Jun
06

Game 55: Sole Possession

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(REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

Baseball math is weird, and I don’t just mean the advanced stats. Batting average is weird because sacrifice flies don’t count as an at-bat. ERA is weird because a homerun can be an unearned run. The standings are weird because right now, the Yankees are half-a-game back of the Rays (and Orioles) for sole possession of first place in the AL East. There’s no such thing as a half-game, you either win or lose. With a win tonight (and some help from the Red Sox), the Yanks will be sole possession of first place in the AL East for the first time since April 21st, after the big 15-9 comeback win in Fenway Park. It’s been a while. Here’s the batting order…

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

RHP Ivan Nova

Tonight’s game starts a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and ESPN2 nationally. Enjoy.

Brett Gardner Update: Gardner (elbow) was sore after hitting the cage yesterday and took today off. It’s nothing serious and he will play in a minor league rehab game tomorrow, likely with High-A Tampa.

David Robertson Update: Robertson (oblique) will throw batting practice tomorrow and if that goes well, he’ll appear in his first minor league rehab game on Sunday. Hooray for that.

Categories : Game Threads
  • #28 in 2012

    Swishilicious!
    Nice photo, haha…

  • Pat D

    Let’s go Dumples!

  • CapitalT

    Did they say Soor in the elbow or just from finally getting off the couch for the first time in a month? Elbow would have me worried because Gardner doesn’t seam like a fast healer

    • Havok9120

      Its just been described as “normal” soreness. So the latter.

  • Havok9120

    Who’s Alex Cobb? And why have I seen him referred to as Bob?

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      I laughed

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    http://riveraveblues.com/2012/...../#comments

    I am brilliant. This has nothing to do with anything, but to this point it’s exactly the way I thought it would go for that team.

    • Havok9120

      Except for the whole, “they’ll win the division hands down,” thing. Which seems like the most important part of a preseason prediction.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        They still will. But I should’ve stuck my neck out further, you’re right.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Let’s do this!

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

    I like that Ivan is striking more guys out, but I think a lot of that has to do with his pitches have been up in the zone more, which is also leading to him being hit more. His fastball is coming in a little hotter than last year, so he’s blowing away weaker hacks, but getting beat by better swings.

    • Mike Nitabach

      That’s been my impression, also: too many pitches up in the zone.

      • Mike Nitabach

        Consistent with this is what they just said: his SO-W ratio is “very good”. It’s too good.

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

        That’s what I said lol, his pitches are up. Pitches up in the zone are either swung through/under, or hit hard.

  • dkidd

    melky 1 for 1 with a double so far

    ops stands at .949

    not a bash at anyone (cash man etc) just amazed at the season he’s having

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

      Honestly the only pitcher not on his team that I’m impressed by in that Division is Kershaw.

      • Gonzo

        Wait a couple of weeks.

        @BauerOutage is coming…

      • dkidd

        ian kennedy

        boom!

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

          Ha, gotta give credit, he’s been good.

      • Need Pitching

        those are big numbers against any pitcher

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    10-8 game, I smell it

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

      No…I’m already tired. I can’t make it through a game that long lol.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        ((Hypnosis)))

        You will watch 9 innings. You will watch 9 innings.

        …if it makes you feel better, I’m stuck with Staats & BA. All 3 games blacked out on the national games here.

        Not to mention, I’ll be blacked out for all Yanks-Mets game because of Rays-Marlins.

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

          dude…MLB.tv. Radio broadcasts are completely black out free, and you get every game on any computer/any thing with internet access for 15 month. Home or away broadcast, which ever you prefer, with live look ins to every game in the majors. Usually the Yankee game will get in a look-in or two.

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            yeah. I just don’t wanna sit in my car lol

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

              Who said anything about sitting in your car lol. You’re obviously on the computer. With Internet access, so boon your set. and it’s not 15 per month, my bad, it’s 15 for the entire season.

              • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

                You had me at hello

          • Gonzo

            Do you work for them? That was an awfully good script/pitch.

