Jun
13

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
  • eephus_pitch

    LET’S GO CORRODER!!

  • Need Pitching

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

    • Need Pitching

      attaching the link would help

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

      • jjyank

        Seems pretty harsh. I mean, it was clearly an act, but I didn’t know that was an ejectable offense.

        • Greg

          I think he had some words for the ump after he struck out. That’s why he was ejected

        • Need Pitching

          he was ejected for arguing, not for the act
          I can’t believe he argued so much for what was clearly the right call

          • jjyank

            Oh my bad, that makes a lot more sense haha. True, he shouldn’t have argued if he knew he was wrong (which he had to have known that).

      • dkidd

        that guy has “future red sox” written all over him

        • Need Pitching

          he seems to have the right attitude for it

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

        Why would you do that? To this day I don’t understand why Derek did it.

        • Need Pitching

          I don’t really have a big problem with the acting, but if the umpire calls you on it, let it go.
          I just don’t get why he would argue like that and get ejected when he knew it was all an act.

          • RetroRob

            Yeah, I didn’t have a problem with him trying to get on base. I do think that’s the job of a batter to figure out a way to get on base by hook or by crook. The phantom HBP is one of those accepted things in the game. I don’t think I’ve ever been annoyed by a batter on the opposition for trying to get the call.

            Yet this kid’s antics were ridiculous. He did get hit and then didn’t get the call. Fine. To show up the umpire and explode like that is going way too far and he should be punished.

            • RetroRob

              …*didn’t* get hit…

        • RetroRob

          Sarcasm?

        • flamingo

          He didn’t. The ump thought he was hit and awarded him first base, so he took the base.

      • Kramerica Industries

        How old is that video?

        That’s at least four years ago, if not more.

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

    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.

    • jjyank

      I’m lucky if I can read 1 or two posts on RAB and throw in 1 or two comments on my phone…you suck.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Am I missing something on Tumblr? I haven’t yet Tumbled.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    ESPN broadcast or Braves broadcast?

  • Professor Longnose

    Line drive by Jeter. Nice way to start.

  • RetroRob

    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.

  • jjyank

    Captain!

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      The first solid hit I’ve seen from him for a while.

      • RetroRob

        Yeah, been tapping the ball down on the ground for the past month. Hopefully a positive sign.

        • jjyank

          We can hope!

  • flamingo

    Jeter getting it started right.

  • Greg

    Productive out from Grandy

  • flamingo

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

  • dkidd

    a-rod is a joke

    /last night’d

    • Need Pitching

      punch and judy RBI

  • Greg

    Yay!

  • jjyank

    Damn it where is stuart??

    • RetroRob

      Who’s stuart?

      • Greg

        Were you here yesterday? Honest question

        • RetroRob

          No. Saw the game, but was out with some friends, so didn’t see the thread.

      • jjyank

        In between innings, go back to last night’s game thread and just word search “stuart”.

      • Need Pitching
        • jjyank

          That, about about 5 more of them if you scroll down. I think A-Rod ran over stuart’s dog or something.

  • Dino Velvet

    The Nats look for real.

    6 straight wins on the road against the AL East.

  • Will The Thrill

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

  • dkidd

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

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

    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.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Hmm, will check it out, thanks.

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

        my link actually connects to my Tumblr, and you can see all the blogs I’m following at the bottom.

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          Nice.

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

    KURODA IS SO INCONSISTENT!!!!!!!!

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

  • jjyank

    Yay Hirok!

  • Mike Francessa

    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.

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

    no DP please

    • Greg

      Not in the style you thought

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

      Damnit, why would you send Swish? I could understand if it was an actual base stealer, but…Martin at-bat and Swish on first, pitcher on deck?

      • Havok9120

        Because you’re trying to avoid the GIDP. Not really a bad call with a GB pitcher and a slow moving GB hitter facing each other.

