Game 62: Staying Hot


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It’s been a pretty great three weeks for the Yankees, who seem to find a new way to win every night. Last night it was a dramatic four-run comeback in the eighth inning off arguably the best setup man in the sport. The Yankees are rolling a quality starting pitcher out there game after game, and tonight the ball goes to Hiroki Kuroda. He’s pitched to a 2.98 ERA in his last nine starts and surely does not want to be the guy to end the winning streak. 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
Russell Martin
RHP Hiroki Kuroda

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. eephus_pitch says:


  2. Need Pitching says:

    college kid getting thrown out for arguing because the umpire didn’t buy his fake HBP act

  3. my top 8 sites visited on Chrome at work: Tumblr, Facebook, MLB.tv, RAB, Cracked.com, Etrade.com, Gmail, and Baseball-Reference. I have a pretty sweet job.

  4. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    ESPN broadcast or Braves broadcast?

  5. Professor Longnose says:

    Line drive by Jeter. Nice way to start.

  6. RetroRob says:

    So the guy with the power sinker throwing to the guy who hits more ground balls than anyone in baseball. That means, of course, a line drive to the outfield.

  7. jjyank says:


  8. flamingo says:

    Jeter getting it started right.

  9. Greg says:

    Productive out from Grandy

  10. flamingo says:

    I’m not turning on the radio, but obviously Sterling is talking about productive outs now, right?

  11. dkidd says:

    a-rod is a joke

    /last night’d

  12. jjyank says:

    Damn it where is stuart??

  13. Dino Velvet says:

    The Nats look for real.

    6 straight wins on the road against the AL East.

  14. Will The Thrill says:

    Weak AB by Cano. He has been mightily pull happy.

  15. dkidd says:

    if pete campbell from “mad men” took steroids, he would be jay bruce

  16. Paul VuvuZuvella, it’s hard to explain the draw of tumblr, it’s odd. When looked at objectively, it’s just a blog generator filled with memes and photos. However, you develop a rapport with the blogs that you follow, and blogs that follow you. They become online friends, people you can share things with. It’s weird. Plus all the memes that hit facebook and other websites are old news for tumblrs because they were funny on tumblr weeks prior.


    said nobody who’s actually been watching the games for the last month.

  18. jjyank says:

    Yay Hirok!

  19. Mike Francessa says:

    Wow the last article has aardsma and joba up after the asb is encouraging. If aardsma is anything like he was in seattle cashman may have stole a great guy to match up with big bats like pujols or hamilton. In a playoff run joba and ards are great guys to have.

  20. Need Pitching says:

    Swish 300/382/633 in previous 9 games

    good to see him start hitting again

  21. Mike Francessa says:

    Really swish was that you thinking again numbnuts

    • Need Pitching says:

      probably called from the bench

    • Tom says:

      No… clearly that’s Girardi sending the runner 3-2.

      Even though the pitcher is on deck, with as many groundballs as Martin hits, that seems like a good call. Martin needs to be able to put that ball in play on 3-2 (or if a ball take a walk)

    • RetroRob says:

      Hit and runs are not called by runner or hitter.

  22. Hummingbird S. says:

    that was a disaster.. wrong guys to hit and run

    • Havok9120 says:

      And yet, if Martin had hit into a DP there’d be many people asking why Swish wasn’t already running.

      Such is life.

      • RetroRob says:

        Exactly. Martin is not a high-strike-out hitter, but he does hit the ball on the ground a lot, and of course the pitcher throws a heavy sinker. Wasn’t a bad call in concept.

      • jjyank says:

        Yeah, I’m not really bothered by it. Non-base stealers go on 3-2 with less than 2 outs often enough. If Martin hits the ball to where the second baseman would have been, nobody would be complaining.

        • Tom says:

          The other factors which make it an OK decision

          - Hudson doesn’t strike a lot of guys out anymore (~5/9IP – which is extremel low for a starter)
          - Hudson is a sinkerballer, facing a hitter who hits a lot of ground balls.

          Martin doesn’t K at a particularly high rate, couple that with a contact guy on the mound and you have to trust the hitter to put a strike into play.

  23. Greg says:

    I’ve seen Cano get to balls like that before. WOnder if the wet track slowed him down

  24. Hummingbird S. says:

    I hate this small ball BS

  25. Total Dominication says:

    I hate the NL.

