Offense powers Yanks’ first win

Minor League Opening Day
The RAB Radio Show - April 9, 2009 - Episode 22

How clutch are the Yankees? Short-sighted people said that this afternoon’s game was a “must win,” and the Yanks delivered. Powered by 13 base hits, including three home runs, they rolled over the Orioles for their first victory of the season. A.J. Burnett had a successful debut in pinstripes, going five and a third to pick up the W. The bullpen went the rest of the way without allowing a baserunner.

A.J. looked absolutely filthy in the first two innings. His fastball ran in the mid 90s, and his breaking stuff was on for the most part. He ran into a little trouble with control in the third, and was a little shaky in the fourth, but managed an easy fifth before hitting 100 pitches with one out in the sixth. The Yanks were up 7-2 at that point, and A.J.’s victory was all but assured.

Nick Swisher, 1 for 1 with a double and a walk heading into the game, took advantage of his opportunity today, going 3 for 5 with a go-ahead homer and a double. It looked like Nick Markakis had a chance to catch the homer, but a fan ended up snagging it once it was out of play. He seemed proud. I’m guessing he was a Yanks fan.

Robinson Cano continued his impressive start with a 3 for 4 performance of his own, including a walk and a home run. After a slow start last year Cano is proving it’s not an April thing. He’s 6 for 11 right now with a double, a homer, and three walks. Best of all, his plate appearances are a lot better than they were at the beginning of last year. He’s working deep counts in some ABs, and when he swings early in the count he’s usually making solid contact. It’s early, of course, just a three game sample, but it’s a welcome sight to see a more discerning Robinson Cano at the plate.

Not to be overshadowed by the offense and A.J., the bullpen did about as well as it could, tossing 3.2 perfect innings, including six strikeouts. Mark Teixeira had two hits, including a game-tying homer in the fourth, his first as a Yankee. Ramiro Pena picked up his first Major League hit in his first Major League at bat. Melky got…an at bat. Way to spoil the fun, Melky.

We’ll do it again tomorrow when Andy Pettitte takes the hill for his season debut in Kansas City for their home opener. Game time is 4:10, so plenty of us will hear John Sterling’s voice for the first time this year on our commute home. Joy.

Minor League Opening Day
The RAB Radio Show - April 9, 2009 - Episode 22
  • Anonymous

    I heard Sterling and Susan for the first time last night. Unfortunately each was exactly as I remembered.

  • Jake H

    Swisher needs to play everyday!

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Cool thing about going to Catholic school: I get tomorrow off.

    • Jake H

      I wish I was getting YES announcers tomorrow. Instead I get KC announcers who blow big time. YA!

    • http://www.YouTube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

      Cool thing about going to middle school: I have Spring Break.

      • radnom

        Bad thing about going to middle school: Being in middle school.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

          it’s like ‘lol, u awkward.’

    • Tom Zig

      Cool thing about going to a Jewish school and not being Jewish…I have today through next Friday off, lol.

  • Cor Shep

    Mark delivers a TEX MESSAGE!!!!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      This is a nickname that should not be encouraged. Terrible.

      • Cor Shep

        Hah you heard that buffoon Sterling right?

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        You got a better idea?

        • Thomas

          I’d prefer “Mark Tex the spot” or “Tex Marks the spot” for a cheesy homer call.

          However, just about anything is better than “Tex message.”

          • pat

            Sterling already patented “x marks the spot” for nady.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          “Teixeira hits a home run!”

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            The batter has struck the ball with the bat and it has landed outside of the field of play!

    • radnom

      Standard Tex messaging rates apply.

      Tex HOMER to number 25252525.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      What did he say for Swisher?

      • pat

        I heard something about saint nick but that might not have been the HR call.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Sterling still has nothing for Swish. Francesa did an hour on his show today looking for a call. Most of the suggestions were horrendous.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Francesa did an hour on his show today looking for a call. Most of the suggestions were horrendous.

            Sadly, that was probably the best hour of radio on his show in years.

      • Cor Shep

        he said jolly ole’ saint nick but it wasn’t a homerun call it was just after the hr

  • AJ

    This is the Yankees we all knew would be around this year. A good performance by Burnett, although 100 pitches for 5.1 innings is less than desirable. But, then again, I’m just nitpicking. Swisher showed he should be starting every day instead of Nady.

