The thought occurred to me while writing this post that I should be thankful to MLB for scheduling the contest late in the day so that left-coasters such as myself can enjoy a full day’s worth of activity before settling down to watch the game, knowing it will likely conclude at a reasonable hour. This benefit is at the expense of consideration for younger fans east of the Divide who will need permission from the folks to catch some, if not all of tonight’s festivities, and may be rather cranky tomorrow in any case. Actually, the latter result applies to the adults as well. And at least in my time zone the game will probably be over before Desperate Housewives, avoiding fearful friction at the homestead.
Andy Pettitte looks to wrap this matter up for the Yankees, while Joe Saunders gets the ball for the Halos. Game time is in an hour. Lineups follow, comment away.
|C. Figgins 3b||.105|
|B. Abreu rf||.143|
|T. Hunter cf||.316|
|V. Guerrero dh||.304|
|K. Morales 1b||.200|
|H. Kendrick 2b||.364|
|J. Rivera lf||.143|
|J. Mathis c||.600|
|E. Aybar ss||.294|
|D. Jeter ss||.280|
|J. Damon lf||.269|
|M. Teixeira 1b||.174|
|A. Rodriguez 3b||.368|
|J. Posada c||.267|
|H. Matsui dh||.294|
|R. Cano 2b||.238|
|N. Swisher rf||.118|
|M. Cabrera cf||.381|
252 replies on “Try, Try Again: Halos-Yanks ALCS Gamer VI”
Fins choked in a huge way..let’s hope the Yankees don’t follow suit.
LET’S GO YANKEES!!!! BEAT THESE BASTARDS!!!!
I, for one, am confident that Krueg’s jinxing of the Dolphins will carry over to the fairer sport.
JD miss a HR by about 5 feet. 2-1 pitch.
Ya, went out for my sister’s birthday, and wow NO came back..
Watching both the Yanks game and the Giants game, haha..
Tex with a single.. is he breaking out?
Tex’s single was clean and hard hit up the middle.
ARod follows that up with a base hit, all with two outs, but it’s moot unless.. Posada makes it not moot.
Posada strands two. End of 1.
Vlad up the middle.. Jeter gets to it, but Vlad barely beats it out for an infield single to lead off the inning.
Morales up right handed.
Pops it to Swisher, and VLAD is pick off FIRST!! Not heads up play there..
Heads up for Swisher, not heads up by Vlad, and here’s Yankee killer Kendrick.
Nick Swisher is a bad, bad man.
3-0 pitch to Kendrick..
Rivera now up.
Rivera with a fly out and end of 1.5, no score.
I missed the first inning so I brought up Gameday to see what happened. It already has a Stubhub ad for Yankees/Phillies World Series tickets. Funny.
Matsui on a first pitch ground out.
Has Cano hit a HR yet this postseason? It’s a good time to hit one now..
Jacobs with a 17 yard run..
Cano with a single, and Swisher is now up to hopefully do something, in the 8th spot.
Erm… Robi. Hopefully Nice, Nick.
Manning with an interception. I guess it’s kind of like a punt, except for less clutch.
3-0 pitch to Swisher, as the recently clutch Melky is up.
And Swisher runs it back to 3-2 with a look and a foul.. they both look like strikes though.
And Swisher with a useless fly out, not even a productive out. Bah.
Melky up with two outs and Cano at first.
Melky! Just squirts past a diving Figgins.
Melky with a two out hit, and two on with two outs again, and this time Jeter has a chance to give the Yanks a lead.
Yanks already with 4 hits in two innings but nothing to show for it yet..
Saunders is either being very careful, or missing a bit with the location, 3-0 pitch to Jeter..
Wow, that 3-0 pitch looked outside, but called strike.. 3-1.
That 3-0 called for a strike looked wide.
Jeter walks on the next pitch, and the bases is loaded for Johnny Damon.
Johnny, do something special.
A grand slam would be nice, but I would also take anything that drives in a run.
Not very special, that.
JD wastes yet another opportunity with a weak groundball to first. 3 outs, and 5 stranded through 2. 38 pitches for Joe Saunders.