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

              No, just somebody who’s taken a few marketing classes who is very satisfied with the product. Minus a few seconds of dead air, especially when you go from video back to radio, I have zero complaints.

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

            Haha, I love it. The second I try to spread good words about their product they loose the WCBS broadcast.

        • Havok9120

          I’ll switch to ESPN once my dad starts watching on TV. Until then I’m stuck with SunSports.

          Sigh.

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            If you’re in Florida market you’ll watching replay of Sportsnation

            • Havok9120

              That’s unfortunate. Luckily, I’m not.

    • Havok9120

      Ugh. I mean….I’ll take a W no matter how it comes. But I’d really like another easy W.

      • jjyank

        That. I am also tired, I’d like a quick win if I could pick.

  • Arya

    Nova needs to turn it around tonight. This is a weak offense minus their best hitter. He can’t keep going out there and leaving pitch after pitch belt high. What happened to his sinking fastball?

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

    Waldman just said Nova was sent down last year to “work on his slider” anybody with half a brain knows that he was sent down to make room for (IMO) a completely undeserving Hughes.

    • Bo Knows

      they told him to work on that pitch while was down, so he’s not wrong when that was said

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

        but lets be real, that’s not at all while he was sent down. At all.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Niiiiiiiiiiiice!!!!

  • Mike Nitabach

    SO on a low pitch and GIDP are a good sign so far.

  • Havok9120

    Sweetness.

  • jjyank

    Ahhh my last in-market game for a loooong time. Hopefully Nova pulls out a win for me.

    • Havok9120

      Heh. Welcome to the out-of-market community.

      • jjyank

        MLB.TV will save me. I just found out a couple of weeks ago that I can stream it through my xbox, which is HDMI equipped. Not a huge downgrade. It will still be weird though.

        • jjyank

          Let me clarify: not a downgrade as long as I bought the right internet package yesterday, and bought the right router today. That remains to be seen.

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

        Sounds like you two need the MLB extra innings package. You can get that with your silly Microsoft video game system, right jjyank?

        • jjyank

          I’m getting mlb.tv, but I’m not paying for cable television at all.

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

            Honestly, there’s no reason to. All you need these days is internet access.

            • jjyank

              Yep. I can use my parents’ info to stream Netflix and HBO through my xbox as well, why the hell do I need cable?

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

                and if you have a laptop with an HDMI port, if you download things (legally of course) you can just drag it from your laptop monitor over to the TV.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      ++

  • Havok9120

    By the way, I loved the pregame ceremony with the Wounded Warriors Foundation and that Swish has made that his new charity project.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Ground ball is good.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Harsh that Matsui’s hitting .150.

    And another ground ball!

  • Mike Nitabach

    Another nice inning for Nova.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Really liking the ground balls.

    • jjyank

      Yep. That’s the key for Nova. If he can find a happy median between strikeouts and ground balls, he’ll be a damn good pitcher.

      • RkyMtnYank

        Totally agree, it will be awesome when he puts it all together!

    • Mike Nitabach

      Same here!

  • jjyank

    Wait, WAT? Joey Votto has pulled ONE foul ball down the line in FOUR YEARS? INSANE!!

  • Dela G

    Tex destroyed that

  • Hummingbird S.

    crushed that hanger

  • Greg

    Hanging curve

  • Mike Nitabach

    I missed it in the kitchen!!

    What kind of pitch was it???

    • Greg

      Hanging curveball

    • jjyank

      Bad curveball, hung in the zone.

  • dkidd

    dead texy

  • Mike Nitabach

    Aah: hanging curve.

  • Havok9120

    It was a HR in YS3, thus it doesn’t count because its a bandbox. Plus it would never happen in the playoffs.

    /ESPN’d

    • Greg

      Even ESPN would not make the bandbox arguement because both teams thrive on it

      • Havok9120

        They make it all the time. At least in my experience. All our guys’ numbers “shouldn’t count as much compared to other guys’ because the Yankees play half their games in a bandbox” is something I hear every year immediately before the season, in the run up to the playoffs, and around the time awards are being decided.