    Maybe the “TEX MESSAGE!!!!” is bad, but let’s not forget the classic home run call:

    IT’S AN A-BOMB, FOR A-ROD!

    • El Generalissimo

      With an ump calling any of those close ones for strikes he would have gone longer. This ump did not like the low or slightly off the plate strike. But, liked them high. It was weird.

      • radnom

        He was consistent at least. Thats all you can ask for. But yes, he was definitely not giving in to slightly off the plate pitches.

    • Alexa- #1 Yankee fan

      Swisher everday and Nady off the bench makes me more comfortable as a fan. Hopefully Joe G sees this.
      I can also picture Nady being very clutch off the bench if he doesn’t K.

      • YankeeScribe

        Why not Swisher at DH everyday instead of Matsui? Why not play both Nady and Swisher?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Because Matsui’s a better hitter than Nady, and Swisher’s a better defensive outfielder than Nady.

  • Frank

    Great outing by Carl Pavano today, btw. Idiot.

    • Tom Zig

      I love it when the ERAs of ex-yankee pitchers are in the range of the average age of grandparents…

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Days like today are the reason I’m president of the Nick Swisher Fan Club.

    • Steve H

      I’m happy to be on the board of directors. I believe I was anointed sometime in February. Hope the Giants are really interest in Nady, because while I expect Swish to take over at some (hopefully soon), I don’t want Nady wasting away on the bench if we are considering trading him. If they’re going to keep Nady all year, Swish ought to be starting tomorrow.

      • BklynJT

        I have no problem with outfield depth.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Days like today are the reason I’m president of the Nick Swisher Fan Club.

      Wait, YOU’RE president of the Nick Swisher Fan Club?

  • cuponoodles

    Honestly, I wasn’t the biggest Swisher fan going into the season, but he’s making me a believer!

    • Captain Bawls

      Same here. I was a Nady supporter for Spring, but after seeing the game today I think I change my mind. Not just because of the ‘good-game high’ but he just seems like an awesome person and really easy to root for

  • Tom Zig

    Cano has 3 walks in 3 games and has the highest batting average of any regular starter on the team. Is this really happening? Or am I dreaming?

  • Mike R. – Retire 21

    Some alternative HR calls

    I wanna Tex you up.

    Big fly for Big Tex.

    That’s why you don’t mess with Tex.

    Mark it up to Tex.

    Holy George Michael! I want your Tex!

    That ball took the Tex-press out of town.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      Don’t mess with Tex. I like it.

      • andrew

        Agreed. The best one on the list.

      • steve (different one)

        shouldn’t it be “Tesh” though?

        you can’t mesh with Teix?

    • pat

      I want your tex, hahaha.

  • Tom Zig

    If the baseball Gods have any humor they will allow Sidney Ponson to be relieved by Kyle Farnsworth…

    Please happen……

  • Kevin

    Last year i had a job where i worked the night shift and i couldnt watch tv so my only option was to listen to Sterling and Waldman on the radio, i tried for the first couple of games then i found myself just going home and checking the boxscores, they are truly terrible.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Brackman off to a flying start. 2 strikeouts in the first inning, no hits, no walks.

    • steve (different one)

      sweet, keep those updates coming if you can….

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        So far
        3 IP
        1 H
        0 BB
        1 R
        3 SO

        From what I can gather, Ware hit a triple, scored on a sac fly and that’s all he’s given up.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Ooooofffff. Wheels came off in the 4th.

          2 wild pitches, 2 walks, Double, fielding error by Brackman, 4 runs scored.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            Tack another one on for the 5th.

            Brackman’s night is done. Not pretty.
            IP 5.0
            H 5
            R 6
            ER 6
            BB 3
            SO 5
            ERA 10.80

            • pat

              The answer is:
              the sculptural portrayal of a person’s head and shoulders; the breasts and upper thorax of a woman; the act of arresting someone for a crime, or raiding a suspected criminal operation: a narcotics bust; a failed enterprise; a bomb; alteration of burst; to break something; to arrest for a …

              • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

                Very nice. Took me a minute to get that one.

            • El Generalissimo

              As long as he builds innings and strength the first half of the year without getting injured, I think that’s a success.

              Brackman doesn’t have that great a pedigree in terms of experience, I would be surprised if he pitched many more then 100/120 innings max this year. He is going to take some time to re-develop.

