• Drew

    Little bit of love from the guy calling the game on ESPN towards the Yanks. Of course, Sutcliffe was silent the whole time.

  • EvoLuTioN

    can melancon get his first save ;)

  • Salty Buggah

    “Can a brother get a Melancon sighting?”

    You’re black? Just kidding. I want to Melancon to pitch too.

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

        Heh I would pay Mike if he subsituted that for “brother.”

        Might be offensive but kinda funny at the same time.

  • Accent Shallow

    Aceves has throw more balls in this at-bat than he had facing any of the previous hitters.

    And really? Scutaro jack? Are you freakin’ kidding me?

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    damn

  • BigBlueAL

    So much for resting Hughes and Mo. Or at least Mo.

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

      Rest them anyway.

      Melancon and Bruney, backed up by Claggett.

      • Zack

        in a 2 run game? you have that confidence in Bruney, and i wont just Claggett but still hes a rookie

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

          I’d like to respond to that. Can you write it again, in intelligible English this time?

          • Zack

            It’s a 2 run game, you have confidence in Bruney in a 2 run game? I wont judge* Claggett from his previous appearance in the bigs but he’s still a rookie.

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

              Thanks.

              It’s a 2 run game, you have confidence in Bruney in a 2 run game?

              Gonna have to have confidence in him in a 2 run game at some point, may as well start here.

              I wont judge* Claggett from his previous appearance in the bigs but he’s still a rookie.

              Which is why he’d be the third option, but I left out Coke and Robertson by mistake, so he’s lower than that.

              But if we score, say, two more runs here, abso-friggin-lutely I put him in in a 4 run game.

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

        Why? This game is important too.

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

          Who said it wasn’t?

          Bruney and Melancon have pitched well recently.

          • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

            Melancon yes. Bruney has allowed runs in 5 of his last 7 outings.

          • Zack

            Bruney’s last 4 IP: 9 H, 5 ER, 3 HRs, 1 BB, 7 K

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

              Well, he was very good last time out until Joe sent him back out there for a third inning.

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

                Exactly.

                The difference between an aggregate good few appearances and a bad few appearances is often one bad pitch. Bruney’s looked good more often than he’s looked bad recently.

                I’m fine going to him here.

  • NYQ

    Damn it Marco!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mikebk

    offense get some more runs so Melancon and D-Rob can finish this.

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    I know Ace was rolling but why not get another guy some work?

    • Salty Buggah

      I guess you gotta save him for Boston, if you use him more, he won’t be available for 2 days then.

  • Accent Shallow

    Phil, you have to bury that slider. Yikes.

  • DougPinstripesForever

    Heart Attack

    / Damon going back to fly ball’d

  • DougPinstripesForever

    Cardiac Arrest

    / Imagining Bruney in big spot’d

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

    This might be one of those games where if you have to sacrifice this game so Mo and Hughes can get some much-needed rest, you do it.

    Which means I’d love the Yanks to score 10 runs next inning.

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

      Again, Coke, Bruney, and Melancon aren’t chopped liver.

      • Mike Pop

        I want to see them as much as you, but you know we’re probably seeing Mo tonight.

      • Ivan

        Yeah but they ain’t a grilled Steak either.

    • http://pinstripepalace.blogspot.com/ Brien Jackson

      Why in the world would you do that? A Yankees win tonight and a Red Sox loss gets you the same value as a Yankees win over the Sox. And you have no idea what’s going to happen tomorrow night.

      You have to play to win every game.

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

        You have to play to win every game.

        Yes and no.

        • http://pinstripepalace.blogspot.com/ Brien Jackson

          How do you figure?

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

            You have to play to win every game, but you can’t do things to win a single game that may risk injury to your players weakening your ability to win multiple games later.

            If you really played to win every game, you’d be 2005-2007 Joe Torre and you’d rip your bullpen to shreds and end up with shit come October.

            • http://pinstripepalace.blogspot.com/ Brien Jackson

              Well, there’s a difference between having a guy unavailable because he needs an off-day that night and not putting a guy in because you want him to be available the next night.

              And really, that’s not necessarily a mutually exclusive thing anyway. Part of the reason you wouldn’t run your closer out 5 straight days is that if he’s tired, he’s not necessarily giving you the best chance to win.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Both have pitched 4 times in the last 13 games. They shouldn’t be that tired out. I think they should just try to win the game, you never know what will happen tomorrow.

  • Tony

    Yay, Girardi is going to use every single pitcher in the bullpen (except Melancon and Robertson, of course).

