into Ty Cobb against us. It’s unreal.
    Time to take out AJ

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 10:28 pm
  • I think few people would fault Joe for taking AJ out right now. Screw his confidence or whatever he’s trying to save him. There’s no game tomorrow, throw the pen at it.
    That said, Joba has been shaky at best, which might be why.
    C’mon, a DP will ease my concern a bit.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:28 pm
  • Get him AJ…come on dude…

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:29 pm
  • for the love of god a.j. we gave you a lead, don’t fucking blow it. are you kidding me? and is that marte warming up? does joe want to lose this game for us?!

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 10:30 pm
  • At least it was only a walk to Aybar. Nobody out, two men on, Marte to face Figgins.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • What the hell is wrong with Joe? You let the tying run get on? I would’ve took him out before the inning, and again with one on.
    Of course, he brings in Marte? Is he trying to lose the game?

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • i feel sick all of a sudden. fuck you a.j. you blow up and then settle down and you chose the inning AFTER we give you the lead to blow up again.

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb….why on earth did you put him back out there??? WHY JOE??? 2 run lead going into the f-cking 7th? USE YOUR BULLPEN ASS!!!!
    Instead now the bullpen has to start with 2 on and no outs…setting them up to f-cking fail.

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • I don’t blame AJ. I blame Joe. What the hell is wrong with you? Tilted on all the questioning by the media? Ignore them and do your thing and don’t overcompensate.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:32 pm
  • Marte is in…jesus christ. fail.

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:33 pm
  • Keeping AJ in the game after the Mathis hit was just bizarre. Bizarre.

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 10:33 pm
  • i agree with a statement that someone once said: if the yankees win this postseason it will be in spite of joe girardi, not because of him

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 10:33 pm
  • Aybar with a good bunt, 1 out. And now, tying run is on second with Abreu up.
    Joe, I hate you.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:33 pm
  • Bunt, 2nd and 3rd with one out…one hit away from a tie game. Thanks Joe you fucking moron.

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:33 pm
  • Figgins with a good bunt. Almost crapped my pants when it looked like Marte was going to throw to third or second.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:34 pm
  • MLB Gameday is telling me that “Damaso Marte replaces Damaso Marte.” Neat trick, that.

    Hudson October 22, 2009, 10:34 pm
  • Fucking Fat Bobby is going to get us…watch.

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:34 pm
  • And now it’s 6-5 with two outs. Mike S thanks Joe G for the free run.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:35 pm
  • 6-5. 3rd, 2 outs…i am incensed. Joe gave them AT LEAST 1 run…just handed it to them…

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:36 pm
  • that run should not have come in because a.j. should not have been in to pitch to another runner. my god

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 10:36 pm
  • Hughes will come in in a huge spot right now.
    MLB Postseason baseball – made exciting by Joe G, who will keep games close, so you will see Mo every single game.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:37 pm
  • Hunter now up, 2 outs, tying run on third.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:38 pm
  • Hughes has been shaky in the postseason so far…gulp

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:39 pm
  • Hughes missing everything.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:39 pm
  • 3-1 pitch.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:40 pm
  • Finally, a strike. But the 3-1 misses low away.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:40 pm
  • Vlad will be up.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:41 pm
  • F-cking walk. Nice work Hughes. What happened to our bullpen?

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:41 pm
  • here we go…

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 10:41 pm
  • Vlad to give them a 2 run lead right here…kill me now.

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:41 pm
  • Hughes pitching scared…he’s done.

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:42 pm
  • Don’t give him a fastball no matter what..

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:43 pm
  • Tied effing game. Why would you give him a fastball on a 1-2 pitch?

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:43 pm
  • past a diving…
    Tie game.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:43 pm
  • FUCK, WHY A FASTBALL

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 10:43 pm
  • Motherf-cker. He sucks now. Great. Mike hands us the game, Joe hands it right back…
    This game is a clusterf-ck of stupidity.

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:44 pm
  • Even if it was sky high, Vlad can hit that. Bah.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:44 pm
  • fuck. Great job Phil. Great job Joe.

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 10:45 pm
  • And now they can take the lead with a base hit. Joe G JOE G JOE G

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:45 pm
  • 3-1 pitch to Morales. You got to be kidding me.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:45 pm
  • And the Angels take the lead.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:46 pm
  • I am literally beside myself right now with intense anger.

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:47 pm
  • fuck this game. i was better when they were down 4 runs.

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 10:47 pm
  • YFs may be upset, and understandably so, but I could easily see the Yankees coming back in this one.

    Hudson October 22, 2009, 10:47 pm
  • Let’s just leave Hughes in there until we are down by two or three again.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:47 pm
  • Maybe, but the inning isn’t even over yet.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:47 pm
  • well, Hughes has not been good in the postseason. Sorry to say.

