Ten and Six: Ms-Yanks Gamer IV

"Ten and Six" is not my guess as to Rocket’s line come October.  It is not the Atlantic City over/under on brush-backs and hit batsman between these two teams for the series.  It’s not anywhere near the tab for the cost of beer and dogs to be paid by Nick, who will be at the Stadium tonight.  It is not the number of losses vs. wins by the Yanks in the last sixteen games; that would be nine vs. seven, but the trend is going in the right direction; by winning five of their last six the Yankees have scratched their way back to second place in the American League East, which is not as glamorous as it sounds considering they still have a sub-.500 record (14-15) on the season.

"Ten" is the number of different starting pitchers the Yankees will have sent to the mound on the season in only 30 games (a first in major-league history) when Matt DeSalvo throws his first pitch tonight; should the Yankees win, returning to five-hunnered will be an accomplishment made noteworthy by that "first" along with "Six", the number of those pitchers including DeSalvo who got their first major-league start in that stretch.  Five of the six have multiple starts, something that hasn’t occurred with the Yankees since World War II, and the Yankees have not had six rookies get at least one start in a season since 1959.  DeSalvo has been spectacular in Scranton this season, starting three games and throwing 25 2/3 innings in which he allowed a total of three runs to go along with 15 hits, 13 walks and 23 strikeouts for a 1.09 WHIP on his way to his three AAA wins. The Yankees look to take three of four in the Bronx from the Mariners,
a team with whom the Bombers may now have bad blood due to plunkings,
warnings, ejections and dubious contact on the basepaths.  Miguel Batista (3-2), coming off of consecutive wins against the White Sox and Oakland allowing four runs over those appearances, gets the ball for Seattle.

I hope to watch the game on FSNW, but I probably will have to watch the game on ESPN or YES.  I am dreadfully curious about whether the announcers can limit the total time spent on pointless in-game speculation and pontification about Roger Clemens to a total five minutes or less (which is unfortunately highly unlikely).  He’s not pitching for weeks; let’s talk about the game at-hand.  Actually, this may be a perfect game to just turn the volume off.  I’m also curious to see if player’s tempers are still up, which I hope to be unlikely.  No team can afford to lose players due to retaliation or fighting, least of all the Yankees, whom after a three-game stint starting tomorrow with the Rangers will face these same Mariners in Seattle for a series this weekend, the first game of which yours-truly will be in attendance.  Though there were a few interesting wrinkles in how the recent wins came about, the wins themselves are not surprising.  The Mariners are .500 and only one game back in the sparse AL West, but got there by beating the dregs of the game; they are winless against the Twins and Angels, and took one game from Boston solely because of a one-hit gem from King Felix.  The Yankees are expected to take the lion’s share of the victories against these struggling opponents and they need to meet those expectations, as there be dragons just around the corner in upcoming series against the Mets, the Red Sox, and the Angels.

I have read that Kei Igawa has been optioned to either Scranton or Tampa; Darrell Rasner is rewarded for his fine showing yesterday (completely eclipsed by what I have been informed was an event of cosmic proportion) by staying with the Yankees.  About Igawa: I can’t say I’m surprised, which also means I’m not disappointed.  Last November I asked, "Did New York just pay $25M to talk to the lefty version of Javier Vazquez?"  It turns out I was wrong; Vazquez is better.  The current situation of the rotation and needs of the pen really left the Yankees with no other choice than to move him out, at least temporarily.  Hopefully he will get the time and work he needs to find his place in the Yankee pitching roster.  More hopefully, the Yankees can trade him for a more pressing need.

Here’s the list of Yankee starters for the season so far:

* = Rookie
+ = DL

Matt DeSalvo *
Phil Hughes *+
Kei Igawa *
Jeff Karstens *+
Mike Mussina
Carl Pavano +
Andy Pettitte
Darrell Rasner *
Chien-Ming Wang
Chase Wright *

That’s a remarkable list.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

I. Suzuki cf .260
J. Vidro dh .314
K. Johjima c .296
R. Ibanez lf .262
R. Sexson 1b .154
J. Guillen rf .259
A. Beltre 3b .245
Y. Betancourt ss .264
J. Lopez 2b .288
New York Yankees
J. Damon cf .238
D. Jeter ss .353
B. Abreu rf .258
A. Rodriguez 3b .353
J. Giambi dh .317
H. Matsui lf .269
J. Posada c .344
R. Cano 2b .269
D. Mientkiewicz 1b .194
155 comments… add one
  • The Gerb is in full effect! Bravo.