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      I would rather he use those 2 than Hughes today, we need Hughes for against the Bosox.

  • Accent Shallow

    That slider still backed up, but outs is outs.

  • Drew

    Bartlett hr, 6-3

    • Zack

      off of the future closer of a NL team delcarmen

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      The good thing about that is that even if we lose 3 of the 4 games against the Sox, we still are only tied with the league. Imagine that…going 1-11 against them and still being in 1st place.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        No.
        Imagine going 4-10 instead.

        :)

  • Salty Buggah

    Bruney and Melancon for two with Claggett/Drob for emergency

  • Yankee1010

    Classic overcommercialization there. They show the “Geico Play of the Game” and the “Geico Play of the Game” logo COMPLETELY obscures the actual play.

    • Drew

      all part of the plan.

    • Accent Shallow

      Hilarious.

  • pat

    Damn, just read in SI that Pablo Sandoval can throw 88 with both arms. Crazy.

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

      And he knows kung fu.

    • dkidd

      kung fu panda now ops-ing .947

      love that guy

  • Drew

    Carlson almost reminds me of T-Clips falling off to the left like that. I bet Carlson can’t fall to the right too though.

  • Accent Shallow

    All that bouncing around and it was only a double?

  • Mike Pop

    Love that from Melky there.

  • DougPinstripesForever

    C’mon Robbie, we need more runs.

    Oh, and Ali will be honored at the Stadium tommorrow night?!

    WOW :)

  • Accent Shallow

    Thought that was in the second deck.

  • Mike Pop

    Eric Hinske, I hope you’re back next year.

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

      Sure, why not.

      Hinske and Hairston… two solid reserves. Hopefully they get swayed by those shiny rings we’re gonna get this year and decide to stick around rather than look for a starting gig (that they’ll probably end up losing eventually anyway…)

      • Mikebk

        if hairston isnt back then it means we got 2 picks for him as he will be a type B FA in the AL after year and at 2 mil you have to offer arb to him.

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

          We get only one pick for a Type B.

        • Ed

          I believe that Hairston is only a type B if he qualifies as an infielder. He’s getting most of his time on the Yankees as an outfielder, so he probably won’t qualify.

  • pat

    All Hinske does is produce. Wonderful.

  • Riddering

    No HR?

    Dammit, Hinske!

  • DougPinstripesForever

    Good job Hinske!!!

  • Mike Pop

    Four pitch walk to Molina? Fail.

  • A-Rod Loves the Hudson River

    Red Sox sign Paul Byrd, again.

    • Mike Pop

      Link?

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

      OH CRAP NOW THEY HAVE THE EQUALIZER!!!!!!

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

      This signing is proof positive of their ridiculous pitching depth.

    • Drew

      Dammit Theo! You’re a damn genius. Meanwhile Cashman is twiddling his thumbs.

      • A-Rod Loves the Hudson River

        No link, yet. Saw it on MLB Network.

  • DougPinstripesForever

    Damn, Kenny is euphoric about “the Greatest” showing up tommorow. Damn, we gotta win one for Ali.

  • Mike Pop

    Wow, how did Longoria not throw home there?

    • Drew

      He didn’t even look. It’s like he forgot there was a runner on third.

      • Mike Pop

        Ya, he fucked up.

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

        Without seeing it, I don’t have a problem with it. They’re up by three with six outs to go. Get the sure out.

        • Drew

          Bro he would’ve had him by ten steps. Wasn’t even close.

  • Salty Buggah

    WTF? Hughes

  • pat

    WTF? Hughes?

  • Accent Shallow

    There’s no need to use Mo, assuming the lead stays at three runs.

    Nor is there a need to use Hughes here. WTF?

  • Drew

    Wow, Longoria just pulled a WTF. Anyone see that?

  • BigBlueAL

    Joe Torre bringing in Hughes.

  • Tony

    Why the FFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU is Hughes pitching?

  • Mikebk

    there goes hughes for tomorrow. seriously in a 3 run game put melancon in.

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

    Milla Jovovich hasn’t made a non-action movie since the George H.W. Bush administration.

  • Mike Pop

    Ugh, why Hughes?

  • Yankee1010

    Is it really necessary to go to Hughes here? I know he’s going for the win, but is Melancon such a terrible option with a 3 run lead?

  • dkidd

    does joba throw at youk tomorrow?

    • Accent Shallow

      I almost hope so.

