Southpaw Grammar: Yanks-Tribe Gamer IV

After last night’s game I wonder if Tino Martinez, the 2005 version, could steal a base off of Victor Martinez. Constantino is my gold standard for slow. I guess it really should be Bengie Molina or Edgar Martinez (especially when he played without quad muscles his last season) but there was something about Tino on the basepaths. His admirable determination, as shown in the huffing and puffing of his cheeks, contrasted starkly with the actual result of his struggles. I miss Tino’s fielding, his occasional lined homers against the upper deck facade, but I don’t miss his running. And yet I’d bet decent money that if Tino played tonight he’d get a steal off of Victor.

Of course, the Indians have the southpaw Cliff Lee pitching tonight, and that probably means it will be harder to put on the speedster show that characterized last night’s splendid victory (sans the Damon injury. I refuse to talk about that right now.). Lefties have a way of taking away steals. That brings us to our lefty, the enigmatic Randy Johnson. I’ve given up trying to predict his performances this year. He was awful against the Mets (the rumored reason for his futility is that he was tipping pitches, although I’m more inclined to believe the rumor that he’s 43 as an explanation for his crappiness), and he’s been bad most of the time. Sometimes, however, he looks like Randy of 2005’s 2nd half.  But against this potent Cleveland line-up I’m none too optimistic. Still, you never know. Tonight’s gamer is sponsored by Ned Flander’s Leftorium. Comment away!

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  • The best thing about Tino was that his arms went 2x’s the speed of his legs. If yuo filmed him fro the waist up he looked like he was running at a Carl Lewis rate; but below the waist it was nightmare molasis speeds.

    walein July 6, 2006, 5:34 pm
  • The line-up has been posted. This is odd: Aaron Guiel, who has awful ifetime numbers against lefties, gets his debut againt Lee.
    Melky leads off, Bernie plays center for the injured Damon (this could be ugly), and Cairo rounds out the bottom of the order.

    Nick-YF July 6, 2006, 5:43 pm
  • typo city!

    Nick-YF July 6, 2006, 5:44 pm
  • When was the last time that the Yanks had such a weak batting line up? Ugh.

    Sam July 6, 2006, 6:11 pm
  • Victor Martinez plays 1st and Kelly Shoppach (from the great Coco trade) starts at catcher. My guess is the Yanks ain’t stealing 6 bases tonight.

    Nick-YF July 6, 2006, 6:28 pm
  • From the Ny daily news today. Not sure if this is the best move with the pitching staff woes they are having:
    CLEVELAND – It appears unlikely that Shawn Chacon will make his scheduled start Sunday, but that could be the least of his concerns. With Chacon failing to show any of the magic he had last season, his time with the Yankees could be coming to an end.

    Rob July 6, 2006, 6:38 pm
  • Chacon is one of the pitching staff woes they’re having. It looks like he lost his mojo this year. I think sadly it’s time to move on from the Chacon Era.

    Nick-YF July 6, 2006, 6:40 pm
  • True…but if your deadline goal is a bat and not an arm I am not sure if this makes all that much sense. Maybe calling Hughes up?

    Rob July 6, 2006, 6:42 pm
  • it’s addition by subtraction in this case. Not a bad idea to take a chance on Wilson, perhaps they get a Chacon 2005 performance from him. What’s become apparent is that Chacon is probably not going to turn around his lousy season.

    Nick-YF July 6, 2006, 6:52 pm
  • Bernie makes the catch in center for the second out of the bottom of the first.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • Jorge pops out for out number two.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • Bernie grounds out to short to end the top half of the 2nd inning.
    Nick: I’m just hoping to get 6 base runners this game.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • Don’t forget Mike Lowell. Pretty sure David Ortiz runs faster than him…
    But I guess that’s what makes guys like Lowell and Tino seem so slow. You expect the big guys to lumber, you don’t expect slimmer guys to run so poorly…

