Sep
25

Game 159: Bury them

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The Rays did what they had to do this afternoon. If the Yankees win tonight, the Sox will have official blown their enormous lead and will be tied with Tampa with three games to go. Consider the Yankees a good samaritan, the innocent bystander that jumps in to help. Here’s the lineup…

Eduardo Nunez, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Nick Swisher, RF
Eric Chavez, 3B
Jesus Montero, DH
Chris Dickerson, LF
Austin Romine, C

Ivan Nova, SP

The second game of the doubleheader starts at 6:30pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Kramerica Industries

    Of course the Yankees are innocent bystanders.

    There, by definition, cannot be a “guilty” bystander.

    /Jackie Chiles’d

  • David, Jr.

    It should be comforting for them to have their worst starter going.

  • Kiersten

    This lineup is better than the afternoon lineup and Lackey sucks. Let’s get it done, boys!

  • RRRRRRandy

    Headline at Over the Monster (a Red Sox blog): “Jacboy Ellsbury Plays 1-On-10, Loses”

    At least they have a sense of humor.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I know they’re desperate but this is the second DH in a week that Pedroia and Ellsbury have started both games in. that’s pretty nuts.

    • Kiersten

      They have no choice.

    • Urban

      No rest when a team is fighting for its life.

  • Bronx Byte

    Pour it on !

    If the situation were reversed Boston would find it funny to pour gas on the fire.

    Looking foward to Lackey rolling his eyes.

    • ED

      If the situation was reversed, I think half the posters here would have already participated in a mass suicide.

      • Urban

        You are correct. Can we select which ones?

  • ED

    FINISH THEM!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    I don’t care that this game has little at stake from the Yankees point-of-view.

    This is a big-time chance to stomp on their chowdered-up throats. Kill ‘em!

  • The Big City of Dreams

    No Jorge smh Girardi is at it again

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Seriously, Jorge DH Montero C.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    let’s win this one for the Rays. Then the Rays will sweep the series against us and we’ll just say “awww, that was unfortunate … for the Red Sox” :D

  • mustang

    Yanks beat Sox game 1.
    Rays beat Jays
    Giants beat the Eagles.
    Bills beat Pats.
    If the Jets can win and the Yanks take game 2 it would be a perfect day.

    • mustang

      And if Washington can beat Dallas.

      PERFECT WEEK!!!

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Exactly. Perfect fucking week. Dream team got their asses handed to them.

        • mustang

          Damn right!!!! You can’t buy a championship in football!

    • Bavarian Yankee

      man, a spoiler warning would have been nice. So no need to watch football for me this week :(

  • http://twitter.com/#!/EricDKoch eric

    Pedro would have drilled someone by now if he was still playing for the RS. Would have done it to phych himself/the team up.

  • Dela G

    Loving the Boston collapse…

    • Nuke Ladoosh

      Take a number ;)

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    I know it’s pointless to criticize at this point in the season, but Nunez leading off? The lead-off man is supposed to get on base.

    Ah, well, doesn’t matter anyway.

    • Stuckey

      You’re 100% right.

      About the 1st and 3rd parts I mean.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Let’s go Nova, pad your stats to boost your ROY case.

  • Urban

    This game is starting off poorly for the Yankees.

    Ellsbury led off with a hit first game and just made an out this game. Bad sign.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Wakefield looks like he’s ready to cry

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      They all do. I bet Aceves is killing himself for signing with the Red Sox.

      • Plank

        Yeah, what a fool? All he has to show for it is $650,000.

  • mustang

    9 pitches….LOL

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/486240-arad-markowitz Mantle28

    Lackeys a scrub. Over/Under 7 ER?

  • Tom

    Gotta like the pace Nova’s working at… get the ball, get on the rubber and fire away. (wish more Yankee pitchers worked like that)

  • karel capek

    The new Red Sox nation theme song.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGes7FDmHAM

  • first time lawng time

    Lackey could very well go 8IP 0 ER and put fire into his team and then they get hot just in time for the playoffs, then win the WS on a walkoff HR by Carl Crawford in dramatic, creating one of the most epic narratives of all time.

    Let’s not declare this game a win just yet.

    • Urban

      Let’s not create Tim Burton nightmare scenarios either! : -)

    • FachoinaNYY

      nope

      at least on the 0ER :D

    • tom

      Still calling that?

      • first time lawng time

        Just playing devil’s advocate. =)

  • Karl Krawfid

    lol wow

  • FachoinaNYY

    HAHAHAH WHAT A START!!!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Haha Captain Varitek with a great throw!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    hahahahahha oh my god. just wow.

  • Hummingbird S.

    oh boy, I kinda feel bad… but not really. Should have been a HR!!

  • Finster

    Lmao, man the sox are going down in spectacular fashion.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    The Yankees are setting the tone early!

  • mustang

    LMAO!!!

  • jon

    LOVE IT

  • Leo

    LOL. Wow, that literally sums up this collapse of theirs.

  • Dela G

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha holy shit

    • whozat

      How does a catcher make a two base throwing error on a double?

      Was he trying to catch Tex at third or something?

      • tom

        yes

      • Dela G

        Yep

  • Avi

    I’m actually glad that ball didn’t go out.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Same here, haha.

    • tom

      It’s more painful for the Sox that it didn’t, and the run still scored.

  • Ethan

    HAHAHAHAHA YEAH!!

  • Nuke Ladoosh

    zOMG

  • 28 this year

    Following on Gameday, what just happened?

    • Adam
    • jon

      teix crushed one off the wall

      lolberry throw to tiny then to the captn

      both runs score and teix goes to 3rd on the throw

      the captn then throws it into left field and teix scores

      • 28 this year

        haha, that was my guess, thanks. And +1 to you Adam. I first thought how did someone upload it so quickly and then I clicked it. haha.

      • I Voted for Kodos

        Not only did Tek throw it into right field, it wasn’t even close to the bag.

      • Nuke Ladoosh

        Best description ever.

    • Ethan

      Tex missed a homer by inches. Granderson scored from 3rd. Cano scored from 1st a head of the tag. Tex was going to 3rd and veritek through it into left field allowing Tex to score.

    • 28 this year

      cool, the video highlight was uploaded onto mlb gameday. lolz.

  • I Voted for Kodos

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    I’m laughing so hard right now, I can barely breathe. Just look at those faces.

    • FachoinaNYY

      Oh Happy Days!!!

  • FachoinaNYY

    While normally I love watching the pitch count rise early with the opposing pitcher, with Lackey the longer he can stay in the better I feel.

  • first time lawng time

    I’d just like to point out that Boston fans and media will point out their injuries, but the Yankees havehad their fair share of injures, too.
    Jeter
    Chavez
    Arod
    Hughes
    Colon
    Soriano
    Joba
    Feliciano/Marte
    Cervelli

    Am I forgetting anyone else?

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

      Garcia was on the DL, Swisher wasn’t but he was hurt.

    • Monteroisdinero

      And we kept one of our best hitters down on the farm all year for 13M reasons.

  • Finster

    Will ESPN be off the air after tonights game?

    • Cy Pettitte

      if the Sox miss the playoffs I think they take a day off for a day of mourning

    • mustang

      Yes! Yes Sir it will.

    • Mickey Scheister

      They’ll just ignore the fact the Sox no longer have sole possession of first place and instead of comparing them to the ’27 Yanks they should compare them to the ’27 Sox.

  • ED

    All the Red Sox do is lose, lose, lose, no matter what

    • Alex s

      Got golf in october on their mind they can never get enough

      • LiterallyFigurative

        Whenever their pitchers on the mound, we get to watch the ERA’s go up!

        AND THEY STAY THERE!

  • Rey22

    The Boston LOL Sox

  • first time lawng time

    Imagine how Boston fans must feel right now.

    I remember last September being painful for the Yankees (like 100000000 people left on base, RISP fail, etc.). But Boston’s September this year…ouch!

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      “Imagine how Boston fans must feel right now.”

      Don’t know, don’t care.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Anything you can do we can do better…

    • Rey22

      *Imagines*

      *Laughs*

  • alittleblackegg

    This is turning into one of the most memorable regular-season September stretches ever, right? This is just… just insane. Every game feels insane.

    • flamingo

      Yup. I can’t remember a September being so insane.

  • Urban

    Is it too late to add the 2011 Red Sox to this poll?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    6. 2011 Red Sox

  • FachoinaNYY

    This is honestly the first time I have actually considered the collapse could actually happen. Ive thought all along the Sox would eventually pull it out, but honestly this could happen. This is insane.

    • Cy Pettitte

      same. 2 game lead with 6 left seemed pretty hard to mess up. I’ve completely underestimated their badness.

    • tom

      Yeah, even in the ’78 collapse — which would get my vote in the text poll, for sentimental reasons — the Sox, after going from 7 1/2 games up on Labor Day to 3 1/2 games down, rallied to win their last 8. Here, it feels like they might not win again till April.

    • jon

      agreed

      i always thought it was fun to think about but no way could it actually happen

      if they lose tonight its a crazy sprint to the finish

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Shutdown inning!!!!!!!!!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!!!!!

  • ED

    I love the combination of the Red Sox choking and the Patriots losing this afternoon. Right after that ESPN magazine cover jizzing all over Boston sports teams.

  • FachoinaNYY

    Also if we win tonight, it would theoretically be possible to win 100 games AND have the rays get the WC. Two things that looked equally unlikely a couple weeks ago, and virtually impossible to accomplish at the same time even a couple days ago.

    • FachoinaNYY

      We would have to go 2-1 and the Sox would have to go 0-3, just fyi, but still possible.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    As wrapped up as we are in the Sox-Rays drama, the games that still matter to the Yanks are over. Texas and Detroit both won, leaving Texas 93-66 and Detroit 92-67. So as of today the Yanks will be playing Detroit in the ALDS.

    • 28 this year

      thats still left up to another day or two before we know for sure. Either way, live it up!

  • FachoinaNYY

    Montero barely missed both of those

  • first time lawng time

    What if the Yankees do get swept by TB the last three games? Yeah, that’d help eliminate Boston, but I feel like that might hurt the Yankees going into the playoffs. We don’t want them to be cold.

    • FachoinaNYY

      You absolutely play for your team and your team alone, however that doesnt mean we push our players or stagger large days off, etc.

      • FachoinaNYY

        by “large days off” I meant in terms of having several of the big names out of the lineup every day, ala the first game of our DH today.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I wouldn’t worry too much about that.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Heyzeus.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Montero is fucking strong wow

  • Spectra

    I just got my Boston issue of ESPN The Magazine Yesterday. I almost puked and then jut laughed instead. If the Yankees win the WS I will frame the cover with a poster of the 2011 Yankees.

    • Urban

      I’m not sure if I received it yet, or I just chucked it out as soon as it arrived without even realizing there was a “Boston theme.”

      I think that magazine is useless and I’m forced to get it with my Insider account, and the only reason I have that now is Keith Law. I sent ESPN customer service an email once asking if I could pay more money to never receive the magazine. I got no response.

  • Dela G

    Jesus is fucking awesome

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Baserunning fail. Bleh.

  • radnom

    Wow. Pretty impressive how well Montero was able to turn on that. Nice to see along with all that opposite field power.

  • Nuke Ladoosh

    Who said Jesus was infallible?

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    WTF Jesus?

    • Karl Krawfid

      Great play by Gonzo.

      Got to tip your cap on that one.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Jesus has been turned loose. That was an impressive hit on a pitch way inside. But then he goes and pulls a Posada on the base paths.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Gotta take the good with the bad

    • Jetrer

      how is that pulling a Posada? He did what every baseball player is taught to do, ground ball to the right side, runner on second always goes

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        Ok, it was a great play by Gonzalez.

    • Monteroisdinero

      If he ran from 3rd, that’saPosada!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jesus + Austin doing well makes me very happy.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Varitek and Salty and we are worried about Montero’s D?

    • Urban

      Doesn’t mean we have to sink to their level.

  • radnom

    Romine racking up the opposite field hits.

  • teddy

    damm jesus out at 3rd

  • Karl Krawfid

    Come on Grandy bust it open.

  • Dela G

    Jesus, doubront is warming up? It’s the second fucking inning! Lackey… Man I’m glad burnetts contract ends first. At least we got a ws win with him

  • Finster

    I like to think of Jesus as a mischievous badger.

    Carl Naughten Jr.’d

  • Sheepmeister

    So I saw a tweet earlier saying Jesus was going to be on the postseason roster according to Girardi. Is that worth believing.

    MinorLeagueBlog Top Prospect Alert
    #Yankees Joe Girardi says Jesus Montero will be on the post season roster

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      At this point that should come as no surprise.

    • Monteroisdinero

      “He is our 2nd best hitter and that is why even I know to put him on the roster. He now has his own section in my binder and look-he can also hit righties!”

  • Monteroisdinero

    So far, no holes in Montero’s swing.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    I honestly forgot that JD Drew even existed.

  • Sheepmeister

    Reading this blog and Over the Monster is an interesting dichotomy.

    • Monteroisdinero

      The Good, The Bad and the Lackey?

      • Paulies Favorite Water Cooler

        LOL that is hilarious

  • first time lawng time

    If Boston does manage to completely miss the playoffs, then it has to be brought up more than 2004. I mean, blowing a 9 game lead with 27 games left is more embarrassing than blowing a 3 game lead in a best of 7 series. I’m sure the latter is more probable.

    • FachoinaNYY

      I personally think its close to as memorable, but I don’t know if to me at least it surpasses 2004.

      At least it would take some of the 04 sting away, but not completely thats for sure.

      • ED

        There was baseball played in 2004? Huh…

        • FachoinaNYY

          IETC

  • Chris

    Aww, I really wanted that no-hitter

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Philly fans panicking over the Eagles and Red Sox fans continuing their angst over the collapse feels fucking great.

  • Jayrod

    It’s eerily quiet in Yankee stadium – no music, no PA system, no nothing. Think they’re having technical difficulties.

    • Urban

      Maybe the Yankees are trying to create a dirge-like atmosphere at the Stadium to further depress the Red Sox.

  • your mom

    I hate Scutaro.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Yeah, it’s definitely all Terry Francona’s fault that the Sawx are playing like shit. Definitely not all their injuries and struggling pitching staff.

    • Cy Pettitte

      I blame Epstein more than Francona. The Sox have literally no pitching depth. Look at them compared to the Yankees with Nova, Noesi, Warren, Gordon, etc. They have Wakefield and Weiland.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Casey Kelly would’ve pitched them into the playoffs.

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        The Yankees farm system is clearly superior.

        This team is deep and thick.

  • Urban

    Francona is one of the few members of the Red Sox who I don’t really dislike.

    • Tom

      Wakefield too.

      Pretty much their entire pitching staff is a bunch of a-holes; but it’s hard not to root for Wakefield.

  • flamingo

    SuperNova getting the strikeout when he needs to.

  • Finster

    Heh, half the fans here want Giardi fired and the yankees wrapped up home field. I cant imagine what they would want to do with him if the Yankees collapsed like the Sox are.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Comment from the game coverage on boston.com

    “A DKNY Teddy Bear promotion at the ballpark tonight. They’re handing them out right now. I think they should the soft blue teddy to every Red Sox player on the field.”

    haha

  • Corporate Scum

    I hope we start Betances, Brackman and Proctor against TB. Jorge at 2nd and Mo in CF all three games.

    /hahaha aha (breathe) hahahahaha….

