May
25

Game 45: The Left Coast

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Swish is one of two former A's in tonight's lineup. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

It’s only a handful of games a year, but these late West Coast games are the worst. I’ve lived in out west before, I much prefer Yankees games starting at 4pm out there than 10pm here. First world problems, eh? Here’s the lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
LF Raul Ibanez
RF Nick Swisher
DH Eric Chavez
Russell Martin

RHP Ivan Nova

Tonight’s game starts a little after 10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Ivan Nova News: Apparently Nova was dealing with a “minor hamstring” problem at some point recently, a separate issue from the right foot contusion and right ankle sprain he suffered two starts ago against the Orioles. He’s fine though and will make tonight’s start.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Arya

    And these are games the Yankee pitchers should dominate. This is a weak offense and a pitcher’s ballpark. Nova needs to get back on track tonight.

  • Mike Nitabach

    How the fuck am I going to stay awake for this game?

    • Havok9120

      The same way you have for every game over here since you’ve been a Yanks fan?

      • Mike Nitabach

        I have fallen asleep during many west coast games.

        • jjyank

          My strategy? A few cups of coffee followed by plenty of booze.

          • Mike Nitabach

            I’ve already got the booze under my belt.

            • jjyank

              I have to admit though, I end up asleep by the 9th inning/the post game, then wake up at 2 am on my couch still drunk and tasked with brushing my teeth and taking my contacts out. Not fun. But I don’t mind the games otherwise.

              • Havok9120

                Bah. Lightweights.

                Of course, I’m an insomniac, So what do I know?

              • The Troll

                Aww. How cute… And lonely. :(

                • Havok9120

                  Heh. You’re one to talk.

                  • The Troll

                    Yes. I am talking. Perceptive.

                    • Havok9120

                      Buh dum pisshhhhhh…..

                      You’re supposed to be more annoying to have that handle. Lame jokes remain lame.

  • Yankeefan1421

    Good to see Tex back up in the middle of the lineup.

  • jjyank

    RAB late night! Let’s do this boys.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      RAB after-hours.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Fuck, yeah!

  • Mike Nitabach

    RiSP!

  • Tom

    Why is Tex batting 5th against a righty?

    • Yankeefan1421

      Because he was an elite hitter five years ago.

    • Havok9120

      Girardi wanted to break up all the R/Ls in the lineup because Oakland has 4 (!!!) LHPs in the ‘pen.

      • Tom

        So he couldn’t just swap Swisher and Tex? Not all that hard.

        Also at most there will be 2 lefties together (Cano/Ibanez) if he just moved Tex down to 7.

        • Need Pitching

          “So he couldn’t just swap Swisher and Tex? Not all that hard.”

          Tex last 2 weeks: .348 wOBA
          Swish last 2 weeks: .195 wOBA

          that, and the lefty thing, probably played into the decision

  • Havok9120

    Right, doesn’t look like I’ll be getting a feed until Tampa/BoSox ends.

    I shall play some more Witcher 2.

    • jjyank

      Dude, GREAT game. I played it twice already.

      • Havok9120

        Yeah, this is my third playthrough. I bought it on release, beat it, played it again when they released Version 2.0, and am now playing it again now that the Enhanced Edition is out.

        Its not as earth shattering an improved as the Witcher 1’s EE was, but they basically remade the game for that one. Its still a great improvement though. Especially considering its totally free.

        • jjyank

          I’m assuming you’re playing on the PC. I never had a PC that could run it, so I’ve been playing on the xbox since the EE was released for it. So much fun though. It’s kind of like a cross between Fable and Dragon Age with more focus on real time combat decisions and a darker backstory.

          • Havok9120

            PC all the way and always. Mods alone make PC gaming worth it.

            But yeah, its universe is muccccch darker. The books are fantastic as well and W1, while quirky, was a very very good game.

            • jjyank

              Unfortunately I never got to play the first game. But my PC is maaaaad old and I have a Mac now, so that’s that for computer gaming haha. I should look into the books though, I really like the backstory.

              • Havok9120

                The Last Wish is the first collection of short stories he wrote for Geralt. Its out in English.

                Blood of Elves is the first novel, and the only one of them yet translated into English.

                • jjyank

                  Sweet, I’ll look into that, thanks.

                  • Havok9120

                    By the way….the first Witcher is out for MAC these days. You may want to look into whether or not yours can run it. It isn’t a super hardware intensive game if you turn the settings down. Just a thought.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Never heard of it, but I’ve been so wrapped up in Skyrim I haven’t needed another game since November.

      • jjyank

        Also a great game, but I got bored after about 100 hours. Great world, great atmosphere, but still mehh gameplay. Witcher has much tigher gameplay, I’m sure you’d like it.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          Did it release on PlayStation? Cause I’m a Sony fan boy, I’ll never own another system lol

          • jjyank

            Actually I don’t know. I’m an xbox guy. I was a PS guy back in the day until my PS2 just decided to shit the bed…I was so mad I bought an xbox instead, and I never looked back.

          • Havok9120

            It has not and may not. They’re trying to shoehorn the game into the PS3’s hardware but it hasn’t worked so far.

            At least that’s the rumor. I love that company and follow news on them.

            • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

              Things like this make me wish I had a PC that could support games.

              • Havok9120

                Yeah, I love me some PC gaming.

                • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                  I’m afraid of what I would become if I could also add gaming to the lists of things that prevent me from ever leaving the computer screen.

                  • Havok9120

                    That is a valid concern.

        • Havok9120

          Yeah, W2 has far better gameplay. And while I do enjoy the lore of TES, its started to jump the shark in some big ways. Mods have always allowed me to greatly enjoy games from Bethesda though, even though I usually find them empty and underwhelming (not to mention bug-ridden) on release.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            I’m not going to lie, up until this most recent update the game was incredibly buggy on playstation. However, since that update I haven’t found a single bug, and while I wish there were more enemies out in the open world (instead of just in dungeons and caves and what not) The Dragon battles in Skyrim are just epic.

