Yanks avoid sweep, take sloppy game from Orioles

Game 144 Spillover Thread
Sunday night open thread

Early on, this was the kind of game that made you want to pull your hair out. The Yanks squandered an opportunity in the first inning. Then CC Sabathia came back out for the next inning and surrendered the small lead. The game got further away with an inexcusable play by Damon. The Yanks offense wouldn’t lay sleeping for long, though. They came on late and put the team out in front, avoiding the sweep at the hands of the Orioles.

After a quick, nine-pitch first inning, Sabathia ran into trouble in the second. Nolan Reimold, thorn in the Yanks side all series, led things off with a dribbler to third. He’s a quick kid, and A-Rod really had no chance. CC left one up and over the plate to Ty Wigginton, and he deposited it in shallow right. A four-pitch walk to Matt Wieters loaded the bases with none out.

CC turned it around and held the Orioles to two runs in that inning, both scoring on outs. The problems resurfaced in the third. CC retired the first two hitters, but the second, Nick Markakis, sent one out to the wall at the deepest part of the park. Reimold hit it similarly, but instead of right to center he split Melky and Damon for a double off the wall. After a walk he’d finish off the side without allowing a run to score, but CC still didn’t look sharp.

Then came the fourth, an inning to forget. Justin Turner reached on a slow grounder to third, frustrating as hell because a ball hit that weakly should be an out. But it wasn’t. Chad Moeller followed that with another weak grounder to third, and if it was anyone by Chad Moeller running, it likely would have been another infield hit.

So there was a runner on second with one out. I knew that. You knew that. Eight Yankees in the field knew that. Unfortunately, Jef Fiorentino hit it to the one guy who didn’t. Johnny Damon had a bit of trouble with the fly ball in the sun, and breathed a sigh of relief when it landed in his glove. He turned around to toss it to a fan, not realizing that CC still had an out to record. That bought Turner enough time to round third and give the Orioles a 3-1 lead. It was certainly one of the most embarrassing moments of the season.

That seemingly sparked Sabathia. He got Brian Roberts to pop out on the next pitch, and didn’t allow a hit the rest of the way. He walked two, but erased one on a first-pitch double play. That left him with a line of 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 K. The game didn’t go far in improving Sabathia’s until-now disgusting K/BB ratio.

For the offense, the early game was defined by a lack of hits with runners in scoring position. A-Rod came through with a double to score Jeter in the first, but the next two batters couldn’t plate the runners on second and third. They squandered Derek Jeter‘s leadoff double in the third, mustering only a walk off Jeremy Guthrie.

In the fourth that changed, as the Yanks loaded up the bases with three straight singles, capped by a fourth by Melky Cabrera, plating two runs and tying the game. But the Yanks couldn’t plate another run in that inning, even after Johnny Damon walked to load the bases. The frame ended on an Alex Rodriguez strikeout looking. The pitch was clearly outside, but Marty Foster called it a strike anyway.

That led to a curious situation. After the Yankees took the field, apparently someone had a closer look at it. Alex said something and got tossed. Then Girardi blew up and got himself tossed. I’ll leave the umpire rant for another day. Yeah, the pitch was close, but it wasn’t a strike. If the ball doesn’t catch the corner, it should not be called a strike, and I don’t care if the ump is “consistently” calling them out there.

Matsui broke the RISP woes in the sixth, singling with the bases loaded and plating two runs. That would be all the Yanks would need, but they didn’t let it end there. In the bottom of the eight they poured it on, decimating the Baltimore bullpen and continuing their tradition of putting up enormous numbers in the final three frames. Matsui picked up a three run homer, which iced the victory. The homer didn’t kill the rally, though, and the Yanks put up five more runs and loaded up the bases before the O’s bullpen finally got out of it.

Instead of the scheduled off-day tomorrow, the Yanks will host Anaheim in a makeup of a rainout from earlier this year. The Yanks had won the first two games of that series, losing the third with Sabathia on the hill. Joba Chamberlain will go, and strangely I think he was the scheduled starter for the regularly scheduled game (but I could be wrong). The Yanks magic number is now down to an A-Rodian 13. It could get down to 12, depending on the Sox-Rays game this evening.