  26. Wow…what do you do here if you’re ATL?

  27. Hummingbird S. says:

    Strikezone is ridiculous.. that was clearly a strike.

  28. jjyank says:

    Wait…bunting in front of the pitcher? Not sure I get that one.

  29. Nick says:

    Where was that 1-1 pitch?

  30. Total Dominication says:

    At first I was passed at the bunt, then I realized, they just gave up a chance for an RBI with that at bat and instead shifted to the pitcher,

  31. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Kurodas getting squeezed!

  32. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Pitchers hitting! Excitement!

  33. swishers fauxhawk says:

    this strike zone is horseshit

  34. Greg says:

    Actually both pitchers are being squeezed. Its a hitter’s strike zone

  35. haha, strike one was less of a strike than ball one…this strike zone is just terrible.

  36. FIPster Doofus says:

    hahahaha that’s what Atlanta gets for having Simmons bunt in front of Hudson.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Yeah, the ESPN guys are hating on the Simmons bunt. They have been since it happened.

      • Joe says:

        Well obviously the Yankees would make that sort of a mistake, they aren’t an NL team… Wait…

        • Havok9120 says:

          Heh. I think one of them actually said something like that.

          It just amuses me that even the bunt-league can’t use it properly. I’m actually thinking that the hitter did it himself. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense, otherwise.

          • jjyank says:

            My guess would also be that Simmons did it on his own. I’d like to think that MLB managers are smarter than that, but I could be wrong.

    • jjyank says:

      My thoughts exactly. There was already a runner in scoring position, wouldn’t Simmons have a better chance of bringing him in over Hudson? Definitely a head scratcher.

      But thanks for the help Atlanta!

  37. flamingo says:

    Great job there by Kuroda.

  38. Mike Francessa says:

    Kuroda getting better every game.

  39. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Take that decrepit ump, get lasik already.

  40. Havok9120 says:

    Reverse RISPFAIL!

  41. Greg says:

    I bet the Nationals go out and get another starter to fill the spot when Strasburg is stopped

    • Need Pitching says:

      I here Freddy Garcia might be available.
      Maybe Bryce Harper gets it done.

    • I hope they do. I’d hate to see them stretch him all season and burn him out. The kid has a great future ahead of him if they don’t screw him up Joba style.

      • jjyank says:

        Rizzo said he’s stopping at 160 IP, no exceptions.

        • I know, but this is the first time the Expos/Nationals have been good since the strike, it’s gotta be hard to justify that.

          • jjyank says:

            I think Cone has the right idea in skiping his starts. That way he still plays in August/September, but they limit his innings. I agree that it will be really difficult to shut him down completely.

            • I still feel like that would make him less effective, it also messes with his routines. It’s a hard thing to judge. Hopefully they do a better job than the Yankees did.

              • jjyank says:

                Well it’s either that, shut him down completely, only let him pitch like 4 innings per start, bullpen him, or let him pitch whatever.

                None of those options are good ones for the best pitcher on a playoff contender. I don’t think bullpening him will be enough of a benefit for the team, shortened starts just tax the bullpen too much, letting him go unlimited innings could ruin his career, and like you said, shutting him down completely might make Nats fans riot.

                Skipping starts certainly isn’t ideal, but I think it might be the lesser of all the evils.

  42. Professor Longnose says:

    If this team ever gets it in 4th gear, they’ll be pretty good.

    • Havok9120 says:

      If they were hitting with RISP, it’d be insane. That’s why I’m not getting some of the more ardent pessimism. We’re doing this WITHOUT scoring easy runs.

      • jjyank says:

        Yeah, I really don’t think it’s possible for the team to hit under the Mendoza line with RISP all season, that’s crazy talk. And if that regression can occur while the team is still pitching well…it will be glorious.

      • Professor Longnose says:


        Thanks for the props in the other thread. But I was really just reacting to all the negativity around the middle of May.

        • Havok9120 says:

          No problem. I know that that’s mostly what you were doing, but you made a reasonable prediction and it happened more or less on schedule. That’s pretty awesome.

  43. Havok9120 says:

    Here goes ESPN on Andy’s veteran presents.

    They’re really loving on him though. It helps that one of them is an old pitcher.

  44. Cy Pettitte says:

    was that a called strike 3 or did that ump just get shot?

  45. Joe says:

    Now I get it.. The Ump was just mad b/c he couldn’t show off his Strike 3 Move….