    • LiterallyFigurative

      We should let Mo start a game, then go to center, then get a save, all in the same game.

      Just for the hell of it.

    • James A

      Greg Golson has to start at least one game, he seems like he has a good arm. I’d also give Laffey a start, and maybe let Billy Crystal start a game, we could dump Valdes off the 40 man to give him room

  • Mister Delaware

    Ha. Boston’s gonna need a few more calls like that to climb back into this one.

  • Mickey Scheister

    When will Timmy be fired, he is awful. Call after call.

  • Karl Krawfid

    It’s that time for Swish to suck.

    One of the worst postseason hitters in postseason history.

    • Montero’s Mojo

      I hate acknowledging it, but it’s so true. Teixera ain’t too great either.

      • mbonzo
        • Montero’s Mojo

          Cool . . . one hit. Wait, let me guess, I’m a troll, right? It’s settled then, I’m a troll. Thanks, mbonzo, my life has suddenly found meaning again.

          • mbonzo

            Didn’t even look at your handle until I read this comment. Can’t you just enjoy the homerun and stop freaking out?

            • Montero’s Mojo

              Yeah, cool. I enjoyed it two years ago, when it happened . . . Now it’s back to the bridge I go. Toodles.

      • first time lawng time

        Teixeira is good in the ALDS. Then he’s bad.

        • mbonzo

          Yes, but that homerun was awesome.

    • Mister Delaware

      Brosius has a lower OBP.

    • Corporate Scum

      Yawn.

      /bored by troll.

      • Montero’s Mojo

        Yawn. Enough with this troll horseshit.

        /Bored by banality.

  • mustang

    Just like the Jets to fuck up a good party.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I guess a combination of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio or Mantle would be too obvious an answer.

  • Sheepmeister

    So if the Yanks win tonight, Red Sox nation will have to cheer for the yankees just as much as the red sox. That has to be extra painful.

  • CMP

    Definitely Mattingly.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Nova rapidly approaching beast status with that slider….

  • http://Www.or.ly MeGustaMontero (JM)

    Just tuned in. Come on let’s hold this lead! LETS FINISH THEM OFF! LETS GO!

  • Tom

    Yeah that sub .300OBP guy is really igniting the Red Sox from the #2 spot!

  • CMP

    Too bad Kei Igawa isn’t on the roster. I bet even he could shut down the Red Sux today.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I love how Nova was kind of written off as a 5 inning/start #4 or #5 starter, his development has been amazing.

    • ED

      Indeed. His development has been one of the most enjoyable aspects of the whole season.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      His ceiling has always been said as a number three.

      • Montero’s Mojo

        Two words: Billy. Beane. Sometimes projections are wrong.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Sure but Nova isn’t proving it yet. His FIP is still 4.00

          It’s still good, don’t get me wrong but he didn’t do anything to show that the scouts were wrong…

          • Montero’s Mojo

            Shouldn’t Hughes be in this argument somewhere? . . .

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      It’s that slider. It was a great development for him.

    • Montero’s Mojo

      Never wrote him off. He’s SuperNova. Always been a fan. He just does what he does, no mental fuckery, no hoopla, no havoc . . . He is Ivan Nova, the Professional.

    • FachoinaNYY

      Last year, he legitimately had a problem getting through the lineup multiple times, so it was a concern. Something that he has clearly fixed this year.

      His play really is impressive this year. It really wasn’t a mirage like Hughes’ season last year, he has gotten stronger and stronger as the season has gone on.

  • Jesus Freak

    Poor Pete Abraham. He’s soured on Gonzalez. Just one month ago he was calling Gonzo the best player in baseball, today he’s calling Gonzo the most complacent player in baseball.

    HA!

  • Spectra

    I saw on ESPN an hour ago a comment from a Boston Fan saying NOva is the most overrated rookie ever. If so the most overrated rookie ever is putting down the most overrated team ever.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Robbie! oh my

  • first time lawng time

    They should plunk Ortiz in this game. Just for the hell of it.

  • FachoinaNYY

    “all the hard hit balls are at someone” seems very prophetic at this point… well done so far boys.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    LOL at Cano’s catch in the shift, coupled with Ortiz’s reaction.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Remember those games against the Red Sox earlier in the season where the Yankees were getting BABIP fucked left and right? Now the Red Sox know how it feels.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I always found BABIP complaining to be funny when the Yankees team BABIP is .295

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        Oh look, JobaWockeeZ looked up a stat on fangraphs. Conversation over.

        /Joe Pawlikowski’d

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Still doesn’t change the fact that the team BABIP is good

          • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

            You’re right. It’s confirmation bias.

  • Spectra

    4 innings
    50 pitches
    1 hit

    5-19 in September.
    I seriously cannot stop grinning

    • FachoinaNYY

      If we could win the world series this year, honestly this could be on of the greatest seasons ever.

      Jeter’s memorable 3k – and resurgent season
      Mo’s record
      Posada’s game winner
      Sox collapse
      Montero’s scotching hot debut
      (assuming) WS

      How do you beat a year like that?

      • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

        I feel like this is a bit of ’96.

      • first time lawng time

        Still doesn’t beat 2004.

        /ESPN’d

  • CMP

    Mattingly is gonna be a good manager someday for the Yankees after they get sick of Girardi and his binder.

  • first time lawng time

    LMAO I’m reading commets on the overthemonster blog, and one of them is:
    New York: Not a baseball town. That stadium doesn’t look half full.

    and

    (in reference to Kay and Singleton)yeah, both of these guys are pure haters. Pathetic. They can’t even conceal their hate of the Sox in the guise of being professional.

    and

    I ask again: what the fuck is so great about Ivan Nova? Every time I see him pitch, he’s lights out. The numbers don’t seem to add up.

    The Nation seems a little testy today. hahahaha

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      they’re Red Sox fans, you can’t hold them to a very high standard…

    • Mister Delaware

      I should really switch shirtseys from Bart Scott to someone on the Yankees before I go for a walk. People can’t even revel in the Patriots today.

  • Urban

    BTW I’ve read nothing about Matt Kemp and the Triple Crown. As of yesterday, he was tied in HRs, leading in RBIs, and was only five, or maybe six, points off in leading in BA. That’s damn close and is doable.

    • Nuke Ladoosh

      When did LA become a small media market?

    • Plank

      5 points of BA after 159 is doable, but not close. It would take a miracle.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Montero’s ABs just keep getting better

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    Honestly, Red Sox > Red Sox fans

    • FachoinaNYY

      Never thought about it like this but year, I do hate lots of the players, but the fans are unbearable. Though I would put Pedoroia on the same level as the fans now that I further think about it.

    • FachoinaNYY

      Never thought about it like this but yeah, I do hate lots of the players, but the fans are unbearable. Though I would put Pedoroia on the same level as the fans now that I further think about it.

    • Ethan

      Papelbon is worse than the RS fans

      • FachoinaNYY

        He him too.

        yeah, fuck the players too, its amazing how many douche bags can be assembled on one 25 man roster and coaching staff

  • bonestock94

    Fine, let them get the L sooner.

  • Mister Delaware

    Might have gotten that one right. My slo-mo is inconclusive.

  • first time lawng time

    Lackey’s actually pitching well. Didn’t see that one coming.

    • http://Www.or.ly MeGustaMontero (JM)

      3 R in 4 IP =\= pitching well. Were all the runs earned? If not, I’m wrong, you’re right.

    • Montero’s Mojo

      Doesn’t he always seem to pitch well against the Yankees? I could be confused, but it often seems like he gets blown up by every other team except our own.

      • first time lawng time

        Yes. I’ve noticed that, too. I looked up the stats and in his to starts his year prior to this one:
        5 IP 6ER
        6 IP 3 ER
        7 IP 4 ER

        So not good, but not his usual terrible self.

        • Montero’s Mojo

          Yeah, exactly, he has an ability to keep his team in the game when playing the Yankees. There’s a lot to be said for that. He’s certainly found a bit of a groove in this one.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Some good plate discipline by Montero. Not chasing the low and away slider/curves.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Swish is fucking horrible.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      That was not an easy play

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

      The hard hit ball off the wall is the outfielder’s fault?

    • Jetrer

      and you’re a fucking idiot

    • Hummingbird S.

      No, he is not. But that was pretty bad.

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

    Wow, how did that stay in the park?

    • Monteroisdinero

      How did it not land in Swisher’s glove? He was more interested in climbing the wall then following the trajectory of the ball. Frustrating.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        I don’t think Golson makes that play…

        • Monteroisdinero

          I knew that was coming. Take my word for it. He would have.

          • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

            Swisher adds more runs with his offense than Golson does with his defense. Can we please put this to rest? Swisher overall >>>>>>>> Golson overall.

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

              This isn’t even an argument. Swisher adds more with his offense than Gardner does with his defense.

            • Monteroisdinero

              I didn’t bring up Golson. You did. See above.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Awful Swish.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    What the fuck was that Swish? Totally misread where that ball was going to land.

  • Mickey Scheister

    NOOOOOOO!

    • Mickey Scheister

      VVVVVVVVVVVA!!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    Comon Nova, get it together.

  • Karl Krawfid

    If he runs to the wall he probably catches it.

    Instead he turns a double into a triple trying to climb the wall.

    • Monteroisdinero

      This. But don’t insult Swisher’s D here. Dangerous and touchy subject with the locals.

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

        It’s only a touchy subject when people refuse to acknowledge that he’s better than awful.

        • Monteroisdinero

          Big compliment. He is better than awful. He is an average fielder with a crappy arm.

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

            You, after the play:

            Monteroisdinero says:
            September 25, 2011 at 7:43 pm

            Awful Swish.

            • Monteroisdinero

              Oh please Mike. It was an awful play. Love being cross-examined for heat of the moment baseball comments.

      • Jetrer

        he really didn’t have time to just run to the wall and stop, his options were 1)run hard to the wall and leap to stop his momentum and try to make the catch, 2) try to catch the ball while crashing into the wall without leaping, or 3) concede the double
        It was a catchable ball, but it certainly wasn’t an easy play or a horrible effort by Swish, he just mistimed it in his haste

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

    Yikes, can’t put Varitek on base. Especially without forcing him to swing the bat.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Don’t go AJ Burnett on us, Nova.

  • Hummingbird S.

    can’t have that from our #2 starter. Terrible pitch, gotta get Varitek out.

    • alittleblackegg

      He has given up one run and three hits in 5 innings today. Just sayin’.

      • Jetrer

        apparently #2 starters never miss location with a pitch

  • Rich in NJ

    WTG, Nova.

  • Finster

    That was a tough play, but Swish should have had it, almost hit him in the face.

  • FachoinaNYY

    Can Scott Proctor start all three games vs. the Rays?

    That way we will always be facing such an early deficit that not even our offense will be able to make it up.

    • Joe Torre

      Why the heck not?

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Now it’s time for them to get some insurance.

    But will the Yankees go with Allstate or Progressive?

    • Jesus Freak

      Gecco

  • Jimmy McNulty

    I still can’t believe they didn’t get any runs in the third. Put these fucks to rest.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Quite a few atom balls tonight.

  • first time lawng time

    It’s John freaking Lackey. Tack on some runs, please.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    How was that a swing?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Brackman to start tomorrow!!

    not happening’d

  • CMP

    I’d like to see them give Noesi, Brackman, Betances and Kontos all 2 innings tomorrow.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Lol it’s John Lackey.

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

    Oof, he juuust missed that.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    FUCK

    I want more runs against Lackey.

  • Cy Pettitte

    damn, porch needs to be made shorter for the bottom of the innings.

  • Hummingbird S.

    offense must be bored, making Lackey look like a ML pitcher

    • Montero’s Mojo

      The Yankees always make Lackey look like a ML pitcher.

  • http://Www.or.ly MeGustaMontero (JM)

    FTLT was right, why can’t we hit Lackey?

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

      39 baserunners and 17 runs in 23 IP against him this year.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Well why not tonight?!?!?!?!?!

        I seriously wanted to hang him with a seven ERA by the end of the night.

    • Jesus Freak

      Meh. it’s the 2nd game of a double header.

      • Montero’s Mojo

        Tell that to Ellsbury, Crawford, Gonzalez, Pedroia, and Ortiz . . . They’re just playing, doubleheader or not.

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

          Um, slightly different situation for the two teams.

          • Montero’s Mojo

            Actually, considering that the Yankees can essentially control who they want in the playoffs, it’s a lot more similar than you give it credit. Should both AL East teams make it to the ALCS, who would the Yankees rather face? Rays or Red Sox? If they don’t have a preference, then so be it, but if they rather face the Rays then full fire power should’ve been utilized tonight, while tomorrow and the next couple of games may’ve been used to rest regulars. We’re both fighting here. Sox for a spot and Yankees for strategy. So, yeah, um, I stand by my point.

  • Montero’s Mojo

    Ok. No more MVP for Granderson. I’d give it to Cano or Ellsbury. No Verlander.

    • Tom

      Bautista.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        This.

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

      Cano over Granderson? No argument for that other than AVG and K.

      • Montero’s Mojo

        Extra Base Hits, no? I just think this team is nowhere as good as it is now without Cano in the everyday lineup. You remove Cano and you remove the possibility of a World Series title. I believe Cano to be the X-Factor, not Curtis.

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

          The difference is three extra base hits.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    These ten minute Royal Caribbean commercials are horrible, they’re basically trying to get you to watch a commercial for their cruise by enticing you with a plot.

  • Urban

    Allowing Red Sox to creep back into this game. Everyone lulled to sleep, Yankee fans and hitters alike.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Crawford gets a hit and Granderson doesn’t…

    WTF?!?!

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Pedroia would have made that play. And he would have made it look really hard too.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      It would have been over his head.

  • Sheepmeister

    Was about to start freaking out about Nova and the game. then I realized the Yankees have home field throughout AL playoffs and don’t need to win this game, it would just be nice and relaxed.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fastball command is going bye bye for Nova.

  • Montero’s Mojo

    This inning right here will decide whether or not the Red Sox make it to the playoffs this year.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      No it won’t.

      • Montero’s Mojo

        Mark my words. Mark ‘em good.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          So are they in?

          • Montero’s Mojo

            Inning’s not over, honey.

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

      Oooo, that’s a fun narrative.

  • first time lawng time

    This is nauseating. Don’t put life back into them.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Nova is imploding..

  • Jimmy McNulty

    What the fuck? End this shit you assholes.

  • http://Www.or.ly MeGustaMontero (JM)

    I’m starting to sweat a little, I REALLY want to beat Boston this game.

  • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

    Kevin?

  • Bronx Byte

    Can’t let these clown get back in the game.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Ivan Nova must feel very sorry for the Red Sox.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Nova just can’t locate his pitches.. command has been bad

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Bring in Burnett.

  • first time lawng time

    Everyone needs to chill out. Seriously, no matter what happens, it’s not a big deal. Especially, because even if the Yankees win this game, there’s no guarantee they’ll lie down and roll over for the Rays.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Have to be kidding me.

  • Cy Pettitte

    just ew, Robbie.

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

    Very MVP-like by Cano. Really X-factor-ish.

    • Tom

      I laughed!

    • Montero’s Mojo

      You’re a bit of a sourpuss, aren’t you?

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        That was a tailor-made double play ball. Very frustrating.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Gold glove play right there. At least they got one out……

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Come on Yankees, don’t turn into the Red Sox

  • Cy Pettitte

    Papi roid rage

  • Karl Krawfid

    Thank Cano!

