What Next? Tigers-Yanks Gamer II

The Detroit 1-4 hitters killed the Yankees last night, with Curtis Granderson scoring three runs while Phil Hughes exited early, requiring the Yankee pen to carry the game for five and a third. They did so admirably, especially Russ Ohlendorf who struck out five and walked one while allowing only one hit and pitching out of an inherited jam in the fourth.

Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez joined Jorge Posada on the disabled list, leaving the Yankees looking for answers as to how they will replace such important cogs in their offense and on the field. Giriardi: “He’s (Alex is) a hard guy to replace. We have to find a way to get it done.” In an unrelated development, Chipper and Joe Mauer are now traveling with personal security details.

Jeremy Bonderman is on the mound tonight and is winless in his last three starts though the Tigers did win two of those games. Andy Pettitte looks to bounce back from a rough outing in Cleveland. Here’s hoping for a safe, efficient game. And safe. Lineups follow. Safen up and comment away.

I. Rodriguez c .269
P. Polanco 2b .216
G. Sheffield dh .164
M. Ordonez rf .300
M. Cabrera 1b .271
C. Guillen 3b .321
E. Renteria ss .311
M. Thames lf .182
B. Inge cf .268
J. Bonderman 4.28
NY Yankees
J. Damon lf .274
D. Jeter ss .278
B. Abreu rf .276
H. Matsui dh .326
J. Giambi 1b .171
M. Cabrera cf .289
R. Cano 2b .155
J. Molina c .245
A. Gonzalez 3b .316
A. Pettitte 3.23
52 comments… add one
  • I like seeing Gonzalez in there. Nothing against Ensberg, but neither of them brings much to the plate and Gonzalez’s leather is far superior. Plus he brings some energy to the team.
    Also very happy to see Molina and not Stewart.
    Giambi’s and Cano’s averages would be funny if they played for the Red Sox.
    Yet another gut-check for Pettitte. The guy always seems to be pitching after a loss in which the entire bullpen pitched.

    IronHorse (yf) April 30, 2008, 6:55 pm
  • Yanks get Bonderman who has been pretty bad this year, walkinga ton of people.

    Nick -YF April 30, 2008, 7:14 pm
  • Damon witht the double past the third baseman. At least Johnny D has been decent so far.

    Nick -YF April 30, 2008, 7:16 pm
  • Jeter with sac bunt attempt that flies (yes it did) foul.

    Nick -YF April 30, 2008, 7:17 pm
  • Bonderman is low with almost all of his pitches so far.

    Nick -YF April 30, 2008, 7:17 pm
  • Jeter singles to left, and we have a rally here! First and third with no outs.

    Nick -YF April 30, 2008, 7:18 pm
  • There we go. Jeter’s grounder has eyes. First and third, nobody on.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 7:18 pm
  • A ball with eyes. We need those.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 7:19 pm
  • Bonderman just doesn’t look like the guy who facedthe Yanks in the play-offs. He’s nibbling.

    Nick -YF April 30, 2008, 7:19 pm
  • Bobby walks on four pitches to load ’em.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 7:20 pm
  • He has no command as he walks Abreu on four pitches. It’s a bad sign when you can’t get one over to a guy obviously taking.

    Nick -YF April 30, 2008, 7:20 pm
  • And shockingly the Yanks fail at their first try to get a run in with no outs and the bases loaded.

    Nick -YF April 30, 2008, 7:22 pm
  • Now Giambi’s turn. I predict a walk.

    Nick -YF April 30, 2008, 7:23 pm
  • Jim Leyland out to the mound with words for Bonderman. I sure wouldn’t want to have that focus directed at me. I’m guessing it was something understated like, “throw a g*dd*amn strike, you stupid moth********.”
    Now Matsui pops out to shallow left. Bah.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 7:23 pm
  • Giambi gets a run across with a sac fly to left.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 7:25 pm
  • Giambi drives in a run to deep left center. He had a good swing there. At least a run comes in.

    Nick -YF April 30, 2008, 7:25 pm
  • Bonderman can’t throw a striek to save his life.

    Dionysus April 30, 2008, 7:27 pm
  • Melky drives in a run. Jeter slides in for the second run of the game.

    Nick -YF April 30, 2008, 7:28 pm
  • Wow… close play at the plate on a single to left by Melky going the other way. Really good throw, just in ahead of the tag.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 7:28 pm
  • Yanks get another run, beating the play at the plate.
    Christ Bonderman is sucking. Tigers aint gonna go far unless that rotation picks it up

    Dionysus April 30, 2008, 7:28 pm
  • Jim Leyland bears an uncanny resemblance to The Man.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 7:31 pm
  • Ordonez walks, then a freak bounce off the third base bag that probably saved a base if it had cleared the bag fair. Now Guillen pushes the runners over with a sacrifice. Second and third to Renteria.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 7:36 pm
  • God awful bunt play. Stupid mnove. Did no one in the Tigers dogout read Baseball Propsectus’ Between the numbers?