    YF May 7, 2007, 6:20 pm
  • I’m liking the HTML work here, but the lineup links are messed up. The extensions for each player look right, but the URL isn’t Yahoo…it’s YanksfanSoxfan.

    desturbd1 May 7, 2007, 6:30 pm
  • Thanks for the catch, d1.. lineup links are fixed.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 6:43 pm
  • My bold prediction:
    – If Matt lasts 5 innings he will get the W.
    – To last 5 innings, he needs to walk fewer than 4 guys, ergo
    – If he has 3 or fewer walks he will win.
    This kid has a nice variety of pitches, dominates righties, and benefits from overeagerness. The impatient Mariners are a good matchup with only Vidro, Ichiro and Ibanez from the left side. And none of those guys are all that patient or powerful.

    Michael May 7, 2007, 6:54 pm
  • Looks like it’s ESPN for me, with the lyrical tones of Dave O’Brien and Rick Sutcliffe.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:02 pm
  • Ichiro gets ahead 2-0, then rips a double on the ground up first. Welcome, rook.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • Proctor suspended for four games, Torre out for tonight.
    In the spirit of “it’s not so bad”, at least Proctor will finally get the rest he deserves!

    Lar May 7, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • Vidro grounds out to Mink, advancing Ichiro to third. one away to Johjima.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • So the hit parade begins with Ichiro with a double. Good luck, DeSalvo!

    Lar May 7, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • Yeah, those were pretty much my thoughts, Lar. Somebody else in the organization told Proctor to throw at the guy to save himself from Joe Torre.

    Devine May 7, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • Of the first 7 pitches, 5 are balls. Will need to do better than that, but maybe the Mariners will help him out!

    Lar May 7, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • Johjima pops to shallow right center; Ichiro holds. They’ve used the five minutes talking Rocket before the bottom of the first. Now Ibanez singles just past Jeter’s right side to score Ichiro. Sexson up.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • Sexson flies to right to end the top of the first. Seattle 1, Yankees 0.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:13 pm
  • Ibanez welcomes the rookie with his first earned run. I got to stop ending posts with “!”. Maybe I’m too excited.
    Sexson a quick out – 12 pitches – these Mariners are hacking away, but then DeSalvo is actually throwing more strikes – 5 straight strikes since my last post. Hopefully the Yanks will hit Batista.

    Lar May 7, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • It just occurred to me just how bad a bench clearer would be for the Yanks, with psycho-in-chief Jose Guillen stalking the Stadium today.

    Tyrel SF May 7, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • yeah, little was made of the proctor cheap shot after the roger drama. is suzyn still yelling?

    sf rod May 7, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • Tyrel – I was chatting with a friend along those lines, and then he said “Google Farnsworth fight”. Apparently Farns (if nothing else) gets into a lot of fights.

    Lar May 7, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Damon leads off the Yankee first with a single to right.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Jeter shows bunt, then takes ball one. Then a single to right that pushes Johnny to third.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Abreu hits a one-hop to the mound; Batista throws to second instead of pickling Damon; Betancourt gets Jeter but doesn’t have time to get Abreu as Damon scored.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • ARod hits into the 543 to end the first inning, Mariners 1, Yankees 1.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • My early worries aren’t so bad – at least DeSalvo is making them swing at it. Guillen flies out weakly.
    How does he look? Just chucking it down the middle? Or actually with some control?

    Lar May 7, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • 1-2-3. Let’s go get them Yanks!

    Lar May 7, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Ugh. All this praise for Damon skipping the DL. He’s only played 150 games twice since 2002, meaning he misses 12-15 games per year anyway. And he’s constantly banged up one way or another. That he’s never forced onto the disabled list is sort of impressive, but he’d also probably be better off taking a trip every now and then to let his wounds heal.
    Just turned on the game, but 20 pitches in two innings is pathetic no matter who’s throwing. I hate the Mariners’ approach.

    desturbd1 May 7, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Nice 1-2-3 for DeSalvo.
    Lar: He’s looking all right. A lot of his early pitches for balls were low; Beltre had to reach down to fly out deep; he pitched Betancourt very well. He’s working the corners, changing heights. No major mistakes yet.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Gullen hit a screamer to CF that Damon ran down. He is just chucking it now, but better than getting behind hitters I guess. Seems to me he has enough stuff to miss the center of the bat when thy aren’t sitting FB.
    2nd and third time through could be dodgy unless he starts hitting corners.