  • Cy Pettitte

    holy Teix. how did he even do that

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    I thought Tex was useless…

  • FachoinaNYY

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    ahahahahahahha PEDROIA lololol

  • Tom

    Scrappy!

  • http://Www.or.ly MeGustaMontero (JM)

    Phew…

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

    Wow, lucky.

  • Karl Krawfid

    lmao red sox fail

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Laser show!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Not gritty enough.

  • first time lawng time

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Now score some runs.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    LOL! That little elf tried to frolic home.

  • Erica

    WHAT A HOP!

  • jon

    sooo

    does jesus make that play?

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    That Yankees caught a HUGGGGGGE break there.

  • Finster

    LOL, nothing goes right for the sox. Btw, is Rick “wild thing” Vaughn on the mound?

  • Rey22

    Leprechaun leap!

  • Jesus Freak

    what a gritty leap.

  • FachoinaNYY

    Could you imagine if he would have made that play with a jump over a catcher?

    ESPN would have blown him for months.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      they will anyways

  • teddy

    did cano boot a double play

    • FachoinaNYY

      Yeah pretty much

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    alright…let’s start hitting this good lookin’ lackey guy…

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Austin Romine: True Yankee

  • Tom

    Well ESPN has their headline if the Red Sox lose… Sox get unlucky…

    • Tyrion Lannister

      Yanks resort to luck to beat dominant Lackey

  • Hummingbird S.

    offense is already on vacations

  • teddy

    yanks offense hasn’t had a hit off lackey since the 2nd inning, is pathetic

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      It really is.

      • http://Www.or.ly MeGustaMontero (JM)

        It’s just so frustrating seeing every team tee off on him yet the Yankees get shut down for most of the game…

  • Karl Krawfid

    I guess the Yankees don’t want to score anymore runs.

    • Montero’s Mojo

      What’s EXTREMELY frustrating is the pitch count . . . He can throw 2 more innings easily.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Cy Lackey

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Romine made a great play…but I still wish we could see Montero behind the plate. We’ve gotta figure out whether or not he is competent enough to catch a playoff game if it comes down to it.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fucking embarrassing.

    All of our left hand hitters getting embarrassed inside.

    One of them should man up and cheat on the inside pitch like Ortiz.

  • Finster

    What ever happens, Lackey came up big for the Sox. Veritek’s stupid throw to third, could keept hem out of the playoffs.

  • Jesus Freak

    From Peter Gammons:

    Watching #Redsox heroically cling to wild care lead w/handful of games left reminds me of another great team, 27 Yankees.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      No way. That has to be a joke.

    • jon

      the 1927 yankees had 19 more wins their the 2nd place team….

    • Montero’s Mojo

      You’re kidding, right? He didn’t actually say that . . .

      • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

        Probably his fake account. Or, I really hope it is.

  • Cy Pettitte

    might be time to get Nova.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Lowrie-Yankee killer

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      also a nerd

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    I was about to post a comment about how I didn’t like that Nova was still out there, pitch count be damned. And there he goes and gives up a leadoff double.

  • Hummingbird S.

    get the BP going.. Nova can only hit the middle of the zone

  • teddy

    hey a hit , nova gotta blow the lead

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

    Infield in? Really?

  • Sheepmeister

    do we see soriano and mo if nova gets out of this.

  • Cy Pettitte

    god dammit I hate Marco Scutaro.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Girardi fail, should have pulled Nova before the beginning of the 7th

    • jon

      agreed

  • Tyrion Lannister

    If we lose this ballgame the Sox will make the playoffs. The Bears didn’t finish off the Packers in last year’s regular season and it came back to haunt them. We need to finish off the Sox.

    • Greg

      Remember, Sox lost 3 of 4 to Baltimore.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    That’s Swisher’s fault in some way, shape or form.

  • Jetrer

    ummm, why is Nova still pitching

  • Erica

    Uuuuugggggggghhhhhh

  • FachoinaNYY

    well shit.

  • pat

    Ugh, gettin the ground balls they’re just finding holes.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    geeshis christ, Joe…

  • TomH

    Far too many good hitters on the Sox. It’s much better for the Yanks if Tampa passes them.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Couldn’t agree more. As gratifying as it’s been to watch Boston self-destruct, we’ve gotta remember that they were the best team in the league for the majority of the summer.

      I’d strongly prefer not to play them in a 7 game series.

  • Cy Pettitte

    left nova in way too long

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

    You can’t let JASON VARITEK beat you.

  • Finster

    Nova is throwing up some meatballs. Suprised Joe is leaving him in. He really shouldnt have even come out for the 7th. Lol, gave up another hit while I was typing

  • Rick

    Not to make a bigger deal of this than it needs to be, but maybe Joe is second-guessing burning Robertson this afternoon now?

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

      Nah, they were a homer away from making it a one-run game when Robertson came in.

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

        With a guy that had hit two homers in the game at the plate.

        • Rick

          I don’t think that’s right, Mike. I think there was only one on with two outs. Just checking the box score, he would have gotten a save if he’d entered with the tying run on deck. He didn’t get one, so that is consistent with the way I remember it (or it could just be a typo or something).

          Either way, you didn’t need to give him the ninth (though I guess you probably wouldn’t use him in the nightcap even if he only worked to one batter)

      • Matt

        No they weren’t, it was 6-2 with 1 runner on base.

        It was a good move to take Burnett out, but you didn’t have to go straight to Robertson at that point. 4 of the next 5 batters were lefties, and the tying run was sitting in the dugout. You could have brought in Boone Logan there instead, and let him finish off the game against Crawford, Ortiz, and Gonzalez.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    NOW he takes out Nova.

  • Hummingbird S.

    This is our #2 starter. Playoffs are gonna be a fun ride. Also, heckuva job by Girardi (not really)

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    They left Nova out there waaay too long.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Exactly. I don’t know what Girardi was thinking. Good thing this game doesn’t count.

  • Matt

    It doesn’t matter that the Yankees have already wrapped everything up.

    Tonight is a huge opportunity to potentially keep the Red Sox out of the playoffs, a team that you know can turn it on at any moment unless you finish them off right here.

    It sickens me to hear people say that Lackey “came up big” tonight. No he didn’t. Look at the pitches he is getting hitters out with. Cutters at 86 mph belt high on the inner half. Fastballs right down the middle. Pathetic.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Never lost a game when he had the lead!

    Defense failed him though.

  • Sarah

    The hell? Did the offense take a nap after the first? (I was eating dinner.)

  • Monteroisdinero

    Time for a walkoff win.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    What. The. Fuck.

    WHY THE FUCK DID YOU LEAVE NOVA IN YOU FUCKING SHITBIRD

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    what the hell…i know they yanks aren’t playing for antying but damnit…I don’t want the sox in for the sheer reason that they can be trouble. Lester and Beckett can be a formidable 1-2 with plenty of post season experience and that lineup can hit.

    you simply can not leave anything up to the Orioles…

  • Mickey Scheister

    It was all good just an inning ago…Where’s the love, in the heart of city?

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Well it looks like the MSM will get that Boston/Philly WS they were all looking forward too.

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    Honestly, my caring level is still about a 3 out of 10, and that’s the highest it’s been all week.

  • Kramerica Industries

    For a meaningless game, this has fucking sucked.

    Only four hits against fucking Shellackey is pathetic in every possible way.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    This falls squarely on Girardi. Wade or Logan could have been used in the 7th. Or even Soriano once Nova gave up the double. But Joe was saving Soriano for the 8th like an idiot. Now he has Wade warming.

  • Finster

    Pretty unimpressive game by the Yankees. Cant really blame em though. Everything wrapped up and second game of a double header.

  • http://Www.or.ly MeGustaMontero (JM)

    This is depressing… I shouldnt have expected Boston to collapse…

    • Montero’s Mojo

      I’ve still had faith in them all along, which is why I value winning this game so much. They’re still entirely suited to win it all. I don’t have a doubt about it. We need to murder them while we still can because you never know what you’re going to get out of the Orioles.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Boone got Ellsbury out! wow.

  • Karl Krawfid

    I want these Sox dead.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Now score some fucking runs.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Boone, you did good.

  • Greg

    Frankly I dont care. The lead will be one game. The Sox lost 3 of 4 to Baltimore so losing in Camden Yards

  • Mister Delaware

    Talk about not doing your one job right …

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

      Yeah no kidding. Gathright is back for MLB for one reason, and what just happened is the exact opposite of that one reason.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    That’s the Boone Logan we’ll need to see in the playoffs.

    • Sarah

      Yes. Let’s hope he sticks around.

  • Avi

    AROD’S gotta pinch hit for Chavez here right?

  • FachoinaNYY

    It will be so much more crushing if the Yanks can win this game now.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Lackey is gonna throw a shutdown inning. Just watch.

    /hoping I’m wrong

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I bet they go to Aceves

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        I was wrong…

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          Technically you were right.

        • Montero’s Mojo

          No, you just ejaculated prematurely.

  • FachoinaNYY

    No worries people Montero is coming up second this inning, all will be rectified by then.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Knowing Girardi he’ll try harder to win the next 3 games than he did this one tonight.

    • Mister Delaware

      I wish I knew Girardi like you!

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    Anyone complaining about this game as though it is somehow indicative of a larger problem is really shortsighted.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      i think all yankee fans are still spooked by 2004..i know I am. I want them out of the playoffs. there is no reason to give them even a glimmer of hope here…

      • Karl Krawfid

        The hell is wrong with you?

        I just want us to smash the fucking Red Sox.

    • Mister Delaware

      Or is just a big fucking dummy.

    • Matt

      Anyone who thinks this game matters so little that it only registers as a “3 out of 10″ is really shortsighted.

      • Montero’s Mojo

        Even though I cannot tolerate those who do the whole “+1″ shit . . . I am going to give you the dreaded + 1,000,000 . . . . I don’t want these cockgobblers in the playoffs. Every Sox loss helps that cause. And, as Foghorn Leghorn once said, I’m “still spooked by 2004.”

      • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

        What’s so important about this game? It’s obviously important for the Red Sox, but who cares about them? We can beat anyone in the playoffs.

        • Matt

          Umm, Boston is still the 2nd best team in the AL. Have you forgotten their record from May-August? They are an incredibly dangerous team, and they can turn it on at any moment if you let them in.

          If you beat Boston while they are down, you can potentially take the next best team in the league out of the playoffs. That is huge. Texas and Detroit are no slouches, but Boston is better than both. Most of the games between the Yankees and Red Sox this year have been very tight.

          The game doesn’t have an impact immediately, but it can have a huge impact if you end up letting them in and have to face them in a championship series. Knocking out the next best team might make the road a bit easier.

          • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

            I agree Boston is a very good team, but at this point I hardly give a damn whether we beat them here or in the playoffs.

            It’s not like we’re going to go out of our way to do this.

    • TomH

      If there is a “larger problem” it’s this: that the Yankees had a chance to drive a stake into the Sox heart and MAY (game ain’t over) have allowed them to evade it. The point being that the Sox are very dangerous, in a way that LAA and Tampa are not.

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

        Every team is dangerous in the playoffs. The only way this game matters to the Yankees is if someone gets hurt. They did what they had to do.

      • Sheepmeister

        in playoffs, everyone is dangerous. Anything can happen in 5 or 7 games. Ask the two teams with the best record in the league last year. Philly lost to SF and TB lost in ALDS to the rangers. There will be no cake walk to the championship.

      • Mister Delaware

        Putting them in a tie isn’t driving a stake in their heart. Its hitting a seasonal reset button with Tampa facing us and Boston facing Baltimore. Even with a loss tonight, Boston is in a slightly better position.

  • Avi

    where’s ARod??

  • Cy Pettitte

    I smell a come back.

  • Cy Pettitte

    If Ace coughs it up it will be even better.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Jesus 2 run bomb here

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Girardi is gonna call for Montero to bunt Gardner over. Power bunting over speed, Girardi baseball.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Atta boy Lackey. Way to be a good teammate.

    • Mister Delaware

      “Why don’t you [mouth breath] shut your fucking [mouth breath] face.” – Gorgeous John Lackey

  • teddy

    varitek getting hurts, hurts ny running game

  • Finster

    Lol, lackey has some balls to be pissed at being taken out. Tito would have been fired right after the game if he left him out there for another batter.

  • Karl Krawfid

    lol that was great

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

    It’s alright, the embedded Yankee is pitching. Agent 91.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Gritty, gutty Brett Gardner.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Gardner new career high in SB.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Saltalolmaccia

  • tom

    I have to say, I really can’t believe what I’m reading here. The Yankees have clinched the AL’s best record, are a time zone ahead of the Red Sox, are cruising into the playoffs…and now they fall one run behind in the 7th inning, and everybody’s ready to bridge-jump? What are you all, 12 years old?

    • Mister Delaware

      Even a 12 year old remembers 2009. Its really, really stupid. Girardi could pull the team off the field right now and forfeit and it wouldn’t matter a bit.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      All of what you’re saying is 100% true, but losing to the Red Sox always sucks. You’re not going to disagree with that are you?

      • Mister Delaware

        Losing to other baseball teams in the playoffs sucks.

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          Point taken.

  • Sarah

    Gardy needs 2 more for 50.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Good ab by Montero. Not chasing bad pitches. Me gusta mucho.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    C’mon C-Dick, get a sac fly.

  • teddy

    come on a sac fly please

  • Jetrer

    PH

  • Cy Pettitte

    kinda surprised at no PH

    • Sarah

      Me too. But I guess it worked out ok.

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

    Squeeze just to fuck with them.

  • MikeD

    Aceves can throw 95?

  • Mister Delaware

    C-Dick comes through.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Dickerson gets it done!!!

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Nice job by Cockerson.

    • Montero’s Mojo

      I though it was Penison?

  • FachoinaNYY

    Where did this scrappiness come from?!

    Hahah love Lackey’s reaction.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Gritty Peedy relay. Lol.

    • Tom

      Damn, beat me to it!

      • Monteroisdinero

        Great minds think alike. So pathetic-I mean gritty to throw Gardy out on a relay tagup from 3rd base.

  • Tom

    That was a gritty relay by Pedroia….

    Not many players make that useless throw home.

    • FachoinaNYY

      I saw that too – It reminds me of his little hop, stupid and pointless… man I hate that guy.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Yay C-Dick!!

  • teddy

    nice job

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Well done, C-Dick, well done. Now it SoRo (and if necessary) Mo time.

    • Jetrer

      no Ro

    • Sarah

      No Ro. I’m sure Joe won’t use him tonight after he went 4 outs this afternoon.

    • MikeD

      Kind of surprised he didn’t pinch hit at first, but it seems pretty clear that Girardi wants to get a more in-depth look at him for consideration on the postseason roster.

  • Mister Delaware

    Please tell me atleast one other person here is watching the NESN feed. After the run scores, they cut to Lackey and this was the sequence …

    Close eyes –> Shake head –> Pick nose –> Put head in hands

    • first time lawng time

      Hahahahahaha I literally LOL’d at that mental image.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Now bring in Soriano and Mo to shut them down for 2 more innings. We can score another off Acevez or Bard.

  • Finster

    Has there been a Buenlos sighting since he was called up, like even warming up in the pen during some of those blow outs? Or did he pitch as many innings as they were going to allow in the minors?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      He wasn’t called up

    • JobaWockeeZ

      He’s not on the 40 man. He’s been invited to work out and practice with the team but that’s it. But he wouldn’t pitch even if he was on because he hit his limit.