  46. Mike Francessa says:

    National league baseball blows

  47. jjyank says:

    That was a ridiculous punch out by the ump. Is he upper-cutting a fly that flew too close to his mask?

    • Havok9120 says:

      He’s always done that. I enjoy it. Its like Jim Joyce and his banshee squawk.

      • jjyank says:

        I’ll take the upper cut over that strange gargling “OMG SOMEONE JUST PUNCHED ME IN THE NUTS” noise Joyce makes any day of the week.

    • eephus_pitch says:

      It’s better than the umps who don’t seem to make any sound or gesture at all. Too many to list.

  48. The Scheister of Doom says:

    So Hudson’s getting the called high strike but not Kuroda. It wouldn’t surprise me if this ump resided below the mason dixon line.

  49. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Robbie showing some nice range on that play.

  50. Need Pitching says:

    WTF, Robbie??

  51. Greg says:

    That’s two balls that I think Cano should have gotten to.

  52. Chip says:

    And that’s why Cano gets a bad rep

  53. Mike Francessa says:

    Somebody wake up robbie

  54. Joe says:

    Oh no… Here come the Cano is lazy chants.. I can smell em..

  55. Mike Francessa says:

    40 ft fastball by hiroki there

  56. Joe says:

    Nice play by Kuroda.. Realized that time was running out on the clock so he spiked the ball.. #Headsupplay

  57. Greg says:

    Early warning. Felix Doubront is no hitting the Marlins through 4.

  58. Mike Francessa says:

    Why not walk ugly and set up the dp here

  59. jjyank says:

    Man, Uggla is UGLY. But he also has absolutely insane arms. Jeez.

  60. Mike Francessa says:

    Larry fail!

  61. Cy Pettitte says:

    awesome pitching to strand the RISP these last two innings

  62. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Hate yell-y umps.

    • Joe says:

      Better than the “let’s wait a couple of innings before I call that strike” umps, or the “these games are too long, let’s give the pitcher a 5 inch plate” umps…

  63. When somebody throws out that Babe Ruth out homered entire teams and that’s why he’s the greatest homer hitter/greatest player ever, I think that says more about the level of competition in baseball in the early 1900s than the abilities of Ruth. Don’t get me wrong Ruth was a great player, but I doubt if he played today he’d be any better than Adam Dunn.

    • Joe says:


    • jjyank says:

      I’d like to believe he’d hit for a higher average than Dunn, but yeah, Ruth wouldn’t have been as historically great.

      Still a fun stat to think about though.

    • Professor Longnose says:

      That’s a really complicated question. If Ruth’s greatness was derived from hand-eye coordination–which is certainly possible–and he had been born 22 years ago and had access to modern training, nutrition, and competition, plus the modern sports culture, hemight have been just as great.

      Or not. Who knows. But I don’t think there’s any more call to say he would be about as good as Adam Dunn as there is to say that he’d still definitely be the greatest player who ever lived.

      • jjyank says:

        I think the bigger variable is that leagues weren’t integrated racially. Ruth never had to play the best African American players or the best Latino players. One could assume that this means that weaker playing White guys were in the league when they would otherwise be replaced by superior players of other races. Therefore, the competition just wasn’t as good.

        But I agree with the rest of your comment, if Ruth had experience hitting modern day breaking pitches since he was 5 years old and hired a personal trainer, he could very well still be Miggy or A-Rod of old type of bat.

        • Professor Longnose says:

          Yeah, that’s an important point. But I don’t really have a good idea of just how much it changed things by the numbers. I think African-Americans were about 12% of the population, which is significant but not overwhelming. Plus now there are players from all over the world. And there is more competition now from other sports for the best athletes. And there were more minor league teams then. And there was a whole financial setup back then that allowed players to risk their careers more, but yet play more, too. How that all shakes out I don’t know. Maybe someone will do some serious study of the issues and try to quantify.

          No question, though, that players are bigger and stronger now. That is irrefutable.

          • jjyank says:

            The baseball fan in me, however, will always believe that had Ruth been born in 1990, he still would be an all time great. Sure the competition was lesser back then, but if a guy can be that good without professional training and nutrition guidance, he would be an absolute monster in today’s game. I mean his home run record stood until the 1980s, so he obviously was a natural and one of the best ever. It’s kind of fun to think about just how good he could have been had he been coached and trained like today’s athletes.