            • jjyank

              Skyrim was awesome. No denying that. I hear they are making a TES MMO though…thoughts on that?

              • Havok9120

                They bastardized the lore all to Hell to make it work. They’re also trying to shoehorn a single player element into it, a model that no one has yet made work well in an MMO.

              • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                I’m not a huge fan of MMO’s I’d much rather pay for a game once, and do everything the game has to offer than pay monthly for a game that is basically the same thing only involves me cooperating with some of the worst people on the planet, as well as people who take gaming WAY to seriously.

                • jjyank

                  I like the concept of them, but I haven’t enjoyed one since Star Wars Galaxies.

                  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                    I hear the new Star Wars MMO is incredible…again I wish I had a computer to support it, I’m enough of a Star Wars nerd that I’d put my hatred of MMOs aside to play it.

                    • jjyank

                      I know, I feel the same way, SWG was the bomb back in the day. But I have a Mac now, so I can’t play the new Star Wars MMO. My Mac destroys PCs in every way except gaming, but it sucks sometimes knowing I can’t play certain games.

                    • Havok9120

                      Its quite good. I haven’t played many MMOs, but its the most fun I’ve ever had in one of those games.

            • Havok9120

              I’m waiting for the price to drop, since loading Bethesda games up with all the mods I need to to make them any fun for me is a ton of work to pay 60 bucks for the honor of doing.

              That said, I’m pretty pumped to snag it in a sale. Especially now that the 1.6 patch will be adding in mounted combat, a feature everyone has wanted since Oblivion first came out.

              • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                Holy shit!! There’s mounted combat?!?!?! I didn’t even look into what the patch covered besides kill shots for archers as well as just a smoother everything.

                • Havok9120

                  Its the Beta Patch that’s out right now for PCs. The next update you get for your PS3 should have it, it just needs to go official.

                  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                    OMG!!! I’m so excited!!! I cannot wait to ride old Shadowmere into battle and shoot the shit out of people before they even see me!

  • Mike Nitabach

    Large foul territory.

    • Havok9120

      /Football stadium’d

  • LiterallyFigurative

    RISP-fail, late night style…

    • 718 (Bronx)

      lmao

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Friggin mlb package. Pittsburgh game ended dammit! Put my Yankees on!!!

  • NoH

    I really wish tex could hit the ball the way that granderson did with that single.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Reasons I love west coast games: 1. I’m an Insomniac. 2. Every job I’ve had since the age of 16, save one season, I worked during games and was relegated to radio listening.

    • jjyank

      Welcome to the world of television.

  • Strat

    Even the guys that run Gitmo think that Bob Lorenz doing west coast games is f#cking cruel.

  • Widget

    I really hate Reddick’s stupid face.

  • Kramerica Industries

    It will be a bitch and a half for New York to get that third goal tonight.

    This is vintage Marty right now. I fear he’s not allowing another goal until the Final.

  • Knoxvillain

    Well, the benches cleared in the Rays-Sox game after they hit Luke Scott.

    I may be one of a few people on here that actually likes Luke Scott.

    • 718 (Bronx)

      Yeah I’m watching that game too.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      Is Lou Pineilla managing the Rays tonight?

    • jjyank

      You like Luke Scott?

      • Knoxvillain

        Very much. Unless he’s playing the Yankees.

    • The Troll

      I love Luke Scott. He publicly called Fenway a shit-hole. He’ll forever be A-OK in my book.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Nova needs to make more pitches like that. Even the one he allowed the hit to Weeks, not bad, it just found a hole.

  • Tom

    Red Sox drill Luke Scott… again. Benches empty.

    2 out, noone on first pitch fastball thrown behind him. Another pitch later in the AB in, and then finally drilled.

  • eephus_pitch

    Does it still count as a Tex pop-up if it wouldn’t have been a pop-up in any other stadium?

    • Knoxvillain

      A pop up is a pop up.

  • Widget

    Red Sox are scumbags. They always hit guys and then they act like everyone is out to get them. Scumbag ownership and scumbag players.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Why’d they drill Scott anyway? Just cause he called Fenway a terrible park?

      • Widget

        Probably. I wouldn’t put it past Valentine to continue to play up to that shitbag fanbase.

      • Knoxvillain

        Probably. Sox are assholes. And I don’t say that cause I’m a Yankees fan, they just really are.

      • Tom

        Pedroia was hit earlier in the game. That + his comments on Fenway makes him the designated retaliatory guy.

        A week ago when Gonzalez got hit he was also drilled in that game in retaliation.

        Can’t believe after 3 inside pitches (2 clearly thrown at him), the pitcher didn’t get tossed.

  • Widget

    So the RISPfail is making it’s fancy west coast trip.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      RISP fail flies first class.

  • The Troll

    Quick, someone jinx the RISPfail!

    • Greg

      Too late

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    There is so much foul territory at this place.

  • Hummingbird S.

    FB count, he got the FB with little movement right down the middle and couldnt do anything but pop out.. how long can they keep carrying Martin’s dead weight?

    • The Troll

      My guess, the rest of the season. Doesn’t seem like the Brass ever removes a “starting” player for poor play, especially a catcher. He’ll be weighing down the end of that lineup come October.

      • Havok9120

        If we had a better alternative, you might be on to something. But we don’t, nor is one readily available as far as I know.

    • Need Pitching

      not like they have a better alternative right now

  • LiterallyFigurative

    OVERTIME AT THE ROCK!

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Go devils!! (I really don’t care.)

      • jjyank

        +1

        For both the “go Devils” and the “I really don’t care” comments.

  • jjyank

    Nice pitch!

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Oh, btw…guess who no longer has any skin left on his right palm? I’ll give you a hint: He has two thumbs and puts his hands out to break his fall.

      • jjyank

        Yeah I saw your pic…did you tear off all the dead skin?

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          Oh, no I fell on it again, exact same spot.