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 10:48 pm
  • Finally gets out of the inning, but about two hits too late. Thank Joe G for that one.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:49 pm
  • I know we are where we are and all, but seriously Joe? Your decision making ability is about the same as Flusher’s hitting ability…god awful.

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:49 pm
  • a fastball, who called it? posada?

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 10:49 pm
  • ok, if you’re under 25, you’re no longer allowed to shake off Posada. Deal?

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 10:50 pm
  • robertson and rivera. the only two people worth giving the ball to right now. and girardi, again if we win, i don’t know if i can take him all of next year. he has been HORRIBLE this entire postseason. his players have been winning despite his actions. if we make it past here, who knows what bullshit he’ll decide in the world series.

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 10:51 pm
  • posada called curve balls BOTH TIMES…and Hughes shook him off BOTH TIMES for meatballs. finally he listens to POsada and lo and behold…strikeout

    walein October 22, 2009, 10:52 pm
  • Weaver now pitching, with Melky leading off.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:52 pm
  • Swisher with two outs in the last inning. Killer.
    Still, it’s a close game, but really should’ve had the lead.
    Weaver strikes out a chasing Melky. One away.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:52 pm
  • Hughes shook off at least three pitches from Posada before the FB to 1-2 FB to Guerrero.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:53 pm
  • Hip hip.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:53 pm
  • Grounds out to pitcher, two out.
    Jeter up.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:53 pm
  • Weaver out throwing strikes.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:54 pm
  • Jeter strikes out. Quick inning.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:56 pm
  • whimpering 1-2-3 inning…this game is over. All they have to do is win Game 6 and we are finished.

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 10:56 pm
  • Jeter down swinging. That sets it up to be Damon, Tex, ARod in the ninth. Hmm.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 10:57 pm
  • Wow, Weaver did a brilliant job there… Scoscia looks like a genius. (As for me, I’m still experimenting with how to spell the Angels’ manager’s name.)

    Hudson October 22, 2009, 10:57 pm
  • Next inning – Damon, Tex, ARod. They will probably not pitch to ARod if they can handle it. Bah.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:57 pm
  • Joba comes in to pitch. What, not leaving Hughes out there?

    Lar October 22, 2009, 10:59 pm
  • Rivera doubles to lead off the inning.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:00 pm
  • oh look, joba being joba

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 11:00 pm
  • Can we fire a manager mid-game, mid-ALCS? He has essentially blown two games for us in this series. 2 fucking games plus the 2 we won equals 4 for anyone who’s keeping track…
    Leadoff double. Fuck this, I’m out.
    Drawing the warm bath, got the radio and razors ready. Nice knowing you guys…

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 11:00 pm
  • Reggie Willts comes in to pinch run. Might be the difference, if the Yanks can hold him..

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:00 pm
  • ok, so there will be a game 6. it seems fated now.

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 11:01 pm
  • Fox must’ve paid Joe G millions to play Game 6.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:02 pm
  • Apparently Joba can get Mathis out. If only there was a good time to have him pitch to Mathis..

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:04 pm
  • did jeff mathis actually make an out?

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 11:05 pm
  • Aybar with an infield hit. Lucky it didn’t go into the outfield..

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:05 pm
  • Infield in, one out, men on corners.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:06 pm
  • Mo will come in. Maybe he should’ve brought him in in the 7th.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:08 pm
  • Yankees stall to give Mo time to warm up. Rivera in.

    Hudson October 22, 2009, 11:08 pm
  • so Mo’s in. maybe he should have come in against Hunter and Vlad. But alas, the save stat rules the day.

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 11:10 pm
  • Joe must have not liked something about Joba.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 11:10 pm
  • joe girardi should hire an assistant of common sense. pay him $12 an hour to sit there and scream at joe during postseason games.

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 11:10 pm
  • Rivera gets the job done per usual and keeps the Yanks within one run… The attempted sacrifice backfired, and I am kind of surprised the Halos didn’t send the runner on that line drive — it definitely would have been a risk, but the pressure would have been on for the throw to be on target.

    Hudson October 22, 2009, 11:17 pm
  • KMor snares a screamer by Damon. One out.

    Hudson October 22, 2009, 11:19 pm
  • MTei pops up, first pitch swinging. Two out. ARod up.
    Aaaand they’re intentionally walking him. Wow. Puts the go-ahead run at the plate (Matsui). Dicey.

    Hudson October 22, 2009, 11:20 pm
  • I want to see ARod steal a base, even if he gets caught.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:21 pm
  • Alright, well, they’re super holding ARod, which makes sense, so I take it back.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:21 pm
  • Guzman on first, my bad.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:21 pm
  • Fuentes getting the 1- pitch call. That was pretty inside.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:22 pm
  • Now the 1-1 pitch..

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:22 pm
  • 3-1 pitch.. should’ve been a walk.. if not for the gift strike..