  • Dela G

    cone is such a great commentator. That fact cannot be stated enough. What a great guy in the booth

    • jjyank

      Agreed. Cone is easily my favorite guy in the booth.

    • RkyMtnYank

      I loved the high strikeout + high ground ball rate = King Felix comment

  • Greg

    Coney up on the hot sabermetrics

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

      I <3 Cone <3ing sabermetrics, what was he talking about? The most advanced the radio get is OBP. I Think they brought up ERA+ once in passing to talk about how Mo is the best pitcher inning for inning of all time.

      • Greg

        Ground ball rate amongst pitchers

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

    First homer of the season for this Cobb kid. We hit to many homers, there’s no way we can beat good teams with all these homers.

    • Mike Nitabach

      Clearly not a playoff team. Homers don’t win World Series.

      • Havok9120

        I mean most of those homers in Game Six of the ’77 Series were in Garbage Time anyway.

        • jjyank

          Ha true, never thought about it that way.

    • Richard

      I consider the Rays a pretty damn good team. I do agree though… need to find another way of scoring runs

      • Havok9120

        …..

        You’re new here, aren’t you?

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

          I guess I have to up my sarcasm meter around here.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Look at all those frigging empty seats behind the plate. I thought supposedly they try to move people back there so it doesn’t look empty all through the game?

    • RkyMtnYank

      One of my biggest issues since this stadium opened. 50% of the seats back there are almost never filled, very sad to see!

    • RetroRob

      They can’t. Those are the expensive seats, so no way will they move people into them when other people there paid full price.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Another ground out!

  • Greg

    Coney’s at it again

    • Dela G

      he’s so smart

  • Hummingbird S.

    the dude didnt even try to get out of the way…

    • Mike Nitabach

      He’s gritty!

    • Greg

      That call is very rarely made these days

      • Havok9120

        Yeah, especially on a fastball in.

        I give the Rays broadcasters credit for pointing it out though.

  • Mike Nitabach

    He is really keeping the ball down or up and in.

  • Havok9120

    Good Ivan may have shown up tonight.

    • Dela G

      let’s see what happens when he goes through the order a second time

      • RkyMtnYank

        agree, but I have a strange sense of confidence with the way he’s been so far.

  • Greg

    Both pitchers are pitching well; keeping the ball down and getting ground balls

  • vicki

    uh oh. we’ve got thunder.

    • Mike Nitabach

      It’s raining outside my window on East 55th Street.

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

        Still really nice in Jersey :)

      • vicki

        east village here. loud thunder.

  • Greg

    Russell has to block that with his body

  • Havok9120

    Darn. Would’ve been nice to get 2 there.

    Maddon’s a genius!

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

    Damnit I walk away for ten minutes and there’s a runner on third. What happened?

  • Mike Nitabach

    ROOTING AGAINST MATSUI!!!!!!!!

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

      but…but…but teh clutchiness?!?!

  • RetroRob

    Matusi’s had dermabrasion.

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

      The acne scars are gone?

      • RetroRob

        They all appear to be gone. He does look younger, but it doesn’t make his bat any faster!

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

          Honestly, I would’ve done it years ago if I was him.

    • Mike Nitabach

      I was wondering why he looked younger!

  • Mike Nitabach

    YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

  • jjyank

    Let’s get some insurance runs boys! Nova’s looked good, and I like him…but a one-run lead isn’t inspiring with a guy that’s given up so many extra base hits. Get it done!

  • Havok9120

    Whew. I had horrible expectations when that was hit.

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

    Curious, for you guys watching the TV, when Coney starts going on about sabermetrics does Kay try to argue back with silliness still, or does he just sit there in confusion/silence?

    • jjyank

      Disclaimer: I was eating dinner, so haven’t been listening (just watching) for the last half-hour/45 min or so. But from my experience, he mostly just sits in silence.

    • Mike Nitabach

      It partially shuts him up. Which is the best damn thing about it.

    • RetroRob

      No. He usally lets him have his say.

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

        I remember last season during a game Coney was talking about how WHIP and K/BB and ERA are better ways to judge pitchers than wins. Kay disagrees.