          • jjyank

            Jeez dude that sucks. What’s your address, I’m sending you some wrist guards and leather gloves lol

            • The Troll

              Mmm, didn’t take you as the kinky type…

              • jjyank

                I didn’t take you as a Tro…*checks user name*

                nevermind.

            • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

              Haha, right after I fell I was washing it thinking to myself…this is what I get for not having it covered two days after ripping it open…

              • jjyank

                That’ll happen. This is why I snowboard. If I fall, it only hurts if I fuck up real bad. Normal falls I can shake off over all the gear.

                • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                  I hear that, I’m done with my board for at least a week or so until this heals up a little bit. Also, I found the real problem, the nuts on one of the wheels was waaaay to tight, causing even the smallest of pebbles to lock the wheel.

                  • jjyank

                    Of course I’m saying that’d I’d rather snowboard while I still can’t straighten my left arm out all the way after fracturing it 3 months ago. It wasn’t even a hard turn, I just hit a small patch of ice on the carve and BOOM.

                    Funny thing is, my tolerance of pain is so ridiculous that I assumed it was just a bruise and kept boarding for several more hours. I didn’t even go to a doctor until about 6 days later lol. Stupid bones.

                    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                      Haha, I’ve had a few of those. I didn’t know I broke my elbow for a couple weeks when I was younger. Then one day I noticed it would lock when I tried to bend it all the way, my mom convinced me to go to the ER and they found a piece of my bone chipped clean off.

                    • jjyank

                      Haha nice. The doctor was like legit mad at me when I eventually went. He was all “so when did this happen?”

                      “..uhh, like last Saturday?”

                      “WTF RISPFAIL OMG”

                      I’m paraphrasing, of course :P

                    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                      Same here “So, these bruises look about a week old, when did the fall happen”

                      “A week sounds about right.”

                      http://static.fjcdn.com/pictur.....981488.jpg

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Is there anything more sleep inducing than a west coast game with Bob Lorenz in the booth?

  • The Troll

    I know that I’m entirely alone on this, and I’m honestly surprised I’m even saying this, but I want Cervelli starting behind the plate. Oh god, what’s happened to me?!

    • Hummingbird S.

      he’s sucking even worse than Martin, but on AAA

      • The Troll

        His emotions, whilst sabotaging him, need to be displayed at the professional level. Make Franky happy, Franky will hit. Make Franky sad, Franky will not hit. Easy. As. Pie.

  • Karl Krawfid

    THat day off did a lot for Grandy.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    I like this Granderson, not pull-happy.

  • Kramerica Industries

    OT with a chance to reach the Final on the line.

    Fucking hell, man.

  • Greg

    DEVILS WIN!

  • Widget

    Ouch that was fast. Bye Bye Rangers.

  • Kramerica Industries

    That didn’t take long at all.

    Fuck.

  • Will The Thrill

    Keep looking at perfectly hittable pitches and swinging at shit in the dirt Arod.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    NICE!!!!!!!!!!! I hope the Yankees win today, I’ve had a shitty couple days and them winning would definitely cheer me up.

    • Widget

      Isn’t it crazy how sports can have that affect on us?

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        It’s one of the reasons I love them so much.

        • Greg

          So do I. Even though I go up and down so much, when its up, it’s worth it

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Oh No, Co Co!

    At first I thought Cano hit the ball too well, but it got by Crisp.

    Ribbie for Robbie.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      Sorry, E8

    • RkyMtnYank

      It was an error, no ribbie.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Congrats to the Devils.

    Rangers need offense.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    TEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    he’s too pull happy =P

  • Widget

    Damn Tex. Welcome to the 2012 Yankees.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Loving this haha

  • LiterallyFigurative

    The Keystone Kop A’s

  • jjyank

    This is like little league defense. Love it.

  • New Balance Cleats

    oh don’t you just love Oakland

  • Arya

    Good work. Nice to see Mark get a hit. Nova can breathe easy now against this lineup. Hope he goes deep and gets himself back on track.

  • Hummingbird S.

    late, but MARK!! finally!!

  • New Balance Cleats

    Didn’t Tex have a good series in Oakland last year that kind of got him going for a bit?

  • Mike Nitabach

    wooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike Nitabach

    How did it ever make sense to put bullpens in foul territory?

    • Havok9120

      I’ve never figured this out either.

      • jjyank

        I’d like to rationalize it by saying it’s a football stadium, but I know the Rays’ stadium is like that too, so I just don’t know.

        • Havok9120

          Most/all of them used to be that way, or so I understand it.

    • New Balance Cleats

      I’m surprised there aren’t more injuries.

  • The Troll

    Holy balls, Nelson Cruz. Have a day why don’tcha!

  • Havok9120

    According to the Gamecast, that strikezone was horrendous to Pennington.

  • Mike Nitabach

    One of the things I like about Nova is that he always look cool, even when he has had bad outings, he looks calm and collected. Like the anti-Burnett.

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

    Rickey & Dave Stewart (1990), Tejada & Zito (2002) for the trivia? I know the second set is right.

    • Greg

      Did Rickey win an MVP?

      By the way. WORST TRADE EVER!

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

        No idea, I assume he won one at some point.

        Fact: Nolan Ryan never won a Cy Young.

        • Greg

          Wah-wah

        • Greg

          So we both has one right. It was Henderson and Welch

  • Greg

    2002 A’s- Miguel Tejada and Barry Zito

    1990 A’s- Canseco and either Stewart or Welch

  • Mike Nitabach

    It looks like there’s about 100 feet behind home plate, too. I’m surprised they don’t have a bullpen back there.

  • Mike Nitabach

    RUSSEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLL!

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Nice, even Martin getting involved!!!!!

  • Havok9120

    Russel Martin: determined to remain just below the Mendoza line.

  • Mike Nitabach

    C’mon Jeet!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I know its easy to say this now, but I had a gut feeling that this trip was where Tex and Martin got hot. They’re not done tonight.

    • Havok9120

      Here’s hoping.

  • Widget

    I hate that football stadium that pretends to be a baseball park.