  • Drew

    Let’s not act like 3 runs is a big lead. I like Hughes here.

    • Mikebk

      and u will be the one complaining tomorrow when he cant pitch.

      • Drew

        Actually I really won’t. I’m sure you will though.

    • Yankee1010

      3 runs over 2 innings is a small lead? They could pitch to a 9.00 ERA and win. Just for the sake of comparison, that’s lower than Mitre’s ERA. So let’s not act like it’s a nailbiter.

      • Drew

        Did I call it a small lead?

        Look, now the tying run is in the hole.

        • Drew

          Now he’s on deck.

          • Accent Shallow

            So?

            • Drew

              Just sayin, a 3 run lead isn’t a big lead. The tying run is always in the hole. It can get away from you quick. That’s why I don’t mind Hughes.

          • Yankee1010

            Oh, heavens me. There are 4 outs and it’s a 3 run lead. It would take a catastrophe to give that up. An ERA over 20.

            I guess this just goes to show how much the save rule has done to common sense when evaluating a baseball game.

      • toad

        Yeah. It’s a small lead. Variance kills.

        • Yankee1010

          Um, no. Not at all. Apparently, the save rule kills common sense too.

          • toad

            Just saying that all the talk about a 20 ERA is silly. Means and variances are two different things.

    • Accent Shallow

      It’s big enough to not require your best non-Mo reliever against a middling offense.

  • BigBlueAL

    I would use Mo tonight for sure but using Hughes in a 3-run lead is a bit too much. But at least Girardi isnt like Torre….

  • acb

    now we get to watch bruney blow a game in boston tomorrow seriously i dont know what girardi is thinking.

  • Rick

    Anyone who botched about torres pen use can’t say girardi is good with pen

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Girardi, we all LOVE Hughes, but please, save him for the next series. You do know there is more than 3 people in the bullpen right?

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      It seems like Hughes nevers gets any rest either.

      • zs190

        Not true at all. This is the only the 3rd time that Hughes has pitched on back to back nights and he gets at least 2 days off each time that happens.

  • Reggie C.

    Hughes doesnt look the same. He must be dreaming of the 5th spot.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      I really think he is just tired, since August began he pitched on the 2nd, 4th, 5th (today). As well as the 30th of July. That is crazy.

      • Drew

        He was off the 31st, the 1st and the 3rd, now he’ll have off tomorrow. Not too crazy IMO.

        • Tony

          He’s a starter

          • Drew

            Not right now he’s not.

  • BigBlueAL

    Wouldnt be surprised if 2 guys get on Mo comes in this inning.

    • Mikebk

      dont give girardi any ideas.

  • Rick

    Would it kill girardi to use melancon?

  • acb

    i dont get why he doesnt go with melancon or bruney and then bring in hughes if the tieing runner gets up. especially since the bluejays pen is so bad well prolly score 3 more runs next inning.

  • zs190

    Geez, pulling Jason Bay in the 8th for defensive replacement with a guy that has never played LF before. Talk about super depth there for the Sox.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Nick Green can’t even play SS that well. Does Francona want to lose?

      • zs190

        Apparently they sent down Reddick before the game and their bench is Casey Kotchman(never played OF), Ortiz(no way does he play the OF) and JD Drew(apparently hurt).

    • http://pinstripepalace.blogspot.com/ Brien Jackson

      heh. Even the ESPN guys can’t defend that move.

  • Salty Buggah

    Hughes cutter has some good movement since its being classified as a slider on Gameday

  • Reggie C.

    All these pitches … the velo is suffering .

    • Accent Shallow

      First pitch to Barajas was 95.1.

      Cutter to K him was 90.8.

      I think Hughes shouldn’t have been in this game, and could probably use 2-3 days off, but his velo is fine. Whether it’ll continue to be fine if he’s used like this, that’s the question.

  • Mike Ox

    Like Herm Edwards said ” you play to win the game ”
    Lets win this game first before thinking about the Roid Sox.
    Hopefully the Yanks rock Smoltz and we do not need Hughes or Mo tomorrow night.

    • Mike Pop

      I’m not a big fan of usiing “Roid Sox”.

      Anyone with me?

      • pat

        yeah, pot/kettle

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        what else do you call them.

        Curt Schilling and the Blood Sox…the greatest rock band in all the bars in Boston!

  • acb

    lol right down the middle

  • BigBlueAL

    Damn Hughes with a 3-2 cutter!!

  • Accent Shallow

    Not a bad cutter for strike 3.