    • Need Pitching

      Kay gets flummoxed and starts eating random condiments

  • Mike Nitabach

    Srsly. Let’s score some more RUNS.

  • Mike Nitabach

    That last pitch looked hittable!

  • Cy Pettitte

    damn should have been a 2 run HR

    • Greg

      FALLACY

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

    Robbie Cano!!! TO MANY HOMERZ!!!!!!

  • Need Pitching

    hmmm… if only there was a runner on base

    • Greg

      Predetermined outcome

      • Need Pitching

        has nothing to do with wishing a runner was on base when Robbie hit the HR

        and I knew you were going to say that … getting way too predicable with your comments

        • The Troll

          Agreed. That’s why I loathe the bastard.

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

            OMG A TROLL SIGHTING DURING A WIN!!!!!!

            • Havok9120

              Its not unusual. He and Hummingbird are around most of the time.

              • jjyank

                Yeah, but he likes personal attacks more than Hummingbird.

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

                  Hummingbird just has an irrational hatred of Alex and/or Tex. I forget which, and it could be both.

                  • jjyank

                    Both are better than Duh Innings though. Which is not saying much, but still.

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

                      blow it up! TRADE EVERYBODY!!!!!!! Teix can’t hit in a stadium practically built for him BUT in the same sentence we can get a young decent starter(like Nova) AND TRADE NOVA!!!!!!!!!

                    • jjyank

                      My favorite was the “trade for a young stub 1B” thing. Never once stated a trade target, or even potential prospects for the trade. But yet, it must be done in conjunction with trading a first basemen already on the team who has a no trade clause.

        • Greg

          Your “hmmm..” before the statement suggests more than a wish

          • Need Pitching

            wanting runner on when homer is hit (or wishing previous runner was still on) =/= fallacy of predetermined outcome

            thinking homerun would definitely still be hit if a runner was on = fallacy of the predetermined outcome

            My statement was definitely in line with the first, not the second.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Oh mother, I can feel the soil falling over my head
        And as I climb into an empty bed
        Oh well, enough said I know it’s over,
        still I cling I don’t know where else I can go, oh

        Oh mother, I can feel the soil falling over my head
        See, the sea wants to take me
        The knife wants to slit me
        Do you think you can help me ?

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

      Fallacy of the predetermined outcome bro.

      http://www.ordinaryresponse.co.....llface.png

  • Mike Nitabach

    CANO!!!!!!!!!!!!! DON’TCHA KNOW!

  • jjyank

    Fallacy of the predetermined outcome, and all that, but sucks A-Rod got thrown out. Though I don’t really blame him.

    • RetroRob

      Yeah. His move was correct. Bad luck the ball bounced right back into the catcher’s glove. He almost evaded the tag. Still not 100% he didn’t.

  • jjyank

    Absolute lazer by Robbie. Amazing swing.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Hoping for Nova to avoid having that one bad inning and keep up the streak of great starts here.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Nova emulating Andy, no way that can be a bad thing … according to Coney.

  • Havok9120

    Welp, the Orioles have made their big move for pitching.

    Jamie Moyer. For relz.

    • RetroRob

      He’ll get killed in the AL East. Well, not including the shut out he’ll toss against the Yankees.

    • dkidd

      trying to compose a joke linking moyer to “the wire”

      failing

  • Mike Nitabach

    Kay is talking on and on about Pettite’s beard. He really doesn’t know shit about actual baseball, does he?

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

      He knows Wins are the best way to judge starting pitchers. I heard him on the radio a couple years ago arguing that Randy Johnson’s 06 season was just as good as his 05 season.

      • Mike Nitabach

        Not only does he “know” this. He’ll *argue* it. Well, at least he does the play-by-play decently.

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

          God that day was hell, because meanwhile on FAN the fat guy was arguing that relievers are more important than starts visa ve Joba. I nearly drove in front of a train.