      • Since we’re speaking hypothetically, you’re absolutely right. If his ability to hit was tied to excellent hand eye coordination, which it most likely was, and he was trained to have pitch recognition (another reason I feel it was much easier to hit back then is only a handful of pitchers threw breaking balls) as well as access to modern day training from a young age he’d probably be a well above average major leaguer.

        However I was speaking with the mindset that if we somehow went back in time and took a 25 year old Ruth and brought him here, he’d be Adam Dunn.

        • Professor Longnose says:

          I can’t argue with that. He didn’t have the muscles these guys have, and he didn’t hone his skills on this kind of competition.

      • Mike Francessa says:

        Dead ball era too. Ball was different than todays and doctored up by pitchers and play until it unraveled. Most hitters did not swing as hard as Ruth and if they did they did not get the solid bat contact that Ruth did. Guys like dunn could never center the beat up tabacco and missshapen ball like ruth did. Notice after the outlawed the spitter and used a clean new ball how his stats went up.

    • RetroRob says:

      You’re 100% correct on one level. The level of play continues to improve. Yet hitting a baseball is also a skill, so there’s no reason to assume that the greatest HR hitter wasn’t spit out in the 1920s as opposed to the 1980s.

      If Babe Ruth played today he wouldn’t be the Babe Ruth of the 1920s, and if Adam Dunn played in the 1920s, he wouldn’t be the Adam Dunn of today.

      I get what you’re saying, but trying to compare the most dominant hitter in MLB history to Adam Dunn is an exercise in futility. My guess is Ruth would be one of the absolute top players in the game today, but he would have competition for that crown. I won’t degrade him with the Adam Dunn comparison until proven otherwise, which can never happen, hense the futility of it all.

    • Crime Dog says:

      I’ve read some opinions on this (and tend to agree) that say if Babe were around today in his exact form (AKA a magic time machine, so no modern medicine/weight lifting etc), he wouldn’t be a big leaguer at all

      • Mike Francessa says:

        Have to disagree, bat speed is bat speed. Ruth had a great swing. He could elevate the ball in any era.

  64. Professor Longnose says:

    I really like Cano’s batting stance.

  65. RetroRob says:

    Glad to see Tex taking walks and driving up pitch counts again. Hopefully Swisher gets back to that too.

  66. Mike Francessa says:

    Mulder hutson zito crash and burned almost as sad as mets generation k.

  67. Will The Thrill says:

    Wow. Hudson sure is lucky the ump is calling strikes up and to the corners because the dude is living on that right now.

  68. RetroRob says:


    Offense MIA most of the season when he’s pitching.

  69. Will The Thrill says:

    The lack of run support for Kuroda has been maddening.

  70. Pasta Stumbling Luis Sojo (formerly StanfordBen) says:

    Was just randomly checking the Rays game. Any else notice that Andres Torres is a doppleganger?


  71. Need Pitching says:

    Jose Reyes HR to break up the no-hitter

  72. jjyank says:

    Maybe you should have bunted Simmons? Heh.

  73. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow they’re gonna play through this? it’s pouring.

    • RBC says:

      I remember a game a couple of years ago in Baltimore when Jeter had an RBI hit in conditions worst than this.

  74. Mike Francessa says:

    Simmons is a dick

  75. Kuroda is really grinding out an excellent start.

    • Tom says:


      Pitch count is up but with a day off tomorrow and Robertson presumably back on Friday if he can grind his way through 6 innings that should be fine.

      Have to think everyone but Rapada is available.

  76. Dela G says:

    thanks for the free strikes, ump!

  77. Need Pitching says:

    Thankfully, the Braves caught RISPFail from the Yankees.

  78. jjyank says:

    Huge K Hiroki! Awesome.

  79. Tom says:

    Mets laying a beat down on TB and Price…..7-0 in the 6th with RA Dickey tossing a 1 hitter so far.

  80. Cy Pettitte says:

    I wil admit I like DJ Kitty

  81. Hummingbird S. says:

    Hudson is dominating.. lets hope this lone run stands

  82. Kramerica Industries says:

    R.A. Dickey is ab-friggen-surd.

  83. Time for the bus trip home, hopefully we hold this lead :)

  84. RkyMtnYank says:

    ohhh, that was crushed!

  85. Cy Pettitte says:

    that pitch was indescribably bad

  86. Karl Krawfid says:

    I ain’t even mad. We’re gonna win this game.