  • Need Pitching

    Swish 300/382/633 in previous 9 games

    good to see him start hitting again

  • Mike Francessa

    Really swish was that you thinking again numbnuts

    • Need Pitching

      probably called from the bench

    • Tom

      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

      Hit and runs are not called by runner or hitter.

  • Hummingbird S.

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

    • Havok9120

      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

        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.

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

          He hasn’t been a great contact person this season either. I personally disagree with the decision to send him, but it’s not the end of the world.

      • jjyank

        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

          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.

  • Greg

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

  • Hummingbird S.

    I hate this small ball BS

  • Total Dominication

    I hate the NL.

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

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

    • RetroRob

      Pinch hit for Hudson!

      • Kevin G.

        NL Baseball!

  • Hummingbird S.

    Strikezone is ridiculous.. that was clearly a strike.

  • jjyank

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

  • Nick

    Where was that 1-1 pitch?

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

      According to Gameday it was actually a pitch Hudson should’ve swung at lol. High and down the middle.

      • Nick

        Naked eye says strikezone pretty inconsistent so far. Don’t know if Gameday backs that up?

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

          Completely. According to Gameday, the last batter last inning took to pitches, the first was called ball 1 and was right on the corner, the second was just off the plate and call strike 1.

  • Total Dominication

    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,

    • Total Dominication

      *pissed

  • The Scheister of Doom

    Kurodas getting squeezed!

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Pitchers hitting! Excitement!

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

      Strategery!!!

  • swishers fauxhawk

    this strike zone is horseshit

  • Greg

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

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

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

  • FIPster Doofus

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

    • Havok9120

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

      • Joe

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

        • Havok9120

          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

            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

      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!

  • flamingo

    Great job there by Kuroda.

  • Mike Francessa

    Kuroda getting better every game.

    • eephus_pitch

      It’s pronounced “CORRODER,” especially by you.

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

        and error is pronounced erah

      • Havok9120

        If we’ve got to do that, can we just call him Corregidor? That would amuse me greatly.

        • Havok9120

          Apparently we’re short on history majors here. :(

  • The Scheister of Doom

    Take that decrepit ump, get lasik already.

  • Havok9120

    Reverse RISPFAIL!

  • Greg

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

    • Need Pitching

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

      • Need Pitching

        *hear

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

        It’s gonna take a little more to pry Garcia away from us. I want at least Clippard in that deal too, to fill the long guy we’d be loosing with giving up Garcia.

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

      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

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

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

          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

            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.

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

              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

                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.

  • Professor Longnose

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

    • Havok9120

      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

        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

        Exactly.

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

        • Havok9120

          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.

  • Havok9120

    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.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • Joe

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

  • Mike Francessa

    National league baseball blows

  • jjyank

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

    • Havok9120

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

      • jjyank

        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

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

  • The Scheister of Doom

    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.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Born in New York.

      Lives in…wait for it…

      Louisville! So just by a few miles.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Robbie showing some nice range on that play.

  • Need Pitching

    WTF, Robbie??

    • Havok9120

      He didn’t see that off the bat at all. Look at his face in the replay.

      • jjyank

        Yeah he was leaning to his left, and the ball went right. Outfielders can missteps all the time, I’m willing to let that slide.

  • Greg

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

  • Chip

    And that’s why Cano gets a bad rep

  • Mike Francessa

    Somebody wake up robbie

  • Joe

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

  • Mike Francessa

    40 ft fastball by hiroki there

  • Joe

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

    • Havok9120

      Well played.

  • Greg

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

    • Havok9120

      Mets-Rays have a good early pitcher’s duel as well.

    • Joe

      He’s got 60 pitches though.. At this pace it would be a 135 pitch no-no

    • RetroRob

      The man has no staying power. He’s no Secretariet at Belmont. Good for five, maybe six max.

  • Mike Francessa

    Why not walk ugly and set up the dp here

  • jjyank

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

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

      Ugliest dude in baseball has to be Youkilis though. followed closely by Ogando.

      • jjyank

        VIKING WARRIOR MAD!! VIKING WARRIOR SMAAAASH!!