Game 144 Spillover Thread
Sunday night open thread
  • Tom Zig

    Pawlikowski with the quickness

    • Salty Buggah

      Thats twice now in like a week.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      I’m sure he’s writing as the game is in progress. And since you have a ready audience in the game thread, you hold onto them with a quick recap. Joe knows what he’s doing.

  • For lack of a more creative name… Alex

    Wow that was awesomely quick.

  • Salty Buggah

    A-rod and Girardi = Geniuses

    They sparked the team!!!!

    • Salty Buggah

      Oh and I asked this in the last thread but it didnt get answered…

      Is that picture from A-rod’s walk-off against Bahston?

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


        • Salty Buggah


  • Accent Shallow

    Not the prettiest (until teh eighth!), but wins are wins.

  • Riddering

    I think this is the quickest write-up to appear without bullet points.

    No phoning it in today from RAB!

  • pat

    Drew, if you’re out there, bet is still on. Gmen will have to win by more than three to take effect.Skins outright for you to win, Gmen +3 for me. Anything else is a wash.

    • http://opensourcecomedy.net/images/melky_box.jpg Drew

      I’m here.

      Campbell pissing me off.

      • pat

        Giants D-Line depth>>>>>> Smoltz+Penny depth

  • Dela G

    Jets win, yankees win!

    great day to be dela G and TJSC

    • Salty Buggah

      And great day to be me.

      Yankees win in a blowout. Broncos win thanks to a miracle.

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

      Axisa and I are both Yanks/Jets fans.

      • Dela G

        woah i had no idea!

        well good day for everyone here!

      • Omar

        How did you guys get to be Jets fans? Also, Rangers or Islanders?

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

          I dunno how I became a Jets fan, it just happened back in the mid-90’s.

          I’ll gladly admit I’m a bandwagon Rangers fan, jumped on board during 1994. But I stuck with them during the disaster years, and after the lockout I just stopped paying attention to hockey, really. I made a point to get back into last year, and now I don’t know how I ever lived without it.

      • Rey22

        What about Ben?

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      Great day for Popavero and me as the Yanks and Cowboys win.

      • Omar

        Man…I’m a Cowboys fan too, but this season likely won’t be too fun. Though if the Yankees win the WS they can go 1-15 for all I care. Hopefully Yankees bring home 27, and the Rangers win the Cup to balance out the rough season they’re about to have.

        • Dayman, fighter of the Nightman

          Whaaaa??????? I’m a fellow Cowboys fan and can’t understand the negativity.

          • Omar

            What is it you don’t understand? The love for the Yankees over the Cowboys or why I don’t think they’ll make the playoffs?

            As to the later, I’m not very confident in the defense nor do I have much confidence in Roy Williams. MB3’s advanced numbers were down last season, hopefully that’s just more him being overworked last season and it will be alleviated if Felix Jones stay healthy.

    • 27 this year

      our high school band played at the jets kickoff rally and we hugged the cheerleaders. Oh yea!

  • Dela G

    Hey Joe, did any of your friends in college call ya JoePa?

    i always see that every time i read your name… haha

  • Omar

    CC was bad, but I was glad to see him get the W, I’d really love to see him get 20 (not that it means much, but it’d be fun none the less). 13 runs scored but only 1 HR, I can see that they didn’t kill many rallies. On a side note, I’m glad they’re finally using Bruney correctly.

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

      He was far from “bad.” More like substandard. I’ll take 3 R in 7 IP every day of the week.

      • Tom Zig

        twice on sundays?

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

          Goes without saying.

      • Zack

        No K’s man, he sucksss

        • Omar

          Suck is a fitting word for his performance today, same number of “Ks”

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

        And one of those runs came on Damon’s major brainfart.

        • Omar

          I really just hope that they keep Sabathia on normal work loads leading up to October.

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

            I think the workload is fine right now. I don’t have a problem with him throwing 120 pitches if he’s cruising and goes 8 IP or something.

            It’s those 5 IP, 110 pitch outings that bother me.

            • Tom Zig

              or pitching on 3 days rest for like 5 straight starts?

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

                That too.