  87. Greg says:

    Well, 2 of 3 aint bad.

    Just prepping myself for disappointment

  88. jjyank says:


    At least I get fantasy points? I feel dirty.

  89. Mike Francessa says:

    Two guys can kill you mccanns and ugly and he threw a meatball.

  90. Tom says:

    The HR doesn’t bother me… the broken bat dunker in front of it is frustrating though.

  91. Karl Krawfid says:

    Ground ball past old guy, to old guy, to throw out old guy.

  92. RkyMtnYank says:

    Nice play by Jete

  93. Will The Thrill says:

    I want McCann in pinstripes.

  94. Cy Pettitte says:

    where was that 1-1 to Heyward?

  95. Cy Pettitte says:

    all these pitches are leaking into the middle of the plate

  96. Kramerica Industries says:

    Kuroda’s been in trouble all night.

    This isn’t really surprising.

  97. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Watch them suddenly decide they can’t continue the game since IT’S RAINING SO HARD right after this half-inning.

  98. RkyMtnYank says:

    That’s what happens when you don’t get those should be strike calls, Ump is making Kuroda come way inside the zone for a strike.

  99. Cy Pettitte says:

    the half-assed, limp-armed chop by the Braves fans is terrible.

  100. Mike Francessa says:

    Kuroda melting down now

  101. Brian S. says:

    Kuroda is not an ace.

  102. Greg says:

    This will probably be Hudson’s last inning. He’s at 85 pitches and he’s batting second the next inning

  103. Dela G says:


  104. jjyank says:

    Alright Jeets, way to get it started. Keep it moving boys.

  105. Cy Pettitte says:

    GRANDY!!!! oh yea that felt good.

  106. Greg says:


  107. Kramerica Industries says:

    And the home run.

    Now the Yankees can win this game.

  108. Paul VuvuZuvella says:


  109. DERP says:

    Good swing IMO!

  110. Robinson Tilapia says:

    The Grandyman, apparently, can.

    There ain’t no cleaning off the field for 15 minutes that can delay this now.

  111. Need Pitching says:

    Way to get it right back, Curtis!!!!!

  112. flamingo says:


  113. Tom says:

    Granderson: “let’s not wait to the 8th inning tonight, OK guys?”

  114. Mike Francessa says:

    Bombers a bombing

  115. Cy Pettitte says:

    @MarcCarig – “Let’s Go Yankees” chant again. Braves fans get hella mad.

    yes, good. this pleases me.

  116. Robinson Tilapia says:

    They’re Winning! They’re Losing! Too Much Emotion: A Case Study on the Life of Poor Greg.

  117. jjyank says:

    Fucking yes.

  118. DERP says:

    I kind of want Phelps to get one last appearance in before he gets sent down, so let’s just score like five runs here.

  119. Joe says:

    You know..? Instead of asking when the Yanks will win a game w/o a HR.. Shouldn’t we instead be wondering if the Yankees could pull off a season’s worth of wins w/ HRs?

  120. Kramerica Industries says:

    Red Sox winning easily in Miami.

    The Marlins are about to end a nine game homestand with a hilariously bad 1-8 record.

    And, for shits and giggles sake, the Marlins had an 11 game homestand last year, right around this time, in fact, where they went 1-10. So this isn’t the first time recently where Florida has fucked up that bad.

    • Brian S. says:

      The Marlins suck

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        Never really bought the hype myself.

        Jose Reyes is a spectacular player. Mark Buehrle nor Heath Bell are difference makers. And those three combined weren’t going to take a ~70 win team to ~90 wins alone. Combined with LoMo being hurt, Sanchez and Coghlan both sucking (especially compared to expectations) and, well, they’re lucky to be a .500 team right now. Worst run differential in the NL East, by far.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      nobody there cares, brand new stadium and they still only draw like 20 people

  121. Tom says:

    This ump is hilariously bad….

  122. DERP says:


  123. Greg says:

    Damn the Mets must have been pissed that we swept them. They are taking it out on the Rays

  124. jjyank says:

    YES. Great job, Hiroki! Get him the W boys. Time for some Boone-tang next inning.

    *readies cookie jar*

  125. Brian S. says:

    I wouldn’t mind another run or two

  126. Kramerica Industries says:

    I love quirkiness in baseball when it’s beneficial to the Yankees.