    Dionysus April 30, 2008, 7:37 pm
  • Grounder to Cano pushes a run across and advances Cabrera to third. 2-1 Yanks, Thames up.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 7:38 pm
  • Thames grounds out 6-3 to end the inning.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 7:40 pm
  • Screw this ump.

    Dionysus April 30, 2008, 7:44 pm
  • The wrong tab virus strikes me again!

    Dionysus April 30, 2008, 7:45 pm
  • Matsui! Single to right with two away in the bottom of the third to bring up Giambi.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 7:58 pm
  • Jason grounds out to first. Heading to the fourth.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 7:59 pm
  • Sheff down swinging chasing a great slider down in.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 8:03 pm
  • meanwhile, Kay and company are engaged in a pretty illogical discussion about hall-of-fame futures.
    And Pettite k’s Cabrera. Nice inning.

    Nick -YF April 30, 2008, 8:07 pm
  • Why did Melky hint bunt on the 1-0?

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 8:10 pm
  • Who are they discussing, Nick?

    Atheose April 30, 2008, 8:10 pm
  • Melky pulls a drive to right to lead off the Yankee 4th.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 8:10 pm
  • Awkward moment when Bonderman throws to first and Melky almost stumbles off the bag.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 8:11 pm
  • Cano grounds to second but it’s a slow enough roller that the Tigers only can get Melky on the FC.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 8:13 pm
  • Cano is out by a mile on the busted hit and run. Now Molina does make contact but grounds out 5-3. Ugh.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 8:15 pm
  • Guillen down swinging. Renteria grounds through the 5-6 hole.
    Now Marcus Thames takes it over the left field wall to make it 3-2 Tigers. Damon jumped for it, but he would have had to Spidey the wall to pull it back in.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 8:23 pm
  • Pudge grounds back to Pettitte to end the inning. Let’s get it back, boys. Gotta go for a bit.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 8:25 pm
  • Atheose, sorry about that. I’m eating and just jumping in here and there, but they were talking about Sheffield, then Thome and then Frank Thomas.

    Nick -YF April 30, 2008, 8:27 pm
  • and the Yanks do nothing that inning. This is Bonderman’s best start of the season. That’s because he’s facing the Yanks.

    Nick -YF April 30, 2008, 8:29 pm
  • YES just doesnt understand WHY Beane was upset abotu choosing Bonderman. Damn morons (not just YES< but so many people) not understanding the POINT.

    Dionysus April 30, 2008, 8:30 pm
  • Wait what are you talking about Dio?

    Atheose April 30, 2008, 8:31 pm
  • “This is Bonderman’s best start of the season. That’s because he’s facing the Yanks. ”
    Ha. You think thats bad, you should see what freaking McGowan is doing to us.

    Dionysus April 30, 2008, 8:31 pm
  • Wait what Dio? What do you mean choosing Bonderman?

    Atheose April 30, 2008, 8:33 pm
  • This team is getting painful to watch, er listen to.

    Zooboy April 30, 2008, 8:33 pm
  • Ahhhh gotcha.

    Atheose April 30, 2008, 8:34 pm
  • The YES guys talked about how Billy threw a chair when the As scouting director picked Bonderman in the draft (mentioned in Moneyball). They talked about it as if Beane didnt think Bonderman was talented and that Bonderman was driven to prove himself as a result.
    It was never about talent. It was about risk (high school pitchers tend to be higher risk drafts as they are so raw). Abotu economics. About NOT going for that live high school arm and isntead tryign to play the game differently from everyone else… by the numbers.

    Dionysus April 30, 2008, 8:34 pm
  • This just in.. Placido Polanco, who just went yard on Pettitte, was cast as an extra in the part of an Oompa Loompa in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which also starred Jack Albertson Jim Leyland.

    attackgerbil April 30, 2008, 8:40 pm
  • Phil Hughes just placed on 15 day DL with strained oblique

    Nick -YF April 30, 2008, 9:00 pm
  • How obtuse.

    Zooboy April 30, 2008, 9:02 pm
  • Hey IH, I think Farnsworth heard you defending him today. Don’t worry, he’s back to his normal Farnsworthiness. Homerun to Polanco.

    Atheose April 30, 2008, 9:25 pm

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