      • Finster

        Ahh, thought he was one of the guys on the 40. Didnt realize he was just hanging out with the team.

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

      Banuelos hasn’t been activated, he’s just with the team working out. Not on the roster.

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    Good job, Aceves.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Walkoff pie is gonna be awesome.

    • Mister Delaware

      What would be even better is a zero celebration walkoff.

  • TomH

    Who’s televising the post-season? Is it FOX? If so another reason for trying to finish Boston. If they get to the post-season, we’ll only hear about their courage, never-say-die spirit, etc. I would rather listen to Sterling and sweet Su, if it weren’t for the delay between the two media

    • Tyrion Lannister

      TBS does division series and NLCS. Fox does ALCS and WS.

  • MikeD

    Crawford sucks against everyone else, but still seems to like facing the Yankees.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      It’s extremely annoying.

  • Karl Krawfid

    More 0-2 fastballs to this scrub.

    Jesus man. Switch it up every once and a while.

  • Cy Pettitte

    0-2 hit to Crawford is just sad

  • Erica

    ROMINE

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

    Wow, Austin. Wow.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Hell yes, Romine!

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Hey Boston- Our fastest runner is faster than yours and our backup catcher is better than yours.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I think I could be a better catcher than Varitek.

      • SevenAces

        That wooden box sitting in the back alley soaked in rain water filled with rat feces is probably a better catcher than Varitek.

        • Montero’s Mojo

          You’re giving ‘Tek too much credit. There’s a great deal of value in a box of that condition.

          • SevenAces

            I think if we took an old fridge and painted a large “C” on the door, everyone would mistaken it for Varitek.

    • Montero’s Mojo

      Our backup (Cervelli) backup (Jorge) backup (Montero) backup (Romine) backup is better than their backup. Might as well throw Sanchez or whatever his name into the mix as well.

    • Sarah

      Awesome.

      Also, our #1 prospect is better than yours.

    • Montero’s Mojo

      Our backup (Cervelli) backup (Jorge) backup (Montero) backup (Romine) is better than their backup. Might as well throw Sanchez or whatever his name into the mix as well.

  • Mister Delaware

    If he weren’t playing in Boston, I’d feel really bad for Crawford by this point.

    • ArchStanton

      Not to mention he’s been a baby- he told a reporter to talk to the
      “Captain” the other day instead of interviewing him.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Tony Pena work man.

    Never fails.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Romine! what a fucking throw

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Bang-bang. Awesome.

  • Erica

    Actually let me correct that- THROWMINE.

    I need sleep. THAT WAS AWESOME THOUGH.

    • Mister Delaware

      I’m 100% on board with that nickname until further notice.

      • Erica

        Sweet!

        Thro-mine, maybe? Throwmine. Thromine.

  • Mister Delaware

    Great hustle, Papi. You’re a true gamer.

  • Chris

    The first rule of Austin Romine is you don’t run on Austin Romine.
    The second rule of Austin Romine is you DON’T run on Austin Romine.

  • mustang

    Why Is Romine back there?

    ARM!!!

    any more questions

  • Tom

    No Bard… interesting.

  • Mister Delaware

    If backswing:swing ratio were a positive statistic, Nunez would be one of the best players in baseball.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    I’d love to see Ace and Bard fuck this up

  • Montero’s Mojo

    Would love for Grandy to do something here. In fact, I demand it.

    • Montero’s Mojo

      That insolent bastard . . .

  • Grit for Brains

    If Lavarnway is so good why doesn’t he play?

    • Cy Pettitte

      keeping him fresh for the playoffs? lol

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

      They really don’t have anywhere to play him. Can’t catch, not going to DH with Ortiz.

  • first time lawng time

    Let’s be real. The Yankees suck against other teams’ bullpens and they’re relievers suck in extra innings. They’re not winning this one, folks.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat
      • first time lawng time

        That’s one game.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          Against the same team and pitchers we are facing now. Also the whole RS pen has been shit in september.

        • Montero’s Mojo

          One game, one at-bat, one pitch . . . that’s apparently all you need around here to make a point. I’d link a comment if I knew how.

    • Montero’s Mojo

      Haha. That’s usually my theory. It’s also true. I’m a genius? Why thank you, I already knew that.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

      Well, we could examine this logically. But I’m tired. Fuck the Yankees, amiright?

      • Montero’s Mojo

        Wow, how condescending of you. I prefer my Yankees ripe, tight, and virginal, thank you very much.

  • Sarah

    I would like for Cano to do something awesome here.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    You fucking asswipe Cano.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Cano you suck.

  • Cy Pettitte

    well that just guarantees that there will be pie

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Jesus is getting pie tonight.

  • Sarah

    I’m scared of extra innings, so let’s walk off in the 9th, ok boys?

  • Mickey Scheister

    Red Sox, we ain’t looking at you…we looking past you.

  • ED

    When was the Yanks last walk-off win? It feels like forever ago, but I could be wrong. Regardless, it’s a good night for some pie!

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

      I think it was June.

      • Sarah

        Against Texas, wasn’t it?

    • Sheepmeister

      Was at the last one, Gardy walk off against Texas in 12 innings. One of the better games this year (no milestones) IMO.

      • Sarah

        Agreed.

        Would be nice to replicate that tonight, only in 9, not 12.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Let’s see if this is the other Mo that only shows up during non save appearances.

    • Montero’s Mojo

      Mo in non-save sitches and Mo against the Red Sox – These are the Mos that make me Mos’ nervous.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Thanks Boston.

  • Mike Lynch

    Mo is a very old man.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Oh great.

    Scutaro.

    NOOO!

  • Cy Pettitte

    OF COURSE Scutaro comes up here.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    I can’t believe I’m worried about Marco Scutaro.

    • Mister Delaware

      I can’t believe I’m worried about Marco Scutaro.

      • Tom

        +1

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

    Heh, just IBB Scutaro.

    • Sarah

      Are you in Joe’s head?

    • http://deleted Total Dominication

      they’re listening

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Of course it’s Scutaro.

  • Mickey Scheister

    ZOMG…it’s Lars Anderson! Future hall of famer.

  • Cy Pettitte

    IBB Scutaro lolololololol that’s so Girardi

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

    Hah, they are walking him.

  • Sheepmeister

    umm…coaching visit to the mound when Mo is pitching. I demand an explanation.

  • Tom

    Never was a huge fan of the pinch runner in a tie game with a guy on 1st (especially if it’s a guy like Lars Anderson who isn’t all that fast and isn’t going to steal a base)

    I get doing it when you get the guy to 2nd, but if the bunt fails (or they get a force), you’ve taken out one of your better runners/hitters for minimal gain.

  • Dela G

    I don’t care if he owns mo, why would you walk scutaro?

    • Greg

      .294 with a homer agaisnt Rivera.

      • Dela G

        Eh, they never IBBd bonds when he was facing mo

  • Mister Delaware

    Rivera : Scutaro :: Pedro : Enrique minus an 8 figure deal

  • Mister Delaware

    Strike 4!

  • Cy Pettitte

    hahahahha Mo is so good. love it.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Nasty bro

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Pie time!!

    • Montero’s Mojo

      It’s been far too long. Hopefully the baker’s been busy tonight as I am craving a nice, warm slice of STFU Boston.

    • MikeD

      Hopefully AJ’s arm up for it after pitching the first game.

  • Mike Lynch

    Maybe they could’ve gotten Scutaro out, but Mariano is too old.

  • TomH

    Bullpen advantage may now pass to Boston.

    • Greg

      No I think its even.

      • Mister Delaware

        They still have Papelbon, its definitely with them.

        • Greg

          Papelbon struggled against the O’s in his last outing.

          • Mister Delaware

            Rivera has still be considered awesome after his off games.

          • Mister Delaware

            (been)

  • Tom

    Posada pinch hit walkoff HR?

    (Montero’s up 4th and you know Girardi is thinking it)

    • Monteroisdinero

      Cannot pinch hit for Jesus.

  • CBean

    Pie please

  • Montero’s Mojo

    C’mon Tex. Don’t make me hate you more than I already do.

  • MikeD

    I don’t like what the Yankees will be bringing in after this inning. Win now.

  • Tom

    Please tell me how Corey Wade in not the next guy in?

    F’n Girradi and his slave to platoons

    • Mister Delaware

      Wade could probably use the rest before GAMES THAT FUCKING MATTER.

      • Tom

        Wade’s pitched once since Sept 21st… (and threw 5 pitches in the outing)

        Nice narrative though…

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

          That was like, four days ago.

      • Tom

        So Posada is playing 1st if this game goes extras?

        Or Swisher at 1st, Golson in RF?

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

      They’re trying to figure out if Valdes will be of any possible use.

  • Mister Delaware

    How the fuck is Aviles not headlong to get there?

  • RaeGun

    Jesus with the walk off.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Make Bard throw a tone of pitches

    we must break him.

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

    Nice at-bat here.

  • Mike Lynch

    Maybe the yankees need a closer that isnt 600000 years old

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

      Mariano could fart dust for all I care. He’s still better than everyone else.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      I bet Mariano would still make a great closer even at 600,000 years young.

  • Jetrer

    nice AB Tex

  • Mister Delaware

    GOLSON FUCKING TIME!!!

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

      Look, Golson is a handsome guy, but I’m just not into that. I am flattered, though.

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

    Very nice, Tex.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Niiiiice

  • flamingo

    Tex had a great at bat.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    PR Golson

  • Monteroisdinero

    Goalie for the win. He scored last time he pinch ran.

  • Montero’s Mojo

    Pinch Runner, not sure how I feel about this when defense is suddenly so valuable in extra innings.

    • Mister Delaware

      Golson to the OF, Swish to 1B. Not that much lost if anything.

    • Jetrer

      Joe wants to avoid extras
      Going all out to win it now

      • Montero’s Mojo

        I know. It’s just that with our luck against relievers and extra innings . . . Just hoping that it works out now so I don’t have to be bummed out later.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Pie, plz

  • Tom

    Unbelievable that ESPN’s shot on the MLB page right now is captioned “Leaping Back In” with a shot of Pedroia leaping at home.

    • TomH

      Makes perfect sense they would. You can see the story-line shaping up if the Sox get the W.C.

    • Mister Delaware

      They should superimpose Brackman into the frame, still taller than Pedroia’s leap made him.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      They DO know that he was out on that play right? RIGHT???

  • Monteroisdinero

    A tragedy by the Bard?

    • Montero’s Mojo

      Hahaha, that’s a good one. But I’d prefer a comedy.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Run!

  • Monteroisdinero

    Way to stay out of the gidp. Good job Joe.

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

    Grumble grumble, too bad he didn’t steal earlier. Oh well.

  • Mister Delaware

    Steal of 3B would be pretty awesome here if Gardner weren’t so lefty.

  • TomH

    Hard to believe Gardy can do anything against Bard.

  • MikeD

    Be agressive. Go for third. Nothing really to lose, something to gain.

  • Mister Delaware

    I have to go to the bathroom really bad. Speed sure can slow down the game HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

    • MikeD

      Okay, Mr. Baldwin.

      • Mister Delaware

        Yeah, that was creeping into play. Saved by the IBB.

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

    It’s Jesus time.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Stripes.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Jesus pie-superstar!

  • Ethan

    C’mon Jesus!

    • Ethan

      Lameness

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Pie for Jesus

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      oh boooooooo….

  • http://highfirstpitch.wordpress.com/ Stratman9652

    #RESPECT

  • Cy Pettitte

    PH ARod for Laird PLEASE

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    PH A-rod now.

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

    Get Alex in there.

  • Avi

    PLEASE put Arod up!!

  • Finster

    Teams already fearing the Baby jesus.

  • Ethan

    Posada!

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Jesus walks!

    JOrge Pinch hitting!

  • Greg

    Its Posada

  • Dela G

    Wow, you ibb a rookie that just came up 3 weeks ago? Damn that’s some high praise

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Still not as good as Lavahhhnway.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      When you’re the son of God that’s what happens

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    WTF??????????????

  • Mister Delaware

    Everyone shut the fuck up. I love this decision. Last regular season home game for Jorgie.

    • MikeD

      Did someone say something?

  • Cy Pettitte

    the stadium will explode if Jorge gets the walk off hit

  • YankeesJunkie

    Time for a little Po action.

  • Michael Mirabella

    Rookie getting IBB’d, shows you a hint of what’s to come.

  • Avi

    Posada over Arod??

  • FachoinaNYY

    Just FYI Jorge… it is the bottom of the 9th this time…

    • FachoinaNYY

      So Kay is reading RAB’s comments for his material now, eh?

      hahah.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Each team gets a key single by their 40 year old catcher?

  • Mister Delaware

    Off topic, in 90 minutes my thumb will have been bleeding for 24 hours.

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

      Put some pressure on that shit,yo.

      • Mister Delaware

        I can’t, I took a divot out of my thumb. Just needs to slowly heal.

        (My wife’s official due date was yesterday and I was nearly the one in the hospital. I’m really, really cool.)

      • FachoinaNYY

        From FanGraphs during the top half of the 10th:

        Carl Crawford reached on fielder’s choice to pitcher (Bunt Grounder)

        Does the phrase “Bunt Grounder” look like Brett Gardner to anyone else?

        • FachoinaNYY

          ugh reply fail

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      I commend your grittiness.

      • Mister Delaware

        Cooked dinner tonight on my knees.

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          That’s downright Pedroian.

  • Ethan

    This game is making it seriously hard to right my paper due in class tomorrow.

  • MikeD

    Green light him.

  • Montero’s Mojo

    Swing or no swing on 3-0 with Nunez coming up?

    • Montero’s Mojo

      Sorry, Romine. Never mind.

  • Mister Delaware

    I say you bring up Rodriguez just to see if you can totally mindfuck Bardamite.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Now A-rod.

  • flamingo

    No matter what happens, this game totally rocks.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Time to earn your legend Austin.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Romine is gonna hit? what? wow.

  • Grit for Brains

    You gotta put A-Rod in to hit off Paps Joey

  • LiterallyFigurative

    The unintentional, intentional walk.

    No A-Rod for Romine?

    • Jimmy McNulty

      inorite?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    They better PH ARod

  • Monteroisdinero

    Gotta go to Jeter I think.

  • Dela G

    Incredible, this is a war they’re fighting tonight

    • TomH

      It’s the kind of war you want to WIN in case you meet these guys again in Oct.

  • Michael Mirabella

    Lost control after having to IBB a guy who’s been in the majors for less than a month.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    I know Joe doesn’t want Martin to catch again but you can end the Sox season here. PH A-Rod and end it. Martin might not have to catch anyway with a walkoff hit or walk.

  • Ethan

    Really? not going to PH for him?

  • Jon

    big spot jeter or arod?

    sorry captain gotta go with arod on this

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Well, Jeter has been swinging the hotter bat lately.

  • Mister Delaware

    Good cut.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Don’t get why they aren’t using ARod

  • TomH

    Unwise to put this kid up agin Pap

  • Monteroisdinero

    Nobody to catch after Romine? Lose the DH?

    • Jetrer

      still have Martin, or Posada without losing the DH

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

        They won’t use Martin after he caught all day.

        • Jetrer

          yeah I know, but they could have used Posada
          I just think it makes sense to go all out to win it there and avoid extras. Oh well.