    Mets just went 1-5 at Washington and in the Bronx, against two very good teams. They go to Tampa, another good team with an outstanding pitching staff…and they’ve scored 20 runs in the first two games.

    I mean – ouch. Someone caught a pissed off team at the wrong time.

  127. Need Pitching says:

    Great job battling all night for Hirok.

    Insurance runs now, please.

  128. OMG! Bagels! says:

    This kid’s a little crazy.

  129. dkidd says:

    i get chad durbin and chad gaudin mixed up

  130. Nick says:

    It is of no consequence now but I have to say I would have liked to see a lefty come in to face Bourn there. Hot hitting left hander and a threat to steal. Kuroda at 104 pitches and due up 4th next inning so would likely be pinch hit for anyway. Maybe the feeling was it’s better to save Logan for later with Rapada unavailable today after 4 days straight.

  131. Joe says:

    Don’t wanna jinx it, but if everyone stays on rotation, we won’t be seeing Dickey at Citi Field…

  132. Tom says:

    So do the weak ass Atlanta fans start cheering when Yankee fans are chanting “Boone” after that K?

  133. Ivan says:

    Wow, Rapada is the first pitcher in 4 years to be use 4 days in a row under Girardi….thats amazing when you think about it.

  134. jjyank says:

    Boone. Tang.

  135. Kramerica Industries says:

    Rays lose.

    Orioles win. O’s now 36-26 on the season.

  136. Dela G says:

    damn, this is one hell of an at-bat

  137. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Was that a strike, or am I just being a homer?

  138. Cy Pettitte says:

    Yankees can’t get a call tonight

  139. Hummingbird S. says:

    ump trying to help the Braves take the lead…

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Stopping the game for some tidying and a cup of tea in the top of the fifth clearly didn’t work.

  140. Ivan says:

    Ugh Cmon Logan

  141. mike_h says:

    6-4-3 double play would be awesome right about now, come on Boone!!!!

  142. Mick Foley says:


  143. jjyank says:

    Okay, that one looked like a strike to me.

  144. Cuso says:

    This Ump is awful.

  145. Cy Pettitte says:

    Fredi is giving us 2 lefties. please Boone, do your job.

  146. updates, how’d we get from 1-0 in the bottom of the 5th to this, just two innings later? And how did 2 innings take roughly 50 minutes?

  147. Joe Torre says:

    RA Dickey’s scoreless streak ends…

    Error, pass ball, pass ball, groundout.

    Had he not give up an infield hit in the first he would have had the always fun 1 run, no hitter with a bunch of idiot ESPN broadcasters trying to sound cool and mistakenly calling it a “no no”

  148. Cuso says:

    Fake to 1st throw to third.

    Oh wait

  149. Nice job there Boone, even though that pop up was slightly terrifying. When Grandy put his arms out like that i thought he was signalling “i don’t see it,” only with the close up replay did I see him saying “I got it, I got it.”

  150. Mike Francessa says:

    Grandy with the drama wheres the ball to mess with braves fans lol

  151. jjyank says:

    Yes Boone. Take my cookie jar. Gorge yourself.

  152. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Nice escape job by Boone.

    Let’s get an insurance run.

  153. Greg says:

    By the way they did a double switch. Wise will bat ninth and the pitcher will bat in Ibanez’s spot

  154. jjyank says:

    WTF?? I hear ice cream truck music. Isn’t this a little late to be doing ice cream truck round on a school night in a semi-shady DC neighborhood? Weird.

    • They probably aren’t just selling ice cream. My uncle used to live in a slightly shady area and he said the ice cream truck guy was also selling what amounted to a street pharmacy out of the back.

      • jjyank says:

        Could be, but I say kids getting ice cream from the truck a couple days ago, though this was more like 4-5 in the afternoon. 10 PM is just weird lol.

        • jjyank says:


          But if they were selling drugs too, you’d think they would cut the music driving around at 10 PM, right?

          • nah, blend in in plain sight. Act like a normal ice cream truck and nobody asks any questions, drive around all shady not playing your stupid jingle people start asking whats up.

            • jjyank says:

              Haha I guess, but I’d be weirded out seeing an ice cream truck this late with or without music. Wouldn’t using a plan looking SUV or something make more sense? I dunno, maybe this is why I’m not a dealer :P

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          Just go up to him and ask for a Mickey Mouse bar and some synthetic weed. If he doesn’t flinch, you know what’s up.