  • dkidd

    that cutter was almost like a change-up

  • Mike Pop

    Mo teaching Phil to throw the cutter?

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    The strike outs and philthiness are still there, but it looks like Hughes is having some control issue, because he is tired…seriously he is being used way to often in my opinion

  • BigBlueAL

    Molina pulling a Posada.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Props to Mo for teaching Hughes that nasty cutter. Mo for PITCHING COACH!

    • Mike Pop

      Yeah, Mo should teach the cutter to Melancon, Robertson, and Bruney too.

      Johnny fuckin’ Damon!

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Mo + Mussina on the pitching coaching staff in years to come.

      • Accent Shallow

        I’m sure Mo would impart lots of valuable insight, but how many guys do you think he’s shown that cutter grip to over the years? Probably half the pitchers in the league. The man is sui generis.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    No Mo!

    • Accent Shallow

      I realize that I made a similar post below, but it’s pretty funny how we’re rooting for the best reliever on the team to not enter the game.

  • Accent Shallow

    At least we won’t see Mo now. Thanks John.

    • Ivan

      Word.

  • NYQ

    Never mind MO

  • Ivan

    That Hughes Cutter had some serious movement to K Barahas.

  • Little Bill

    Well now they don’t have to waste Mo. Give Bruney or Melancon an inning.

  • Esteban

    Positively Damonic!

  • Mike Pop

    Clagget now.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    DAMoN!

  • nyrfan

    damon baby. back on da juice

  • NYQ

    Now will Hughes stay in or will a brother get Melancon

    • Mike Pop

      Clagget. He’s probably gone tomorrow. Keep the other arms fresh, I hope.

      • A.D.

        Eh I mean they haven’t felt the need to pitch Clagget yet, doubt it will be in the 9th in a 4 run game.

  • pat

    haha singy pronounced that encarnaCION

  • dkidd

    the number 2 hitter in our line-up is slugging .508

  • pat

    When did Tony Kornheiser get the Mens Warehouse gig?

  • Ivan

    Well if Robertson does his job, at least Mo will be available for the opener for the sox series.

    • Zack

      if we need Mo tomorrow, facing Smoltz. then something went wrong

      • Steve H

        If we need Mo tomorrow, then something went right, regardless of who’s pitching.

        • Zack

          um no. they cant get more than a 2-3 run cushion off Smoltz?

          • Drew

            They can, hopefully they do, but baseball is a crazy game.

            • Steve H

              Exactly. I don’t care if it’s 1-0 or 20-19, if we have a lead in the 9th in ANY game, we’re in a good spot. The Yankees are 0-8 this year against the Sox, lets not be overconfident.

  • pat

    Aight, D-Rob, I’ll take it.

  • Drew

    Good spot for D-Rob here.

  • NYQ

    Robertson.
    I think it is a good choice don’t risk the lead or make Mo come in. Clagett is not great.

  • Mike Pop

    Silly curve.

  • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

    That curve was sick.

  • Drew

    Cap’n America K’s, then complains to the ump. Bunch of whiners on that team.

    • pat

      NO MO STOP GETTING LOOSE

      • pat

        this makes no sense here but I don’t care.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      I caught 4 No Hittahs, and you call that a strike, who is paying you?

  • A.D.

    Liking the high socks from D-Rob

    • Mike Pop

      +1, no homo.

      • Steve H

        That’s still not getting old, lol every time I see/hear it.

  • dkidd

    have we ever retired scutaro in the 9th inning?

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

    This is retarded. If he hits a homer, they’re still up two. Why warm Mo up? Oh, right, Girardi’s got a job to save.

    • Chef

      The guys job is to throw baseball. Thats what he does for a living.

      Throwing lightly in the bullpen is not going even tire one molecule in his arm.

      Why is everyone so protective of him? He’s 38, not 88.

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

        38 is 88 in pitcher’s shoulder years. And he just had surgery too.

        • Yankee1010

          What? That matters? No way.

      • NYQ

        +1
        True Dat

      • Yankee1010

        You’re right. Throw him everyday. Good plan.

    • Yankee1010

      Agreed. Too many people act like coming back from 4 runs down (or 3 or 2) with a few outs left is as easy as 1-2-3.

      And Ball 3 from D-Rob was a strike.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Robertson looks spectacular out there.

  • Mike Pop

    I love me some D-Rob.

  • pat

    No offense Baseball, but if the fucking pitch is a strike it should be called a strike whether it hit the target or not. UGH

  • Accent Shallow

    Since when does D-Rob throw 94?