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

    Jeff Mathis is pitching.

  • Havok9120

    Holy crap! I found a broadcast.

    • Havok9120

      ……

      Its in Spanish.

      • jjyank

        Try the SAP button?

        • Mike Nitabach

          That makes it double spanish.

          • jjyank

            Yo quiero Taco Bell?

  • Mike Nitabach

    C’MON, A-ROD!!!!!! DO IT!!!!!

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    OMG!!! History?!?!

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      …not with that swing…

  • Mike Nitabach

    urghj

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    God damnit alex…how did you swing at that first pitch then let the 0-1 just sail in for strike 2…

  • New Balance Cleats

    Well that was disgusting

  • Greg
    • Mike Nitabach

      that sounds like five out of tune trombones together

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Hahaha, Post of the night!!

    • Havok9120

      Well played. I laughed.

  • mt

    RISPfail is almost laughable.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    this is truly unbelievable. put someone on second or third, and i seriously would rather have an a ball player up to bat.

  • Arya

    It’s amazing how nobody can just hit a long fly ball or a soft grounder that can only get one out. Right now I’d settle for 1 run in these situations.

    • Greg

      They try too hard. They want to hit the grand slam

      • Need Pitching

        then what’s Jeter’s excuse?

        • Greg

          Jeter was just unlucky

          • Need Pitching

            weak contact turning into an out is unlucky?

  • The Troll

    What’s the RISP stat thus far?

    • Mike Nitabach

      Send Jeter down!

  • Greg

    Whoa

  • Widget

    Despise Reddick with every fiber of my being. Pretty pathetic that he’s the A’s best hitter.

  • New Balance Cleats

    Nice snag by that yankee fan

  • Mike Nitabach

    Cano is always spewing seeds.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    web gem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike Nitabach

    RAUUL!

  • Need Pitching

    Raul wit da D!

  • Tom Q

    Half serious: at some point, does Robby Thompson start sending runners home with none out? I mean, they’re not scoring this way.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yankees could have bust the game wide open.

    Annoying ass team that doesn’t hit with risp.

    • Greg

      Still don’t think the A’s will score enough to pass 3 runs

  • Greg

    Ibanez with the running catch

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    John Macolvich got old.

  • Greg

    WOW

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    nice, only way we can score now

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Too Many Homerz!!! is back?

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        it is if we hit less than .100 w/ risp for a month

  • Mike Nitabach

    Singleton just informed us that the Yanks lead the majors with GIDP with bases loaded. Lovely.

    BUT! WOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Robbie!!!! What a Shot!!!!!!!

  • jjyank

    Robbie…your swing is just so beautiful..I need to go change my pants.

  • CUYanks

    Does Bob Lorenz even have a home run call?

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

    lol Tex. lol

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    …Damnit Tex! Even when you do well you FAIL!!!

  • CBean

    Tex you’re not fast.

  • Greg

    Nice play by Smith

  • Widget

    What the fart. That sucked.

  • Mike Nitabach

    FUUUGG! Although enjoyable to see fair balls bouncing around in the fucking bullpen.

    • CUYanks

      You’d think AJ Burnett was warming up in there.

  • Havok9120

    Ahhhh…..Tex. Sigh.

  • New Balance Cleats

    LOL @ watching Tex run

  • jjyank

    Raul. Fuckin’ Raul.

  • Greg

    What a stat: 21-6 when scoring 4+

    But FALLACY

  • Widget

    Nice an RBI double for Raul.

    Oh right Tex is too damn slow. Nevermind.

  • CUYanks

    Yankees hit so poorly with RISP that they can get back-to-back doubles and not score!

    • Tom

      But if Tex was on base wouldn’t RISP fail kick in?

      I think Tex was being a good teammate. His real mistake was not stopping at 1st so Raul could actually get a hit and upon realizing this he intentionally ran into the out at 3rd.

      • CUYanks

        I love Tex. What we didn’t know is that if he made it to third he would have kept running for home, video game style. After all, 3rd is scoring position too.

  • Greg

    FALLACY ALERT

    • CUYanks

      Michael Kay’s not in the booth.

      • Greg

        Doesnt matter. The logic of the fallacy is still there

        • NoH

          Ah, the old notion the fallacy of the predetermined outcome.

          • jjyank

            It’s not an “old notion”. It’s true. Does Raul see that same sequence of pitches if Tex is on second or third? Highly doubtful.

  • New Balance Cleats

    RAAAUUUUUUUULL!!!….never get tired of saying that

  • Charles

    So this is what offense feels like, it’s been a while…

  • Mike Nitabach

    Makes Tex’s basreunning blunder all the more painful.

    • Greg

      FALLACY

      • CUYanks

        It’s not a fallacy that it made it more painful. Pain can be descriptive and does not require predictive value.

        • Greg

          Not when the source of the pain is that a run would have scored

          • Mike Nitabach

            What are you babbling about? It’s subjectively painful to see a baserunning mistake, and it’s even more subjectively painful when that baserunning mistake turns into a lost run.

  • Mike Nitabach

    C’mon, Swish. Just get a base hit.

  • Mike Nitabach

    WOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    SWISHARO!!!!!!

  • Havok9120

    Garbage Time?

    Garbage Time.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I can see why this guy was a reliever.

  • Widget

    West Coast games are the best. It’s so nice to see the big bad evil big market team abuse the little innocent small market team.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    wtf was that? first time in a while we brought a run home from second or third

    • Need Pitching

      since the third inning anyways

  • Karl Krawfid

    Pride…Power…Pinstripes…

  • New Balance Cleats

    Swish going oppo???

  • jjyank

    Garbage time!

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Havok, I just watched the video you posted…OMG I’d kill for assassin vision! And fire/water arrows. My biggest beef with the game is poisons when it comes to bows and arrows. You poison the bow, meaning one shot is poisoned…but everybody knows in the real world you’d poison the entire quiver. I’m not saying one bottle of poison should work for hundreds arrows, but I think like 20 would be fair.

