Aug
28

Game 132: Hanging in the balance

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When last they met, the Yankees were 24-30, 12.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in fourth place. The Yanks now find themselves 13 games over .500 and in second place, but that 8-game deficit still looms large.

Today, the Yanks face the Red Sox for the first time since A-Rod hit a bomb off of Jonathan Papelbon to deliver the Yanks to a 6-5 win. Today, the Yanks need another win like that.

After a disastrous 2-5 West Coast road trip, they remain 2 games behind the Mariners and have fallen 8 behind the Red Sox. If the Yanks want to make a last-ditch run for the crown, a sweep is in order. If they want to get that Wild Card, wins are needed.

It’s never really a good time for these two teams to face off. The hype and attention paid to these series has gotten well out of control, but here we are again. Andy Pettitte will try yet again to be the stopper as Daisuke Matusaka goes for the Red Sox. And finally, with Chris Britton arriving, I miss Sean Henn already. Don’t you?

Lineup:

1. Johnny Damon LF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Bob Abreu RF
4. Alexander Rodriguez 3B
5. Hideki Matsui DH
6. Jorge Posada C
7. Robinson Cano 2B
8. George A. Phillips 1B – I kid you not. His name is George.
9. Melky Cabrera CF

Discuss away.

Categories : Game Stories
  • Jake S

    Clearly Chris Britton will lead us to victory.

  • Tom O.

    Looking forward to Joba’s first game in there against the Red Sox. Gotta believe he’ll be in unless it’s a blowout of some type, he hasn’t pitched in a few days. I’m hoping he does well.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I kid you not. His name is George.

    I knew that! Really, I did!

    I wonder how many people know what Alan Horne’s real name is…

    • dan

      im pretty sure its william a. horne. you’d be surprised what you find when you look at past draft results….

      Jeffrey S Fortenberry
      David S Duncan (shelley)
      and probably others that i just didnt notice.

      a few notes: they drafted bardford halsey twice (’00, ’02), and….
      2001 draft, round 29, yankees select RHP Philip G. Humber, and 2003 draft, round 20, yankees select RHP Daniel Bard.

      • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Yeah, they also took Mark Prior in 1999 and Dan McCutchen for the first time in 2003. Clint Preisendorf is a 2-time Yankee draftee as well (’05 & ’06), he’s nothing special as a player, but his dad owns Rusty.

    • D

      William…thebaseballcube is full of fun information…

  • zack

    If you want to be consistent, Abreu is, funny enough, Roberto Kelly Abreu

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Actually, Abreu’s given first name is simply Bob. Bob Kelly Abreu. He’s not Roberto.

      • zack

        Your right, I guess I just hoped it would be Roberto to make it cooler. Oh well.

  • dan

    it is william, i just checked to make sure. whats my prize?

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Self gratification.

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Damon’s given name is Johnny, not Jonathan or anything like that. I thought that was pretty neat.

  • Mike R.

    BJ Upton’s name is Melvin Emmanuel!! Anybody know the story behind that?

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Upton’s dad’s nickname is “Bossman.” BJ is short for “Bossman Jr.” I kid you not.

  • dan

    hank blalock’s full name is hank blalock.

    not a name issue, but Mr. Texas, Roger Clemens, was born in Dayton, Ohio.

  • ShawnT

    Albert Pujols name is Jose Alberto Pujols

  • zack

    Buddy Groom is Wedsel Gary Groom, Jr.

  • zack

    By the way, what the heck kind of name is Wedsel??

    And Roger Clemens is, after all, William Roger Clemens

  • zack

    And fitting his hickish self, Chipper Jones is really Larry Wayne Jones

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    7 pitch inning by Pettitte AND a leadoff hit by Damon? Nice to come home to that…

  • zack

    Nice AB by Bob Kelly there

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Pedroia cracks me up; he’s such a little guy and he swings with all his might…only to hit little nubbers that stay in the infield.

    • zack

      He’s the prototypical Red Sox fan favorite. Hes small, white, makes sure everyone knows how hard he plays, and consistently plays over his talent level…

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Is it just me, or does Ken Singleton laugh like Dr. Hibbert?

  • dan

    good call

  • Mike R.

    Too many Yankees are swinging at the first pitch. most of the hits have come late in the count. Why not lay back a bit and make this guy work.

  • ShawnT

    One more good inning by Andrew Eugene Petteite, The two more by Justin Joba Chamberlain, Hand it off to Mariano Rivera and Yankees Win The aaaa Yankees Win, if only it were that easy

  • Mike R.

    Any ideas on when Jeter will get out of that slump of his?

  • ShawnT

    Could be Thanks to us?
    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

    “Britton, who learned of his promotion Monday after Scranton/Wilkes-Barre completed its 11-2 victory over Ottawa, had been the subject of much discussion among fans on Internet message boards and blogs, citing his solid Triple-A numbers as a reason to consider his promotion”.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      We can only hope Shawn.

  • Mike R.

    Great game by Andy. /it’s hard to ask a guy for more than that.

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Giambi here?

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Johnny D!

  • http://SportingGurus.com Adam

    Giambi not in the lineup?

    That’s pretty sad.

    He’s only like our 3rd best hitter, and that’s just because Posada is having the Contract Year.

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    8th inning . . . 2 run lead . . . 2-3-4 hitters coming up . . . you know what time it is

  • zack

    Joba! Joba! Joba!

    • http://www.trailerspy.com Julie

      Go Joba!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://SportingGurus.com Adam

    That was kind of disappointing.

    Papi vs Joba only lasted for 1 pitch. Ah well.

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    You see the look on his face? Oh yeah, we’re gettin’ a fist pump.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      There it is…outstanding.

      • zack

        Joba’s fist pump could totally kick Papelbon’s fist pump’s ass…

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Joba could totally kick Papelbon’s ass. It’d be like a bug hitting a windshield.

          • zack

            Wouldn’t even be a contest. In fact, we have a pretty damn tough BP, with Joba, Farsnwacker, Bruney, Britton…I guess Mo and Edwar kind of balance it out with their Skeletor frames…

  • http://www.trailerspy.com Julie

    Oh my god, I am in love. Getting out of a jam on the world’s biggest stage with a 100 mph fastball? Chicks dig that.

    • zack

      I can throw 100 mph too!

      Ok, sorry, i had to say it…

  • zack

    Awesome

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Did Mo just break out the changeup for that 2nd strike to Varitek? I do believe he did…

  • zack

    Great game!

  • Mike R.

    That was exciting. Now time to root for the Angels and hit the sack.

  • Ramadan

    kennedy will start on saturday