            • Omar

              Yeah, that’s pretty much what I was saying. Starts every fifth day, 100ish pitches every time out. It looks like they won’t try to ride him like a bull though.

      • Omar

        Ehh…po-tay-to po-ta-to. Three RA in seven IP is good, but that ignores the 4BBs in 7 IP (awful) and 1 K in 7 IP (abysmal), he had a decent G/F but he was lucky to only surrender three runs. I was hoping he’d juice up his K numbers against the Orioles, but he “stopped the skid” and I guess that’s all that matters. The 7 IP was huge because they’ve got Weaver v. Chamberlain (hopefully the Yankees can begin their long overdue correction against the Angels, but I’m not holding my breath) and Halladay v. Gaudin. So a fairly rested bullpen will be a good thing with those matchups coming up.

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

          You’re a hard man to please.

          • Tom Zig

            Negative Nancy

        • Salty Buggah

          Thing is, CC has been of fire in the 2nd half so one “bad” game is OK.

          • Omar

            It’s likely not particularly indicative of a harbinger of bad pitching, provided he maintains his velocity and breaking stuff and Giradi keeps him at normal pitch counts (not just normal by his standards) he should be fine.

  • Troy

    Joba Chamberlain will go, and strangely I think he was the scheduled starter for the regularly scheduled game (but I could be wrong).

    You are correct. Back in April/May, the rotation was aligned that it was C.C. followed by Joba, Hughes, Burnett, and Pettitte (although that changed as a result of that rainout, since Hughes went on regular rest vs. Boston, insead of pushing everyone back a day).

    So yes, Joba would’ve been the starter. Maybe tomorrow he’ll be allowed to pitch 4 innings.

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

      I would hope so. They have to stretch him back out before the playoffs. He can go four tomorrow, five the next time, then six twice after that so he’s comfortable.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        You down with the short schedule and the 4 man rotation facing the Tigers? I am, did a piece on it today.


        • Tom Zig

          option #3 … FTW

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            Yeah, AJ at home and Andy on the road. AJ’s splits are awful vs the Tigers, even if you pull out the one ridiculously bad outing. So I don’t want him going twice. I’ll take my chances with Joba-Washburn or Joba-Porcello. Plus, I trust Andy more in a pivotal Game 3.

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

          Yeah I saw. It depends how everyone’s pitching come the end of the season. If CC, AJ, and Andy are all on a roll, go with long one and skip Joba all together.

          If the season ended today, I’d go with the short series.

  • pat

    Ugh that was so effing lame Redskins.

  • mustang

    I know Mr. Melky Cabrera is not loved around here, but I took a look at his Stat. on ESPN and how he ranks vs other AL and MLB center-fielders a little surprising.

  • http://leegrantphotography.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/madmax.jpg gxpanos

    I didnt see the play, but how was Damon’s thing not an error? I guess because he didnt let go of the ball? Sucks for CC.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Just in case anyone missed it (I did, worked today) Here’s Girardi and Alex losing their shit on Marty Foster.


    Damn, Joe was really, really pissed. Some of his other ejections were a little played up, but not this one. He would not let Foster turn around and let it go. Alex looked ready to punch his lights out as well.

  • TT

    No one phones it in like the rays

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

      If they lose, it’ll officially eliminate them from the AL East race, not that there’s much of a race left. Looking at 11 straight losses.

      • putt

        I loved the completely random “Red Sox knock out the Rays as they stake their claim to the AL East wild card spot” reference from Joe Buck with 2:42 left in the Giants/Skins game. They’re in the middle of analyzing some play, and Buck blurts out with it…maybe it was on the top-ticker. I wish they showed Aikman’s face, you could tell he had no idea where that came from.

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  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Today’s Mets-Phillies game is Exhibit A as to why W-L are grossly overrated in Baseball. Maine started and pitched 3 innings, giving up 1 run. The game ended 5-4 and Maine was charged with the loss.


    Someone please show this to our buddy A-gon.

  • Ellis

    Yankees offense by inning:

    Innings 1-3: .279/.346/.456
    Innings 4-6: .274/.356/.470
    Innings 7-9: .296/.380/.513

    mmm I like this team.