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

          I always saw gay lumberjack…

          • jjyank

            Ha that one works too.

      • Zooboy

        Youk is the Babe Ruth of ugly.

      • Mike Francessa

        He is a dead ringer for the Toxic Avenger.

      • eephus_pitch

        Have you seen A.J. Pierzynski?

    • Havok9120

      Are his arms Joe Girardi-esque?

      • jjyank

        If there is ever an MMA cage fighting match between MLB managers, my entire life savings is being bet on Girardi.

        • Havok9120

          The guy is built like a freaking longshoreman.

    • Mike Francessa

      Barry bonds arms cough steroids

  • Mike Francessa

    Larry fail!

  • Cy Pettitte

    awesome pitching to strand the RISP these last two innings

    • Tom

      Kuroda just trying to welcome Robertson back this weekend with his own Houdini impersonation.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Hate yell-y umps.

    • Joe

      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…

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

    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

      Disagree…

    • jjyank

      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

      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

        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

          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

            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.

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

        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

          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

        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.

        • Professor Longnose

          That’s a factor, too.

    • RetroRob

      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.

      • Professor Longnose

        Yes. Fun to think about, impossible to be definitive about it.

    • Crime Dog

      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

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

  • Professor Longnose

    I really like Cano’s batting stance.

  • RetroRob

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

  • Mike Francessa

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

    • jjyank

      This was two, not three guys, but Mark Prior and Kerry Wood come to mind as well.

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

      Only Hudson is still a very good pitcher.

    • RetroRob

      Generation K wished they were Zito, Hudson, Mulder and Scully.

    • Crime Dog

      Getting one really good pitcher (Hudson), one league average (Zito) and one flame out (Mulder) makes sense out of a “big three:

  • Will The Thrill

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

  • RetroRob

    Score.Runs.For.Kuroda.

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

    • flamingo

      Yeah, it’s ridiculous..

  • Will The Thrill

    The lack of run support for Kuroda has been maddening.

    • Greg

      As we have been saying repeatedly during his starts, this is not new to Kuroda. In fact, against the Braves, he has a 2.10 ERA but is 1-5.

      • RetroRob

        Disturbing.

  • Pasta Stumbling Luis Sojo (formerly StanfordBen)

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

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/p.....res-torres
    http://www.debbieschlussel.com.....dovina.jpg

  • Need Pitching

    Jose Reyes HR to break up the no-hitter

  • jjyank

    Maybe you should have bunted Simmons? Heh.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • RBC

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

  • Mike Francessa

    Simmons is a dick

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

    Kuroda is really grinding out an excellent start.

    • Tom

      Yup.

      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.

  • Dela G

    thanks for the free strikes, ump!

  • Need Pitching

    Thankfully, the Braves caught RISPFail from the Yankees.

  • jjyank

    Huge K Hiroki! Awesome.

  • Tom

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

    • Greg

      Ironically the only Met without a hit is David Wright

    • Need Pitching

      really amazing how good Dickey has been

    • jjyank

      Nice! Hopefully we can get some more distance with our newfound first place!

  • Cy Pettitte

    I wil admit I like DJ Kitty

    • Crime Dog

      Same. Gave me a bit of a chuckle

  • Hummingbird S.

    Hudson is dominating.. lets hope this lone run stands

  • Kramerica Industries

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

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

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

    • RetroRob

      …ummm, and on one swing they don’t.

      Down by one run. Now if only they could score for Kuroda.

      • jjyank

        He shouldn’t have gotten on the bus. I blame Tom Riddle.

  • RkyMtnYank

    ohhh, that was crushed!

  • Cy Pettitte

    that pitch was indescribably bad

  • Karl Krawfid

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

  • Greg

    Well, 2 of 3 aint bad.

    Just prepping myself for disappointment

    • jjyank

      Shhh! Haven’t we learned about the Yankees and comebacks?

      • Greg

        That’s why I said I’m prepping myself, in case they don’t come back

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You need to get laid. Can someone lend Greg two pillows or something?