  • http://highfirstpitch.wordpress.com/ Stratman9652

    Kay sure knows how to trample a moment to death doesn’t he?

  • TitoSantana

    Darn it, I knew they should have added a Chad Moeller type to the roster in September.

  • Tom

    Why did they pinch run for Posada?

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

      I didn’t even realize they did.

    • C

      Posada’s not going to play defense, so you might as well have someone else run for him

    • Monteroisdinero

      Force at second on the world’s slowest grounder to nab the league’s slowest runner? (after papi)

  • Monteroisdinero

    Just wp it here and get it over with Papelblown.

  • TitoSantana

    He would leave the game anyway in the next inning for Pena. And Pena is less likely to screw up on the bases, as irrelevant as it seems.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Good job Girardi.

  • Erica

    Sigh.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Damn man I didn’t want extras :(

  • Mister Delaware

    The downside here is that they have to keep having someone pitch. And that the only way I can end tonight mad is if I have to watch Proctor.

  • Montero’s Mojo

    Fuck. If you take Teixera out, why not pinch hit for Romine? Fuck.

  • Hummingbird S.

    should have played to win and PH for Romine.. another unfortunate mistake by Girardi

  • MikeD

    Had to figure an off-speed was coming was he was up on him with two strikes. First time facing him, wouldn’t know what to expect.

    The Yankees can win this in the bottom of the 10th if they can make it through the top of the inning with whomever they plan to throw out there.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    ARod could’ve done that too…

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Good pitch.

    I guess Girardi didn’t want Jorge to have to catch. That’s the only excuse for not PHing for Romine.

    • jon

      could have used martin

      • Greg

        MArtin caught the early game. Lest I remind you, the Yankees dont need to win this game.

  • first time lawng time

    Why was Romine left in to hit?

  • Avi

    Yeah, if they’re not gonna use Montero as a catcher they should have another catcher on the roster besides Martin and Romine. If they have a Gus Molina Arod hits there. Bad job by the Yanks on roster management

    • Mister Delaware

      Who do you drop off the 40 man so you can have Gus Molina ready to go in a completely unimportant Game 159?

      • jon

        scott fucking proctor

        • Mister Delaware

          Sold.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Cervelli would’ve had a twenty bounce dribbler up the middle for the win.

  • Mister Delaware

    Getting Valdes in against Ellsbury and Crawford is actually a nice little look.

  • jon

    never thought i would say this but

    jeter makes that play

  • bonestock94

    Eh, it’d be nice to win this but not at the expense of not resting a player that had a heavy work load. This game is meaningless for the Yankees anyways.

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

    lol eduardo

    • Mister Delaware

      I do that once every three weeks in softball. I do not get paid to do that.

  • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com Alex Taffet

    Valdez reminds me of Ron Villone. His motion, stuff, everything.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Stubby short armed short armer. Agreed.

      • Mister Delaware

        “What about me,” asked Felix Heredia.

  • Bryan

    Typical risk averse Girardi.

  • thetruth

    wow, they almost turned that

  • Finster

    This is fun as shit to watch as a Yankee fan, would be really hard to take as a sox fan.

    • jon

      you know i just realized that

      all of a sudden it came over me, this game means NOTHING to the yankees and everything to the red sox

      if we lose eh so be it jeter, arod, and martin need the rest thats why there was no PHer for romine

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

        They would have pinch-hit for him if they had a fifth catcher on the roster.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Crawford is so full of fail…

  • TitoSantana

    Couldn’t they have have PH for Romine with ARod, and moved Montero to C, losing the DH? They still have plenty of PH’s available in case a pitcher or two needed to bat in a really long game.

  • Tom

    Any doubts on Girardi’s stupid LNOGY fascination now?

    Valdes last 3 years
    Lefties: .991 OPS against
    Righties: .666 OPS against

    I could see the move if Wade wasn’t available….

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

      How many batters faced is that though? Can’t be many.

      • Tom

        A little over 90 PA’s vs lefties
        A little over 160 PA’s vs righties

    • Mister Delaware

      Are you looking at the wrong guy or counting minor league stats? His debut was in 2010 and his major league numbers aren’t those.

      • Tom

        I pulled a 3 year split… the #’s are all 2010 (but still accurate just all in one year)

        • Jetrer

          this year only: .732 v. LH, .753 v. RH
          SSS though, 22/20 PA

        • Mister Delaware

          Yeah, you’re right. Mea wronga.

      • Mister Delaware

        (I take it back, those numbers are pretty close to right. I clicked on single season splits.)

  • Mister Delaware

    Pedo looked like he was thinking RF there.

  • jon

    what ever happens this game is a win to me you know why?

    jesus got his first of MANY IBB

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

      Didn’t they Angels IBB him?

      • jon

        damn youre right

        ok now they need to win

    • Monteroisdinero

      Jesus will need to have batting order protection next year. None of this batting 7th or 8th.

  • flamingo

    OH YEAH CORY

  • Eirias

    Wow. Now THAT was a strikeout.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Gritty foul tip.

  • Bob Stone

    Great pitch Cory – Bye Bye Petey.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    that was filthy

  • thetruth

    alright, Pie time

  • Bob Stone

    Good inning Wade.

  • first time lawng time

    I know it shouldn’t, but this game is making me anxious.

    • Bob Stone

      You’re a fan like the rest of us. You can’t help it, even though it really isn’t an important game to the Yankees. I want them to win and I can’t help but be anxious too.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Imagine if the situations were reversed. That is true anxiety.

      • Mister Delaware

        I would be shitty vomit.

        • Mister Delaware

          shitting.

  • Cy Pettitte

    can’t believe the Rays just let us have Cory. lol.

    • jon

      right now they are happy to have let him walk

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Right. Whenever people complain about how we let the Red Sox have Aceves, I just think of how the Rays just let us have Cory.

      • Mister Delaware

        And the Dodgers let anyone else have him. Didn’t make sense from the start.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    All right, let’s get some pie this time.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Gardy/Grandy/Golson

    3G blanket coverage.

    • Mister Delaware

      That has to be about the best defensive OF a team can put out there. Except for Anaheim.

      /ESPN’d

  • jon

    right now the rays are happy they let cory wade walk

  • Mister Delaware

    I’m glad Papelblown is still in. Will make this so much more fun.

    • Bob Stone

      Absolutely.

  • Nunez

    TIME TO SHINE BABY

  • first time lawng time

    4-10 in extras. They’re due for a correction, right?

  • Ethan

    I really want the Yankees to win this one, not so much because they need the win but because I’m worried the RS could get a lot of momentum if they win this one.

    • jon

      as weird as it seems

      if the yankees lose i almost hope its because of a yankee misplay rather than something good from the red sox

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Greg endorses this^ comment

  • Gonzo

    I don’t know if this is a good game for me because it means nothing or because it means so much to the Red Sox.

    But hey, Lackey got a quality start. Ha.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Jesus Christ these Ks are getting really annoying.

  • teddy

    of course, yanks have 2 hits since the 2nd inning

    • jon

      all they need is 1 big hit

  • Montero’s Mojo

    This team is so fucking bad in extra innings. Something’s got to change.

    • Ethan

      It’s all the old players, they get tired come 10 o’clock.

    • Greg

      BEst record in the AL. Yeah, something has to change.

  • Bob Stone

    That sucked.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Fuck this team.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      the team that is the best in the AL? yeah, they suck.

    • first time lawng time

      You need to relax. Take a hot bath or something and sit this one out. It’s just a game. It doesn’t matter.

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

    X-Factor’d

    • Montero’s Mojo

      Haha, you’re kind of a dick. Did you know that? Pretty sure your man, Granderson struck out as well . . . So, yeah, how many strikeouts does that sum up to now?

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

        I’m just busting your balls.

        • Montero’s Mojo

          Seriously, though. Who do you believe is more imperative to the everyday lineup? I think it’s Cano. Also, Granderson, in my opinion, strikes out too often to be considered an MVP, especially with that batting average he’s lugging around.

          • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

            Cano is the straw that stirs the drink. Granderson can only stir it bad.

            /Bronx Zoo’d

          • Jetrer

            Granderson has hit for more power and makes fewer outs than Cano.
            They’ve both had great seasons, but overall Granderson has been slightly better.

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

            The strikeouts might be a deal breaker if they were making outs at the same rate, but they aren’t. Not all that close, either.

  • Gonzo

    Best post on SOSH:

    We should not be wearing out the Yankees pen when we need them to beat the Rays 3 times.

  • thekid

    question- why didn’t girardi bring martin in for romine with the bases loaded?

    • bonestock94

      Because this game is completely meaningless

      • thekid

        ….meh

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

          Martin caught the first game. No point in wearing him down a week before the playoffs.

    • Greg

      Martin caught the first game. AND WE DONT NEED TO WIN THIS GAME

  • Mister Delaware

    Papelbon was really pleased with himself there. Good for him!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    You’ve gotta give Papelbon some credit, it’s hard for him to be even douchier than usual but he managed to pull it off.

  • Montero’s Mojo

    Good inning. So how do we lose this one? Will it be a Lars walk-off bomb or an Aviles walk-off triple?

    • FachoinaNYY

      Joking? Can’t get walked off on at home…

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Too bad the Red Sox can’t walk-off since they’re on the road.

    • Karl Krawfid

      walk off on the road.

      Only those Red Sox could pull it off.

  • first time lawng time

    I’ll be that one commenter who says something about how the ’09 Yanks would have won in the 10th already.

    Or something about relating how good that team was in extras to how bad this team is in extras.

    • Mister Delaware

      I’ll be that other commentor who points out that the best extra innings record in MLB belongs to the 4th place Blue Jays.

    • Mister Delaware

      Actually, the Dodgers have a better win percentage. Even better.

  • Cy Pettitte

    they’re gonna wreck Papelbon, this is too good.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      At first I was wondering what Tito was thinking sending Papelbon back out for another inning, but when you look at it they really have nobody else out there.

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

        They burned Papelbon for tomorrow already, might as well get their money’s worth.

        • AaronGuielWithASmile

          Agreed. Plus, they need this game so desperately…there’s no way that they can put their season in Albers’ or Tazawa’s hands.

          Gotta make the Yanks beat their best pitcher.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    PH Jones and try to end it with Jones, Swish, Gardner, Montero. We don’t want to get to Proctor.

    • Greg

      Ayala comes first.

  • Mister Delaware

    Prediction: Drew homers but is too apathetic to round the bases.

    /everySoxfan’d

  • flamingo

    Love the strikeouts from Cory!

  • Bob Stone

    Great job by Wade.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cory is the best 6th (or in this case 10th/11th) inning guy in the league.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Time for some major Papelfail here.

  • Tom

    Hey it’s almost like a righty with a changeup can get lefties out better than the recycled schmos that Girardi calls LOOGY’s can

    /beatingadeadhorse’d

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Valdes actually did a pretty good job. Bloop single and then made a nice play on the bunt.

      • Tom

        Good result does not equal good process (or good decision)

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          they were seeing if he is any good in a meaningless game, I’m fine with it.

  • first time lawng time

    It says I can log in for commenting features. What are these features?

  • Ethan

    This game really needs to end now, I have to get some work done haha

  • jon

    red sox want this game BAD

    pap for more than 2 innings?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I’m calling a Nick Swisher walkoff.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Well so much for that.

  • Mister Delaware

    Golson’s eyes are too far apart.

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

      He looks like one of the big blue guys from Avatar.

    • Monteroisdinero

      The Avatar.

      • Monteroisdinero

        Hey Mike-we agree!

  • MikeD

    When Papelbon blew the save against the O’s and I saw him interviewed after the game, I never realized what an odd and scary looking guy he was. Pale, greyish skin, sunken-in, dark roundish eyes, with a slit for a mouth and no lips. Reminded me of something, then I realized what it was:

    http://www.2012changesarenow.c.....liens.html (safe)

    • Mister Delaware

      Just sketch him and use the picture every time a frat boy date rapist is at large.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Even Red Sox fans have to admit, that’s a pretty big collection of ugly motherfuckers they’ve got up in Boston.

  • bonestock94

    Romine convo with the ump was pretty cool

    • Monteroisdinero

      I thought he said “I’m no Montero”

      But I may have misheard.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Gardner walkoff inside the parker here

    • Ethan

      I wonder if there has ever been a walk off inside the park home run. That would be nuts!

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

        I’m guessing no, only because I imagine most third base coaches would play it safe in that spot.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          What if there were 2 outs?

        • Jose the Satirist

          There have been 14 inside-the-park walk-off home runs since 1950.

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  • ArchStanton

    Just caught word that Marte, Feliciano, and Mitre will start the next three games to see if they can offer anything in the playoffs… :)

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fuck this game.

    • Greg

      How? A game cant be fucked.

  • Montero’s Mojo

    Wow. That Paps is mowing down this lineup. Not lookin’ good.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Proctor?

    Noooo!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Give Wade a nice ovation. He pitched great.

    • Bob Stone

      Lots of applause from me.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Laffey noooooo!

  • JFH

    I know this game does not really matter, but I am tired of sitting through extra inning failures by the Yanks. Is it too much to ask for a W here? I want to bury these guys.

    The folks at Coca-Cola used to say, “What do you do when the competition is drowning? Shove a hose in his throat and turn on the water.”

  • MikeD

    If there’s a call to the bullpen, the answer should never be Laffey.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Laffey? this can NOT end well…

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Aaron Laffey is laughable.

      But hey, he throws left handed so…

  • Avi

    Ayala Noesi.. Anyone but F*cking Laffey

    • whozat

      You forget that this game is totally and completely irrelevant. I’d rather have those guys for tomorrow, since all the normal Big Guns have pretty much pitched today.

    • Jetrer

      Ayala sure. Noesi might be starting tomorrow.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Laffey? Why do I fear Joe will have him on the post-season roster? Nooooooooooo!!!!!

    • Jetrer

      No chance. He’s down to third in the LNOGY pecking order. No chance they carry 3 lefties.

  • whozat

    Gameday injury delay? Again? It’s not Wade, is it…?

  • http://a gxpanos

    Man, just was looking at Pap’s stats. Forgot how ridiculous that dude was in 06 and 07. Monster years.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Michael Kay: Girardi managing liek HE wants it.

    *Aaron Laffey enters the game

  • Montero’s Mojo

    WTF is Laffey in?! Girardi’s in favor of ending this via loss I see.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Beautiful turn.

  • Karl Krawfid

    wow you have to be kidding me!

    win dis game!

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    I can’t watch. GTFO Laughey

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol GIDP

  • JMK

    Did Aaron Laffey just do something right?

    Am I hallucinating?

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      A-Rod had a talk with him

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Wow Laffey actually got a lefty out AND Elsbury hit into a DP??

    Golden YCPB.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Girardi’s confidence level in Laffey has gone up. CRAP!

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Now end it, damnit! We’re playing with fire with these AAA pen guys. If you’re not gonna PH for Romine at least PH A-Rod for Pena and Jeter for Nunez.

  • Gonzo

    This is such an awesome game! It doesn’t matter and the Red Sox still can’t score.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Montero will get pie with one swing.

  • Resserd

    Such is the beauty of percentages in baseball…… even the worst pitcher wins over half the time as we saw Laughey “induces” a double play against Ellsbury

  • Montero’s Mojo

    PLEASE PINCH HIT! I can’t watch a Pena AB. PLEASE!

