August 2009

Yanks Beat Jays, Have Momentum On Their Side For Sox

Yanks Take 2 From Jays, While Red Sox Lose 2 to Rays!

Looking back, I’m kind of glad the Yankees lost 3 to the White Sox. I know it sounds crazy, but if they won those games against the White Sox, then realistically they would’ve had to lose versus the Jays, and then would be facing the Sox after losing. Now, they had a short bad stretch, and are hot as they get ready to tackle Boston. The Red Sox just lost 2 to the Rays, and are going into the Bronx with those loses in their heads. I like the way this is going right now. The Yankees won last night by the score of 8-4.

Pitching Analysis: I thought the key for Mitre’s success last night would be to get out of the 1st inning with a goose egg on the board. He got 2 quick outs, and from the dinner table I was shouting, “Come on, Serg! 1 more!” Well, after the 2 outs, Mitre surrendered 4 straight singles for 2 runs. Shucks. But after that, Mitre didn’t give up another run intil the 5th, where Adam Lind hit a leadoff homer. That was all for Mitre. Even though he only gave up 3 runs, I don’t think it was a great start by Mitre. He went to 3 balls on almost every hitter, and because of that, he failed to go deep in the game. But he did keep the Yankees in the game, which is really all we could ask from a 5th starter.

Poor guy.

Mitre was relieved by Aceves, who got the win. Then it was Coke, Hughes, and Robertson. The bullpen did a nice job last night. There were a lot of innings to eat, and I thought Girardi did a nice job managing the pen. Overall, pitching was a plus, but I’m still waiting for Mitre to be able to go deeper into the game.

Defensive Analysis: When you have a pitcher that you know is going to struggle, defense becomes even more important. Defense was a plus last night. In the 3rd, Vernon Wells was on first with 2 outs after forcing a runner. The Yankee-killer Alex Rios was at the plate. But thanks to Jose Molina, Mitre wouldn’t have to face him for long. Molina did a snap throw to first, which nailed Wells for the final out. Nice.

In the 8th when Hughes was pitching, my man Melky made a nice play. Rios hit a ball to deep center which chased Melky back. Leche made a lovely running backhand catch, and he couldn’t stop running, so he sort of crashed into the wall. He didn’t have to do that to make the play. I love Melky. He always finds a way to make me laugh.

Cano and the Bombers hope to turn their fortunes around Thursday night against the Red Sox.

Cano is so smooth at second.

Offensive Analysis: The offense was great last night. The Yanks scored 2 in the 3rd. Hairston led off with a walk, Jeter singled, and Johnny singled, scoring Hairston. Tex had an RBI ground out, which tied the game at 2. The 7th was the big inning for the Yanks. Nick Swisher led off with a homer, then Cano doubled. Matsui got a pinch hit single to drive home Cano. Molina walked, and Damon singled to score Matsui. Then Tex singled to score Molina. By the end of the inning, the Yanks had a 6-3 lead.

In the 8th, the Yankees scored another run thanks to a leadoff double by Cano, who scored on a sac fly by Hinske. The Yanks tacked on another one in the 9th, courtesy of Damon’s big fly. It was a great game all around for the Yankees.

I hope we see this tonight!

When you beat Halladay for the first game, that feels pretty good. But when you win the next game and you knew your starter would struggle, that must feel just as good. The heroes for last night are the Yankee bullpen for getting us to the end of the game nicely, and one of the most underrated Yankees, Johnny Damon. He went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI. He’s really good. I always say it, and I ‘ll say it again: the Yankees have to be stupid to not sign Damon. With the Red Sox loss, the Yanks have a 2.5 game lead. Tonight they tackle Boston. I think they are ready, and I am ready too. YA HEAR THAT, BOSTON? WE ARE READY! BRING IT ON!

 

Confidence Booster! Yanks Beat Halladay!

Yanks Beat The Doc, Could it Have Happened at a Better Time?!

