Did Anyone Get The License On That Truck? SatanFish-Yanks Gamer X

Let’s start with the good news from last night: Jonny Gomes didn’t get on base in his only at-bat when he pinch hit late in the game (every other fish did at least once).  Shelley Ducan got his first hit and RBI in the bigs.  Andy Phillips homered and singled.  DJ had a couple of singles.  Now the bad news: everything else.  In a night where the Yankees needed long work out of their pitchers, six went to the mound.  Ramirez had a waking nightmare: 19 pitches of which only two were strikes; the other seventeen resulted in four walks and a grand slam with no outs recorded.  Hopefully that disaster doesn’t damage the young pitcher’s psyche.  The 10 total walks issued by the Yankees staff is the most since the Yankees issued 10 walks to Texas May 10th, 2003, and that game went 12 innings. They have given up nine free bags twice this year, both times to Boston.

On to today, with two games on tap.  Kei Igawa is on the mound for New York and though he wasn’t horrible in his last start, mediocre would be a fair description as Toronto seemed to hit everything he threw really hard; fortunately, except for two home runs, they were at someone often enough and he ended up with a no-decision while the Yankees went on to win that game 6-4.  Jason Hammel is on the mound for the SatanFish.  Hammel is making his first start of the 2007 season, having moved to the pen after going 0-6 in 9 starts in 2006.  The Yankees did face Hammel briefly this season in short relief on July 12th and 14th.

Melky is leading off today and is in center field for the first game, with Duncan hitting DH in the ninth slot.  Here’s hoping for Igawa to give us a his best performance in stripes yet, something like this game back in April.  Otherwise, this could be a really long day. Lineups in the extended; here’s a place for comments on the first game.

B. Harris ss .308
C. Crawford lf .290
B.J. Upton cf .336
C. Pena 1b .291
D. Young rf .292
T. Wigginton 3b .278
J. Gomes dh .269
R. Casanova c .229
J. Wilson 2b .289
NY Yankees
M. Cabrera cf .277
D. Jeter ss .334
B. Abreu rf .263
A. Rodriguez 3b .307
H. Matsui lf .281
J. Posada c .332
R. Cano 2b .279
A. Phillips 1b .296
S. Duncan dh .250
72 comments… add one
  • Igawa and DeSalvo the starters for today.

    Rob July 21, 2007, 1:05 pm
  • > Igawa and DeSalvo the starters for today.
    You did that because you knew I was eating, didn’t you?

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 1:08 pm
  • Sorry AG…I actually had a witty phrase I was going to type, but lately the barbs are not there.
    It was DeSalvo that did it for you. Sounds like a rotted salsa.

    Rob July 21, 2007, 1:10 pm
  • Upton homers to left. That would be his third homer in two days at the Yankee Clipper Buffet.

    Rob July 21, 2007, 1:13 pm
  • The straightforward, deadpan way you delivered the message is probably the best dart anyone could have thrown. Bulls-eye.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 1:14 pm
  • LOL…really it wasn’t meant as a dart. I looked to see what our chances would be today with Gabbard on the mound on maybe going up another game. I saw the thread with Igawa. Thought ok, maybe. The April link was a nice little stab. But then I saw DeSalvo. I sat here thinking “what the hell is Torre thinking?” Is someone on the staff hurt again? Or is this one of those just use a spare guy because we do not want to move anyone up in the rotation?

    Anonymous July 21, 2007, 1:18 pm
  • Igawa has given up 14 home runs in 52 innings, or 1 in every 3.7

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 1:18 pm
  • Kind of like Beckett last year.
    Great job on the scheduling and standings.

    Rob July 21, 2007, 1:21 pm
  • Attaway, Bobby. Bring him home, Alex.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 1:21 pm
  • http://riot.ieor.berkeley.edu/~baseball/
    This is a pretty good link. Shows the magic number for playoffs and elimination.

    Rob July 21, 2007, 1:21 pm
  • Thanks, working on getting the WC standings included, along with alternate game logs to ESPN.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 1:22 pm
  • Or not. Alex with a backwards k.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 1:24 pm
  • All joking aside (because I just woke up and can’t think of any good jokes), this is a prime opportunity for the Sox today. I’m not gonna say the Yankees are definitely losing both games (enough YFs on other sites are doing that). I’m just gonna say that the Sox need to win their game because the matchups today are giving them an excellent opportunity to open some of that distance in the standings back up. It also helps immensely that the Yanks used five relievers the day before a double-header.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 1:26 pm
  • Wigginton homers. Gah.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 1:28 pm
  • Wiggington homers to left.
    Completely agree Paul. Hopefully Papi’s shoulder only keeps him out of today’s game.

    Rob July 21, 2007, 1:29 pm
  • And now Gomes says: “Suck it, AG!”