Mathis with a lead off double. Are you kidding me?
Aybar fighting that time, with a 6 pitch strike out with 4 fouls. Still, 1 out and Mathis still at second.
Really not going to miss Mathis after this series. Not much at all.
Cano keeps the ball in the infield, and even got the out, as Mathis moves to third, but now with two outs, here’s Abreu.
And Abreu with a two outs base hit that the Yanks would’ve liked, and the Angels are up 1-0.
Two out hits. Bah.
Hunter strikes out, but Yanks down 1-0.
That was a beauty of a pitch….we need to hit with guys on base!!!
Kurt Warner threw an interception and the Giants get the ball on the 30 or so.
Jacobs with a big run, but can the Giants score in the red zone?
Tex, ARod, Posada up this inning.
Ground ball, barely gets Tex at first. Bah.
ARod now up.
ARod walks on 5 pitches, and Posada is up.
Posada drives one opposite field to the wall. WTF, Abreu not afraid of the wall that time, and two outs. Missed a HR by maybe 3 feet.
Matsui now up..
Matsui grounds out, and they’re still down by 1 after 3.
Stranded 6 over 3.
AP looks good, but not good enough to win if the Yanks do not score any runs. Bottom of the lineup coming up.
This madness has to stop. The Yanks offense needs to wake up.
Cano leading off the inning.
Indeed, they had their opportunities.
The 2-2 pitch looked like a strike, at least, what the ump been calling. Still, 3-2 pitch, and Cano walks – first leadoff batter to get on base this game for Yanks.
Swisher, c’mon, at least give us a productive out!
He does one better with a base hit to move Cano to second, and now man on first and second, nobody out for Melky, Jeter, and maybe Damon.
Cano walks. That should end up a run.
They have an excellent opportunity to at least tie the game right now.
Melky bunts the runner over, which I don’t necessarily agree with, but now second and third, one out, Jeter up.
so, cano walks, swisher (of all people!) gets a hit with no outs. We need to score this inning. If not, I’m calling it the Angels’ game.
A wonderful opportunity now for the Yanks to score, as they can score on a groundout – let’s see the defensive alignment for Jeter.
They look like they are conceding the run.. let’s go Jeter, productive outs or better!
Bit 2-1 pitch coming for Jeter..
Jeter swings at a pitch that’s a bit high, probably ball 3, and now 2-2 pitch 1 out..
High fastball and Mathis did not come up cleanly, but ball not far enough away for Cano to score. 3-2 pitch, 1 out, man on second and third, and here’s Jeter.
Jeter fouls it off – might’ve been catchable but he stays alive..
Jeter fouls off another one that was barely out of play.. tense..
Jeter works an 8 pitch walk, and now Johnny will be up. I guess they’re playing double play? Productive outs or better Johnny!
2-0 now, first one close, second one not really.
JD with a base hit, and the Yanks are up 2-1. Thanks Johnny!
JD came through with a base hit the other way, and Yanks up 2-1!
At the same time, Eli to Nicks with a TD! 14-7 Giants.
Tex with an opportunity to add to lead. Really Saunders hasn’t looked good today, but Yanks were not clutch up until that base hit.. 76 pitches by Saunder right now..
That was a good ten seconds, haha, JD with the hit, and Giants scoring, haha..
Let’s go Tex!
Tex with an infield single, and they can’t pitch around ARod this time – bases loaded, one out, ARod up.
Deep SS area, and JD Beats the throw to second.
ARod can end his horrible streak of one game without an RBI right now..
Hugh, hugh swing by ARod, and he barely misses it, fouling it straight back. 2-1 pitch.
*Huge, haha, too much Hughes on the mind.
Saunders is being really careful with ARod, despite bases juiced..
3-1 pitch and.. he walks. Yanks 3-1 lead on the ARod bases loaded walk, and Posada is up. Saunders is done it seems.
Bases still loaded, Posada up, and I can’t tell who they’re bringing in quite yet.
A-Rod’s streak continues. And the Yanks lead 3-1 and I guess that’s it for Saunders who pitched very poorly.
whoa that was as close as you can go and still legitimately be a ball
Streak over, Lar.