    • Havok9120

      Yeah, that video was a lot of fun. The music was….something. Tho I love “arrow to the knee” jokes, so it was all good.

      It’ll be interesting to see how much of that stuff they end up putting into the game.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        Well you said they were already working on the mounted battling, which is great. I’d like to see the expansion of mounts. I could see them holding the Dragon Mounts for the MMO though.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        I’d love for the paralysis spell and stronger draugers, as well as the fear antrinochs.

        • jjyank

          I’m a Fear Antrinoch.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            Shit, you wanna come on this quest with me…I’d doubt you’d work against this Elder Dragon, but you could at least distract it long enough for me to shoot it full of a bunch of different poisons.

            • jjyank

              I might just be drunk enough to face off against an Elder Dragon. Maybe ask me again in an hour, I’ll be there.

        • Havok9120

          They’re working on the first DLC/expansion now, so we’ll see what they come up with for that.

  • Will The Thrill

    Wow. Impressive homerun by Swish. Nice to see him go oppo. His walks are down though which is kinda weird.

  • mt

    We only hit homers with RISP – none of those singles or doubles or RBI groundout/sac fly things.

    (I wish I was kidding.:-))

  • NoH

    I’m loving all of these opposite field hits, especially the ones of the extra base variety.

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    Hey guys, I just started watching in time to see Swish hit an oppo bomb! (which was also a RISP hit!)

    Also, what on earth happened that made Tex try for a triple?

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      A bloop that the LF slid for, Tex was busting it out of the box…but the ball got nowhere near far enough away for Tex to even think about trying for three.

    • jjyank

      Bloop down the LF line, the fielder misplayed it and it got by him, Tex tried to push it. He really should have just stayed a second.

    • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

      Thanks guys.

  • Greg
    • Havok9120

      You’re having fun with this aren’t you Greg? :D

      • Greg

        It was only fair that I do it when they do well, if I do it when they fail

        • Havok9120

          I like it.

    • New Balance Cleats

      Sounds like a mix between a train station and a nuclear launch

  • New Balance Cleats

    ewww chavez

  • chris

    wine, couch, late night ball don’t exactly mix. nice to wake up to that score though.

  • Tom

    Good to see Swisher going the opposite way batting lefty. Even the flyout was to center. He can also get a bit pull happy from the left side at times.

  • New Balance Cleats

    Goddammit I hate these smoking commercials

  • Mike Nitabach

    I’ve got some maple sugar candy.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    short leash for Nova tonight…he’s had an AJ quality to him this season…he seems to have one or two really bad innings.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Nova sucks.

    • Havok9120

      Clearly.

  • Havok9120

    That slide by Swish was….pretty cool actually.

    • NoH

      Very slick, indeed

    • jjyank

      I think Swisher’s arm is underrated. He’s made a lot of really good throws this year from what I recall.

      • Havok9120

        Yeah, he has. Its been nice to see.

      • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

        Swish is a very underrated OFer in my opinion, even though he will occasionally make a bonehead play out there.

        • Havok9120

          Eh. I would say he is underrated defensively, but I’d also say his arm isn’t that good at all. Its just looked better so far this season.

          And there were those assists in ’09.

  • Will The Thrill

    Way to keep giving the runs back Nova. Argh.

    • Havok9120

      My God, you’d think it was 6-5.

      • jjyank

        Where you here on Thursday? There were commenters bitching about the Yankees winning 8-2…I couldn’t comprehend.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          that was fun. 8-2? NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!!!!!!

        • Havok9120

          Yeah, that was almost the only game I was here for last week. That was nuts.

          It wasn’t even that they were finding a couple negative things to talk about that got me; it was that there were some guys that didn’t see a single positive worth talking about. THAT boggled my mind.

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    Wow that was some catch by Grandy.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Wow, Sizuki hit that ball a LONG way. I’m amazed Grandy ran that down.

  • Mike Nitabach

    This is a weird park, because that looked like a pop fly off the bat.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Yeah, it looked like it started to carry a bit once it got in the air.

  • Need Pitching

    Tex did it right that time

  • Mike Nitabach

    Nice curves!

  • Greg

    Nasty pitch

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    thank god the a’s suck

    • Mike Nitabach

      hahaha

  • Havok9120

    Niiiiiiiice K Nova.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Second and third, no out? Give up one run? I’ll take that every time.

    • Havok9120

      This, especially since Tex snags that double most of the time.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Couldn’t you push bunt into the gap when they put the shift on? Is it too difficult to reliably bunt like that?

    • Havok9120

      Considering the number of guys who have trouble bunting down the line, I’d say it is.

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

        Brett Gardner’s been practicing his bunts non-stop for the last five years and he’s still not good at it. Tex hasn’t bunted probably since little league, he’s not going to lay one down like it’s a video game.

        • Mike Nitabach

          Good thing I’m not a manager: “Just bunt that fucker into the gap, asshole!”

    • NoH

      Maybe not for Granderson, but almost definitely for a guy like Tex.

  • New Balance Cleats

    I feel like my mind was just raped by Bob Lorenz “late night” voice…

  • Mike Nitabach

    What the hell is Colon slamming into the floor of the dugout?

    • NoH

      Seeds? Crack? Who knows?

    • jjyank

      Sunflower seeds. I used to do the same thing when I played.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Cano needs MOAR SEEDS!

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Ugly hack to Cano there.

  • Havok9120

    Lord, its the bottom of the 6th?

    Time to make another drink.

    • jjyank

      Wayyyy ahead of ya.

      • Havok9120

        You need a Bubba Keg.

        • jjyank

          I like the sound of “keg”.

          • Havok9120

            Its a 52 ounce mug with heavy insulation. It also has a rubber gasket at the top to keep carbonated drinks carbonated for a looooonnng time.

            It is, as the kids say, teh awesome.

            • jjyank

              Sign me up.

              • Havok9120

                You might be far enough south when you get to DC to find them in Walmart and the other big-box stores.