          • jjyank says:

            I’m the only white guy within several blocks. I’d rather not.

            • Kramerica Industries says:

              I love when I’m like that.

              Shady neighborhoods are fun!! I will always say that, until me name appears in the obituaries as the victim of a shooting. I make myself miserable enough – no need to make myself miserable about my surroundings too.

              • jjyank says:

                Oh I’m not miserable at all. I like where I live, cheap rent, newly renovated apartment, easy commute. I just won’t go up to the drug dealing ice cream truck man alone as the upper-middle class white boy living along in a shady, working class neighborhood haha.

                Not trying to sound pretentious. But I don’t exactly blend in around here, I just try to keep to myself.

                • jjyank says:

                  Living *alone. I can’t type tonight.

                  The fun part of where I live though, is when I walk to the metro in a suit every morning, and everyone looks at me like I’m some kind of freak lol.

                • Kramerica Industries says:

                  I know.

                  I was more or less using that as a shameless opportunity to promote myself. Apologies.

                  If I wanted to, I could seamlessly fit in with any of the druggies around my neighborhood. I’ve been offered enough times to understand all the lingo and how to use it.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      It’s actually Hiroki Kuroda.

  155. Kuroda hasn’t been getting that uppercut all night.

  156. Joe says:

    Still wouldn’t mind facing Dickey? 12Ks tonight. 1 unearned run. 1.35ERA in last 10…

  157. Cy Pettitte says:

    the strike zone for the Braves is fucking gigantic. this is a joke.

  158. Kramerica Industries says:


    Not even close to a strike.

  159. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Admit it, if you’re strikeout call looked like that you’d be pitcher-friendly too.

  160. Cuso says:

    This Ump is a complete piece of crap.

  161. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    All that I’ll ever think when I see Chip Caray:


  162. TampaYankee says:

    Love my boy Wise getting a hit, and now a SB!

    I realize he isn’t amazing with the bat, subpar really, but I’ve liked the dude since he was in Chicago. I love the intangibles he brings with defense, and when he can get on base, his baserunning abilities.

    I really hope he can get hot with the bat and stick around until Gardner comes back. I like having a capable defensive player who can also run the bases like a mad man.

    Hope the hits keep coming!

  163. Tom says:

    Venters, 3rd night in a row? An interesting choice…

    • Tom says:

      But the ump bails him out and turns a 2-0 count into a 1-1 count with yet another low outside “strike” to a lefty.

      He’s made some bad calls against the Braves too – this guy has really impacted the game for both team with his absurd zone

  164. Kramerica Industries says:

    One excellent debate topic that was just triggered from Wise a moment ago:

    Head-first or feet first. Which is better?

  165. Mike Francessa says:

    Eppley? Where is Wade

  166. Mike Francessa says:

    Jesus wade or phelps please.

    • jjyank says:

      Is Phelps really a better option? Wade is probably being saved for the 9th. This is the bottom of the order too, by the way.

  167. Mick Foley says:


  168. Mike Francessa says:

    This guy cant bunt for shit.

  169. Cuso says:

    I have this feeling that bad things are going to happen here and I’m going to blame the home plate Ump.

  170. Kramerica Industries says:

    ESPN with a Bam Bam Meulens reference.


  171. jjyank says:

    For the love of Mo, I am so god damn tired of hearing that tomahawk music every 3 seconds.

  172. Robinson Tilapia says:

    RISPFail, please.

  173. Tom says:

    Granted it wasn’t hard hit, but how is Eppley pitching to a lefty with the tying run on 2nd?

    Wade or Soriano must not be available.

  174. Greg says:

    All night this has felt like the kind of game that has been the Braves to lose. They have had so many runners on.

  175. RkyMtnYank says:

    It’s really amazing how bad ML hitters are a bunting. I know it’s not popular on this site but even my 16yr daughter pointed out how much better her softball team is than ML’ers at bunting in trying to play the game to win in tight situations.

  176. Mike Francessa says:

    I miss Drob they should have activated him today

  177. Greg says:

    HE GOT IT!

  178. Mick Foley says:


  179. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Wow Jeter and Cano are unbelievable at the 6-4-3

  180. Cy Pettitte says:

    holy fucking shit Epply!!!

  181. Cody Eppley: My new favorite reliever.

  182. Tom says:

    Wow… Girardi pushing all the right buttons these days.