    Michael May 7, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • Sorry that was Beltre hit the screamer.

    Michael May 7, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • I love the Yanks – totally in contrast to the Mariners (thus far). Giambi pops out on the 6th (?) pitches, Matsui singles also on the 6th pitch. Batista’s control isn’t particularly precise thus far, and the Yanks are not going to help him out.

    Lar May 7, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Well, except for the double plays. Bah, 2nd DP in 2 innings.

    Lar May 7, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • It was Beltre that almost took him deep, but Michael’s right; it would help if he gets some calls on the corners.. Jorge grounds into a DP to end the inning.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • And DeSalvo starts Lopez off with a strike on the outside corner. The 0-1 is low. He misses low away on the 1-1 curve, then way outside for 3-1. Now he misses low for ball four.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Four straight balls to the #9 hitter. No good.
    Ichiro now at bat.

    Lar May 7, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Man, Adrian Gonzalez just smashed his ninth homer with the Padres. If Texas had stuck him in the OF or DH and kept Chris Young instead of dealing them both for a year of Adam Eaton, they’d have some real potential this year.
    …Erin Andrews, really attractive. But do they really think anyone watching today hasn’t heard all this Clemens stuff already?

    desturbd1 May 7, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Igawa + Clemens for this year = $54M + luxury tax.

    SF May 7, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • (not trolling, either, I just read the post and saw Igawa got sent down – I’m just late!)

    SF May 7, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Suzuki takes low. The 1-0 is away, and then DeSalvo misses again to make it 3-0. Ichiro slaps the 3-0 foul off first. The 3-1 is on the outside corner; Ichiro lifts it foul back off third. The full count is way out and high to walk Ichiro, bringing up Vidro with runners on first/second, no outs.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • 2 straight walks with no outs, visit to the mound. Needs to get ahead on counts.
    Vidro helped him out with a DP. Lopez on 3rd, 2 outs.

    Lar May 7, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • SF: “Yikes.”
    AG: “Yup.”
    Vidro grounds into the 643 to make it 2 down to Johjima, who flies to straightaway center. Nice.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Did these same Mariners really score 15 runs against the Yankees?!

    SF May 7, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Been confirmed, BTW. Single-A Tampa. I’d imagine he comes back in a couple weeks if DeSalvo fails to impress.
    Wow. DeSalvo walks two straight with nobody out, and the next two batters see three pitches between them, with the first grounding into a DP and the second popping up harmlessly. Why does their batting coach still have a job?

    desturbd1 May 7, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Johjima helps him out. He gets out quickly of a self-imposed jam. Only 34 pitches through 3 – much better than what you would expect.
    Really feels like the Mariners are digging their own hole.
    But the Yanks still got to hit!

    Lar May 7, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Cano takes ball one, than fouls the other way. The 1-1 is popped off the hands to short for one out.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • If you do “Dice Math” (which I oppose!), the Sox are paying Matsuzaka $60M this year. The Yanks are paying about the same for Clemens + Igawa, as the tax impacts Clemens’ salary but not Matsuzaka’s (only a $6M base).
    Just some comparative math, no comment offered.

    SF May 7, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Sorry, using Dice Math I think the Sox are paying Dice $57M, not $60M.

    SF May 7, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • Now Damon flies out to center as well.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Batista had some early troubles, but the Yanks don’t take advantage of it. Now three quick outs from Cano, Miweeawnklawe, and Damon. Yuck!

    Lar May 7, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Lar, I couldn’t find any video of the Farnsworth-Wilson fight, but the “after” picture for Wilson is pretty bad –

    Tyrel SF May 7, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • I was thinking about why, when a pitcher is struggling to find the strike zone, professional hitters still hack away at the first or second pitch. I know there’s the “he’s going to aim one in, groove one” theory, but why not work the count, let a guy dig a hole? Then I realized that when I play Playstation baseball, even if the opposing pitcher has just walked a couple of people (however rare an occurrence), I still jam the thumb on the swing button. I imagine this is the same mentality that these players have.