Last night, the Yankees took the first of 2 from Toronto against the best pitcher in baseball. They had everything working for them: pitching, defense, and timely hitting. The final score was 5-3.

Pitching Analysis: Andy “Bad Luck” Pettitte toed the rubber last night in search of his first win of the second half, and he found it. Andy pitched a helluva game. He went 6 & 2/3 innings of 1 run ball, 4 hits, 4 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Andy threw strikes and worked quickly, and the game itself was quick, 2 hours and 35 min. That performance had to be a confidence booster for Pettitte, not only picking up his first win of this half, but doing it against Doc Halladay! That’s pretty incredible. We can take away that middle name I gave him now.

GO ANDY, GO ANDY!

Phil Hughes pitched the last out of the 7th and first two of the 8th. He got into a little jam in the 8th thatnks to back-to-back singles, and Mo was called upon for the 4 out save. Vernon Wells doubled off Mo, scoring 2 and making the game 4-3. Those runs were charged to Hughes. But as always, Mo held it and pitched the 9th (who else would?) and recorded his 31 save of the season. Pitching was a plus PLUS for the Yanks yesterday.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was another strength last night. Andy worked at a nice quick pace, which kept the defense ready. As I always say, pitching and defense go hand-in-hand. In the 3rd, Jeter robbed Barajas of a single on a sharp liner to his right, which he grabbed quickly for the out. After a 1 out walk to Bautista, Scutaro hit a bullet line drive to Arod, who gloved it and fired to first to erase Bautista’s walk and to end the inning. Nice.

In the 5th, Tex started a beautiful 3-6-3 double play. That is something Giambi could never do. Tex is so smooth, and I feel confident when a ball is hit in his direction. In the 7th, my man Melky made a nice running catch for the first out of the inning. He is so underrated. Melky catches everything, and he has a killer arm. I love you, Leche!

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees got to Halladay early, scoring 2 in the first thanks to an RBI double by Arod that drove in Damon. Arod then scored on an error. He is a great baserunner, most of the time. That was all for the Yanks for a long time.

But the Bronx Bombers were back last night! In the 8th, Johnny Damon homered to right of Doc, who pitched a complete game. Then Tex crushed a homer into the right field seats! His home runs are ridiculous! In the 9th, Matsui decided he wanted to make it easier for Mo in the 9th, so he provided an insurance run. Matsui hit a no-doubter bomb of a home run to center field. The homers were so fun to watch.

Last night’s victory was a BIG one for the Yankees. Could it have come at a better time? I say, NO! First of all, the Rays beat the Red Sox in extra innings last night, so the Yankees now have a 1.5 game lead. Second, the Red Sox come to the Bronx on Thursday for a 4 game series. Beating Halladay may have given the Yanks the confidence boost they need to beat the Sox! Oh, I almost forgot: the heroes are Andy for a great start, and the Bronx Bombers (Damon, Tex & Godzilla) for their offensive production. I am starting to get excited again! GO YANKS! KEEP UP THE GOOD BASEBALL!

Oh, and here’s to Jane, my fellow blogger. I have two celebrity look alikes for you.

EJ, you should appreciate this one.

 

 Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz….

….and the WWE’s Cody Rhodes!

 

Oroile’s manager Dave Trembley….

….and William Shatner!

I’m not as good as Jane, but these aren’t that bad for my first time! GO YANKS!

 

My Trip to Dutchess Stadium

The Renegades Game on Sunday

My Dad’s friend had 4 tickets to Sunday’s Hudson Valley Renegades game that he couldn’t use, so he gave them to us for free. Sunday was really bad weather, though. It was raining all day. The game was scheduled for 5:05. At around 4, the sun came out and it looked like the rest of the rain would hold up. My Mom asked me and my little brother Tommy to decide if we should go, and we wanted to, but we weren’t sure if we would get stuck in the rain. While we were deciding what to do, the lights went out. Another blackout! That was  like the 3rd of the week! Then right away we decided to go, because being out in the rain is better than sitting in a dark house with no power. My older brother and my Dad stayed home with our old Lab, Jesse. He is arthritic and can’t get around by himself, so he needs someone with him all the time.