                • jjyank

                  So you’re telling me that I’m two weeks away from cheap mini-kegs? Wow. I thought I couldn’t wait to move out of my parents house anymore than I already am.

                  • Havok9120

                    The 52 ounce is 15 bucks? 20? Something like that.

                    So yeah, that’s what I’m telling you. My family owns about 6 of the things in different sizes. I’ve got the Uber one with the attached bottle opener and enough insulation that I’ve still got ice 16 hours after I put it in there. Its fantastic.

  • Mike Nitabach

    I think I ate too much maple sugar candy too quickly.

    • jjyank

      Is that what the kids are calling it these days?

      • Mike Nitabach

        Swishalicious!

  • Athenian

    Holy Drachma what is going on with the Yanks…s

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    Would anyone else rather have Singleton solo than Lorenz/Singleton? I know I would.

    • jjyank

      Yup. Lorenz is fine for the pre/post game, but thats about it.

    • NoH

      Yeah, nothing against Lorenz, but I don’t really like having him in the booth.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        He’s really boring lol. I’d rather Kenny be doing the play-by-play.

        • NoH

          Agreed. He’s not “Joe Buck boring”, but he almost sounds…depressing in some weird way.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            He’s got a drone to his voice that’s just so mind numbing.

    • Need Pitching

      yeah, I gave up on the audio already
      got the TV on mute with tunes on in the background
      I can’t stand Lorenz

    • CUYanks

      Put Mo in the booth!

    • Mike Nitabach

      He’s not particularly bothering me.

  • StanfordBen

    I’m in northern CA so I have to listen by radio (MLB.tv blacked out and I don’t have it on TV). The Oakland announcer is just boring enough that I’m deciding to mix it up and risk Sterling for an inning or so. Everyone wish me luck.

    • jjyank

      Sterling is an adventure, but I do think he’s better than most other announcers.

      • StanfordBen

        I hate that he sounds like the MovieFone guy. I just can’t stand his pompous attitude.

        Duane Kuiper here in SF is by far the best I’ve heard. I love listening to him and his home run call is great, like a fan who’s legitimately excited about what’s happening.

    • Mike Nitabach

      Sterling is overdramatic, but he does a very good job of keeping you on point with the situation listening on radio.

      • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

        I agree; of course, I only listen to him when I am blacked out from a Fox game.

        • Mike Nitabach

          I listen a lot driving in the car, and he keeps you very well appraised of the situation, which is what you care about when listening on the radio: men on base, pitch count, outs, etc.

    • eephus_pitch

      Me, too. It’s unfortunate.

  • Need Pitching

    Swish!!!

  • Havok9120

    Dang. With the glove.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Nova laughs at all who doubts him.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Hahah, I really liked that WB Mason commercial

    • Mike Nitabach

      WB Mason trucks around NYC have Yankees logos on them, and around Boston have Red Sock logos on them. You can’t trust those fuckers.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        those turn coat mother fuckers!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Mike Nitabach

          Next time I walk by one of those WB Mason trucks, I’m gonna spit on it.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Would one of these idiots swing at a hanging breaking ball?

  • Mike Nitabach

    BUNT INTO THE GAP!

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    Oakland is 2nd only to Tampa in the “ugly stadium with annoying noises” catagory.

    • NoH

      Remember when that guy used to be there at every game and he would buy a seat for himself and also one for his drum, then bang the damn thing all game? It drove me crazy.

      • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

        Honestly, the cowbells at the Trop are worse. Of course, that’s not really saying much…

    • Mike Nitabach

      At least they don’t have vuvuzuelas.

  • Greg

    get the pen up

  • Karl Krawfid

    Nova is just trash man.

    • Greg

      Are you saying that he goes in the failure category?

    • Mike Nitabach

      What the you talking about? The dude is in the bottom of the seventh, thrown fewer than 100 pitches, and allowed three runs? How is that “trash”? Are you just trolling?

    • pistol pete

      If 20 and 6 over the last year and a quarter is trash I’ll take more. He hasn’t lost on the road in nearly a year. You’re tough.

      • CUYanks

        W-L is probably not a great stat to use, but you’re definitely right that he has been competent for a year running.

  • Mike Nitabach

    OK. Seriously, there is something about either this park or the wind, but even a real popout is flying out of the infield.

  • eephus_pitch

    Jeez, Nova gets thrashed even by a team of banjo-hitters.

    • Havok9120

      Thrashed? Wut?

      • Mike Nitabach

        Some people are drunker than other, is my theory.

      • jjyank

        I guess 7 IP and 3 ER is trash. Funny how far the trolls will reach.

        • eephus_pitch

          It’s extremely irritating being referred to as a troll if you simply voice criticism of a mediocre pitching performance. Nova’s pitching has been very shaky. It just has. I don’t see how it’s “trolling” to point this out. He gets hit very hard, even by lousy offensive teams.

          OK, maybe I was overreacting by saying “thrashed,” but it was in the heat of the moment and I was nervous that he’d give up a crooked number.

          You can all ease off on the “trolling” bullshit. It’s not like I was calling for them to fire Cashman and Girardi and trade everyone else.

          • Mike Nitabach

            You’ve got an idiosyncratic definition of a mediocre pitching performance.

            • Need Pitching

              it’s somewhat mediocre if you factor in opponent and venue
              giving up a .500 SLG against to a team with very little power in a pitcher’s park is a bit alarming (especially considering it’s been an ongoing problem for Nova this season)

              • eephus_pitch

                Exactly. If he pitched like this against Texas it wouldn’t be much of a concern.
                It’s the context. The A’s can’t hit at all, and Nova’s giving up line-drives to guys who are hitting under .200.

                I know, these are still major league hitters and these things happen. We’re fans; we’re allowed to get frustrated when they do. Just as we’re allowed to get exasperated when Sabathia allows an 0-2 homerun to a non-hitter. Being annoyed by such things isn’t troll behavior. Saying they should trade CC for Strasburg is troll behavior.

                • Need Pitching

                  +1

                • Havok9120

                  This. All of this.