  • Cy Pettitte

    end it Jesus.

  • MikeD

    Montero’s still in the game? I thought he was pinch run for or something. Maybe I’ve watched too much baseball recently. Nah.

  • jon

    jesus walk off

    needs to happen

  • Karl Krawfid

    Montero hit a walk off against a lefty in the minors.

    Watch him do it in the majors.

  • MikeD

    The Say Hey-Sus Kid.

    Let’s do it.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Wowwwwww Jesus didn’t miss that high fastball by much.

  • Jetrer

    trying to do too much Jesus

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I’ll take it.

  • Cy Pettitte

    divine intervention

  • Karl Krawfid

    Hell yeah!

  • MikeD

    BABIP gods with Jesus. Makes sense.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Now ph.

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

    Here comes the bunt.

  • http://highfirstpitch.wordpress.com/ Stratman9652

    I’m starting to think the hype was justified. This kid is a professional hitter.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Jesus’s magic

  • Resserd

    he singled to save the yankees from eternal damnation

  • Jesus Freak

    Those 2 drunk blondes behind home plate are distracting.

  • Montero’s Mojo

    WTF is going on here? Is old man A-Rod injured or something?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Don’t fucking bunt, PH instead…

    • Greg

      WE DONT NEED TO WIN THIS GAME

  • The Big City of Dreams

    Did Jesus shake his wrist?

  • Resserd

    Why is pena batting now?? I’m homing Arod just got skinnier

  • Montero’s Mojo

    Worst managerial decision of the year. Dumbest bunt of the year. Yeah, I went there.

    • Jetrer

      having Ramiro Pena bunt is nowhere near the dumbest bunt of the year. There have been many dumber bunts than that one.

      • Montero’s Mojo

        It was a dumb bunt because he shouldn’t have even been at the plate. Alex Rodriguez should’ve been there instead, not bunting.

        • Jetrer

          ARod played the first game. Joe isn’t going to want to leave him or Jeter out in the field in case the game keeps going and going.

  • Resserd

    EPIC FAIL

  • jon

    sweet free out

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    Good job.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    TERRIBLE bunt.

  • Mister Delaware

    Wow, totally didn’t see that coming.

  • a.hinds

    que mike axisa.

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

      I was in favor of the bunt. One run wins the game. Pena didn’t do the job.

  • Ethan

    Pena can’t even bunt. How does this guy make an MLB team?

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Montero was practically standing on first base. Gotta go on a bunt attempt. GO!

  • Widget

    Pena could solve world hunger and I’d still hate him.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    they better have Pena steal now.

  • teddy

    giradri showing why he can only manage a pen

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    I really don’t want to see Ramiro Pena anywhere near the Yankees in the future.

  • MikeD

    Steal.

  • Montero’s Mojo

    So apparently there’s no interest in winning this game. Cool. Right on. Now I know.

  • Resserd

    That was begging to be hit

  • jay

    BALK

    • Monteroisdinero

      They missed it-his front foot moved after he came set.

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        Where’s Balkin’ Bob Davidson when you need him?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I love this home plate umpire’s voice. It sounds like Kiefer Sutherland is calling balls and strikes.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Remember when this team was so good in tie games?

    • Montero’s Mojo

      I don’t because they been THAT bad since. This team can’t hit for shit against opposing bullpens. It’s actually quite laughable.

  • first time lawng time

    Maybe they should put in legit ML hitters…

    • ED

      At least we’ve gone some of those due up next inning.

    • Jetrer

      I’m guessing the only way Jeter, ARod, Martin, or Jones see this game is if they have to replace an injured player.

  • Bob Stone

    The BoSox and the Yanks ALMOST always find a way to make every game a 4 hour + marathon. We’re going on towards 4.25 hours here with no end in sight.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      A Yankees-Red Sox game isn’t really a Yankees-Red Sox game unless it’s 4+ hours long.

  • Resserd

    Well at least we’re wearing the red sox bullpen out and ours so we have a great excuse to rest the bullpen = starters against TB. its gonna be SWB vs. TB to device the AL playoff race

  • ED

    Long game is long

  • Karl Krawfid

    After today I think ima take a break from baseball till the ALDS.

    Yankees-Sox is draining me.

    • Mister Delaware

      It feels like 12:47.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Karl Krawfid – No tool player.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Crawful

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Take Laffey out for Pedroia, moron.

    • Tom

      But he’s got no LOOGY’s left to face Ortiz and Lars Anderson… Girardi would have to forfeit the game at that point.

    • Karl Krawfid

      shit aint do or die man.

  • Montero’s Mojo

    Certainly wouldn’t leave in Laffey against Pedroia.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Laffey vs. Pedroia is just asking for it.

  • Rick

    I know monteroisdinero will kill me for suggesting this, but Joe could hit A-Rod for Golson and shift Pena to the outfield if necessary in the bottom half of the inning, right?

    /hopingforrealhitters

    • Jetrer

      he won’t pinch hit because he would have to stay in to play the field, looks like Joe is just going to go with the guys already in the game.

  • hogsmog

    Ok as much as I hate to say it, props to Ellsbury and Pedroia for playing 21 innings today.

  • Gabe

    Calling it now, Ortiz is gonna homer off laffey

  • Karl Krawfid

    Laffey or Proctor.

  • Mister Delaware

    McClelland is a pile of scrotums.

    • Montero’s Mojo

      Ew. Easily the most vile picture my mind has ever illustrated.

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

    Out by a mile.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Garbage call

  • Ivan

    Holy Crap, how the fuck you got that call wrong u fucking moron?!?!?!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Blind old fuckers

  • Jetrer

    shitty fucking umpires

  • V

    I’m not one to accuse umpires, but McLelland has to either have money on the Sox, or have orders from up on high to make things ‘interesting’. Holy wow.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fucking bullshit call man.

  • mbonzo

    Another terrible call by Tim McClelland. This guy needs to be fired more.

  • teddy

    shit he was out

  • jon

    wow he was out by a mile

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Tim McClellan got blinded by the fackin grittiness.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Tim Mclelland just wants to go home.

  • Mister Delaware

    Girardi holding up the 3 fingers was a really nice touch.

  • Tom

    Wasn’t even close…

    2nd REALLY bad call.

    It’s one thing if you have to watch 10 replays and go frame by frame, but that’s two that were obvious real time and obvious with one replay at full speed.

    • Mister Delaware

      Right. The Dickerson (I think) GIDP was close enough to debate. This and the Swisher GIDP were so fucking obvious.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    McClelland is blind

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    The Glorious human element!

  • Alex

    why is mcclelland even positioned where he is? he is straight up out of position.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    JUST END THIS GAME.

  • Resserd

    All that grit got in the umps eyes….

  • Ivan

    Inning Over….what wait a minute it’s not.

  • Resserd

    wow just had a heart attack but lol papi sad

  • Bob Stone

    Kill the umps. Bring in the Robots and Replay.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    must’ve had grit in his eye from the slide

  • Sarah

    I know this game means nothing for the Yankees, but it would be so sweet to win. Surely Jeter and ARod want to play…

  • radnom

    Bullshit.

  • mt

    Does anyone want to win this game?

    • http://deleted Total Dominication

      Red Sox Nation.

  • whozat

    Wow. This strike zone is shit too, huh?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Am I going crazy, or has Laffey pitched really well?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yeah!!!!!!

    woooooo!

    I want some sleep!

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    21 yankees in this game lol.

  • Montero’s Mojo

    End this shit already. I need to be productive.

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

    Laffey’s fist pump is in postseason form.

  • Jetrer

    will you look at that… a lefty getting out lefties

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Yay! a 4 out inning!

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Granderson, Cano, and you have to PH for Golson to end this unless Golson is in a bunt situation. PH Jones and go for the win.

  • Bob Stone

    Unbelievable. McClelland tries to give the game to the Sox and Laffey, of all people, shuts ‘em down.

  • ED

    LET’S SCORE SOME FUCKING RUNS

    …or just one run.

  • Sarah

    Granderson, Cano and…Golson in this inning? PH for Golson with Jones please.

  • Tom

    Well ESPN has Papelbum on the MLB page now….

    Any bets on how long before the Pedroia false hustle dive into first is the lead picture on the page? (with some variation of “batttling”, “scrappy”, “never say die”)

  • Gonzo

    This is amazing. Do you send out the guys with the swing for the fences on every pitch instructions?

  • Bob Stone

    A couple of years ago we would be on the third or fourth RAB Game Thread by now. There is progress in this world. Once in a while.

  • Mister Delaware

    Gotta be Proctor in the 14th which means we gotta win now.

  • MikeD

    Isn’t this all somehow Cano’s fault? Didn’t he commit an error several days ago that led to this tie?

    • Bob Stone

      LOL.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      It’s Swisher’s fault

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Really, no one up in the Yankees bullpen? Why not let Noesi pitch?

    Hell, if you’re just going to throw Laffey out there with 20+ pitches on his arm, you might as well give the ball to Brackman. At least he’ll be throwing 95 when he walks in the go ahead run.

    • Jetrer

      Who’s starting tomorrow? Might be Noesi

      • Tom

        Supposed to be Hughes I think, but Girardi is probably holding Noesi back just in case.

        • AaronGuielWithASmile

          In any case, I can just about guarantee you that Laffey in his third inning of work is going to be a disaster. The rosters are expanded, you’ve got guys who you can use.

  • Bob Stone

    Great play by Pedroia. Unfortunately.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      “the Red Sox little second baseman”

  • Ethan

    “A great play by the Red Soxs little second baseman”

    Michael Kay, you’re awesome

  • Mister Delaware

    Lost in all this is that they’re playing at around a 3:10 pace. Suck on that, Joe West.

  • Resserd

    Aaron you mean Betances right?

  • John

    That would have been a routine play for Cano. No dive.

  • Gonzo

    From SOSH:

    How can the Yankees be watching this and not want us to win?

    • first time lawng time

      What is SOSH?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Sons of Sam Horn, a Red Sox forum.

  • MikeD

    I hope everyone realizes that it is now critical the Yankees win this game.

    If not, I can see Peter Gammons now: “In a game that will be remembered for generations, the Red Sox were within outs of losing a double-header against their rivals. The gritty team fought back and took the game to extra-innings, beginning their march to the World Series…blah, blah, blah.”

    Must, win, game.

  • first time lawng time

    This offense is
    F-U-T-I-L-E

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    PINCH HIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Resserd

    PH for golson with jones plea tony pena

  • http://highfirstpitch.wordpress.com/ Stratman9652

    Why would he even have bothered throwing a strike to Cano there?

  • John

    WTF is Golson still doing there???

  • Mister Delaware

    Tim Bogar has eyes like a peeping tom.

  • Sarah

    Come on, Joe. END THIS MADNESS.

    • Greg

      Remember Girardi is not managing.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Come the fuck on…PH Jones.

    • Sarah

      Jones kills lefties. Why GOD why?

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    He’s a lefty, where the fuck is Jones?

    • Jetrer

      Joe doesn’t want his old guys playing 2 games in a day when the game is mostly meaningless

      • http://deleted Total Dominication

        Jones would just play a few innings.

        • Jetrer

          depending on how long the game goes … not saying I agree with it, but that seems to be Girardi’s logic

      • JobaWockeeZ

        It’s been months since he last played.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Golson walk off?

    Well you can’t predict baseball…

  • Resserd

    Dude can’t even make contact

  • Rainbow Pinstripes

    Where the fuck is Andrew Jones? It’s like they want to lose this game.

  • MikeD

    I think it’s now been four days now since Nova pitched, so he can come in for the next inning.

  • Sarah

    Swisher is better from the right side. Please just get on base somehow Golson.

  • JMK

    Golson looks like he’s never picked up a bat in his life. So unnatural looking.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Girardi wants to rest his guys and in doing so he’ll fucking kill the bullpen.

    And I don’t care that he walked.

    • Mister Delaware

      Can Aaron Laffey be killed?

      • Jetrer

        more importantly, is that a bad thing?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Girardi will spare his demise because he throws with his left hand.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Dude just walked Greg Golson

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Walking Greg Golson LOL.

    • Tom

      On a 3-2 curve no less (the guy throws 97mph!)

  • Resserd

    COME ON SWISH!!!!!!

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

    End it, right now.

  • ED

    END THIS, SWISH!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Walking Golson is pretty much a sign that you’re finished. I can’t believe that Tito is going to let him pitch to Swisher.

    No wonder my Sox fan friend calls him “Francoma”

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Come on Swish.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    i bet the Sox bring in Wakefield next

  • Gonzo

    Please let it be Montero with the bases loaded!

  • Greg

    Guys remember Girardi is not managing this game anymore

    • Jetrer

      just a slightly naive comment

      • Greg

        He’s not Bobby Valentine.

        • Jetrer

          ejected managers pretty much always continue managing from the clubhouse or tunnel

  • Montero’s Mojo

    Ugly game for Swisher so far. Hopefully this AB changes everything.

  • Red

    This is fantastic. If the Red Sox keep trying to win, they’ll weaken our bullpen for the Rays series. If they lose, they’ll drop into a tie with Tampa.

    Good times all around.

  • Hummingbird S.

    do something Swisha

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    salty can’t get it straight because this pitcher is latin

  • Sarah

    It doesn’t have to be a home run, Swish. A base hit will do the job.

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

    That was Greg Golson’s first career walk.

  • Resserd

    BRING IN A-ROD

  • Tom

    Walkoff bunt single here….

  • mbonzo

    Suicide squeeze please.

  • bobtaco

    SQUEEZE!!!!

  • Montero’s Mojo

    Damn, Swish. What a terrible game you’ve had. Please, if you don’t mind, I’d really appreciate it if you started hitting the Sox sometime in the (possibly) near and dear future.

  • JMK

    Do not bunt. You cannot bunt. You don’t know how to bunt.

  • jon

    no jones?

  • Sarah

    I’ve given up hoping that they will PH, so all I’m doing is praying Gardy gets a hit.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Calling a Gardy walk, Montero walk off hit.

  • teddy

    pinch hit damm, thanks for nothing swisher

  • Resserd

    How about have godson steal salty throw it into the centerfield bleachers and cano scores

  • Tom

    2 strike bunt?

  • Montero’s Mojo

    Screw bad management, this game isn’t being managed at all.

  • Karl Krawfid

    End this BG lol

  • JobaWockeeZ

    If Gardy gets on base I’ll bet ten thousand dollars that Girardi pinch hits for Montero to blow our fucking minds.

    • Greg

      Girardi got thrown out.

  • Resserd

    FUCKKKKKKKKK

  • Karl Krawfid

    FUck this team man

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    good lord…this is getting comical.

  • MikeD

    I’ve lost the will to live.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      So you’ll keep watching the game?

  • Sarah

    Ugh. So much ugh.

  • http://highfirstpitch.wordpress.com/ Stratman9652

    Saltalawhatever’s legs must be fucking jello by now. He’s been back there almost all day.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    13 innings of this…

  • teddy

    fuck you giradri, just, the yanks are done hitting

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Shit. Some of us have to work tomorrow, Brett.

  • Hummingbird S.

    they can play another ten innings and it won’t matter, they won’t score

  • Montero’s Mojo

    So, again, worst extra-inning team in baseball? It’s seriously a shame too, considering the AAA/AA relievers have kept the team in the game. Can’t keep counting on the Sox to get outs.