    SF May 7, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • I was on record prior to the season that money spent on Daisuke seemed brilliant, and money spent on Igawa was probably wasted.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Ibanez flies out. Sexson lifts an oh-one to right for two down.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • I can’t even imagine how pissed off Mariners fans must be getting right now at this coverage. There are two teams playing tonight, right?
    7 pitches, 3 outs. Nobody ever accused Robinson Cano of patience, though I’m a little surprised with Damon.
    Speaking of Cano…guys getting worried yet? I know it’s early, but he’s not getting unlucky; his BA/BIP is still .337, but he’s striking out a ton and not hitting the ball very hard (Increased GB%, decreased LD%). Seems like his poor plate discipline might be catching up to him.
    (And Farnsy also bodyslammed the Royals’ Jeremy Affeldt in 2003)

    desturbd1 May 7, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Guillen singles up the middle; DeSalvo tripped trying to get it, Jeter can’t get it. Two away, man on first to Beltre.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Slow ground ball to the left of 2nd base, Jeter can’t even get a glove on it. Cano, coming from the other side of the bag, is closer to it than DJ.
    I wish I had a video ov every ground ball hit to Jeter’s left that he doesn’t get to. Probably 40-50 “hits” per year that this costs our pitchers relative to a good SS>

    Michael May 7, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Beltre flies out to center.
    d1: A) Yes, I hate the coverage. B) no, not worried about Cano at all. C) Farnsworth is the badass of badasses out there. He’s definitely the “enforcer” of the Yanks; NO ONE wants to see him coming at them.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • d1 – hopefully it’s only a transitional sophomore slump. I hear it’s something like, Cano chases too many pitches in counts where he shouldn’t. Some patience would obviously help.

    Lar May 7, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Jeter grounds out to Lopez.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Abreu with a very nice single off the end of the bat to single to left just off the line.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • There’s a link to the Royals-Tigers fight here: http://tinyurl.com/2mn4fm
    Scroll down a little bit, you can’t miss the picture and accompanying links. Farnsworth comes in at around the 2:50 mark. But the whole thing is fairly entertaining…

    desturbd1 May 7, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Pitch counts – DeSalvo at 43 efficiently (and probably somewhat lucky) through 4, Batista at 41 through 3.1, and helped out by 2 DP’s. Would be nice if the Yanks can get a good inning or two.
    Abreu got a single, wild pitch moves Abreu to 2nd. ARod strikes out.

    Lar May 7, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • ARod is behind 0-2: Batista throws wildly away and Kenji can’t keep it from rolling to the backstop. Jeter advances to second. The 1-2 is a strike on the inside corner; looked further inside but he’s sat down. Two away to Giambi.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Ichiro fields a high fly to end the inning. Heading to the top of five. This game is _flying_ by, which is so rare for an ESPN game. Sutcliffe barely has a chance to say anything stupidly obvious.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • Betancourt hits a line drive at Abreu.
    Best AL leadoff hitters? ESPN sez: Damon, Sizemore, Suzuki

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • National league: Furcal, Reyes, Rollins, Soriano.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Walks the #9 batter again. Grumbles.

    Lar May 7, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Hahaha, Soriano. That’s funny. Would be a great No. 3 or 4, though.

    desturbd1 May 7, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Lopez walks. DeSalvo throws a sweet change that makes Ichiro look bad. Lopez swipes second. Ichiro pops out to third.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Lopez steals second, but DeSal got Ichiro to pop out. Two outs.

    Lar May 7, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Between Sutcliffe, O’Brien, and Steve Phillips they have now name-dropped 80% of the leadoff hitters in the game.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Meahwhile, Joba Chamberlain dealing for Tampa tonight. 3.0 IP, 1 hit, no BB and 4 Ks.

    Michael May 7, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Vidro made that a very difficult out. Wow.

    Lar May 7, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • ESPN now earning that degree from the school of the effing obvious.

    Lar May 7, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Sutcliffe and O’Brien say that Rickey Henderson=best leadoff hitter all time. Sutcliffe says Henderson gave pitchers nightmares. Without prompting, Phillips reminds us that he was a GM and that managing Henderson was a nightmare.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • I like DeSalvo’s approach, which is probably well-suited to hackers like the Ms. He goes after guys and his walks and getting behind in the count are a function of wildness, not El Duquesque nibbling. He even challenges when he is ahead in the count.

    Michael May 7, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Huh. I will say that that stuff about Batista’s pretty interesting. Don’t hear about too many baseball players reading poetry or writing books without a ghostwriter.

    desturbd1 May 7, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Michael – ya, I like that he only has 65 pitches through 5 – so with some luck, he’ll get through 7. The Yanks aren’t helping him out much on offense though.