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:23 pm
  • 3-2 pitch, I guess they won’t hold Guzman back anymore..

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:24 pm
  • Was wrong, of course, the gap play..

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:24 pm
  • Walks Matsui, and Cano will have to come up big again.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:24 pm
  • Tying run on second, Gardner plays on first, and Cano is the hitter with two outs.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:25 pm
  • Unintentional walk to Godzilla. Gardner running for HMat. Cano up, tying run at 2nd.

    Hudson October 22, 2009, 11:25 pm
  • Fuentes getting the high strike call, bah.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:25 pm
  • Have to wonder about pinch running for A-Rod there, considering this game has the potential to go into extras. Is he running not running well?

    Ethan-SF October 22, 2009, 11:25 pm
  • Cano HBP. Holy crap. Bases loaded.

    Hudson October 22, 2009, 11:26 pm
  • And Cano.. takes one for the team with Swisher up. Are you kidding me? Might’ve hit him on purpose to face Swisher. Bases loaded, winning run on second, tying run on third, but with two outs, they still need a base hit.
    Or Swisher can take one for the team somehow..

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:26 pm
  • Foul ball.. I thought it was game over.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:27 pm
  • I think HBP is the best outcome here. Or getting a hit for once.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:27 pm
  • Switch-hitting Switcher (0-4 tonight) will bat righty to Fuentes… Two outs, bases loaded, at-bat:
    First pitch swinging, Figgins steps on third… Halos radio calls game over… Angels started celebrating… Then called a foul ball!

    Hudson October 22, 2009, 11:28 pm
  • Mae it exciting, but no cigar.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:32 pm
  • Heart attack time in L.A. …
    So, after two walks and a hit batter:
    1st pitch: Foul near 3rd, 0-1.
    2nd pitch: Foul near 3rd, 0-2.
    3rd pitch: Ball way outside, 1-2.
    4th pitch: Swing, foul tip off mitt, still 1-2.
    [-- 21 pitches for Fuentes --]
    5th pitch: Ball high, 2-2.
    [-- Suspense killing even those with no dog in this fight --]
    6th pitch: Ball outside, 3-2.
    [-- Is Krueg still among the living? --]
    7th pitch: Popped up, Aybar catches it, game over.
    Geezus. This may be the first time in my life I’ve felt even a smidgen of sympathy for Yankee fans.

    Hudson October 22, 2009, 11:32 pm
  • Thanks Swisher. Almost worked a walk but not really.
    But MVP goes to Joe G.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:33 pm
  • Swisher is making me miss Wilson Betemit

    Nick-YF October 22, 2009, 11:36 pm
  • Kicking dog, whom I am going to call AJ just for a minute or so, then Joe. Then switching over to Parks & Recreation.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2009, 11:36 pm
  • ag – hah, I’m watching it right now. Bah.

    Lar October 22, 2009, 11:44 pm
  • trying to muster optimism, i can only muse that they want to clinch at home

    snowballa October 22, 2009, 11:46 pm
  • Joe GIrardi has singled handedly cost us 2 games…in the ALCS. I am sick to my stomach. Certainly won’t sleep at all tonight.

    krueg is back to being miserable October 22, 2009, 11:46 pm
  • Nice game. I’m still in a bad mood. I went into the game with a little “hey I can’t lose – if the Yanks win,they win and if they lose I get to see them on Saturday”…but I got so pumped when they came back that I would much much much rather have lost out on the Saturday game so that this could be over. Who are the Angels pitchng, Kazmir? They threw Weaver for an inning but it was so efficient it might have just been lilke a throw day for him. Anyone know the starter?
    THIS and EXACTLY THIS is why AJ is so infuriating. “Hey, I shut a team down for 6 innings! Oh yeah, but I gave up 50 runs in one inning.” He is the ULTIMATE one-horrid-inning pitcher and it is frustrating as hell. And not to pile on, but I think it is entirely likely that Molina might have been able to milk him through that first inning with less damage.
    And to load the bases in the 9th and fail. Blech. Putrid.

    IronHorse October 23, 2009, 1:35 am
  • Err – forget the Posada crack – a brainfart. Molina was catching wild thing. And he still stunk.

    IronHorse October 23, 2009, 1:51 am
  • Well, I got to sleep on it and I’ve come to a very simple conclusion…
    FIRE JOE GIRARDI NOW! Get rid of his sorry-ass, period. How on earth can your manager lose 2 games for you, in the ALCS??? Let Pena manage the rest of the playoffs. (all two games when we choke again) I seriously hate Joe Girardi, hate him so much right now…

    krueg the miserable October 23, 2009, 9:26 am
  • p.s. Basically Pettitte is going to have to pitch 8 innings tomorrow for us to have a chance and he is due for a shit start…
    We lose Game 6 and it’s over. Thanks Joe you fucking moron.

    krueg the miserable October 23, 2009, 9:27 am
  • The Angels won’t win two in New York.