  • Matt

    The same pitch, at the same speed, over and over and over to Gardner. No adjustment whatsoever. You really have to wonder whether his defense is worth his terrible bat in a postseason game. Andruw Jones has really been hitting the ball well lately.

  • mt

    Hate to say it but this game reminds me of those extra inning affairs at Fenway in the 2004 playoffs that we lost. I never felt so empty to watch a baseball game for almost six hours to see my team lose.

    • mt

      On the other hand Scott Proctor is now in so this game will probably be ending shortly (I thought the same thing about Laffey and I was wrong but Scott has generally been dreadful – I do remember one exception.)

  • pop up teixeira

    knew that was coming

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    The Yankees must have developed a severe allergic reaction to pie. I mean, Girardi’s got think about his guys right?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Is Laffey seriously still out there?

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    how the hell has JD Drew played this entire game? he’s coming out to get his leg amputated or something.

  • Resserd

    How are the red sox no teeing off on laughey’s “fast”(LOL)balls

  • Karl Krawfid

    Nooo!

    NOOOO!

  • Bob Stone

    The fans are getting their money’s worth. A game and a half for the price of one. So far.

    They are waiting until the 15th inning to bring in A-Rod for a walk-off homer like a couple of years ago against the BoSox in that 1-1 tie.

  • Avi

    Did Noesi and Ayala both die?

    • Jetrer

      Noesi is most likely starting one of the next couple games.

    • Sarah

      I have to assume that Noesi is going to get a start and that’s why he’s not in, but I have no idea why no Ayala.

    • Tyrion Lannister

      I think Noesi will be starting tomorrow. Not sure about Ayala.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Oh god PLEASE NOT PROCTOR.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    And this is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Proctor is in.

  • Sarah

    The thing that galls me about this not pinch hitting thing is that Gardner played the first game, and Joe had no qualms about putting him in to pinch run and play, and now it’s been multiple innings. So why not PH Jones to end the madness? It’s not going to kill him to have 1 AB against a lefty.

    • Tyrion Lannister

      I would have PH Jones for Golson, not Gardner. Gardner is younger and will probably not play tomorrow.

    • Jetrer

      except if they don’t end it and the game goes 20+ innings Jones would have to be out there for a long time on a bad knee

    • Greg

      Gardner’s younger than Jones, JEter and ARod.

  • Resserd

    and proctor’s coming in, the game is over

  • pop up teixeira

    uh oh Proctor

  • Hummingbird S.

    Here we go, Proctor in to make sure we lose this one

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Monteor suddenly is the only hitter I trust today to get a hit.

  • Rigoleto

    “Who is….John Proctor?” -Arthur Miller

  • Resserd

    right on cue….

  • Hummingbird S.

    and of course he comes in and gives up a hit..

  • Tom

    Girardi must have sent a note from the clubhouse…

    “Enough of this shit, time to catch the plane to Tampa, get Proctor in”

    • Sarah

      You must be right.

    • Mister Delaware

      Text to Pena: “Already @ Chili’s and getting my 2nd beer. Said theyre closing the kitchen around midnight. Enjoy not having dinner. LOL.”

  • Karl Krawfid

    No doubles.

    wow.

    • Tom

      Don’t mind that with one out…. but why was he in ?
      (does McDonald bunt a lot?)

  • JFH

    Proctor does not inspire confidence.

  • Bob Stone

    C’mon – Double play Proctor.

  • jon

    well worse case scenario red sox are tired for the Os

  • Resserd

    SHIT

  • mbonzo

    Shit.

  • Jetrer

    Scott “white flag” Proctor

  • Karl Krawfid

    This shit is over.

  • teddy

    this game over, pathetic display by this offense

  • Mister Delaware

    See my comment at 9:37.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    suckonmycockia

  • Hummingbird S.

    I still don’t get why they have Proctor on the team. Must be to lose games.

  • Rainbow Connection

    Proctor is the worst. Screw him.

  • Tom

    Kontos? Ayala?

    I understand holding Noesi back just in case… but what the hell?

    How is Proctor not the last guy in out of the pen (save maybe Betances or Brackman)

  • Montero’s Mojo

    Difference between Yankees and Sox in extra innings? The Sox will score.

  • http://www.twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    man this is ridiculous

  • Resserd

    Had another heart attack

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Can Proctor do the impossible and get one more out without allowing a run?

    • Jetrer

      lmfao

  • Karl Krawfid

    Here comes the base hit/homer

    • ED

      Yep.

  • pop up teixeira

    and here comes Ellsbury with the RBI

    • pop up teixeira

      more like RBI’s…

  • http://www.twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    well… great…

    good fucking god, why the fuck is proctor on this team?

    • S

      Why every team needs a “fuck it, I quit lets go home” guy

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    ellsbury…where the hell did this power come from?

  • Avi

    I was hoping he’d walk him

  • mbonzo

    Scott Proctor everyone.

  • Resserd

    Saw it coming FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK

  • jon

    color me surprised

  • JT

    LOL. Anyone really shocked?

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    aaaaaaaaand it doesn’t matter at all.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    DFA

  • Hummingbird S.

    Fuck you Proctor and your lover Joe Girardi.

  • mt

    Too bad I couldn’t bet a $1 million on whether Proctor would give it up.

  • Bob Stone

    The Yankees gave this game away. Too Bad. But they could afford to do that.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Good thing we called up Proctor. Such a great September call up.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I want to remind everyone this game was started by JOHN LACKEY. The fact we’re in the 14th inning is mind blowing.

  • Sarah

    Naturally.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Sorry Tampa.

    Red Sox are going to the postseason.

  • Montero’s Mojo

    Yup. THere’s your MVP right there. Thanks a lot, Girardi, you fucking shit stain.

    • Greg

      Shut up. Honestly you’re nitpicking.

  • Kevin G.

    “YEAH! It took us 14 innings to beat a team that was resting half of their starters! Eric Ortiz was RIGHT!”

  • teddy

    thats the mvp, giradri can go to fucking hell, gutless performance

    • jay h

      what did girardi do

  • Widget

    MVP MVP MVP. Can’t wait for the 10 page Peter Gammons article talking about the greatness of Ellsbury and how his homer SAVED the season.

    They are still losing 2 of 3 to the Orioles, but whatever.

  • JMK

    Who saw that coming?

  • Matt

    Proctor might be the WORST pitcher in the ENTIRE bullpen. No excuse for bringing him in to pitch in this spot.

    NO EXCUSE.

    This is not a meaningless game for the Yankees. If you let Boston into the playoffs because of tonight’s game, you may really come to regret it.

    There were a ton of other pitchers available, all of whom had far more upside than Scott Proctor. This game doesn’t do anything to the Yankees in the short term, but they will certainly regret it if Boston makes it into the playoffs and flips the switch.

    • Montero’s Mojo

      Exactly. This game was a lot more important than some of these folks are implying.

      • bonestock94

        It really isn’t, and it isn’t more important than resting key players.

        • Matt

          Girardi wasn’t resting key players. Cano, Granderson, and Swisher were out there all night, and he used the majority of his top relief pitchers, some of whom had already pitched yesterday.

          • bonestock94

            There’s 9 typical Yankees starters not 3

  • Gonzo

    Neither team really deserved to win this game. So what. Their pitching is fried.

  • Ethan

    what the fuck was girardi thinking?! Get this fucking bum off the team NOW! He can’t do anything right. Feels like girardi threw up the white flag and is surrendering the game. Not a nice way to have your last home game of the regular season.

  • ItsATarp

    I hope scott proctor blows his arm out again…this time for good.

  • Greg

    WE DID NOT NEED TO WIN THIS GAME

    • Matt

      As usual, you just don’t get it. This game could decide whether Boston makes the playoffs or not. That is HUGE for the Yankees, since Boston is the next best team in the league.

      • pop up teixeira

        the rangers might have something to say about that

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          And the Tigers.

        • Matt

          A September collapse doesn’t erase what happened the entire rest of the season. Detroit had one hot stretch in which they won 12 games in a row. Other than that they have been mediocre.

          Boston is the best team in the league that isn’t the Yankees. Don’t let their recent performance fool you. Going on the basis of record without any sense of the context is incredibly misleading.

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

        This game could decide whether Boston makes the playoffs or not.

        You’re the one that doesn’t get it. This game decides nothing because they still have three games left in the season.

        • Matt

          Stop twisting my words. I didn’t say that this game would put them into the playoffs or eliminate them from contention. I said that this game COULD DECIDE if they make it or not, and that is definitely true.

          Considering that the teams are separated by only one game, winning and losing this game could be the difference between Boston having to play a one game playoff and being in, or between missing entirely and playing a one game playoff, etc.

          Nobody knows what will happen next, but you can control the outcome of tonight’s game still. Unless the Yankees sweep the Rays and Boston sweeps the Orioles, it was very likely that this game would make a difference.

  • James A

    We have Ayala, Noesi, Robertson (technically), hell even Brackman in the bullpen, in this vital game for our most hated rival, which weve invested so much in, and they fucking send Proctor out there after his shitfest on Thursday? As punishment, Proctor has to pitch all 27 innings against Tampa :)

    • JMK

      As punishment, Proctor has to pitch all 27 innings against Tampa

      Signed,

      Joe Torre

    • Jetrer

      No sense using Robertson twice in a day at this point in the season. Noesi will probably be starting one of the next couple games. I don’t get why he wouldn’t use Ayala or Kontos though. Maybe he did just want to get the game over with?

      • Matt

        Proctor is the worst pitcher in the bullpen. What excuse does he have for using him other than that he is a “veteran” (albeit a terrible one)?

        He doesn’t want to throw Brackman into the fire? When does he plan on ever using these guys then? If this game meant so little to him that he brought in Proctor to begin with, what is the harm? He wouldn’t use those guys unless there is a 10 run blowout in the other team’s favor, which is asinine.

        • Jetrer

          did I not say why not Ayala or Kontos? I agree Proctor is the worst pitcher in the bullpen. That’s why I added the last line.
          As for Brackman or Bettances, who’s starting tomorrow? I’m guessing it might be Noesi for a few and then they would possibly need length from the B’s as well. I honestly think Proctor was just waving the white flag to get the guys who played all day off the field.

    • Mister Delaware

      I would sign up for this.

  • Rich in NJ

    The game is meaningless, but it’s just ridiculous that Proctor is considered to be a better pitching option than Swisher…or most of the fans in the ballpark.

  • mbonzo

    Everyone realizes Girardi was ejected, right?

    • JMK

      Clearly they don’t.

    • Jetrer

      you realize that doesn’t mean bringing in Proctor wasn’t his decision right?

    • Tom

      Everyone realizes when a manager is ejected he’s still typically making the decision remotely, right?

      • Rich in NJ

        This.

  • Mister Delaware

    No shitting, if I got that Proctor pitch 10 times, I hit it out atleast once.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Well at least we took them to 14. Sox will be tired for tomorrow’s game with the Os. We just have to go out there and lose. Surely Girardi can manage that.

  • Avi

    F-cking stupid game. You have Arod, Jeter, Andruw and Posada sitting on the bench and you keep giving AB’s to Romine, Golson, Pena Etc. Could’ve really hurt the red sox.
    I don’t care if they go 0 for September. If they’re in the playoffs they’ll be dangerous. Didn’t even try to win the game.

    • mbonzo

      And the Rays won’t be dangerous? This game would have been nice to win and shove in the Red Sox faces, but at the cost of tired regulars 5 days before the postseason?

      • Matt

        This is completely wrong. The Yankees had plenty of chances to use those guys for just one AB, while they still had options on the bench to replace them in the field afterwards. They could have moved Montero behind the plate and given up the DH. They could have waited to pinch run for guys until they got to 2B, instead of burning through the bench right away.

        Girardi overmanaged, even in a game that he claimed wasn’t very important, and unsurprisingly it ended up costing him the game that in the end he had actually expended quite a lot of effort to try to grab.

        • Jetrer

          running out of guys isn’t the best time to give up the DH. And he didn’t want the vets who played the first game to play multiple innings. There really weren’t many chances to use those guys for just one AB.

          • Matt

            Yes, there were. He had an incredible chance to use A-Rod in the 9th inning with Romine up against Papelbon, instead of Romine who has been somewhat overmatched against big league pitching.

            If you lose the DH, then guess what? You have chance after chance to use those guys for one AB because they will be replaced by a pitcher anyway. A pitcher can just go up there and bunt if need be, or stand there and take 3 strikes down the middle.

            There were chances, and they were wasted with lesser players and an insane number of pinch running moves.

      • S

        give me the team that can’t hit over the team who can put up 10 runs in a heartbeat. The Sox are slumping but they are still the most dangerous lineup in baseball. The team should have crushed on the Sox throat because they are too dangerous too let into the post.

        • mbonzo

          Red Sox might have a better lineup than the Rays, but the Rays have some very mean pitching. Anything can happen in a short series and there is no way of knowing who will beat who, but we’re surely feel like idiots if we force the Rays to the playoffs, only to be beat by Shields, Price, and Hellickson in the ALCS.

    • Jetrer

      Posada was already used. As for the others, beating the Red Sox would have been nice, but the Yankees first priority right now is getting everyone healthy, rested, and ready for the playoffs.

  • JT

    Gotta love all of these irrational fans posting on this site.

  • Widget

    At least it wasn’t a 1 run loss.

  • Zooboy

    To be fair, the Yanks need to use Proctor against Tampa Bay now.

  • flamingo

    That’s the last time Proctor pitches for us, right?

    • mbonzo

      I heard he’s starting against the rays the next 3 days.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    The Chicago Bears didn’t have to win the game vs the Green Bay Packers in week 17 last season just as the Yanks didn’t have to win this one. The Bears didn’t win and then the Packers got hot and defeated them for the right to go to the championship. This could be similar, I sure hope not.

  • Bob Stone

    This day started great but it sure didn’t end that way. Earlier today the Yanks win, BoSox lose, Rays win, Giants win and Patriots lose.

    Later – not so good – Yanks lose, BoSox win, Jets lose.

  • Pat D

    So Ellsbury won the MVP tonight, right?

    • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

      Now I’m actually hoping Verlander gets the MVP. Sheesh.

    • Gonzo

      Think of it this way, he is represented by Boras and still isn’t under a long-term contract. Makes me feel better.

  • Avi

    Can we get a urine test on Ellsbury? Ridiculous.

  • Matt

    Tonight’s game is a prime example of why you wanted to bury Boston while you still had a chance.

    They can be incredibly dangerous in the postseason even if they aren’t playing that well, for the same reasons that they won tonight’s game. Very high upside in the bullpen, and guys that can come up with big extra base hits in the late innings.

    This game was not meaningless, not even for the Yankees. If you beat Boston here, they might not make the playoffs. The pressure is entirely on them, while you rest players in Tampa to get ready for the postseason. Now, you either have to sit the entire team or expect to see Boston playing October baseball. They really blew it.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      You’ve said the same fucking thing 4 times. I think we get your point.

    • mbonzo

      So you’d rather play the Rays than Red Sox right now? You never want to pick your opponent, especially at the expense of hurting a team that is playing meaningless games.

      • Matt

        Tampa is the inferior team, regardless of what the recent numbers show. I’m not picking my opponent, when did I do that? I’m pointing out that because Boston is in fact the next best team in the league (and they ARE, stop letting a small sample of games fool you when they have that roster), it would be best for the Yankees to have them already out of the playoffs before they even started.