Yep, ya, streak of no-RBIs by ARod over, haha.. my bads.
Darren Oliver up with bases loaded again. Last time he was in this situation he gave up a double to Tex, though it did not change the result..
That was pretty tight, and ARod respecting the ump on that one.
Oliver now behind 2-1..
Posada with a double play. Not clutch there – less well hit and they would’ve plated another. Of course I want to be greedy and hoped for way more, but still the Yanks regain the lead 3-1.
And also the Yanks strand 8? 9? Through 4.
By the way, ARod with a super hard slide into second, and Aybar was not happy with him, but screw him. And Aybar turned it anyhow..
exactly…it’s not the greed it’s the fact that we basically got no one across except for a walk.
it’s been ncie and tension filled…and a leadoff single…sweet.
Mathis, their hottest hitter is up.
He is literally hitting .636 as of right now.
And AP strikes him out, 6 K’s for AP.
Sweet. Andy Pettitte remembers that it’s Jeff Mathis and not Barry Bonds circa 1998 at the plate.
Double play by Aybar – and he’s obviously really tough to double up, and the Yanks get out of that one. End of 4.5, 3-1 Yanks.
cano looking slick in the field.
65 pitches for AP through 5 – good count, or at least good enough that he can go into 7 easily, before letting Mo pitch 6 outs, haha.
That was awesome. Quick, perfect double play. Let’s take that momentum and drive it home!!!!!
Knock on wood on my last comment.
gotta go pick up a pizza. keep it going, Yanks.
no delivery in the city anymore AG?
Matsui with a one pitch out. Still, would’ve been nice if they were productive outs and added one, at least.
Here’s Cano, who led off last inning with a single that started the rally.
Cano strikes out on an outside pitch but was given to him. Ah well, two outs, and the Yanks are going down quickly, with Swisher up.
Darren Oliver, of all people have been great against the Yanks this series. Strikes out Swisher, 3 outs, end of 5.
Darren Oliver is rockign the Yankees world these days
Top of the Angels lineup up.
Figgins with a bunt, but touches the ball and is automatically out. Might’ve been foul anyhow, but ya, one out.
Delicious, delicious fail by Figgins.
AP not getting the call that time on a 2-2 pitch, and now it’s 3-2 to Abreu..
Abreu smacks it the other way and it was foul by maybe 10-15 feet. Still 3-2 count.
And Abreu grounds out weakly to Cano. 2 outs.
eeei…that was scary
are they aging the film of the old games? That clip looked like it was straight out of some Kansas Royals flashback circa 1982
I know we didn’t have HD but CMON!!!
walein – they didn’t have HD back then.. haha.. but ya, AP looked so young..
for a second I thought I saw mutton chops drawn in by McCarver!
Hunter with an infield hit.. close play that time.. ARod went with the glove – maybe he underestimated the speed of Hunter but now Vlad is up as the tying run.
You might recall this situation in game 3..
Vlad is not liking the calls and letting the ump know about it. It is a bit wide, but to be fair, he’s been calling that all night, except when ARod walked..
Vlad, on a 1-2 pitch dumps a double to other way. That ball was on his ankles.. wow.
And now man on second and third, two outs, Morales up.
you can’t throw aroudn the guy!!!
And AP goes 3-0 to Morales, not a good strategy..
AP gets out of that one.. phew…
Melky up as Oliver is out there pitching again. Maybe he should’ve started the game.
Yanks has no hits against Oliver today..
Darren Oliver is Sandy Koufax.
Maybe Jeter will have better luck..
Jeter gets a walk, and the first person to get on against Oliver today.
Now JD with one out.
JD down 0-2 quickly, but worked the count, and blooped a single, moving Jeter to second.
Tex now up with two on, one out. Tex is 2 for 3 today so far and seems to be hitting the ball well..
Let’s pad this..
And Tex hits it hard.. into a double play. Second double play of the day for the Yanks, both killing rallies. End of 6, 3-1 Yanks.
AP comes out for the 7th.
Kendrick lines a ball hard, but at Swisher, one out.