          • Havok9120

            You’re absolutely right. Although, to be fair, I think most of the trolling comment was directed at Karl Krawfid even tho he was responding to your comment. I certainly don’t have you in the troll book.

            • eephus_pitch

              I’m probably just irritable because I’m actually not drinking at all.

      • eephus_pitch

        I see him getting cuffed around pretty hard, even by this A’s team which can’t hit at all.

        • Havok9120

          Its three runs off two solo shots and a sac fly. 6 hits, 1 walk.

          It is, in other words, the kind of outing we’ve been seeing from Nova for the last year.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            I’m not going to lie, still WAY to many homers, but as long as they remain solo shots…we’re ok.

            • Havok9120

              No doubt.

          • eephus_pitch

            He makes me nervous. I can’t help it.

            • Havok9120

              Nervous is no problem. I’ll be the first to admit he pitches like Andy and Moose: living on the dangerous side and pitching out of jams.

              But at some point we have to accept that that’s who he is. He’s not an ace and probably never will be. He’s not going to come in and dominate every start, or even most starts. Nonetheless, he IS an effective, and probably even good, pitcher.

    • CUYanks

      Remember when he used to struggle after around the 5th? At least he’s all the way into the 7th.

  • Will The Thrill

    Only Ivan Nova would make the A’s look like an offensively competitive team. The lead keeps getting smaller…

    • Havok9120

      …….

      Okay, this is just silly now.

    • pistol pete

      Quit bitching about Nova he’s going to be 5 and 2 after tonight and 21 and 6 over the last year and a quarter and stretch his winning streak on the road to over a full year. He makes peanuts is young and has a bright future ahead of him. Give him some room.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Speaking of noises, I miss Freddy the pan man. I treasure the picture I have of me and my wife with him outside the stadium.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Nova’s got awful!! 3 runs over 7 innings against a big league line up?!?!?! UNACCEPTABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • CUYanks

      Does 4-5-6 of Seth Smith, Kila Monster and Josh Donaldson really qualify?

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        With one of the runs coming of a solo shot to a dude that’s 6th in the league? Absolutely.

    • Mike Nitabach

      Send him down! And Jeter too!

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        And trade Tex for a young cost controlled stud!!!(ignoring the face that Nova is)

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    I wonder how many people think the Yankees are going to lose this game. I’d bet more than few…

    • jjyank

      Too many.

  • mt

    Now everything A’s hit is in air. Nova was supposed to have a minor hamstring issue so maybe he did get tired.

    If he keeps pitching like this, once he faces better teams, he may give up 50 homers this year.

    Tack-on runs would be nice but that may be asking too much of this offense.

    • Mike Nitabach

      50 is the most home runs ever given up by any pitcher ever in a season.

      • mt

        Thought so – he is not too far off that pace (currently on pace for 43 and ball travels further in summer.)

  • CUYanks

    Is it sick for me to kinda be wishing for another cushy save situation for Soriano with a 3-run lead in the 9th to build his confidence?

    • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

      That’s what I want, but only because if he picks up ~35 saves this year, there’s a small chance of him opting out after the season.

      • CUYanks

        Yes, exactly. Plus it doesn’t hurt to pump up your players values artificially with saves.

    • Havok9120

      Nah, as long as you’re hoping for a win there’s no harm in being creative in your demands.

      Especially since we’ve scored six runs already. Pretty much everyone should be happy with that, even though I know they aren’t.

    • StanfordBen

      Sick, dude.

  • Mike Nitabach

    I am officially drunk. Should I pour another drink?

    • CUYanks

      Idk, there’s a day game after a night game tomorrow.

      • Mike Nitabach

        fuck it pouring

      • Havok9120

        A WEST COAST day game. It’ll start at, what, 2 your guys’ time?

        Pour it Nitabach.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          4pm actually.

          • Havok9120

            Whoops. Went the wrong way with the timezones.

            It happens.

        • Mike Nitabach

          POURED!

          • Havok9120

            Whatcha drinking this fine evening?

            • Mike Nitabach

              Carrot shochu on ice.

              • Havok9120

                Distilled Japanese carrots?

                Well, to each his own. :)

    • Havok9120

      Of course. Its the beginning of a West Coast swing.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Well before I answer that question, a few questions for you

      Are you responsible to do anything but sleep over the next 5-8 hours?

      Do you plan on driving?

      On a scale to “drunk” to “throwing up in bed, but to drunk to move to toilet” how drunk are you?

      • Mike Nitabach

        No.

        No.

        Still speaking coherently to my wife when asked the score.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          Then drink away my friend!

  • Mike Nitabach

    There’s no such thing as an infield popup in this stadium.

  • pistol pete

    Logan looks great, hope Joe let’s him finish the 8th and give Wade another day off. Soriano should close the 9th.

    • Havok9120

      Man….Boone Logan.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Great inning by Logan there…I’m starting to trust him a little more.

  • mt

    On a good note Boone is striking out lefties with that slider like mad recently.

  • Tom

    Did Logan not get the memo that 8th inning relievers are supposed to pitch themselves into a jam and then pitch out of it?

    What’s with this 1-2-3 low stress inning?

    After just 8 pitches, do you send him back out for the 9th?

    • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

      Maybe if they score a run, otherwise go with Soriano.

    • Havok9120

      Nah. I mean, I’d think about it, but Joe won’t unless a leftie is leading off.

    • CUYanks

      Only if the save situation disappears, I would say, since it appears Joe is trying to establish Soriano as his closer.

    • Mike Nitabach

      1-2-3 innings are not sustainable. We need situational pitching. This is not a playoff team.

      • Havok9120

        Okay, I laughed.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        that’s funny. Greg’s tpir clip was the best though.

  • CUYanks

    Arod is marching towards 3000

  • Havok9120

    ARod with teh wheelz.

  • Karl Krawfid

    A-Rod man. Beast.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    i like al on the base paths

  • Havok9120

    Little too quick on the trigger with the foul ball. That was a HR waiting to happen.