We got to Dutchess Stadium nice and early. The field was still wet in some parts, and they said the game was postponed until 6. That was annoying. My Mom asked if we should go back, but I didn’t want to sit around in a blackout, so we stayed. 6:00 rolled around, and the field still wasn’t ready. All this time, I just watched the Renegades and the Cyclones warm up. They are all so cute! Everyone on the Single A teams wears high socks on the uniforms, and they all look so cute.

Here’s Dutchess Stadium. It’s a pretty park.

All the trees make a pretty batter’s eye. 

During the delay, there were Renegades signing autographs for free. It was nice; they stayed out there for a good while signing everything. Me and Tommy went over to get the starting pitcher to sign out tickets, but as soon as we went over, he went in the dugout. We didn’t get anything signed.

That’s the Gade’s starting pitcher. Isn’t he cute?

The game finally started, and it was a pitcher’s duel. After the third inning, the announcer came on and said anyone you stayed through the hour and a half rain delay is getting their tickets renewed. That made us so happy. Not one free game, but 2! We are going to try to get tickets for this Sunday’s game.

The Renegade’s pitcher gave up a run first. But the Renegades struck back with 3 runs to take a 3-1 lead! These are the Rays of the future, and they looked pretty good. The Cyclones are the baby Mets, so I was definetely rooting for the Gades, and they are our local team. After the Gades’s big inning, it was getting dark, so we decided to leave. If the game had started on time, it would’ve been over by the time we left. But my Mom has trouble driving in the dark, so we left. The rest of the game was televised on a local channel, so we finished watching it at home. The Renegades wound up losing to the Cyclones, 5-3. Both teams played well.

He had the hit that tied the game at 1. He was the catcher.

This little cutie hit in the go-ahead runs for the Gades.

Single A baseball games are a lot of fun. I have actually seen some of the Gades make it to the majors. One time we went and got a baseball signed by Fernando Perez, and he made it to the bigs as a Ray! Longoria also started out as a Gade. You never know who will be the next superstar.

More of the Same….Oh Wait!

Melky Hits for Cycle to Lead Yanks to Victory

After the Yankees went out and got 3 runs of Buehrle for a lead, CC soon gave back the lead, and I was immidiately thinking: this is more of the same. But wait! I spoke too soon! The Yankees came back, thanks to my man Melky, and CC held on and let the Yankees salvage the final game in Chicago. The Yankees won 8-5. The Yankees won! YAY!

Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia started yesterday. He had a pretty easy start, but his command was a bit off. He kept missing high and away with his fastball. Then in the 3rd, things got out of control. CC allowed 4 runs, thanks to homers by Dye and Thome, to let a 3 run lead slip away. That is when I threw my shoe at the tv. It was so frustrating. The Yankees managed 3 runs of Buehrle, and were looking good. Then CC gave it up in the “big inning” fashion like A.J. the day before. I couldn’t help but to throw my shoe.

But CC managed to grind out the game into the 7th, settling down nicely. He gave up 5 runs on 10 hits, and didn’t walk a batter. He managed to keep the Yankees in the game, and even though it was not his best start, I consider it a good one since we won.

CC’s game face. 

Phil Hughes relieved CC in the 8th, getting 2 outs. Then Mo came on for the 4 out save, and nailed it down for his 30th of the year. Nice pitching, could’ve been better, but hey. We won.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was much better yesterday. Great plays were being made all over the place. Especially in the first. New Yankee Jerry Hairston robbed Podsednik of a hit with a nice diving play at third. Then Melky stole a single from Dye by diving in front of him to make the catch. Hairston also made another nice play in the 3rd. I really like Hairston already. He is very versatile, and unlike Ransom, he is good everywhere. He can also handle the bat, unlike Ransom. And he can bunt and run well. He reminds me of a Clay Bellinger or Jose Viscaino of the championship teams, and that’s a good thing. He does all the little things right.