Rivera dumps a single to right field, and here’s the super dangerous Mathis up.
AP comes out out of the game.
Izturis now pinch hitting for Mathis. I know, I know, but sometimes you should just go with the hot hand..
Joba against Izturis.
Jeter boots a possible double play (Izturis is fast anyhow) but Cano saves the play and gets the force at second..
Robi, thank you again.
Aybar now up with two outs, and Izturis at first.
Aybar beats one to the ground, and Jeter throws him out, three outs. Joba does his job there.
Credit to Joba there. The biggest inning he’s pitched so far and he does his job. Now onto Hughes to Mariano. I’d like some insurance runs offense.
Nick – indeed. I like insurance. ;)
AP does his job, Joba does his job, and we’re maybe 2 outs away from Mo.
ARod, Posada, Matsui will be up this inning.
Ervin Santana will pitch for the Angels. It almost seems like he’s in every game or so..
ARod 1 for 1 with two walks. So obviously he’s been pitched around, though one of the walks drove in a run.
Santana does go after ARod a bit, 1-2 pitch coming.
And ARod hits a 2-2 pitch up the middle. Only the 2nd time the Yanks got the leadoff hitter on this game, the last one led to a 3 run inning.
Here’s Posada, who killed the last rally with a DP when he could’ve done anything else and drove in a run..
ARod at first.
Santana paying tons of attention to ARod, I think he threw there at least twice before throwing a pitch.
Posada with yet another double play.
Jorge still not special. Blah.
Posada has single-handedly kept the Angels in this game
Presumably, Hughes will come out to get an out or two before Mo comes in. He will face the top of the lineup – Figgins, Abreu, Hunter.
Wow, Joe G does not mess around. Mo comes out for the 6 out save. No one will question this move.
Both the above posts by me..
And Figgins lead off with a broken bat bloop base hit.. the kind that Mo gives up, I guess, only this time there’s no out, and Abreu is up.
And barely out of reach of Jeter, who makes that play better than most, if not all, SS..
Wow, Teix. Pretty awesome stab there.
Broken bat yet again, as a weak grounder between first and second and Tex dives for that one, and gets the sure out at first.
Beautiful play by Tex.
I’m going to need a heart / liver transplant after this series is over.
Man, thank goodness Robi was set up up the middle.
Thank you, Cano. I’m really not sure how that just happened.
Up the middle, and Figgins did not go, smart play, as he probably would’ve been out, but Hunter will be the second out.
Cano was playing up the middle and the ball was pretty much hit right to him..
Vlad up with two outs and runner on second.
That was funny… Vlad forgot the count.
It happens, hehe.. but ya.
Vlad fouling off some tough pitches..
Vlad singles in Figgins with two outs, and now it’s a 3-2 game. Tough AB by Vlad, and the productive outs paid off for them that time..
Now I’m sick. Weak grounder the other way.
The Angels are going to win this, aren’t they?
If you lose with Mo on the mound, there are no regrets. Still, I’ll have less regrets if they win this.
Morales grounds out and the Yanks get out of 7.5 innings up 1.
Let’s tack on a few runs, Yanks.
phew. glad that’s over.
Mo taking 21 pitches through that inning. The pitch count probably doesn’t matter at this point, but interesting to see how it develops.
Please someone get a run back. Since Posada isn’t due up this inning, I don’t think I’m asking for too much.
Cano, Swisher, Melky.
Cano with a lead off walk. And that is all for Santana.
Cano on first relatively quickly. Please no double play, Melky.
Cano has 2 walks. You have to win games like this.
Kazmir now pitching.
Swisher.. it’s a nice time for a HR..
If the Yanks lose this game, I’m going to blame Joe for not pinch hitting Molina for Jorge.
Come on, Swish. By sheer probability, you’re due at this point.
I really dislike bunting, and right now I hate it.
Swisher trying to bunt the runner over. I guess not a poor idea..
Swisher with the bunt, and Morales drops the ball! Now runner on first and second, no outs!
Never mind, I’m in love with it at this moment. I love you, Good Nick Bunting.
Alright Melky will now have a chance to add to this lead.