    Atheose October 23, 2009, 9:36 am
  • They very well could with Captain Retard managing us…

    krueg the miserable October 23, 2009, 9:51 am
  • If AJ could pitch when the game were either tied or the Yanks had the lead, they would have been just fine. Unfortunately, he only pitched well when the team was in a hole last night. It’s the first bad performance by a Yankee starter in these playoffs. But it certainly was bad – twice over.
    Add to which, our regular-season-stellar-pen has come up very short in October. Hughes is giving up hits left and right. Joba is all or nothing. Aceves has been touched up. Our only consistently effective relievers are the cyborg known as Mo and the kid, Robertson.
    Girardi’s highly questionable moves earlier in this series and in the ALDS with that pen (yanking guys early, demonstrating little confidence in guys he trusted all year) may have contributed to or even created some of this problem which has now taken on a larger dimension than any individual game-decisions in m view.
    Put another way: who other than Mo does he trust coming out of the pen? It would seem to be no one. And I feel a bit like he lost that trust before he had reason to. And now he has reason to. ALCS clinchers or World Series games are not the time to regain it that confidence gradually. We need some pen arms to step up and do the job no matter how Girardi calls on them.

    IronHorse October 23, 2009, 10:52 am
  • A number of dopey sportswriters (such as the geniuses over at the Times) are writing that Scoscia had a “Grady Little moment” last night.
    Uh, do these guys actually remember the details of Little’s infamous move? Because technically Scoscia had the exact opposite of a Grady moment.
    Grady Little left Pedro Martinez *in* the gam* too long. Scoscia took Lackey *out* of the game too soon.
    In 2003, Pedro had shown all season that he became ineffective after 80-85 pitches and prone to imploding in the late innings. Yet Little infamously decided to “go with his gut,” caving in to Pedro’s assurances that he was still feeling fine.
    Scoscia did the exact opposite: With Lackey well over 100 pitches, he decided to do things by the book and lift his ace when he showed signs of flagging. He ignored Lackey’s emphatic (and profane) protests to be left in.
    So while the result may have been similar, the decisions were completely different and opposite in their details.
    Sportswriters.

    Hudson October 23, 2009, 11:10 am
  • gam >>> game
    and prone >>> and was prone

    Hudson October 23, 2009, 11:11 am
  • Outstanding article…I do not want to see Flusher’s sorry-ass in another game…fuck him.
    http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2009/10/politi_ny_yankees_cant_afford.html

    krueg the miserable October 23, 2009, 11:35 am
  • “So while the result may have been similar”
    If only…

    IronHorse October 23, 2009, 11:36 am
  • Talk about overreacting to a slump, krueg. I know that frothing rage is your thing during games, so I guess this is just krueg being krueg.
    Nick Swisher is good at baseball. Nick Swisher is in a nasty slump. This happens. It has happened to ARod, it has happened to Jeter, it has happened to Teixiera, etc. You do not bench a player of that quality because they’re in a slump. Not unless you’re a panicky fool, anyway.
    This loss is primarily on AJ Burnett. After that, Phil Hughes (pitch selection, pitch location). After that, you can argue between Swisher and Girardi (for starting the 7th with Burnett, for not pulling him after the Mathis hit). Girardi did some other odd things, but they didn’t hurt (pinch running for ARod but not sending the runner).
    Losses suck. Playoff losses really suck. Playoff loses with late bullpen failure and a so-close-but-comes-up-short rally suck even more. That said, the Yankees have a 3-2 lead and are coming home. Pettitte and, if necessary, CC lined up against Saunders and Weaver. I like their chances.

    Rob in CT October 23, 2009, 11:49 am
  • I have to really turn up the intensity…I have been neglecting my duty to keep the team in check with negative reinforcement. I hold myself personally responsible for each and every loss…I just didn’t do enough, I just didn’t do enough…
    ;)

    krueg is back to being miserable October 23, 2009, 1:00 pm
  • p.s. Rob, I really do like the idea of starting Gardner over Swish though. If nothing else he would be an big upgrade on defense and even he couldn’t bat .100 I think?
    Not a good idea?

    krueg is back to being miserable October 23, 2009, 1:02 pm
  • Hey K – Damon turned it around, I’m sure Swisher will too. Of course, Gardner is a better defensive player, but then you have not secret bench running weapong for late game over-managing heroics!

    dw (sf) October 23, 2009, 1:32 pm
  • Yeah, but Damon had something to begin with, to “turn it around”…Flusher has done nothing, ever. Much different players in terms of ceilings…
    …that being said, I hope you are right in this case! ;)

    krueg is back to being miserable October 23, 2009, 3:52 pm

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