        • mbonzo

          You have no idea how any team would do against the Yankees in a 7 game series. Rays have the pitching to kill the Yankees and the Red Sox have the bats to kill the Yankees. The fact is that you’d rather play the Rays than the Red Sox, which is not something you want to do when you end up getting your ass kicked by some awesome starting pitching. Its possible that the Red Sox keep this slump up, and get beat in the ALDS too.

          • Matt

            I never said that I’d rather they play one team over the other. I’m saying which team I think is the better overall team, and that is definitely Boston. Anything can happen in a playoff series, but that’s not the point. It’s better to have a weaker set of teams in the playoffs than a stronger set of teams. That’s common sense, which seems to have eluded some of you guys.

        • Jetrer

          is 159 games a small sample?? OK

          • Matt

            Is 6-18 a large sample? Because besides that, the Red Sox have been neck and neck with the Yankees for the entire season, and far better than Detroit, which has not been tearing it up outside of that recent 12 game winning streak against mediocre Central clubs.

            • Jetrer

              6-18 is part of the 159. They all count. 159 games is more than 24 games. Over 159 games, the Yankees, Tigers, and Rangers have been better than the Sox.

              • Matt

                Because a total September collapse and one winning streak are more indicative of a team’s performance than the other 130 or so games?

                Also, you are trying to compare records when the teams play an unbalanced schedule? Do you realize how ridiculous that is? Detroit is 47-22 against their garbage division, and Texas is 37-17 against theirs, which has only 1 good team out of 3. The Red Sox are playing in a division with 4 teams over .500, despite playing each other 18-19 times a piece.

    • AndrewYF

      Oh please. Boston could barely pull off a win with their A-team vs the Yankees’ B- team. They couldn’t score off Aaron freaking Laffey. It took Scott Proctor to get on the mound for their lifeless team to have any chance whatsoever.

      Of course, ESPN will now be proclaiming them the comeback team of the decade.

      • Matt

        Which means absolutely nothing if they back into October and get hot.

        Boston and Tampa are both playing inconsistent baseball right now (Tampa has been mediocre against everyone except Boston). Which team do you think has the better chance of getting it going in October? If you can answer that question, then you will see why what you said is not correct.

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

          Either team can get it going in the postseason. It’s not the Yankees job to keep a team out of the playoffs when they might not even face them.

  • Tom

    Good news…. there is no f’n way Proctor is making the postseason roster (in the event Girardi was toying with it)

    Bad news…. this probably has Girardi thinking about Laffey as a possible 2nd LOOGY option.

    • mt

      Valdes before Laffey – Valdes has been somewhat better.

      Texas and Detroit are more righty dominated than lefty so not sure he would want 2 lefties against those teams. Now if Boston or Philly, yes.

  • tom

    The Yankees obviously didn’t go for the jugular here — Scott Proctor’s presence, and passing on innumerable opportunities to pinch hit made that clear. On the other hand, they essentially handed a win to Tampa on Thursday, so it wouldn’t have been exactly fair to have gone all out here.

    The only thing that honestly troubles me about the game is that it feeds into the “if extra innings come, the team falls dead” theme.

  • Jackman

    All the nostalgia about Proctor coming back sure wore off quickly.

    As soon as Ellsbury came up, you knew the lead was over, it was just a matter of how many runs. I’ll say this, I give the MVP to Ellsbury after today.

    I don’t even care much for the Rays to get in, since I think the Sox have weaknesses as well, but I really wanted to see them collapse, just because they were the Sox. Thanks a lot Proctor. Also didn’t get why Jones didn’t hit for Golson against Morales.

  • JFH

    another extra inning game that ended up as a waste of my time.

    i know that it was a meaningless game for us. but i hate that we let those guys off the hook.

  • Jonathan

    what’s this tiring the veterans business? how much does a ph appearance hurt a-rod’s knee, back, hip, whatever the hell’s bothering him.

    • Jetrer

      he would have to stay in the game, they only had veterans left on the bench, and they have no idea how many innings the game may last. Just playing it safe

  • JMK

    The reporters always seem to ask shitty questions.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    So Hughes is in the bullpen. Sigh.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Not surprised to yell you the truth.

      • The Big City of Dreams

        Tell*

  • mt

    Before today, sweeping doubleheader from Sox (when we are resting people) and then Tampa also winning its game would have been perfect but really difficult to say it would actually happen.

    Unfortunately we came so close but could not pull it off. (Hard to win when you get six hits in 14 innings (I am sick of scoring runs off Lackey but then letting him off hook.)

    One thing this game did – not sure whether Ellsbury will win MVP (this game certainly helps his candidacy) but definitely hope they stop talking about Adrian Gonzalez. Hitting 3 homers in a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium is pretty impressive.

    Only thing I can hopfor is that Beckett falters and Bosox bullpen is short tomorrow.

    I can’t see us putting in a great offensive performance against Tampa tomorrow after today’s long day. So maybe Sox lose and Tampa wins.

    I am rooting for a tie so game 163 has to be played – probably best that can be hoped for at this point.

  • Bill

    Once again, Girardi gets burned in an extra inning game. This time, he half-played for the win in the 9th and left Romine in there with the basses loaded and 2 outs. You have to pinch-hit there. Instead, the kid is understandably overmatched and he strikes out, and the game goes 14 innings. The bullpen is taxed tremendously, especially considering that they played 2 games today. Who know’s who will be available tomorrow. And the offense looked pathetic once again in an extra-inning game, and most of the game overall. 2 hits over 11 innings? Awful. And everyone is going to attack me and say “you’re nitpicking” or “this was a meaningless game” which is true standings-wise, but if you’re gonna play for 5 hours against your rivals that you’re trying to knock out of the playoffs, using your entire bullpen, you might as well win. Very disappointing game.

    • Jetrer

      who cares who is available tomorrow? Let Brackman and Bettances pitch, the game means absolutely nothing to the Yankees

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • Matt

      It’s always a contradiction with Girardi. He’ll claim the game wasn’t important enough to use his guys, yet he pinch ran for his key players already in the game to try to go for the win. He brought in all of his ace relievers other than Robertson, who had already pitched in the first game.

      If he isn’t trying to win, then he can at least get the players rest. Once again, he burned through his roster and accomplished nothing in the process because of his inconsistent style.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        He brought in his good relievers because Soriano and Mo hadn’t pitched since Wednesday.

        • Matt

          Yet, Ayala is left sitting in the pen while Proctor comes in to serve it up, despite already having used three pitchers who went yesterday in the game.

          Pinch running for guys, going for the win, but then leaving A-Rod sitting on the bench when he had a chance to PH him without having to play him in the field.

          • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

            Ayala is not an A guy and probably won’t even be on the roster. He also used only two pitchers that had been used yesterday- Wade and Valdez.

            There is no way you can PH ARod guaranteeing he won’t play the field unless he PHs for Montero, because you don’t KNOW that he’s going to end the game.

            • Bill

              Girardi could’ve pinch-hit Jeter in the 9th and let him play short and moved Nunez over to 3rd.

              • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

                But he clearly didn’t want his regulars playing in a meaningless game. You don’t know that Jeter will win the game if he pinch hits.

                • Bill

                  He has a much better chance than Romine, and if Jeter didn’t get a hit you could still have Pena in the field rather than Jeter if you wanted.

                  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

                    Then who would catch? No way it’s Martin. No way it’s Jesus. And Pena had already pinch run for Posada.

                    • Bill

                      I wouldn’t have had a huge problem with using Martin if Jeter didn’t get a hit. It’s something that would be nice to avoid but there’s a good chance he doesn’t even have to play the field if you pinch hit Jeter or A-Rod there, they both have had decent success against Papelbon.

                    • Matt

                      So you would rather have Romine hit than have to put Montero behind the plate for a few innings, with a small chance of the game ending with you winning before that even happens?

                      I’m glad you’re not the manager. You would be like Joe Torre, sleeping on the dugout bench and then pulling your moves out of a hat based on incorrect preconceptions.

                    • Bill

                      And another thing, why did Joe put Pena in to pinch run for Posada? He wasn’t even the winning run. He was on first base and his run was useless.

                    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

                      I agree about Pena. But I’d much rather rest the regulars for the playoffs than try to win a meaningless regular season game.

            • Matt

              Ayala has allowed 1 hit in 8.1 IP in September. He’s been one of their best relievers of late.

              Also, Logan threw 2/3 of an inning yesterday, so that is three. Don’t correct me if you are too lazy to even check your own statement.

              You could have easily PH A-Rod in that game. Again, if you have no sense of what was going on in the game, please abstain from attacking my posts. He PH Posada for Laird while he still had both A-Rod and Pena on the bench. He could have moved Montero from DH to C if he wanted to PH for Romine in the 9th inning.

              Time and time again, you criticize my posts without even a basic knowledge of what unfolded in the game. Amazing that you have the audacity to attack me when you have clearly not been watching the games very attentively.

              • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

                Ayala has been in mostly low leverage work this month. I can remember him coming on with the bases loaded in Toronto and giving up a scalding liner to center that was caught.

                Girardi PH Posada for Laird because Posada was the DH in the first game. There’s a BIG difference between DHing and playing the field, like Jeter and ARod did. I’m sorry, but you can’t expect a manager like Girardi to send veterans out to play the field for 2 games in one day.

                btw, where were you when they clinched the playoffs? Where were you when they clinched the division? Where were you when they beat up on the Red Sox this afternoon and last night? You only show up in games like this, or when something goes wrong. And then you wonder why many people don’t take you seriously.

                • Matt

                  Ayala has not been used in mostly low leverage work, what are you talking about? In 6 of his 10 appearances in September, he’s had an average LI of 1.76 or higher, with 2 holds and a well deserved win against TB.

                  Once again, you criticize without knowing the situation. He left Romine in to bat for himself with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 9th inning. He had a catcher already in the game at DH, who had not played in the first game and had not played in the field since Thursday night. A-Rod would not have had to play the field if he was used, because Pena was already in the game, and Montero would have been moved behind the plate.

                  Stop trying to use the “wahh you don’t post every night” argument to deflect attention from the blatant mistakes in your posts. You muddle the facts consistently, and then attack people on the basis of this incorrect knowledge. I’m surprised that any takes YOU seriously anymore.

                  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

                    You are putting too much stock into a meaningless regular season game. Girardi didn’t manage the way you wanted to? Who fcking cares? Resting the players for the playoffs >>>>> winning this game.

                    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

                      Also not to get too cocky here, but I bet people here take me more seriously than they do you.

                    • Matt

                      You are once again trying to deflect from all of the ways in which you were proven wrong in this thread.

                      If you can’t man up and admit your obvious mistakes, then there is no way that anyone is going to be taking you seriously right now.

                      You can certainly dish it out, but when the heat is on, you make excuse after excuse.

                    • Matt

                      And also, stop equating using A-Rod for one PH at bat with playing in the field. HE WOULD NOT HAVE HAD TO PLAY THE FIELD IF GIRARDI USED HIM IN THE RIGHT SPOT.

                      All you do is make up excuses. If you are wrong, then “it doesn’t matter” and people are “trolls.” Amazing that you think you are better than others on this blog, when you can’t even get simple facts straight in your own posts.

      • Bill

        That’s the most frustrating part about it for me. Just be consistent.

    • Bob Stone

      I know it’s meaningless too and Girardi said he didn’t want to risk injury to Jeter, ARod and Jones. But it wasa still disappointing.

    • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

      I pray the Yankees don’t see extra innings in the postseason.

      I also agree with you. As long as you’re playing a team in contention, the game is not meaningless. I’m not playing the “I’d rather see this team or that team in the playoffs game.” But, I am going with the “I don’t want the Red Sox having even a remote chance of getting to the World Series” game.

    • mt

      Totally agree – my problem is that by trying to still rest people even from pinch hitting I think he extended the game. No guarantee that Jones or Arod pinch hit would win game but at least try.

      If he really wanted to rest people would not have used Soriano and Mo and half the regularsto start. Line-up was better than Thursday Tampa’s line-up.

      We as fans see value from knocking Boston out but Joe apparently does not. I don’t like Boston because we do not pound their crappy pitchers like everybody else does. Lackey has started 4 games against us and I believe Boston has won three of them. Our two best pichers (CC and Nova) also seem to give up a lot of baserunners to them.

      Best thing about weekend was pounding Lester and Garcia’s performance.

      • Bill

        Russel Martin seems to be very enthusiastic about potentially knocking Boston out of the playoffs, and I’m pretty sure he’s not the only one in the clubhouse that feels that way.

      • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

        Great point about Lackey. He’s been their Burnett, yet he shut down the Yankees pretty effectively. After the afternoon win, I fully expected, half-empty lineup or not, that Lackey would be gone by the fourth at least.

        Also, on the point of starting pitching, don’t forget that Garcia will likely get a start if the Yanks face them in the ALCS. Outside of Saturday, Boston has lit him up pretty well. I think his success Saturday was thanks to a big early deficit and Boston batters pressing.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    I love how everyone is assuming that Boston’s in the playoffs. Did you not watch the game? They won because Proctor was brought in. They couldn’t buy a hit with RISP. I mean even Aaron Laffey shut them down. The Red Sox will make the playoffs when their magic number is zero.

    • Bill

      Tampa will most likely have to sweep to have a good chance, though.

  • Avi

    I want proctor starting and throwing 150 pitches against tampa tomorrow.

  • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

    I guess this puts to rest all those rumors about Scott Procter still being alive. Really, how silly.

  • pop up teixeira

    I hope the yanks don’t have no extra inning games in the post season

  • mbonzo

    Yankees took 2 out of 3 from the Red Sox, in a series the Sox needed to win. Girardi did well.

    • Bob Stone

      +28

    • Tom

      The Yankees did well.

      Girardi doing well is highly subjective and nearly impossible to measure.

      Not sure when/how Proctor jumped Ayala in the bullpen pecking order… Ayala is not lights out but he’s been here all year and had 50 appearances. Proctor has been here for a cup of coffee (and has spilled most of that coffee) and yet somehow gets in the game before Ayala.

      I’d also put Kontos ahead of Proctor, but that’s at least debatable; unless Ayala was injured or had something bothering him early in the day, I can see no reason to bring in Proctor ahead of Ayala

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    So since Hughes goes to the bullpen and Noesi starts tomorrow while Colon goes Tuesday, who goes Wednesday? Of course Girardi doesn’t know. You can’t have Nova or Burnett go on Wednesday because they’d be going on two days rest, among other reasons they wouldn’t do that. And they can’t go with Garcia on Wednesday because he’d be going on three days rest, and off course CC is off limits as well. So who the hell will start Wednesday?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Honestly, I think Betances.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        I’d love that.

    • Mister Delaware

      I imagine its a goof-around game. Start Kontos or someone and let everyone not headed to the postseason go 25 pitches. One of those things you don’t announce ahead of time so Boston/Anaheim can’t whine ahead of time.

    • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

      I don’t think Girardi cares. I believe as long as the games matter, a team in the Yankees position should put a representative team on the field. However, if it’s going to screw with your playoff rotation or any other aspect of the roster, you do what’s best for your own team. In other words, I don’t think the Yankees will or should go out of their way to make sure a regular pitcher faces Tampa on Wednesday if that game means anything. If it comes to that, Boston can shut up and blame themselves for letting their lead get away. There are plenty of September moments this year that they can blame and most of them are their own doing.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    This is the real reason the Yankees lost tonight (this morning): http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....nt-2901595