Jun
22

Yanks end home stand on a high note

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Prior to this afternoon, the Yankees were 2-15 in games in which Johnny Damon started and went hitless. Make that 3-15.

In a game delayed nearly an hour by a rain storm that hit the Bronx but not Brooklyn, the Yanks downed the Reds 4-1. The rain, in fact, may have saved the Yankees.

Andy Pettitte continued his hot pitching, throwing 6 strong innings. He allowed just four hits — none for extra bases — and walked two while striking out four. He’s 8-5 now, and his ERA is 4.04. Pettitte, it seems, is back.

Meanwhile, the Yankees were again making a mediocre pitcher look like a Cy Young contender. Johnny Cueto and his 5.19 ERA threw five one-run innings, and the right hander had struck out seven before rain hit. Surprisingly, Dusty Baker removed Cueto after the rain delay, and the Yanks scored three runs in the sixth on back-to-back doubles by Jason Giambi and Jorge Posada.

The Reds’ only run of the game came off of — surprise! — Kyle Farnsworth. It was the 19th home run of Griffey’s career in Yankee Stadium, and unless the Kid ends up on a AL team before the trade deadline, it was also the last plate appearance at the Stadium for Griffey. The homer marks the fitting end for someone so enthusiastic about Yankee Stadium and the Yankees.

Meanwhile, the Yanks may have lost Farnsworth for a few days, as Krazy Kyle forgot to use his glove. In an attempt to barehand a ball hit by Brandon Phillips, Farnsworth tore up his hand. He needed a few stitches, but the Yanks don’t see a DL trip in his future.

Mariano Rivera came on for the somewhat shaky four-out save. It was his 21st of the season, a mark he didn’t achieve last year until August 28. When all was said and done, the Yanks emerged victorious, winners of 8 of their last 10 and 12 of their last 17.

Categories : Game Stories

22 Comments»

  1. A.D. says:

    Facing 3 left handers in an NL park might make the Pitt series harder than it should be.

  2. stuart says:

    to bad Kyle is not going on the DL.. he has given up 10 HRs in 34 inning. HE sucks and always will suck.

    the only way the Yanks call up cox, melancon, or robertson is if g-d intervenes.. the yanks never give young guys a chance umless they absolutely have to..DISGRaCE.. Do not give me the arm strenght BS….

    IT is BS. Melancon has thrown almost 50 innings and the same with RObertson….

    • Mike A. says:

      Melancon has thrown fewer than 60 innings as a pro, and only ~25 of those innings came above the Double-A level. Robertson has 132.2 pro innings under his belt, which is ~25 less than IPK did before he hit the bigs. Cox is currently on the DL and recovering from a tired/sore shoulder.

      Kyle Farnsworth’s suckiness isn’t an excuse to rush these guys to the bigs. Give them all the time they need in the minors.

    • yankeemonkey says:

      the only way the Yanks call up cox, melancon, or robertson is if g-d intervenes.. the yanks never give young guys a chance umless they absolutely have to..DISGRaCE..

      ===

      Yes, because IPK, Hughes, Joba, Ohlendorf, Edwar, and Veras are all seasoned veterans.

      Also, it seems there’s something wrong with your keyboard…you might want to check that Caps Lock key :)

  3. stuart says:

    Mike… Melancon closed in the Pac 10 and is a short man. Arm strength is not as important for him as a starter…He is totally dominating in AA and pitching multiple innings

    The limited innings really has killed Joba hasn’t it??(I mean in the pen)..

    These are 1 or 2 inning guys… We throw out junk but have guys with real potential but we go thru the pitch count inning BS in the minors..

    As far as Cox is concerned again closed in a big time program, was in AA and doing very well 2 yrs ago before the injury.. This yr. doing very well at AAA, when will he be ready? After kyle and latroy and traber butcher 7 more games?????????

    • Mike A. says:

      It’s not about arm strength. It’s about learned to pitch out of jams, learning how to get outs on days you can’t throw a decent breaking, developing the resiliency to pitch multiple days in a row, etc.

      Craig Hansen closed at a major program. So did Ryan Wagner, Matt Anderson, and Joey Devine. They were all in the bigs way too soon and will never realize their potential because of it.

      • the most felonious vocalist in the wide world of showbusiness says:

        Joey Devine was pretty filthy this season before getting injured: 1.23 ERA 1.05 WHIP 11.45 K/9 4.00 K/BB. It’s way too early to say that he’ll never reach his potential. In fact, he’s pitched 22 innings so far this season after entering the year with 19.2 career innings pitched. First impressions are hard to shake but they’re often inconclusive.