  • jjyank

    Fuck.

    At least I get fantasy points? I feel dirty.

  • Mike Francessa

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

  • Tom

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

  • Karl Krawfid

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

  • RkyMtnYank

    Nice play by Jete

  • Will The Thrill

    I want McCann in pinstripes.

  • Cy Pettitte

    where was that 1-1 to Heyward?

    • Need Pitching

      in the strikezone

  • stuart

    • Greg

      Look who’s back! Cant blame ARod for this can you?

    • jjyank

      What are you doing here? I figured you’d still be in the fetal position in a corner somewhere.

  • Cy Pettitte

    all these pitches are leaking into the middle of the plate

  • Kramerica Industries

    Kuroda’s been in trouble all night.

    This isn’t really surprising.

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

  • RkyMtnYank

    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.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • Kramerica Industries

      Since I hate Florida State, the “Tomahawk chop” is just another reason Braves fans can go fuck themselves.

      • RBC

        Thank you. The “chop” has got to go!! Its beyond annoying.

        • A Native American

          Ya think?

  • Mike Francessa

    Kuroda melting down now

    • jjyank

      2 hard hit balls is not quite melting down.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I think he meant that Kuroda’s actually made of ice cream.

        • jjyank

          Hmmm…what flavor would he be?

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Mochi. Duh.

        • Mike Francessa

          Emmmmmm icecream goes great with diet coke.

        • Cy Pettitte

          he is a witch and is melting in the rain

          • jjyank

            OR Kuroda is really the Wicked Witch of the West.

  • Brian S.

    Kuroda is not an ace.

    • Greg

      WE knew that already

    • CP

      I can’t believe Cashman signed him to a 7 year $120M contract thinking he was an ace.

  • Greg

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

  • Dela G

    GRANDY MAN!!! FUCK YES!

  • jjyank

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    GRANDY!!!! oh yea that felt good.

  • Greg

    THE GRANDY MAN!

  • Kramerica Industries

    And the home run.

    Now the Yankees can win this game.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Huuuuuuge

  • DERP

    Good swing IMO!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    The Grandyman, apparently, can.

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

  • Need Pitching

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

  • flamingo

    SO GRAND

  • Tom

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

  • Mike Francessa

    Bombers a bombing

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    yes, good. this pleases me.

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

    • RBC

      Its just another day as a Yankees fan :)

    • Need Pitching

      lmao

    • Greg

      Starring?

      • Joe

        Starring Jason Bay… He kinda needs the part…

      • jjyank

        Adam Sandler?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Your pick. Go ahead. Who are you a dead ringer for?

  • jjyank

    Fucking yes.

  • DERP

    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.

  • Joe

    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?

    • jjyank

      That’d be awesome.

    • Brian S.

      Yes. I want that to happen.

  • Kramerica Industries

    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.

      The Marlins suck

      • Kramerica Industries

        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

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

  • Tom

    This ump is hilariously bad….

  • DERP

    HIROK MOTH FUCK KUROD

  • Greg

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

    • dkidd

      it’s fun to watch what dickey is doing this year

      • dkidd

        that’s what she said?

    • Cy Pettitte

      RA Dickey’s line is ridiculous. 8IP 1H 0BB 12K, he has something like 50+ Ks and 3 walks in his last 4 starts and hasn’t allowed a run in 32 2/3rd innings

      • Tom

        I think the hit is an infield single in the first inning no less… Mets could have been pushing toward another no-no after going 8019 games without one.

    • Mike Francessa

      What is Joe Maddon master of the shift missing or something?

  • jjyank

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

    *readies cookie jar*

  • Brian S.

    I wouldn’t mind another run or two

  • Kramerica Industries

    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.

  • Need Pitching

    Great job battling all night for Hirok.

    Insurance runs now, please.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    This kid’s a little crazy.