Thank you, Kendrick, so much.
Not Morales – Kendrick as he was covering first.
Kazmir!!!! LaLobs it to the tarp!!!!
Another sac bunt, and another error by the Angels, and now bases will be loaded for Jeter!
By the way, Gardner is now running for Swisher.
THAT’S HOW YOU PLAY THE GAME KIDS
Whoops, runners move up, so 4-2 Yanks lead now, with first base open.. so no DP for Jeter! =)
my girlfriend just told me that Jeteter’s probably thinking “I should probably bunt”
Great shot of Lackey in the pen looking like he just swallowed a moth.
Jeter with a comebacker. Not clutch there by the captain and he knows it. One out.
No soft toss to first this time. Kazmir throws a 90 MPH fastball to first.
The Giants game is equally intense, if infinitely less important, heh.
Well, today is the 23rd anniversary of Game 6…
Well, Giants game is over. Not a good throw by Manning.
JD hanging tight. Let’s get another one in.
They’re playing in to prevent another run, so bloop one!
JD walks and Tex will get a chance to hit with bases loaded, one out.
Nice, Johnny. Way to work a walk.
Kazmir with some heat on that one. Teixera couldn’t catch up to the 1-1.
Good sac fly.
Tex was close with that one, warning track sac fly, but a huge run goes through, 5-2 Yanks.
man…i thought it was gone…
ARod will get a chance to drive a run or more in with two outs against Jered Weaver.
Cmon, Alex, empty the bases. Leave no doubt.
Pitching around him with the ice-cold Posada/Matsui combo coming up behind him..
At least Jorge can’t hit into a double play this time.
And ARod takes his 3rd walk of the game. Posada is now up. At least he can’t hit into a double play this time, but even a single out has essentially the same meaning. Maybe he should bunt here.
Yeah, bunting does seem to be a foolproof on-base formula.
Posada staying alive.. at least for one pitch..
Posada strikes out. He has left _10_ men on base in 5 AB’s. TEN!
Jorge kills his 3rd rally tonight. But I’ll take the two runs, no question.
(Q#$ *&#) what the (*&#$ &@# looking (*#Q&$( #*$& toothless @#*) (#@ #@$& @#$& pigeon shit.
I wonder if TEN LOB is a record in post season or something.. in a 9 inning game.. that’s quite a bit.
what’s disturbing is that we really didn’t do much to get runs…walks, errors
Kendrick, Rivera, and Napoli.
I agree walein.. glad the Angels helped us says we couldn’t help ourselves.
1-1…Rivera on the ready.
Gary Matthews Jr.
Let’s do this, Mo.
nice…Rivera was way out-matched
GMJ? Thanks, Scioscia.
Come on Mo…
Some people say CC, some people say ARod, Mo should be in that discussion.
WORLD FUCKING SERIES!
This feels good.
Unbelievable. I had my doubts all the way up until now.
now i turn my sights to philly.
THESE LITTLE TOWN BLUES
ARE MELTING AWAYYYYY…..
4 more games guys. =)
That was nice.
meanwhile, bernie williams is playing guitar on YES. Wait…what?
CC gets MVP, no one’s going to argue with it, whoever they give it to..
Classy goggles, Yanks.
Congrats YFs. I will now proceed to jam a rusty icepick into my brain.
The next two days are going to be like paradise. I think I’ve said all I can about the Yankees this season. Everything has been working this year up to this point. No reason it can’t continue for four more wins.
Anyway, for all the criticism of Girardi (and I think he deserves some, but nowhere near the idiocy we’ve heard), Scioscia is ten times worse. Good job going with Saunders in a must-win game, Mike!
I think we can finally put to bed the notion that Mike Scioscia is some kind of great manager. And the Angels signed him through 2018. Most overrated organization in baseball? They have a shot at it.
I think this World Series between the Phillies and Yanks just might be a classic.
Both teams have offensive weapons, a shut-down ace (or two), and decent bullpens.
What will be the deciding factor in who wins the Series–the manager, intangibles, or fate?
just back from the game. freaking awesome. the place was rocking from the first out to the last…4 wins to go!