    Also, could this signify that he’s moving up in the pecking order, since it’s “only” a 4 run lead?

    • pat

      Always, his fastball is sneaky fast. He’s not really a big guy and his windup is pretty easy which I think makes it look even faster then 93-94.

  • Mike Pop

    Thank you, Adam Lind.

  • pat

    I don’t like to be overly cocky but we should pound the everlasting shit out of John Smoltz tomorrow night. Like 8 ER in 3 innings.

    • A.D.

      yeah, he’ll piece it together and pitch well, I just have a bad feeling

  • Drew

    Considering the starter only went 4.1, hell of a job by the pen.

    • Mike Pop

      Yep, just awesome.

      What championship teams are made of!

  • Mike Ox

    Someone actually finished a game besides Mo !!!
    I am in shock.

  • Accent Shallow

    Yay D-Rob! Yay win!

  • nyrfan

    good game, good night

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Sox 0-11 w/RISP!

  • NYQ

    Question
    Is Russ Ortiz >>>>> Brett Tomko

    • Drew

      heh, is this something we really want to ponder?

    • Accent Shallow

      No. Russ Ortiz is sub-replacement level crap. Tomko is replacement level crap.

      • Zack

        whos crap smells worse contest?

  • Accent Shallow

    Girardi needs to chill on the dry humps. He’s like a fourteen year old.

  • DreDog

    Karl Ravech sucks at numbers

    • Ivan

      Karl Ravech sucks at numbers

      of course.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    …WTF? Greatest closer in history and he goes to Drob?! Joe ‘i’m not Torre’ and his bullpen futzing

    • Accent Shallow

      Why would he need to use Mo with a 4 run lead against Toronto’s lineup?

    • wilcymoore

      Huh!? Torre wouldv’e brought Mariano in there … “just to make sure.”

      Joe T didn’t trust more than two guys in his bullpen (and one of them was usually named Scott Proctor).

    • ShuutoHeat

      Resting up the arms for the next 4 games sounds right.

      Also a non-save situation let the little ones gobble it up.

  • wilcymoore

    Coming in, w/ Toronto pitching Roy Halladay in Game 1 and the Yankees offering Sergio Mitre in Game 2, I sure wasn’t figuring on a 2-game sweep. Nice work, Yanks!

    • DreDog

      Another interesting item was the Sox lost starting Lester and a Smoak type bat.

  • Drew

    I’m so ready for the Sox series. The last few series vs them just didn’t have the feel that these August series have.

    • pat

      Most likely because we were getting worked.

      • Drew

        word

  • wilcymoore

    Yanks now have a 30-25 road record. The Red Sox are now .500 on the road, Rays are 6 under. Only one other team in the AL besides the Yankees has a plus-.500 W-L record on the road … no surprise, it’s the Angels.

  • Mike Pop

    I really hope John Kruk gets released after this season from the Baseball Tonight cre.

  • Drew

    Damn Tommy Hanson’s curve is legit.

  • Yankee1010

    Oh, Baseball Tonight. You have to love how biased they are. After the Fielder/Mota fiasco last night, they showed the “wrong way” to throw at someone and, oh, of course, showed Joba throwing near Longoria. It was wrong because it was “near the head.” It didn’t hit him and honestly, wasn’t terribly close. Then they showed the “right way” and it was Garza hitting Teixeira. It was the “right way” because it wasn’t “near the head.” If he had half a brain, he would realize that the way Teixeira coiled, his shoulder was less than 6 inches from his head. So yeah, Kruk, you fat fuck, I guess Garza has impeccable control and can’t miss by 6 inches near Teixeira’s head. Not to mention, Garza’s pitch was closer to hitting Tex’s head than Joba’s was to hitting Longoria’s head. But why let that get in the way.

    How much better off would we be if Johnson’s All-Star Game pitch over Kruk’s head actually hit him. A man can dream …

    • DreDog

      Kruk is a waste of space. He is a grade A moron. He needs to go to Bovine University.

    • Rob H.

      well if that happened, the hamster would have fallen off the wheel.

      • Yankee1010

        Touche.

    • YankeeScribe

      BBTN is a joke

  • Drew

    How does Kim Jones come up with these questions?
    To Alex: 0-8 vs Boston, do you have to win?

    • Drew

      Oh, Al’s reply:
      Yeah, we have to win eventually.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Bob Lorenz, ftw.

  • Tom Zig

    Jason Bay reinjured his hamstring eh?