  • Need Pitching

    lol … Joe Maddon calling out the Red Sox for “idiotic, incompetent, cowardly behavior”

    https://twitter.com/RaysJoeMaddon/status/206246377758539776

    • Havok9120

      Love it.

      • Mike Nitabach

        Baseball players running at each other and slapping like middle-school children is fucking hilarious.

        • eephus_pitch

          I think Kyle Farnsworth is the only one who knows how to throw a decent punch. Unfortunately, it’s the only thing he does right.

    • eephus_pitch

      This is the same guy who pitched around Teixeira a couple years ago to prevent him from beating Peña for the homerun title. Because that’s really professional.

    • Tom

      They threw at him at least twice in that AB (and there were 2 other pitches inside).

      They also hit him twice in the last series – once intentionally after an AGon HBP.

      It was a bush league move by Valentine, et.al (who said something during the fracas that stirred shit up again). And then after the game Valentine trying to be cute said maybe it was the ghost of Fenway that led to him getting hit after he said bad things in the offseason about Red Sox fans (so clearly that is something in the Red Sox heads or why would he bring it up?).

      The umps should have issued a warning or just flat out ejected Morales after a first pitch 97mph fastball behind him to start the AB which had rather obvious intent.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    to any pre-med’s, doctors, or nurses on this joint, I got myself a pretty brutal abrasion this afternoon, about 10 hours ago…and it’s leaking a clearish/pink fluid…almost like sweat with a little bit of blood in it…is this normal? Or should I be talking to a doctor in person?

    It’s officially as RAB time.

    • Mike Nitabach

      Based on my own experiences with bike crash road rash, that is normal. The healing is fastest and least painful if you keep the abrasion covered with a bandage and with triple antibiotic ointment. You don’t want it to scab up.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        Yeah, what i have is for all intents and purposes road rash, just on a much smaller part of my body than one could expect from a motorcycle accident. Thank’s for the advice, I’ll definitely recover it w/ some neosporin before I go to sleep.

        • Mike Nitabach

          Disclaimer: don’t blame me if you die.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            I promise I wont, I am however jealous, because my one friend said I wasn’t allowed to drink tonight because it’d thin my blood causing more bleeding…idk why I’m listening but I am.

            • Mike Nitabach

              Drink all you want. But if you die faster, don’t blame me.

  • Havok9120

    Could tonight be the night of the 1-2-3 inning for Soriano?

    • CBean

      Yeah, no

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      thanks for jinxing it asshole

      • Havok9120

        To be fair, I posted this before he even got to the mound.

        But yeah, I’ll accept the blame. :(

    • eephus_pitch

      So close.

    • Need Pitching

      ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

      nope

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    MFIKY w. the 1-2-3?!?!?! What a good night.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      spoke to soon I guess.

    • Havok9120

      We jinxed it.

  • Cy Pettitte

    a 1-2-3 inning here would blow my mind

    • Cy Pettitte

      lol so much for that

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    And the quest for a 1-2-3 inning waits another day.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Do this!

  • Mike Nitabach

    YEEEEAASSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • eephus_pitch

    Soriano is nothing if not consistent.

  • Need Pitching

    and Third Place and climbing …

  • Havok9120

    Nice win. Could it have been better? Sure. Could my broadcast have been in English? That would’ve been nice too.

    But we still doubled up the other team and got the win. 3 straight.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    All around, very solid win I think.

    Besides Alex’s DP w/ the bases juiced, the offense looked good. Nova’s still allowing to much of the long ball, but like Mike Mussina always said if they’re solo shots, it’s one bad pitch, one run and you move on.

  • pistol pete

    I hope Joe leaves Soriano in the closers role when Robertson returns. He’s been there before so why make Robertson do something he hasn’t done before when it’s not necessary. The 8th is his inning, he’s been excellent in that role and it’s a very tough role. I also think it gives Soriano some life and puts him back in a position he excelled at in Tampa Bay.

    • Mike Nitabach

      My understanding is that Girardi has declared Soriano the official closer, regardless of Roberston’s return.

  • mt

    Baby steps – Nova did look better (even with 2 HRs) and offense battered Ross. They went completely cold against relievers but I’ll take it.

    I am hoping Colon’s fastball heavy repertoire will be right up Yanks alley – I remember several years ago when Arod battered Colon with 3 HRs and like 8 RBIs when he was with Angels.

    • Mike Nitabach

      Colon is starting tomorrow? Excellent.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    They just showed Tex’s homer again…I’m glad the ball went out…but damn that was a BAAAAAAAAD swing.

    • eephus_pitch

      In fairness he’s had a couple of big homers lately.
      The scary part is that homering like that, pulling an outside pitch, is not the best way to get him to change his approach.

    • Mike Nitabach

      This park is weird and feeble pops were warning track, so yeah.

    • Mike Nitabach

      But A-Rod seems to have kept his foot down or whatever and looks good at the plate.

  • eephus_pitch

    I miss Kim Jones.

    • Mike Nitabach

      hahahaha me too

      • eephus_pitch

        Meredith Marakovits is a babe, but she’s not much in the personality department. KJ seemed like she’d be fun to hang out with.
        Ummm, not that I’ve ever given it much thought.

        • Mike Nitabach

          I was at Dodger stadium last season (or maybe the season before: memory shot) for the Yanks game and I saw Kim Jones striding down the concourse towards the field. So I go, “Kim! Can I take a picture with you?” And she goes, “No! I’m in a hurry!” sadness

          The cool thing was Reggie was at the game in uniform, and he was signing tons of balls and whatnot for little kids. It was pretty cool that they totally knew who he is.

          • eephus_pitch

            I was at two of those games. That Dodgers crowd is rough. I can totally believe they’d stomp a guy near to death. The first game was awful, and the Dodgers pummeled Burnett.

            But the second game I went to was the one where the Yanks scored 4 in the 9th and won it in extra innings. The crowd wasn’t so full of itself after that.