  • Tom

    Is that a slider or a cutter that he’s throwing at 89mph? Seems awful hard for a true slider (only ~4-5mph off his 4 seam velcotity)

    Either way he’s been sharp with that pitch. Fastball command has also been much better, seems like he’s missed location badly only once or twice so far.

  • RetroRob

    I was at that “flipper” game. I turned to my friend and said I’m pretty sure McDowell just gave us all the finger. I wasn’t booing him (I don’t boo Yankees, seems idiotic), but most fans where I was sitting seemed to love he did it.

  • Havok9120

    The 20 year old just tackled two kids for that ball. And somehow didn’t get it.

    • Mike Nitabach

      Those little kids are gritty.

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

        Their Gritty factor or GF is +10000

        • Mike Nitabach

          And there were two of them, so +20000 differential.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Is this Cobb dude related to Ty Cobb?

    • jjyank

      If he is, I’m glad he’s not a hitter.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Only to Corn on the Cobb.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Damn cat is staring at me freakishly.

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

      put a slice of bread around his head and make him internet famous.

      • Mike Nitabach

        We bought him a little cat Yankees cap the last time we were at the stadium, but he goes berserk when we put it on him and won’t stand still for a picture. Ungrateful fucker.

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

          I have a love/hate relationship with cats. In theory, great pets, very little upkeep, stay out of the way, keep to themselves. But, I’m pretty sure they hate being pets, and they’re dumber than any other animal I’ve come into contact with.

          • Mike Nitabach

            Our cat seems to enjoy being a pet a lot, except when we try to put the Yankees cap on him.

            • Need Pitching

              maybe try a Mets cap?

              • jjyank

                If the cat needs a Red Sox cap, I think it may be time to set him free.

                • Mike Nitabach

                  I’m not trying any other damn caps on him!

        • jjyank

          That’s why I like dogs!

  • flamingo

    Nova’s given up one hit so far?!

    • flamingo

      83 pitches into the seventh inning, wow.

  • vicki

    the good news? no angsting about risp tonight.

    • Mike Nitabach

      Yanks can’t get men on base! Not a playoff team!

      Better now? Lolz.

    • RkyMtnYank

      Pitching and defense, brother!

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Does this game count, since the Rays can’t hit?

    • Need Pitching

      nope
      unless they lose, then the Yankees can’t beat good teams

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

      obviously not. They aren’t an offensive threat, and it’s actually still a tied game because homers dont’ count because you can’t beat good pitchers (like James Shields or Justin Verlander) by hitting home runs.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      NO.

      Only wins against teams with ELITE (WHY CAN’T I MAKE THE WORD ELITE BIGGER!!) teams count. Everything else is just proof the Yankees suck.

  • Mike Nitabach

    YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! Second deep ball by Matsui.

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

    Win by the time I get home yankees, I have to leave work now.

    • jjyank

      RUN!

  • Tom

    Maybe it’s the recent string of bad homeplate umps, but the guy behind the plate tonight seems pretty solid. He’s called a few low strikes, but I like that he hasn’t called the outside strike simply because it hits the catcher’s glove.

    ESPN mentioned he was getting some high remarks around he league.

  • RkyMtnYank

    The Yanks only have 2 hits as well, though both are homers.

  • your mom

    This skrike zone. . . . . .

  • Robinson Tilapia

    My mother-in-law won’t get to see the Yankees face R.A. Dickey this weekend. She’ll be crushed.

  • Mike Nitabach

    LOVING THE GROUND BALLS!!!

  • flamingo

    I hope Girardi lets him start the ninth.

    • vicki

      couple runs would help that cause.

  • jjyank

    SuperNova is back!

  • Need Pitching

    hmmm …. 99 pitches, 2-run lead, top of the order due up in the ninth

    Nova or Soriano for the ninth?

    • RkyMtnYank

      Nova deserves every chance to finish this out, save be damned!

      • Need Pitching

        I agree. I’m just a bit worried if Nova does get in trouble, I’m not sure how much I’d trust Soriano in a fireman role.

        • Need Pitching

          Of course insurance run(s) make the decision much more obvious.