    • Old Ranger says:

      There are 3 or 4 ONE inning guys that are good; Ohly, Robertson, Cox and Melon. Ohly is being misused (as a long man); Cox is on DL, Melon is not ready yet, Robertson has not proven himself in AAA (as stated by Mike A.). What do you guys want Cash to do?
      Use the tools you have, until the others are ready, look to the future not the now. That is, unless one can come up with the next Mo…it seems this is the only type of pitcher (other that Joba) acceptable to some of you. I have news for you guys…there is no other Mo out there to be had, so get over it and enjoy what we have. 27/08?

      • steve (different one) says:

        FWIW, i think Hawkins is now the longman and Ohlendorf shouldn’t be use in that role going forward.

        • Old Ranger says:

          I believe that is the right approach with Ohly. Once he gets settled in to the job he will turn things around. I’ve watched him in the MiL many times…he will be alright, I hope! 27/08?

  4. steve (different one) says:

    the yanks never give young guys a chance umless they absolutely have to..DISGRaCE..

    this comment feels like it was written about 3 years ago. i don’t see what it is based on at all.

    the yankees have been fairly aggressive with promoting their pitchers through the system.

    i’ve read over and over how stupid they were to go into the season relying on Hughes and Kennedy.

    Ohlendorf, Veras, Edwar, Hughes, Kennedy, Joba.

    Melky, Cano, Albadalejo, Bruney, Alberto Gonzalez.

    as soon as the organizational pitching people feel Robertson or Melancon are ready for the bigs, they will get the call.

    i see zero evidence that they won’t use them because of inexperience.

  5. steve (different one) says:

    This yr. doing very well at AAA, when will he be ready?

    well, not until he comes off the DL at least.

    if you recall, there was a rumor about a week ago that the yankees were agressively shopping Hawkins to clear a space for Cox.

    then practically the next day, he hurt his shoulder.

    patience, brother. i can almost guarantee that 1 or 2 of those guys will see the Bronx this year.

  6. Gary says:

    Some random Yankee thoughts:

    Can John Flaherty perhaps grow his hair a tad longer? If they ever do another movie about Das Fuhrer, if Flash is available, given the present state of his head, I’d offer him the lead role…

    Sidney Ponson? THE Sidney Ponson? You mean we have to face the second team from the Big Apple next weekend (you know the ones, those sartorially challenged masters of PR from Queens) and the best we could find to pitch is SIDNEY PONSON? Give me a break. He’ll not last two innings. I’d rather they ask David Cone to throw 80 pitches and turn the game over to the LLC known as Olendorf Ramirez and friends…

    Kimberly Jones remains a babe. Some things NEVER change.

    • steve (different one) says:

      yes, Ponson will likely suck and then he will be released. but the Yankees actually need a starter to start that game.

      what are the options?

      Igawa
      Ponson
      Horne
      Karstens
      ??

      Horne is coming back from an injury and i just don’t think he is ready yet. Ponson has just as good of a chance as Igawa or Karstens.

      who knows, the Yankees might get lucky for 1-2 starts.

      he pitched ok in Texas. he was a groundball machine, limited the walks and kept the ball in the park. if he can do that on Friday, he’ll last more than 2 innings.

      i don’t have a ton of faith in him, but with the double header, the yankees need a 6th starter. i don’t see a ton of better options.

    • Mike A. says:

      Man I hope you ere kidding about Kim Jones. She’s got a face like a foot.

  7. BigBlueAL says:

    Mariano Rivera had a somewhat shaky save???? The 2 hits he gave up was an infield excuse-me hit and a blooper that barely reached the outfield. If Patterson wouldve been called out as he shouldve then Dunn’s K wouldve been the final out and not Hopper’s at-bat which did go to a full-count. Dont try to take a shot at my man Mo!!!! Remember Mo is a GOD!!!!

  8. Glen L says:

    I disagree with the characterization of Cueto as a mediocre pitcher. Yes his era is high, but it doesn’t help that he pitches in cincy.

    He’s really got great stuff with fantastic movement, and while he threw his slider a lot yesterday, his change-up is really the better pitch … he’s a very good very promising young pitcher, who over the course of the season has just been inconsitent at times … that doesn’t make him mediocre IMHO .. he clearly can pitch well when he’s on

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