    Can’t understand the logic, but it somehow worked.

  183. Kramerica Industries says:

    The Braves have put on a really Yankees-esque performance tonight with RISP.

    Glad that it is happening in front of their home fans, too. Take that, fuckers.

    • Betty Lizard says:

      Did the Yankees give the Braves our RISP-fail cooties? And if so is it like fleas jumping from dog to dog and so now we’re free of the curse?

      (fingers crossed)

  184. Mike Axisa says:

    Cody Eppley, ground ball machine.

  185. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Cody Eppley earning his statue in Monument Park there.

  186. jjyank says:

    Hell to the YAY-YEAHHHH

  187. Joe says:

    This is why I don’t mind listening to out of town feeds sometimes. Right before that pitch, commentator said: “At some point during this at-bat, Michael Bourn has to be on the move. Gotta stay outta the double play here”. Just felt right..

  188. Mike Francessa says:

    Future pen
    And Eppley hidden in girardi’s closet for emergencys

  189. DERP says:

    I hope Cody Eppley doesn’t accidentally get his huge balls stuck in a door or something.

  190. Dela G says:

    that wasnt a strike 3…

  191. mike_h says:

    bullpen is amazing

  192. Kramerica Industries says:

    And another terrible strike three call.

  193. TomH says:

    Really need a safety run here, but I dunno off this guy!

  194. Kramerica Industries says:

    Braves 2-13 with RISP, and one of them was Bourn’s infield hit last inning. The other was the nonsensical bunt in the 2nd inning by Simmons.

    So there’s that.

  195. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Garbage time strikeout-reaching-base.

  196. RetroRob says:

    Brian McCann looks like Jim Gaffigan.

  197. TomH says:

    Russell, what have you done for us lately?

  198. Mike Francessa says:

    Is it sori or wade

  199. mike_h says:

    lets do this

  200. Kramerica Industries says:

    4th game in five days for Soriano.

    Middle of the Braves order.

    This could get dicey.

  201. flamingo says:

    One more out.

  202. Tom says:

    Smart pitch selection – there was no way Uggla should have seen a fastball there.

    Even though he hung it a bit that was a good call to Uggla.

  203. AaronGuielWithASmile says:


  204. Tom says:

    No doubles defense… that’s the one downfall of it. (still the right decision to play deep)

  205. Cy Pettitte says:


  206. Mike Francessa says:

    Sori thank you Hal. And randy
    Sweep stick your tomahawk in your ass
    Gardy gets that

  207. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Ballgame over! Yankees win!

  208. flamingo says:


  209. Tony says:

    16 out of 20!

  210. Kramerica Industries says:

    And the sweep!

    Didn’t expect that, going into Atlanta and everything. Hope for much the same next week in the Bronx.

    Meanwhile, the Yankees have won six straight, and the Nationals have won six straight. Should be some good baseball this weekend.

  211. Joe says:

    Great win! Yanks beat Atlanta AND the Ump.. In one of those 1 run games the Yanks are supposed to be terrible at.. Kuroda deserved the win too..

  212. RetroRob says:

    Good win. Keep it rolling in DC!

  213. pistol pete says:

    Soriano has been great, when Robertson returns the pen will be even better if that’s at all possible. Who goes when Robbie returns Friday?

  214. jjyank says:

    Awesome. Get yo asses back to the B League!

    ..oh, and shove your tomahawks, along with that annoying chant music that goes with it, right up your asses. Thank you, and goodbye.

    • Nick says:

      I will be singing that music all day at work tomorrow now! May have to ironically break out the frankly disturbing arm thing 2.

      Anyway, well played gentlemen. A rare treat for me to see a full evening game here on the other side of the atlantic. Looking forward to getting D-Rob back and another strong outing from Phil vs. the Nats. All feels good with the world! *walks away whistling to self happily* :-D

  215. Joe says:

    Has anyone noticed the decrease in trolling lately? What’s up w/ that?

  216. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Wow, tense night. Great to see two sweeps in a row. They really had no business winning tonight, though. The bullpen really needs David Robertson back, I’d love to see a strong rotation next season with Rivera, Robertson, Soriano, and Joba…though of course things never go as planned but we shall see.

  217. pistol pete says:

    Meredith just asked Eppley if he thought he’s was going down Friday, tough question, I was a little surprised.

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