Yanks hit barrage overpowers Jays

Staten Island & GCL Yanks walk off with wins
The Joba Chamberlain/Chad Gaudin plan

Last night’s first inning was a familiar scene. Jeter, Damon, and Teixeira had all collected hits, and the Yankees led 1-0. Even after back to back strikeouts by A-Rod and Matsui, Jorge Posada tore into a Scott Richmond pitch and ripped it into right center to plate another. But Rob Thompson got greedy, sending Teixeira around third at around the time Aaron Hill received the relay throw. Teixeira was done for, leaving Robinson Cano standing in the on-deck circle instead of in the batter’s box with two ducks on the pond*.

* Yes, he has a .203 batting average with RISP. Better than .000.

They would pick up another run on a Robinson Cano double followed by a Melky Cabrera sac fly for a 3-0 lead through two innings. Joba looked good up to that point, allowing just one hit and throwing first-pitch strikes to four out of the six batters he faced. Everything looked Yankees, but it wouldn’t for long.

It all started with a one-out walk of Joe Inglett in the third. After a single, a fielder’s choice, and a walk, Lyle Overbay stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. Monday he crushed a homer to give the Jays the lead for good. Last night he smacked a double to center, clearing the bases and tying the game. In all Joba threw 31 pitches and only 16 strikes, allowing a single, a double, and two walks.

Then, as if nothing had happened, Joba returned to the guy he was in the first two innings. Maybe the Randy Ruiz homer sparked it, or maybe it was just some rookie luck. In any case, Joba used 41 pitches to finish off his final three innings, allowing just the Ruiz homer and an Aaron Hill single. He left trailing, as the Yankees could muster no runs in innings three through six.

It wasn’t Joba’s best start, but it was far from his worst. The four runs in six innings aren’t looked upon kindly when the the pitcher leaves his team trailing. Yet Joba allowed just seven baserunners in those six innings, which isn’t bad by any stretch. It just happened that his two walks came in the same inning that he let a fastball to Overbay catch a little too much of the plate. These things happen. Thankfully, there is the Yankees offense.

Richmond settled down after the first, allowing just one run on four hits in the next five. The Yankees couldn’t figure him out, and again had to face a Blue Jays bullpen which shut them down on Monday night. Jeremy Accardo allowed a leadoff single to Jeter in the seventh, but he stood there for the next three batters. For a few moments it felt like the Jays bullpen would do it again, but that feeling didn’t last long.

Cito Gaston brought in lefty Jesse Carlson, who had pitched a perfect inning on Monday, to face the lefty-heavy portion of the Yankees order. For Hideki Matsui this season, it was good news. While Matsui has always hit lefties well, he’s hitting them better than righties this year, a .916 OPS vs. a .835 OPS against righties. It may be a small sample, just 101 plate appearances, but in the 102nd he added to his .580 slugging percentage against lefties, crushing one into the right field bleachers to tie the game.

One batter later, amid chants of Hip-Hip Jorge, Posada took a 2-1 pitch to the short part of Yankee Stadium, barely clearing the wall to put his team on top. The umps were convinced it was legit, but Cito Gaston talked his way into a review. A few minutes later the umps confirmed it, reigniting the Yankee Stadium crowd. They tacked on a few more, including the second RBI of the night for birthday boy Melky Cabrera.

Mo had a slight hiccup, breaking his 21-appearance scoreless streak on a home run to Edwin Encarnacion. Other than that, it was bang bang, as he struck out the last two batters and handed the Yanks a 7-5 win. It was the 70th of the season, a feat they did not accomplish until Game 130 last season.

It’s a getaway day game tomorrow, as the Yanks have to head out to Seattle to start a four-game weekend series. A.J. Burnett takes the mound against Ricky Romero at 1:05.

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Staten Island & GCL Yanks walk off with wins
The Joba Chamberlain/Chad Gaudin plan
  • Drew

    Regarding the review, wtf are the umps talking to Cito about for 2-3 minutes before they even go the monitor to look at the play?
    I mean, what is there to discuss/debate? Either the umps are willing to review it or they aren’t.

    Back to the action, Joba had a bad inning. Say what you want, he kept us in the game and allowed us to eventually save the W.

    It’s not often you see a guy pull a foul ball “out of the park” then, on the next pitch, hit a homer. Great AB by Godzilla.
    Great game.

    • Esteban

      Maybe they were consoling him for having to work for JP Ricciardi

  • JGS

    Congrats to David Robertson on his third big league victory in which he only faced one batter

  • Salty Buggah

    Thank god we won or else this kinda would be a letdown(especially after yesterday’s error-induced loss) as Boston got beaten up on the way to a victory (they couldn’t even touch Porcello so they got him ejected to face a guy with a 32+ ERA, though probably in a SSS).