  • MattG

    While we’re doling out the Swisher love, let’s here it for the nice running catch early in the game, and the bodacious back-up of the over-zealous Gardner in the middle. That was certainly a triple, and if it rolled at all, inside-the-park was not out of the question. Swisher did a wonderful thing by being where he was.

    • steve (different one)

      that was a very good play when he backed up Gardner. it was a little thing, and i’m not sure anyone in the booth picked up on it. i had the sound off.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

        Watching the game with the sound off is the greatest thing I ever started doing.

      • MattG

        I was listening to the Orioles broadcast. Those guys are excellent, but they did not mention Swisher’s effort at all.

      • Drew

        Kay mentioned it. He said, “good job by Swisher to back up Gardner and he fires it in.”

  • AJ

    Swisher is a smart player, and with how hot he’s been to start the season I think Girardi would be a retard if he didn’t start him again tomorrow.

  • BigBlueAL

    Yankees face Sidney Ponson and Horacio Ramirez the next 2 games. Royals can pitch but cant hit a lick (actually wouldve swept the White Sox if it wasnt for Farnsworth) so with only having to face Meche on Sunday (who the Yankees I believe usually hit good) the Yankees should have their first series win of the season, if not their first sweep of the season.

    • RollingWave

      Sidney Ponson and Horacio Ramriez can pitch?

  • cuponoodles

    I know we’re now only 1-2, but 21 runs in 3 games ain’t nothin’ to sneeze at either…

  • Joe

    Hey can someone explain the difference between control and command? I hear those two terms a lot and I was wondering if there’s anything different between them.

    • Steve H

      Control is the ability to throw strikes

      Command is being precise with your pitches. If the catcher calls for a slider low and away, and you leave it right over the middle of the plate, you didn’t have command of it, though it was a strike, which falls under control.

    • pat

      Thats a good question. I always just assumed command was really really good control. Dividing the plate into 4 quadrants as opposed to 2 halves. As usual, I’m probably wrong about it.

      • A.J. Burnett

        control = ability to get it over the plate
        command = ability to put pitches where you want to.

  • Drew

    Okay people.
    Over/under:
    Burnett 17 Wins
    Wang 18 Wins
    CC 17 Wins
    Pettitte 15 Wins
    Joba 14 Wins
    Coke 5 Wins(from BP)

    • pat

      over
      push
      over
      under
      under

      • Drew

        Wat about Cokeman

        • pat

          Ah, I deleted it by accident I’d say under. It’s hard to be in the right place at the right time to vulture a win as a reliever. I also don’t see him blowing a lot of leads which tends to get relievers wins when their offense picks them up.
          I also see Burnett having a sick sick year. Its kinda crazy to think but even as a 32 year old he still has untapped upside.

          • Drew

            True. Today he was leaving some fastballs up and over the middle. When he has all his shit together, he’s really unhittable. If he can stay healthy for the majority of the year it will be a great season for him and us.

            • pat

              Agreed. If he can come off the bench and drop that slider for strike one he will have a long and illustrious career in pinstripes. He was definitely a pleasant suprise. I guess thats what happens when you just straight stockpile power arms, some actually work out.

    • radnom

      Under
      Push
      Over
      Under
      Under
      Over

      I would guess Joba 12 wins and Burnett 14-16 and Pettite 13-14.

  • pat

    Didn’t get a chance to watch the game so I’m watching the replay on YES. Right after robbie’s dinger they cut to a shot of everybody shaking Kevin Long’s hand in the dugout. That was pretty cool.

  • Yankeegirl49

    I had an AMAZING time at Camden Yards. Weather was perfect, got to see a lot of “firsts” and a win of course!
    Never went to my club level seats..spent the first 8 innings 2nd row from the field down the 1b line and spend the 9th 2nd row behind the dugout!

    • pat

      Haha awesome. Tis a shame that gorgeous stadium goes to waste.

      • Yankeegirl49

        I agree…I love that place. There is so much hatres toward Angelos that people dont want to go there. I have co workers that live there and are O’s fans, but refuse to go.

  • Drew

    Melancon 2 innings 3 k’s. 8)

  • C.Panella

    Ugh Brackman didnt look so good in his debut with the yankees either :(

  • P. Rizzo

    Don’t be jealous… I’ll be at all three games in KC! The Yankees are my religion. That’s why I have to see them on Good Friday and Easter.