    Lar May 7, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Just as I said that, reverse jinks Mienaerksaerl doubles to score Posada. 2-1 Yanks!

    Lar May 7, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • There’s Minky’s hit. Now his bat will go back into hibernation until Friday or so.
    Oh, and Jim’s writing to himself on another thread. I wonder how many consecutive posts he’ll put up…

    desturbd1 May 7, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Erin Andrews: “Batista the first Latin American player to *public* a book of poetry…”
    We still love you, Erin.

    Doug May 7, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Sutcliffe goes on (and on) about how Minky is struggling, forgetting to mention he’s 4 for his last 10 in the last five games. Doug responds to the criticism by doubling to right center scoring Posada.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Damon draws the walk to make it first and second, 2 away to Jeter.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Minky makes up for Cano’s continued horrible approach. Robby is more annoying than Soriano was. When there are ducks on the pond, he is locked, loaded and looking to fire even before the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand.

    Michael May 7, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Damon drew a great 9 pitch walk. You know I love this stuff!

    Lar May 7, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Give Batista credit – he’s actually throwing a lot of strikes. The Yanks are fouling off a lot of pitches though. Let’s go Jeter!

    Lar May 7, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Jeter takes a low strike one. The 0-1 is low again but called a strike, and Jeter is behind 0-2. Then ball one down. The 1-2 is fouled back right. Another 1-2 way inside, missing Jeter’s waist by a couple inches. The 2-2 a jammer grounded foul. Another 2-2: fastball fouled back and right. Now inside to make it full. The payoff pitch: inside to load the bases for Abreu. Nice at-bat from Jeter.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Jeter also having a great at bat – a 9 pitch walk again. It’s almost unfair to see Batista throw 18 pitches to walk two batters..
    Just to see Bobby Abreu, the guy who sees the most pitches in the game coming up.

    Lar May 7, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • The fact that neither Johjima nor the pitching coach have come to the mound to give Batista a breather is just ridiculous. This whole f*cking organization, top to bottom, is just miserably incompetent.

    desturbd1 May 7, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Bautista is the Renaissance Man of baseball. If he were on 90210 Brenda would date him.
    Speaking of which, I saw Steve/Ian Ziering throw out the first pitch at the Oakland/Yanks game. He was awarming up right in front of me in the As bullpen and had a pretty nice arm for such a tool.

    Michael May 7, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • My bads for the bad grammar – was in the middle of hearing Jeter get the walk.
    Let’s go Bobby!

    Lar May 7, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Sutcliffe said that the Red Sox finally discovered the secret that the Yankees already knew (his words) about winning championships; I tried to follow it, it was muddy, something about missing links, long at bats, working pitchers, but eventually said that that you have to win games.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Abreu grounds out to first to end the inning.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Too bad Bobby couldn’t carry on the momentum – give Batista credit for working through it.
    Wow, 9+9+7=25 pitches. Bobby could’ve probably blew the game wide open right there, but still, it might win them the game down the line..

    Lar May 7, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Joel Zumaya has ruptured tendon in his finger? OUCH.

    Doug May 7, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Johjima grounds out to short, then Ibanez grounds to first. DeSalvo rolling after the long layoff of the top of the sixth.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Yes, it was announced earlier today. He’s gone until July at the earliest.
    Sexson flies out to straightaway center. Nice inning.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • d1:
    Mike Hargrove is their manager. And that is all ye need to know.

    SF May 7, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • ARod hits an infield single at Beltre.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • I really thought Giambi was going to smoke one.

    Michael May 7, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Giambi pops out straight up for the first out.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Matsui flies away to center to make it two away, runner on first to Posada.
    Erin says that Phil Hughes, a huge Red Sox fan growing up, idolized Pedro Martinez, Tim Wakefield, and Roger Clemens.
    Posada singles to left to advance ARod to second.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Cano quickly falls behind 0-2 then finally sees a pitch he doesn’t like that almost flies over Kenji to the backstop. The 1-2 is fouled back. Cano then chases way in and low to go down swinging.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • Scott Proctor is up in the pen. DeSalvo is still on the mound in the Yankee seventh. Guillen grounds out 6-3 on a good throw from Jeter.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Beltre up. He takes for ball one, then a strike. The 1-1 drops out of the zone; Beltre chases for 1-2. The next pitch is outside and about 57 feet. The 2-2 is fouled back. Another 2-2: lined at Abreu for the second out.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Abreu amd Minky have offically pssed the rally-killer baton to Cano. Cano has a Scott Brosius-like talent to get into an 0.2 count before leaving the on-deck circle.
    Keep dealing Matt, you may not be getting any more runs.