    I think we’re all gonna miss Matsui and his professional hitting next year.

    • Dela G

      lol at the term “professional hitter.” That’s like being called a “Professional Doctor.” You’re paid to hit and paid to be a doctor, thats what pro means :P

      • Salty Buggah

        Yea, I was referring to the YES guys (Kay) calling everyone a professional hitter once they have a good AB. I should have put quotations around it.

        But seriously, Matsui does everything (except field and run well but he can’t help the injuries) you need and is pretty clutch.

        • Chili Davis

          Yeah, Matsui’s a steady, underappreciated guy at the plate. Here’s hoping he can get a ring this year to end his Yankee tenure; it would certainly be well-deserved.

          • Salty Buggah

            agreed

        • Dela G

          yeah i figured thats what you were hinting at

          its quite annoying how he says that ALL the time… haha

        • Drew

          Oh, the days of yonder… seeing video of him back in 04ish makes me sad.

        • LiveFromNewYork

          I think Waldman and Sterling started the stupid professional hitter tag.

    • Salty Buggah

      That guy gave up 5 ER in 5 innings and lowered his ERA to 14.85

    • jim p

      Seriously, Matsui and Damon. I’m not sure how you’d replace either of them as hitters in 2010. I guess we could afford to go for slightly lesser hitters in exchange for improved defense and line-up flexibility.

      I went browsing through Matsui’s stats awhile back, and it’s amazing how often he was in the top 10-15 in various offensive categories. Shame about his legs going.

      • Drew

        Considering Matsui’s salary, it shouldn’t be THAT hard to replace. Although his offensive production has been very good this year.

        It does suck about his legs…

        As for Damon, I’m hoping to see him back. His offensive game is built for our park.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        +27
        The Yanks could sign Damon as a DH and I’d go with that. Since he wants to stay in NY he could possibly go cheaper.

        Then there’s Matsui. He’s having a decent year putting up some good numbers. If Nady joins the team again then he could put up some good numbers.

        And from the other FA’s there Manny with a player option, Matt Holliday who I’d prefer to not have, Jason Bay, Bobby Abreu. I’m not going to consider Crawford being available since his option will probably be used by the Rays.

        That’s really the best ones from the outfield free agents this year. Now IMO I would love to have Bobby back as a DH.

        • Drew

          Bobby or Damon at DH would be sick, (assuming we get someone to play LF). Johnny’s having arguably the best year of his career, it makes me wonder if I can live with his girl arm. Also, maybe it’s just a down year in the field.

          • Zack

            It’s not just his bad arm, hes just horrible at defense all together.
            I’d love Abreu at DH, but hes also going to be a type A FA, and after last year 5m hes did an interview with Yahoo and he wants his multi-year contract this offseason

            • Drew

              yeah word. that’s why I said maybe it’s just a down year in the field. I mean, it’s possible he went from good to awful in a year but i’m hoping it’s just an aberration. Although, that girl arm does annoy me.. any basehit scores a man from second when hit to him.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            Yeah. Either one of those 2 at DH would be sick. Now for the best offensive outcome is to sign Abreu to a multiyear deal at DH and have Damon continue to patrol LF.

            Don’t know if I’d want that though. He might be expensive and since he’s 35, he might decline. I’m not loving JD’s defense even if it’s a bad year all around defensively with that kind of arm.

            Or Damon could DH and could possibly sign cheap as he showed desire to stay in the Bronx. he can DH with maybe AJax patrolling LF but that leaves an outfield of AJax – Gardbera – Swisher possibly Nady.

            So really I have no clue what the best option is.
            But I don’t want the Yanks to overpay for Jason Bay or Holliday.

            • Drew

              ha word. Good thing we have Cashmoney to make the decisions.

            • JobaWockeeZ

              Oh damn it I forgot about Manny. If he opts out he’d be a wonderful DH. Problem is he’s guaranteed to be mad expensive and he’s going to want a multiyear deal. Now if the Yanks still want to get athletic and younger then they really won’t consider him. But if the Yanks do get him as a DH that would be pretty awesome.

              • Drew

                MAnny>>>>>>Dunn, but either would be sick as a DH for 135+ games.

                • Salty Buggah

                  Oh boy. Jeter, Damon (let’s just say we keep him for LF), Tex, A-rod, Manny, Posada, Swisher, Cano, Melky/Gardner/Ajax. We already have a good offense, it could get waaaay better.

                  Opposing teams would shudder…and forfeit before the game.