  • dkidd

    i get chad durbin and chad gaudin mixed up

    • Mike Francessa

      They both suck

    • stuart

      I get Alex Gonzalez and Alex Gonzalez mixed up.

  • Nick

    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.

    • jjyank

      That last sentence, and Kuroda had handles Bourn well all night, including two strikeouts.

      • jjyank

        handled*

  • Joe

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

    • Joe

      Gotta say he has to be front runner to start the All Star game at this point.. If you omit one of his really bad starts, his ERA falls below 2…

      • Mike Francessa

        I hope so the Al will light him up like 4th of july

        • Havok9120

          That would be fantastic if it happened.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        That sound you heard was my mother-in-law baking Joe a chocolate cake for saying that.

    • Mike Francessa

      Does it really matter who we face at shitty field? We own that team

      • Joe

        Last 10(!) starts: 7-0. 1.46ERA. 11ER(!!) 71K/12BB(!!!)..

        • Havok9120

          Holy Christ. I didn’t know it was THAT insane.

  • Tom

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

    • jjyank

      Haha probably. Or they start smacking each other in the face with their stupid little tomahawks.

  • Ivan

    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.

    • Mike Francessa

      Somewhere tanyon sturts smiles

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Sturtze, but who’s counting.

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        Somewhere Scott Proctor’s elbow hurts

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Somewhere, TJ Beam bussed a table.

      • Joe Torre

        What an idiot… his job is to win games.

        It’s not like these guys are going to burnout from overuse.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Or it show show unimportant Rapada actually is which I agree.

      • Mike Francessa

        Rapada and eppley will be gone by the end of july

      • jjyank

        Rapada’s been effective, but everyone knows he’s not a long term piece, so yeah, ride that arm into the ground while it’s still helping.

  • jjyank

    Boone. Tang.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Rays lose.

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

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Still not buying it.

      • jjyank

        Me neither.

    • Mike Francessa

      Fighting Showalters

  • Dela G

    damn, this is one hell of an at-bat

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

    • Tom

      Marginal… right on the bottom of the zone.

    • jjyank

      Looked a touch low, but it was really close.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Yankees can’t get a call tonight

    • Joe

      They used to be able to buy calls.. Not w/ this whole 2014 budget though…

  • Hummingbird S.

    ump trying to help the Braves take the lead…

    • Robinson Tilapia

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

  • Ivan

    Ugh Cmon Logan

  • mike_h

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

  • Mick Foley

    DOES BOONE LOGAN HAVE THE TESTICULAR FORTITUDE?!?!?!

  • jjyank

    Okay, that one looked like a strike to me.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    This Ump is awful.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

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

    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?

    • jjyank

      McCann two run homer, then Grandy answered the next inning with a two run bomb himself.

    • Cy Pettitte

      McCann 2 run HR of Hiroki
      Grandy 2 run HR of Hudson

      Kuroda was throwing 1 pitch ever 5 minutes because he had runners on base every inning.

    • Greg

      McCann hit a two run bomb in the bottom of the fifth
      Granderson answered with a 2 run bomb in the top of the 6th

      Slowness has been caused by managing the field due to rain and the Braves failure to capitalize

      • Joe

        It’s also slow b/c apparently all Braves hitters have an extra strike to play with..

    • Joe

      Well.. If we win, you’ll know one thing… A homer was involved..

    • Joe Torre

      two runner homer by McCann after a broken bat single.

      Two run homer by Granderson after a Jeter single.

      There was a pause to put down the drying stuff around the infield somewhere around the 5th or 6th

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

        Ha, wow thanks for the updates everybody.

  • Joe Torre

    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”

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      It was unearned run – still intact

      • Tom

        It’s scoreless inning record, not an earned run record… I believe the unearned run ends it.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Fake to 1st throw to third.

    Oh wait

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

    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.”

  • Mike Francessa

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

  • jjyank

    Yes Boone. Take my cookie jar. Gorge yourself.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Nice escape job by Boone.

    Let’s get an insurance run.

  • Greg

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

  • jjyank

    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.