    Michael May 7, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • 7 innings for DeSalvo!!

    Doug May 7, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • DeSalvo gets a pop-out from Betancourt to end the Ms seventh.
    His line so far:
    7.0 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, 0 ks on 89 pitches, 55 for strikes, 7 ground balls, 14 fly balls.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Now that he is a big-leaguer, he has quickly learned the key to success from former pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre- PTC, or “Pitching to Contact”

    Michael May 7, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Did anyone catch Dan Patrick’s radio show this afternoon?
    Patrick repeatedly played Suzyn Waldman’s on-air orgasm when Clemens appeared at the Stadium. Waldman gushed that this was the most dramatic thing she had ever seen, blah blah blah. Patrick also repeatedly likened to Clemens’ appearance to that of a Latin American dictator on the reviewing stand.

    Hudson May 7, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Doug! First pitch double to right center (his second on the night) to lead off the Yankee 7th.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Damon almost beats a footrace with Sexson to the bag. Doug advances to third. Jeter draws an IBB to make it first and third, one away. Batista is done for the night.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • These wasted chances could come back to haunt us and cost this kid a well-deserved win. Time for Arod to pick it up with another 2-out RBI.

    Michael May 7, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Eric O’Flaherty on for Seattle. He induces a weak chop from Abreu right at Sexson, who pickles Mientkiwicz. Gah. Lots of crappy results with all these runners tonight. It’s first and second, two out as Chris Reitsma comes on to face ARod.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Agreed, Michael. 13 team LOB so far tonight. ARod flies to center to end the Yankee seventh.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • who feels good with Farnsworth coming in? not me…come on kyle, prove me wrong

    m.g. yanks fan May 7, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Farnsinator on for the top of eight. Ground out from Lopez 4-3 starts off the action. Another 4-3 grounder from Ichiro for the second out.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Watching these guys get themselves out serves as a sore reminder of how bad Igawa/Bean sucked. Still have that sinking feeling even though Farnsy looks strong.

    Michael May 7, 2007, 9:24 pm

    Doug May 7, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Vidro’s bat looks like it is made of balsa as he grounds weakly toward no man’s land between the pitcher and third. There’s no play on the infield single . Johjima up with two outs, man on first. Posada NAILS Bloomquist, who ran for Vidro. Totally had him by more than a foot, bad call. Johjima promptly singles to right to score Vidro.
    That is just pathetic. That play at second was not even close.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Wow. That was a brutally bad call that just cost the Yankees the lead and maybe the game.

    Michael May 7, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • once again, we get screwed by a blind, dumb ump! There must be a penalty for blowing calls that a seeing eye dog could make.

    judo May 7, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • to score Bloomquist rather. Ibanez flies out.
    God, what an AWFUL call. Didn’t even need the replay.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • wow…how do you miss that call? total bullshit. erases DeSalvo’s win and a strong outing by Farnsworth

    m.g. yanks fan May 7, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • If that ump is too lazy to get into position to make the call he should be fired. Opps- the union wouldn’t allow that.

    Michael May 7, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Jerry Davis can go die in a fire.

    Doug May 7, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • I don’t know whay, but it really hacks me that Cano and Mattingly can’t even get up enough fire to let the ump have it. Futile yes, but emotianlly rewarding.

    Michael May 7, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Home plate ump has been calling a plate six inches wider to the outside all night to left handed hitters facing lefty pitchers; he continues that pattern ringing up Cano looking to end the Yankee eighth on another wide strike.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • The staff is probably under notice to keep things cool tonight after the last few games’ shenanigans.
    Rivera looks like Rivera, and Sexson looks like he wishes he was doing something else for those three pitches. One away. Guillen up.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • …Sexson is sooooo bad. Just…wow.
    And that might he the worst call at 2nd base I’ve ever seen. Although there was one where Papi stole a base against you guys (I think in the playoffs) and the throw was high, forcing Jeter to jump into the air. He was called out, and that was a pretty awful call too.
    Only remember because, uhh, Ortiz getting robbed of a stolen base is something you don’t see every day.
    …brutal. Beltre was definitely sitting fastball on that.

    desturbd1 May 7, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Yahtzee!!!

    ATL-SF May 7, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Boom goes the dynamite.

    SF May 7, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Mo-rtal.