    Paul SF July 6, 2006, 7:26 pm
  • Johnson faces Hafner. Starts him off with a slider low and away. for ball one. Then two pitches over for strikes. Low for a ball. The 2-2: swinging strike three. One away.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • Guiel makes a routine catch on the run in right on a liner by Martinez.
    Guiel also has a wicked sonic boom move you can do but only if you know the right combination. Take that, BarakaBelliard.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • Phillips steps in against Lee is behind quickly 0-2. Takes ball one, then fouls a pitch of to stay alive.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • Off-speed breaking pitch fools Phillips badly and he goes down swinging.
    Aaron Guiel up.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • Guiel is down 1-2, and he is rung up swinging. Cairo up. Showing bunt.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • Cario hits a 2-1 into center. Two out single for Cairo.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • Melky lines one to right toward the corner but Gutierrez makes a very nice running grab to end the inning.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • Johnson gets Boone to pop out to ARod 20′ up the third base line. One away.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • Gutierrez up. Takes strike one looking, and then swings over the top of a breaking pitch. 0-2. Ball low and in for 1-2. The 1-2: pulled to left, high in the air. Cabrera settles under it for the second out.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • Shoppach takes ball one, then hits a mild comebacker that Johnson fields 1-3 to end the inning. Johnson is looking quite efficient and effective.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • Jeter is up to lead off the top of the fourth. Takes outside for ball one. Fouls one off the hands for 1-1. Jeter takes away for ball two. The 2-1: inside for 3-1. The 3-1 is driven well to the left corner. The Captain is on second with a stand-up double, his 19th double of the season.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Giambi is up and takes ball one. It’s OUTTA HERE. Two run home run to right.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • It was a line drive home run. TV guy says it was estimated at 380 feet.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • ARod is ahead 3-1. Walks on a low fastball. Posada comes up with no outs.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • Posada swings at the first pitch and hits directly into the 643 DP. Ick.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • Bernie hits a fly ball to left center to end the inning. Another first pitch swing, though it was a very good pitch to swing at.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • Sizemore, Michaels, and Peralta to face RJ here in the bottom of the fourth.
    Sizemore grounds out to the pitcher for the first out.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Michaels flies out to right for 2 away.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Peralta takes strike one, then misses badly on a breaking pitch for 0-2. Johnson brings a slider that Peralta thought about but held off. 1-2: strike three swinging. Johnson looking very good now.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 7:57 pm
  • AP up to lead off the top of the fifth. He’s ahead 2-0 on the count. Phillips hits it well; it’s a line drive right but it’s right at Peralta. Good cut.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • Guiel gets a single to left center on a Texas Leaguer over the head of Peralta.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • One out to Cairo.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • Cairo loops it to right. Gutierrez should have had it, though it was a tough catch. It’s an E9. Guiel had to hold and only gets to second. First and second to Melky.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • Melky hits it well to right but it’s just foul off the line. 0-2 to Melky, who takes a close pitch on the curve. 1-2: MELKY! reaches out and strokes a single to center. Scratch that; it’s an error. It scores a run.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • Peralta gets the error. It’s first and third, one out to Jeter. He’s behind 0-2. He works it back to 2-2: low for a full count.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • Full count to the Captain: in on the hands, he hits it the other way and goes inside out for the single. Nice piece of plate work by Jeter.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • Jeter scored Cairo on the play.
    Giambi hits a sac fly to deep right to score Cabrera. 5-0 Yankees. ARod up with two away.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • ÁRod is behind 0-2 with Jeter on first; the pitch is way inside to make it 1-2. Lee brings a pitch outside that rolls towards Boone who boots another one. Don’t know if it will be an error. Nope.. it’s recorded a hit. Boone should have had that one.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 8:12 pm
  • Posada takes strike one, then grounds out weakly to second. End of the inning, NY leading the Tribe 5 to 0.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • It’s 2-2 to Hafner, who ropes a single to left. That’s Cleveland’s first base runner of the game. It was a really good pitch; Hafner just went out to get it.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • 543 DP as Martinez grounds it sharply to ÁRod who wheels to Cairo. Cairo takes a hitched step but has plenty of time to throw to Phillips.
    RJ is up quickly on Belliard 0-2.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Belliard hits a slider sharply but foul pulled up third. Belliard takes a ball and then pops up to right to end the inning.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Checking out. Back later.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • AG reporting back in. Reports of the demise of the Yankees offense appear to have been greatly exaggerated. Jorge is the only Yankee without a hit.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • Miguel Cairo is 3-4. Jeter is 3-4 and has boosted his average to .348 along with driving in 3 runs.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • It’s now 10-4 as Randy is looking tired. Time to give him the hook. Great pitching by him tonight.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • Nope, they are leaving RJ out there. it’s one out, bottom eight, man on first to Sizemore. RJ leads with a strike. Sizemore takes a big cut and misses a tailing slider for strike 2. The 0-2: Sizemore lifts it to left center. Crosby settles underneath for the second out.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • Michaels flies out to right to end the eighth. Posada/Crosby/Phillips in for the top of nine. Do they let Randy finish? Last I checked, he’s at 84 pitches.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • Nope, he’s at 107 pitches.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • Oops. Michaels is still at the plate. It’s Beam on to face Michaels. Hope he feels better from Tuesday. He does, and strikes out Michaels on a 1-2 pitch low and away.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • Bubba hits one to the track for the second out. He almost had the dinger. AP up for what may be the last NY AB.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • One out, 2-2 to Hafner. Beam hits him in the ankle. Gah.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Actually it wasmorelikethe top of the right foot. Martinez is up, and he takes strike one. The next pitch looked rilly good but is called a ball off the outside corner. The 1-1 is outside for ball 2. The 2-1 is a ball. The three – one is fouled up first. The payoff: hit at ARod who turns the 543 to end the game. Yankees win 10 4. Great job by Johnson as well as the offense, with a little help from Cleveland’s sieve of a defense.
    Jeter has to be the player of the game. Fantastic outing by the Captain.

    attackgerbil July 6, 2006, 9:47 pm

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