                • JobaWockeeZ

                  Oh shit forgot about Dunn too! But he still has some time left with the Nats but it’d be easy to get him seeing as they have to build their team from prospects.

                  He’d be a beast for next year. Sign me up for his .900+ OPS. Still leaves the LF problem though.

                • JobaWockeeZ

                  Opposing teams would shudder…and forfeit before the game.
                  I’d love to see a Murderers Row v2.

            • Kiersten

              It would be great to sign Johnny as a DH, but people are forgetting that we’ll probably have Posada in that role sooner rather than later.

    • Salty Buggah

      Oh snap, I didn’t notice they also took out Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers best player, early in the game. That Francona/Epstein duo sure is a smart one. They can’t win normally so they invent new ingenious ways to win.

      • Salty Buggah

        The quote after the game the night before the brawl.

        “We desperately needed to find a way to win a game, and we did.”

        They did again…

  • Drew

    Speaking of Randy Ruiz, the dude has done nothing but hit and get on base in the minors throughout his career. Yet, last year was his first shot in the bigs. I don’t get that. Granted, he doesn’t have a position in the NL.

    • Salty Buggah

      Yea, he has good number throughout the minors but didn’t get to AAA until he was 29 for some reason.

      • Bo

        Shelley Duncan just cried.

  • Salty Buggah

    5 curtain calls in the last 3 games (0 in the loss the day before yesterday). A-rod, Damon, Tex, Matsui, and Posada all got one.

    • Dela G

      we’re starting to look like fenway, which gave ortiz a curtain call after every homerun he hit while he was struggling!!!

      [/sarcasm

      • Salty Buggah

        You mean after every pop-up he got an ovation and after every lazy flyball he got a curtain-call.

        /serious

  • danny

    ROFL you have GOT to be kidding me:

    http://twitter.com/KevinYoukilis20

    yess i know Swish has a twitter but he doesnt spend his time on it argueing with red sox fans or even talken bout the sox in general. LOL wat a douche.

    • Salty Buggah

      First of all, that’s hilarious how he think *TRYING* to beat up a 21 year old is OK. Second, what a loser! I mean which player tweets so much? CC hasnt updated his account since April and Swish does it like once a week or 2.

      • Zack

        like my coworker always tells me: if you have to explain you’re actions, then you shouldnt have done it.
        hes crying to everyone, just shut up and take your suspension and feel lucky you knocked their SP out of the game in the 2nd inning

      • Drew

        Eh, I highly doubt it’s legitimately him. Publicist, friend maybe..

      • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        “First of all, that’s hilarious how he think *TRYING* to beat up a 21 year old is OK. “

        I think this line of thinking really has to stop. If a player is on the field, he’s fair game. Porcello doesn’t get extra protection because he’s young. If the guy’s on the field then he’s a MLB player, toss his age out the window in situations like this.

        • Zack

          we all make fun of Robin Ventura for having an old Nolan Ryan putting the kid in a headlock no?

          • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            But that’s the reverse. People here are saying “I can’t believe Youk went after Porcello because he’s 21 so Youk should pick on someone his own age.” They’re acting like Porcello is some little baby and Youk was wrong to go after him because Porcello is younger than Youk. I think that’s unfair, I think people just don’t like Youk so they’re going overboard with the criticism. Porcello’s on the field, he’s throwing pitches. Youk has as much right to charge the mound with Porcello out there as he does with any other pitcher out there. (Note I’m not saying he was right or wrong for charging the mound, that’s a different issue.)

    • Zack

      Youk: “@rafaelplacce tell me how it feels to be hit with a 90mph fast ball”

      his response:
      @KevinYoukilis20 A-Rod just took 93 mph by Ramom Rmirez and take the base, this is the game, just take the fucking base like a man

      ha

      • Salty Buggah

        someone should tell him how he tried to beat up and throw a helmet (a wussy move) a 21 yr old kid but got thrown to the ground instead and missed with the helmet even though he was about 3 ft away.

        • Salty Buggah

          Never mind. That same @rafaelplacce just about did.

          @KevinYoukilis20 tell me how it feels being beat up by a boy who could be your son

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Oh my Mo. That can’t be him can it? That is drop dead hilarious.

      • danny

        lmaoo i think it is him, seems leit.
        what a joke.

        • Bo

          That’s not really him. Its not a verified account.

  • Gary

    Hate to be a dick, but does anyone else think this piece is terribly written? I know it’s just a blog, but I deepened on this site a lot to let me know what happens with the Yanks. When I finally get home and read this, it complete disenchants me.

    • FL Yank

      Your mom is terribly written…

    • Sean C

      I hate to be a dick, but… “deepened” is not quite the correct word to use in your sentence, so your post was terribly written. Perhaps “depend” is the word you were looking for, and you were also probably “completely” disenchanted when you read their post.