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 1:31 pm
  • If the D-Rays had any kind of pitching, it’d be scary how good they could be. Instead, not so much.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 1:34 pm
  • > And now Gomes says: “Suck it, AG!”
    Figures he’d make me pay.
    > I just woke up and can’t think of any good jokes
    I’ve got one for you.
    Knock knock.
    Who’s there?
    F*ck the Hanshin Tigers.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 1:36 pm
  • > If the D-Rays had any kind of pitching…
    funny, I was just thinking that about the Yanks.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 1:37 pm
  • Heh Robi Cano now hitting .279. He’s clearly been hot since the last meeting with Boston. You wouldn’t know it from the way he’s talked about though.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 1:39 pm
  • Igawa’s average pitch count is 93. He is almost halfway there at 39 already.

    Rob July 21, 2007, 1:41 pm
  • good. the sooner he is out of there the better.

    sam YF July 21, 2007, 1:42 pm
  • sam YF July 21, 2007, 1:43 pm
  • Posada thrown out at third .. Who does he think he is, Carl Crawford?

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 1:43 pm
  • Can someone explain to me how Posada was thrown out at 3rd on a single. Was it a hit and run?

    sam YF July 21, 2007, 1:43 pm
  • In fact, in 56 games since his average bottomed out at .234. Cano is hitting .308/.349/.500. Which is about the kind of regression from last season you’d expect…

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 1:44 pm
  • > Was it a hit and run
    Well, it was Jorge, so more like a hit and walk pretty fast.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 1:45 pm
  • Second infield single of the game for the speedy SatanFish.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 1:47 pm
  • Another single. Two on for Pena. fear.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 1:49 pm
  • > Well, it was Jorge, so more like a hit and walk pretty fast.
    that cracked me up more than it should have…

    rootbeerfloat July 21, 2007, 1:51 pm
  • Pena walks. Obviously Torre/Guidry did not explain clearly enough that this was what killed the team last night.

    Rob July 21, 2007, 1:51 pm
  • Foul then four balls to load them for Delmon Young, with one away.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 1:52 pm
  • Igawa slides out of that jam on his butt cheeks. Gets Young to line into a DP.

    Rob July 21, 2007, 1:53 pm
  • line out…Igawa pitching a GEM!

    walein July 21, 2007, 1:54 pm
  • Finally, a break. I’m not watching the game live – was it hit as hard as I am guessing it must have been for Pena to get doubled off?

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 1:55 pm
  • Not sure…all the Fox channels are blacked out until later today.

    Rob July 21, 2007, 1:56 pm
  • The fish pitch a mediocre middle reliever with a WHIP approaching 2 and who hasn’t started since the last game of last season, and he’s got a two-hitter going.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 2:04 pm
  • Lastnights pitcher was nothing to be proud of either. Both the Yanks and Sox have had problems this year with scrub pitchers.

    Rob July 21, 2007, 2:07 pm
  • Casanova down looking. That’s six Ks for Igawa.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 2:08 pm
  • The good news is that TB is the most free swinging club in the bigs. The Yanks should be able to strikeout a lot of hitters in this series.

    Rob July 21, 2007, 2:12 pm
  • Matsui pulls a homer to right with ARod aboard to tie the game.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 2:19 pm
  • I guess it was too much to ask Tampa to blow out the Yanks twice in a row. Now let Igawa… be IGAWA.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 2:19 pm
  • Posada walks on eight pitches.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 2:20 pm
  • Stepped away for a minute and behold the Yanks realized there was a BP pitcher on the mound.

    Anonymous July 21, 2007, 2:22 pm
  • Jason Hammell not a big fan of that whole “throwing strikes” concept.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 2:24 pm
  • Intentionally walking B.J. Upton to face Carlos Pena? That’s weird. I can kinda see it, but I also kinda don’t.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 2:33 pm
  • Harris doubles to lead off the fifth. The fish have Jason Hammel, and the Yanks are hitting like Dorothy Hammel.
    Norton hits for Crawford and flies out. Now an IBB to make it 1st and 2nd with one away to Pena. fear.
    New York needs this game since tonight they are facing a crappy lefty they haven’t seen this year, which means he will probably pitch a shutout.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 2:34 pm
  • Igawa dodges the bullet getting Wigginton to fly out.