Offensive Analysis: The Yanks got to Buehlre early (Ha! That rhymes!) in the 2nd and scored 3 runs, thank to my man Melky. He hit a 3-run homer on the first pitch! The Melkman Delivers! Melky made history at the plate. He hit for the cycle! Now we don’t have to hear Michael Kay say, “The last cycle hit by a Yankee was by Tony Fernandez in 1995.” He said that like every day! Now it will be Melky’s name. The last thing Melky got was the triple, in the 9th. I could not believe he did it! I am so proud of him!

I love you, Melky! :)

The Yankees had contributions all throughout the lineup. They banged out a total of 15 hits. But the key to yesterday’s win was that they were able to get the big hit when it really mattered. If they can do that, victory will be within their grasp.

Yesterday’s win was a big boost for the Yankees. CC gave up the lead, but they came back and held it for the W. The heroes (Finally I get do to this!) are Melky Cabrera, for hitting for the cycle and making me proud, Jerry Hairston, for his really nice defense and his 2 timely hits, and CC, for although giving up the lead, holding it for the win. Sadly the Red Sox won, so the Yankees still have the tiny .5 game lead. The Red Sox come into town Thursday, and this may be the perfect time for the Yankees to get hot again. WE CAN DO IT, BOYS!

 

                                                                    

It’s Becoming A Trend: “L” is the New “W”

Yankees Lose 3 Straight and Played Badly….AGAIN

Am I being too hard on the Yankees? I mean, they only lost 3 in a row. To answer my own question, I’m not being too hard on them. It’s the way they lost. Game 1, ok bad luck, but they still didn’t hit the ball. Game 2 was very upseting. No pitching. And yesterday, with the hottest pitcher on the hill, we lost in an embarrassing blowout. Since when do the White Sox actually hit? Since when do the Bronx Bombers fail to bomb? Obviously, since Thursday. It’s starting to make me angry. I shouldn’t have to throw my shoes at the TV 3 days in a row. Anyway, the Yankees lost 14-4. I don’t even want to recall the game, but for the sake of the blog I have to.

Pitching Analysis: A.J. was way off yesterday. He gave up 6 runs in the 2nd inning. Who does that? Just get someone out! I know A.J. can’t be good every time out there, but he shouldn’t be blown out! I can’t even talk about it. He gave up 7 runs on 10 hits and 2 bases loaded walks to the #9 hitter in 4 & 2/3 innings. There is no excuse for that. His command was all off, and he and Posada just were not in sync.

The bullpen stank as well. Bruney gave up a run on 3 hits in 1 & 2/3 innings. Robertson pitched 2/3 an inning of, omg scorless baseball? What a novel idea! Phil Coke was terrible yesterday. Injust 1/3 of an inning, he gave up 6 runs on 3 walks and 4 hits. Disgusting. But Mark Melancon pitched a scorless 2/3 of an inning. Maybe we’ll be seeing him late in the games soon. Overall, dreadful, disgusting, upseting pitching. Enough said.

Defensive Analysis: While Bruney was pitching, Jeter made an error on a routine play, and that sent Tim McCarver and the other idiots on Fox into a state of joy. SHUT THE F*** UP! Leave Jeter alone. He made an error! WOW! IT’S SO FUNNY! I hate when they are on Fox. All the commentators do is pick on the Yankees and mention the times they stank. Wait, this is the defense paragraph. The defense was nothing to speak about, it was hard to tell since they were chasing after balls most of the time anyway.

Offensive Analysis: There wasn’t any. That’s all.

Ok sorry. I’m just so aggrivated. On the bright side, Jerry Hairston had a nice Yankee debut, going 1 for 3 with a walk, RBI and a run. Jeter and Tex both got 2 hits, one of Tex’s was a 2-run single. Arod had 3 hits. I don’t get why Girardi played Ransom yesterday. He was ridiculously bad. He struck out 3 times in 4 at-bats. I couldn’t watch. In total they only got 8 hits. They were horrible with runners in scoring position. With bases loaded and no one out in the 6th, they only managed 1 run. That is not acceptible. Overall, the offense was disgusting.