      These RAB guys deliver us fans substantial amounts of Yankee updates/news/everything, so lighten up if something slips by them.

      • Klemy

        When life hands you lemons, fuck you cockbag.

        • Klemy

          haha nested under wrong post by my fail.

    • rafael

      It’s just a game recap. How enchanted did you expect to be?

      • http://www.wiredtowns.com Short Porch

        eversomuchly. And with reading how we won yet again with back to back eighth inning homers to grab the lead, oh I was.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      deepened? disenchant?

      This comment completely WTFs me.

    • Jersey

      To answer your question, no.

    • Russell NY

      I agree. The writing was horrid. I started off real “hard” when he started discussing hits. It softened every word after that.

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

      No, it’s not my best. But instead of being a complete asshole, why don’t you say what you didn’t like about it?

      • LiveFromNewYork

        No need to apologize. This site is jam packed with great stuff and if someone doesn’t like a post they can suck it up or go somewhere else. You guys do a great job.

        • Bo

          Who reads a game recap for quality/witty writing? Its a book report.

          • LiveFromNewYork

            To win, or not to win: that is the question:
            Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
            The slings and arrows of Enter Sandman,
            Or to take arms against a sea of hitters,
            And by opposing end them?

            To hit: to score;
            No more; and by a score to say we end
            The heart-ache and the thousand natural walks that Joba is heir to, ’tis a grand slam by Arod
            Devoutly to be wish’d. To hit, to strikeout;
            To steal: perchance to win the division whilst the Sox fade away: ay, there’s the rub;

    • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Ok… Everyone has already responded so now I’m just piling-on a bit, but a couple of quick points:

      1. If you feel compelled to start a statement with “hate to be a dick,” then you’re about to be a dick and you should probably re-think your statement if you do not want to either be a dick or look like a dick to others.

      2. You’re complaining about a game recap posted at 1:03 AM. Just think about that for a second. Dude finds the time last night to post a recap in the wee-hours of the morning, and you bitch about it.

    • Make it 27

      You are a fuckin dick….how about that

      • jsbrendog

        “how ’bout them apples?”

        “applesauce, bitch”

  • Russell NY

    Mariano gave up a homerun yesterday. End of his career?

    lol

  • zs190

    One thing that seems overlooked is we are calling for the 3rd base coach’s head a lot less this year. Is it because we are winning in spite of it this year? Or Thomson has been that much better?

    • Russell NY

      Probably b/c we are winning. Did you see Tex try to run home on that easy out? Didn’t hear much complaining.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      I think Thomson is an upgrade.

      • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        This. Yeah, he got a little too aggressive last night and it bit him in the ass, but he’s been pretty good on the whole this season. And he certainly hasn’t had as many glaring brainfarts as Meachem had last year, so he looks even better by comparison.

        • Bo

          Meachem was in over his head.

  • Kiersten

    I really don’t understand how people leave close games before Mo closes them. This is the greatest relief pitcher of all time (not arguably) and he only has a couple of years left. When your kids ask you in 10 years “Mommy/Daddy, what was it like to get to watch Mariano Rivera pitch?,” what are you gonna say? “I don’t know, Tommy, we always left in the 7th inning.”

    Disgusts me. These people are worse than the ones who start the wave.

    • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Dude, I hear you, but at the same time… It’s pretty likely that they’ve seen Mo close a game or two sometime in the last 15 years or so, right? It’s not like they’re missing something they’ve never seen before. I can’t kill people for leaving early when it’s mid-season (not like they’re leaving early at the end of the regular season or during the playoffs), they’ve seen Mo for years, a lot of them have to be at work early and a lot of them come from far away and/or have kids with them.

      Butts stay in the seats when the games matter, don’t worry.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      I hate the wave and it is unnecessary and stupid.

      But leaving is something else. I have buddies who need to make certain transfers of trains etc and leave at a certain time no matter the inning. They hate it and it sucks for them but they don’t want to be waiting 2 hours for another train or whathaveyou. They HATE LEAVING but they do if they have to.

  • J.D.

    Gaudin starting on Sunday in place of Joba to keep these innings under control. It’s nice to have such a luxury with the lead they have at the moment.

  • http://deleted RollingWave

    I hope they give Melky a day off or something, he’s started every game since Gardner was hurt and it’s showing. since hitting for the cycle he has gone an abysmal 156/.200/.250 (yes those low scoring Boston games didnt’ help but still)

    • Klemy

      Yeah, really slumping at the moment. I didn’t realize.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      when is the gritner due back?

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

        Two weeks or so.

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