    Hudson May 7, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Yeah, Beltre hit that one pretty hard; it was at the letters, inside corner. Ms take the lead on the blast from Beltre, 3 to 2. Betancourt up, who flies away to center to end the Ms ninth.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Every time he appears, I give profound thanks that my name is not J.J. Putz.

    Hudson May 7, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • Putz on to try and close it out. Mientkiwiecz, Damon, Jeter up for NY.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • No trolling ATL, c’mon. Especially considering the way Seattle managed to tie the game.
    I thought that was a bad pitch at first, and maybe it was a bit mislocated…but 96 on the inside corner and up? Not a pitch most people could have handled. Gotta give him some credit there, that wasn’t that bad a pitch from Mo.

    desturbd1 May 7, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Just saw a replay of the safe call on Bloomquist. Maybe one of the worst calls I have ever seen. Seriously, one of the worst ever.

    SF May 7, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • No, it wasn’t a bad pitch. It was placed well. Beltre is just very strong and quick, and made a perfect swing on it. Damon works a full count after Doug’s first pitch groundout; he lines the payoff to right for a single. One away to Jeter.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • I smell walkoff Yanks win.

    SF May 7, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Winning run at the plate.

    Hudson May 7, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Just sat down to start watching and saw the replay as well. Just awful.

    ATL-SF May 7, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • That, on the other hand, was an awful pitch from Putz to Damon with the full count.
    Jeter better get it done himself, because I sure wouldn’t put my money on Abreu right now. Of course, that won’t be hard if Putz can’t find the strike zone.

    desturbd1 May 7, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • SF: I didn’t want to say any more on the topic of that call than I already did at the risk of homerism and making excuses, but please allow me to agree with you.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Gerb:
    That wasn’t a good pitch, at all. Hate to disagree with you, but it wasn’t good.

    SF May 7, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Jeter grounds out weakly for the force at second. Abreu up with Jeter on first, two away.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Of course, there’s the ol’ “he’s due” argument here, too. So this game’s not over quite yet.

    desturbd1 May 7, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Putz just begging Abreu to squirt a dinky groundball through the infield to tie the game…

    desturbd1 May 7, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • Yeah, after I saw a replay, Mo’s pitch didn’t look as good as I thought it did the first time. WP advances Jeter.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Abreu Ks, game over. Tough loss for the Yankees. I don’t care for your team but sounds like you got rooked in the 8th (although the game would be tied anyway with the longball off Mo).
    Sox up by 6 now, I believe.

    Hudson May 7, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Abreu ks. Ball game. Just a little peeved right now. Back in a bit.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • What a highway robbery of a game. Screw Gerry Davis and his fat jowly ass.
    This game was gift-wrapped to the Mariners and they know it.

    Doug May 7, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Baseball Tonight just raised an interesting question about Damon’s swing. Did he use both hands like that all game or just one or two ab’s? It does seem a little strange to strange to see him changing his swing like that…gotta wonder what it means.

    desturbd1 May 7, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • I thought that pitch crushed by Beltre was higher and tighter than it was, but that was definitely not the pitch Mo wanted right there.
    Tough call in the eighth, but the Yankees had plenty of chances to put a little padding up to buffer against TOTALLY FUCKED calls by the ump, so they can blame themselves as well.
    I feel sorry for Nick and company who were at the game tonight. I feel really sorry for Matt DeSalvo, who threw an very good game in his first appearance.
    Nick hoped to have pictures from the game for us later on, that is if he didn’t chuck his camera at Gerry Davis on the way out of the Stadium.

    attackgerbil May 7, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • AG – right on. They should have scored more than 2. They had plenty of chances. Cano, Abreu, and A-rod need to get going. The bad call, was absolutely awful. just terrible. i can’t even explain how bad it was…but they had there chances to win and failed to come through.
    on a positive note, Farnsworth pitched effectively two days in a row, and Matt DeSalvo pitched a great game and saved the bullpen.

    m.g. yanks fan May 7, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • Agreed – the ump completely blew the call and it should count very much against him when it comes time to judge his performance. It was just unforgivable.
    But the Yankees, and their offense, Abreu especially, deserved to lose this game.

    Andrew May 7, 2007, 11:23 pm
  • we wuz robbed
    actually, the yanks better start hitting more consistently game to game in order to take advantage of some better starting pitching…winning, 8-1, 5-0, then losing 3-2 isn’t a good distribution of run production…

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