    Rob July 21, 2007, 2:42 pm
  • > Intentionally walking B.J. Upton to face Carlos Pena?
    Upton already homered off him in the first, and though Pena is killing righties, might as well try and turn two.
    Pena grounds out to first, runners push. Now Young walks, and Wigginton flies out to right. Another crises averted. Sheesh. Even watching this game on the web, I’m sick to my stomach.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 2:43 pm
  • Jae Kuk Ryu relieves Hammel and the Yankees go down in order in the fifth.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 2:52 pm
  • Vizcaino on the mound for the sixth inning for the Yankees.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 2:53 pm
  • Well at least Kei kept it close. Final line:
    5.0 i, 7h, 2r, 2er, 3bb, 6k, 2hr, 94 pitches 61 for strikes

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 2:54 pm
  • Abreu leads off the NY sixth with a single.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 3:07 pm
  • After ARod got plunked, I had high hopes for Matsui to take it yard, but instead he’s sat down with a K. Make’em pay, Jorge.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 3:15 pm
  • nope, Jorge down looking.
    But Robi extracts his price, pulling a single, scoring Abreu. ARod to third, Cano to second on thethrow. Andy up with two away.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 3:21 pm
  • Well, the D-Rays implode with two outs in the sixth.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 3:21 pm
  • AP singles and empties the bases. NY 5, TB 2.
    Breathing room.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 3:22 pm

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 3:23 pm
  • Watched the first few innings – Igawa is blessed. He appears to me to be a truly atrocious pitcher, when he got guys out it was actually on missed spots, on pitches nowhere near where Posada wanted them. Today, he easily could have given up 8 runs, and it wasn’t because of him that he didn’t; the Rays’ bottom of the order (Raul Casanova, in particular), is horrid. Igawa was only slightly better.

    SF July 21, 2007, 3:23 pm
  • Congrats on your first homer as a Yankee!

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 3:23 pm
  • > Igawa is blessed
    I’m blacked out so I’ve had to watch GameCast, but it seems like he was running around in a thunderstorm and somehow not getting soaked.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 3:25 pm
  • For all the semi-BS about Wang outpitching his peripherals, these last two games from Igawa are the actual evidence of someone doing exactly that – if Igawa pitches like he did these last two starts for a full season, he’d probably have a 6+ ERA and lose about 22 games, more depending on how crappy the team he plays in front of is.

    SF July 21, 2007, 3:28 pm
  • Casey Fossum comes in and sits Jeter down on three pitches.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 3:28 pm
  • Farnsworth on for the Yankees.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 3:31 pm
  • SF: you pretty much nailed my opinion of Igawa. I can’t believe he got out of the last two games with as few runs as he did.
    Farns strikes out Norton and Upton but then walks Pena on five pitches.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 3:37 pm
  • Young flies to center to end the Tampa 7th.
    Stretch time.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 3:38 pm
  • In the long run, that’s actually a good thing for the Red Sox, no? A couple lucky starts from Igawa means he’s in that rotation for that much longer, using up innings that could have been used on developing actual potentially good pitchers, and when he does start giving up the runs he deserves, Torre won’t yank him as quickly from the rotation because he had a couple decent-looking outings.

    Paul SF July 21, 2007, 4:00 pm
  • > SF: (Raul Casanova, in particular), is horrid.
    Casanova says, “Suck it, SF” and goes yard on Proctor. Wilson then triples, but Harris pops out to end the eighth.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 4:08 pm
  • Norton singles to lead off the ninth, so Joe goes to Mo to salt this game.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 4:16 pm
  • Mo’s making it interesting. Upton singles to make it first and second. Pena Ks. Young pushes the runners to second and third on the 1-2. Wigginton gets hit to load the bases for Gomes, who goes down looking to end the game.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2007, 4:27 pm
  • Paul – not really. Who would take Igawa’s place in the rotation until Hughes returns? DeSalvo? Clippard? Wright? COLTER BEAN? Out of those only Clippard, I think, would be a better option than Igawa. But it would probably hurt his development because he’d still get smacked around. He needs seasoning in the minors, as he’s a baby at 21/22 years old, and to take what Cashman said about Melky in 2005, “It’s a great achievement to even make it to the majors at this point.”
    Anyway, Igawa is most certainly being replaced by Hughes. Forget what Cashman said about Hughes ‘not guaranteed a spot’ in the rotation upon his return. Of course he’s going to be in the rotation over Igawa. The Yankee organization doesn’t have a collective IQ of 60 (although you could make a strong counter-argument simply by stating Igawa’s name). They are not blind to the fact that Igawa is getting by on the skin of his teeth. Once a far better option appears, and that is obviously Hughes in a little less than two weeks, he’ll make the roster. Torre certainly isn’t a preclusion to Hughes starting – I’d bet money he’s fed up with Igawa as much as anyone, and would love to see the kid who was on his way to pitching a no-hitter back in the rotation ASAP. Okay, rant over.

    AndrewYF July 22, 2007, 1:38 am
  • Of course, Clippard is 22 years old. Not the optimistic 21/22 I posted.

    AndrewYF July 22, 2007, 1:39 am

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