          • Greg

            Exactly

        • RkyMtnYank

          I have complete confidence in Nova at this point. I don’t trust Soriano here either!

  • flamingo

    SWISH!

  • Mike Nitabach

    YES!SS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jjyank

    Yay insurance run!

  • Mike Nitabach

    That just made the keep-in-Nova decision a little easier.

  • mike_h

    man Wise can fly

  • Mike Nitabach

    WOOOOOOO-HHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Need Pitching

    Chavez’ first RISP hit of the year!!!

  • flamingo

    A hit with RISP is just giftwrap on the present this game’s been.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Cobb salad.

  • jjyank

    Oh Eric. I always wanted you on the team, despite the hate you got in the offseason.

  • RkyMtnYank

    No reason for Nova not to come out for the ninth now, good for him, just like Phil.

  • Need Pitching

    I love how the Yankee starters are making the bridge to Soriano largely irrelevant lately.

  • jjyank

    I haven’t been around in game threads the last few days, but wow, it really does get quiet here during (hopefully in this case) wins. Not that I’m really complaining, but it’s kinda funny.

  • mike_h

    Girardi’s gotta let Nova finish the game, he’s at 99 pitches season high of 114. I think he can do it

    • jjyank

      Agreed. These last two runs certainly help. It’s not longer a save situation, so Soriano is unnecessary. Let Nova at least attempt the CG.

      • Mike Nitabach

        100%.

  • Mike Nitabach

    How many times is Kay gonna tell us that the Rays offense stinks?

  • mike_h

    SuperNova!!!!!!!!

  • Greg

    Well that ends that

  • RkyMtnYank

    Bad defense by the Yanks there letting him get to third!

  • Need Pitching

    Ok, don’t mess around, take him out

    • RkyMtnYank

      eh, just unlucky there

  • Mike Nitabach

    Uh, oh. BTB three-baggers.

  • jjyank

    Boo. Really wanted Nova to have that CGSO.

  • Tony

    I miss the Nova from the first 8 innings

    • RkyMtnYank

      it was the same Nova, just unlucky

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Take you eight innings of SuperNova and like it.

  • mike_h

    damn, would have been nice to get a complete game shutout

  • Mike Nitabach

    He wasn’t keeping it down this inning.

    In this situation, they will pitch and play defense as if there are no runners on base, right?

  • Need Pitching

    Great game by Nova
    Hopefully he can keep the ground balls coming

  • Robinson Tilapia

    C’mon, Soriano. Nail this fucker down.

    • jjyank

      That sounds dirty.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        When Yankee game degenerate into gay porn…

  • First time lawng time

    Did the crowd really not cheer for Nova? Wow.

    • Mike Nitabach

      They gave him an awesome cheer. There just aren’t that many people at the game.

    • RkyMtnYank

      I think they did, but maybe just my internet audio, crowds at ballgames are probably becoming a thing of the past.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    So many nice commenters not around AGAIN tonight. They must all be on a cruise together or something.

  • Mike Nitabach

    C’mon, Sori. One more.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Ninth inning drama: Not needed tonight.

  • flamingo

    What a great win!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    WOOHOO!!!!

  • Need Pitching

    Matsui getting closer and closer to a HR

  • Mike Nitabach

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Another long-ball out for Matsui.

  • Need Pitching

    Does it count as a 1-2-3 inning if he doesn’t start the inning?

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Yanks win/sox lose…within seconds of each other…its Miller time!

  • Mike Nitabach

    Os won, so the Yanks are still a half game out, but even in the loss column.

    • Havok9120

      O’s > Sox/Tampa, at least for now.

  • Bunt Gardner

    Great game, Nova!

  • pat

    Nova fackin BALLS

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Unlike Daniel Bad…Nova ain’t going to AAA this year!

  • pistol pete

    Nova was awesome tonight and now is 7 and 2 and 23 and 6 over the past two years. Love Nova, he’s a winner and I don’t want to hear about his stats.

    • pat

      Nice try.

  • pistol pete

    Soriano is 7 for 7 and with Robbie coming back the pen’s going to get even stronger.