Joe Giradi can't watch as his team suffers a 14-4 beat down at the hands of the White Sox.

That’s how we all feel, Joe.

Another huniliating loss for the Yankees. Before is seemed like all they were doing was winning, now all they are doing is losing. “L” is the new “W.” This has to stop. The lead is now only .5 of a game, and before today is over there probably won’t be a lead. They have to win now. That’s enough already. If I have to throw my shoe at the screen today, it will be thrown so hard that it’ll break the TV, go through the wall, and snap all the trees outside in half. I’m not kidding. (I may be exaggerating a bit, though.) Come on Yankees, win! The fate of my living room depends on it!

Pitching Struggles as Yankees Lose Game 2

Mitre Had Nothing, and Yankees Failed to Get Big Hit

It was another frustrating loss for the Yankees. Last night’s loss was the first time they lost 2 games in a row since the Angels swept them before the break. I hope this is not a downward slide for the Yankees. They lost to the White Sox 10-5 last night.

Pitching Analysis: There is no other way to say it, but the pitching was utterly dreadful last night. Sergio Mitre toed the rubber for the third time in a Yankee uniform. Since the Yankees did not get a pitcher before the trade deadline, a lot of pressure is now on Mitre to perform well. He did not perform well yesterday. He pitched 3 innings, and gave up 5 runs on 7 hits. He was missing with his sinker and became very predictacble for the White Sox hitters. He failed to make adjustments during the game. Many times, we have seen CC and A.J. go out there without their best stuff, and they manage to grind out the game and give the team a chance to win, because they knew the quality of the stuff they had, and they made adjustments. That is what separates smart pitchers and good pitchers.

After Mitre struggled through 3, David Robertson was called upon. He pitched 2 innings and allowed just 1 run, but recorded the loss. Alfredo Aceves was next, and he was horrible. He pitched 1 & 2/3 innings, and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. Aceves has not pitched in awhile due to shoulder fatigue, and I wonder if he was feeling some last night, because he was uncharacteristically bad. Mark Melancon was the only bright spot for Yankee pitching last night, going 1 & 1/3 innings of scorless ball, while picking up 2 strikeouts along the way. I really hope Mitre can pick things up and perform, because the Yanks are counting on him.

Defensive Analysis: It was not the greatest defensively played game. In the bottom of the 2nd, Podsednik bunted a ball that Mitre was going to field. Mitre rushed to the ball, so quickly that I thought he had a chance to get the out at second. But he fell down on his tushy, and failed to get any out at all.

Mitre on his butt.

In the bottom of the 7th, Johnny Damon made a fabulous catch to rob Carlos Quentin of an extra-base hit. Johnny is always trying. It seems like he never gives up in a game. I hope the Yankees are smart and sign Damon, because he is too valuable to this club to let go of.

Offensive Analysis: After the tough loss in game 1, I was hoping that the Yankees would go out there in the first inning with a vengeance and score a bunch of runs. They did. Jeter and Damon singled, Tex doubled, Arod got an RBI groundout, Matsui singled, and by the end of the inning the Yankees had 3 runs, which Mitre soon gave back.

In the 4th, the Yankees were down 5-3, and Eric Hinske hit a 2-run homer to tie the game at 5. But after that, the Yankee bats went dead. The Yankees only managed 3 hits through the rest of the game. They had opportunities to come back in innings where the leadoff man was on, but they failed to get the big hit.

It was not a good game last night. It made it worse that the Red Sox won, narrowing the Yankees’ lead to just 1.5 games. Yikes! It’s getting a bit scary. The Yankees better pull themselves together, because you cannot go through a bad stretch in the AL East. This division is too good. With A.J. on the hill today, the Yankees look to get back on the right track, and I’m with them all the way. GO YANKEES!!! 

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