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

      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

        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

          *saw.

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

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

            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

              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

          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

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

            • Kramerica Industries

              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

                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

                  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

                  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

      It’s actually Hiroki Kuroda.

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

    Kuroda hasn’t been getting that uppercut all night.

  • Joe

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

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • jjyank

      To the naked eye, that looked like the same damn pitch Chipper Jones walked on last inning.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Hah.

    Not even close to a strike.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      *your

    • jjyank

      Sure, but he seems Brave-pitcher friendly.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    This Ump is a complete piece of crap.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

    http://www.sportsrubbish.com/w.....-caray.jpg

  • TampaYankee

    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!

  • Tom

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

    • Tom

      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

  • Kramerica Industries

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

    Head-first or feet first. Which is better?

    • jjyank

      I liked head first as a player because you could sneak your hand around and grab the corner of the bag. Wise might have been out if he went feet first because the bag was partially blocked.

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

      feet first is safer, head first as JJ points out gives the runner more options on how to get to the bag.

      • jjyank

        Yeah that’s the risk. You can easily jam a finger or hurt your wrist going head first, but I think it does give you an advantage.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Jamming a finger always gives you the advantage. Oh wait, we’re talking baseball.

  • Mike Francessa

    Eppley? Where is Wade

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

      Eppley’s been great of late.

    • Tom

      I guess either Wade or Soriano (and saving Wade for the 9th?) is unavailable?

  • Mike Francessa

    Jesus wade or phelps please.

    • jjyank

      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.

  • Mick Foley

    DOES CODY EPPLEY HAVE THE TESTICULAR FORTITUDE?!?!?!?!?

  • Mike Francessa

    This guy cant bunt for shit.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

    • Mike Francessa

      Pull your panties out of your crack we are winning this game.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        We would if all things were equal. This Ump has his head up his asa right now.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      There you go. Home plate Ump calls a foul ball fair. This guy can’t even disguise his slant.

  • Kramerica Industries

    ESPN with a Bam Bam Meulens reference.

    Awesome.

    • Havok9120

      I enjoyed their broadcast tonight.

  • jjyank

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

  • Robinson Tilapia

    RISPFail, please.

  • Tom

    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.

  • Greg

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

  • RkyMtnYank

    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.

  • Mike Francessa

    I miss Drob they should have activated him today

  • Greg

    HE GOT IT!

  • Mick Foley

    BANG! BANG!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    holy fucking shit Epply!!!

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

    Cody Eppley: My new favorite reliever.

  • Tom

    Wow… Girardi pushing all the right buttons these days.

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    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

      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)

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

    Cody Eppley, ground ball machine.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Cody Eppley earning his statue in Monument Park there.

  • jjyank

    Hell to the YAY-YEAHHHH

  • Joe

    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..

  • Mike Francessa

    Future pen
    Sori
    Drob
    Joba
    Aardsma
    Logan
    Wade
    And Eppley hidden in girardi’s closet for emergencys

    • Joe

      Soo… No long man..?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        The Joba part is wishful thinking, but Cody will probably ride the shuttle at some point.

        Long man not really needed if those guys are all at their best.

        • Joe

          Don’t you mean if the starters are at their best? Those guys are only 1 inning guys.. A blowout in the 3rd and I’m not sure how you manage that game..

      • Mike Francessa

        Wade can do long

    • Mike Francessa

      A got a case of beer that says jobber will be back soon and throwing smoke.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        You can keep the Old Milwaukee. I actually hope he is back.

        • Mike Francessa

          Only the best Busch.

  • DERP

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

  • Dela G

    that wasnt a strike 3…

  • mike_h

    bullpen is amazing

  • Kramerica Industries

    And another terrible strike three call.

    • Joe

      Even the outta town feed said that that was a call that went the Braves’ way. Been saying that all night!

      • Tom

        I don’t think ESPN is allowed to show K-zone when the call goes against the Yankees, but if you listened closely you could hear an audible groan (I assume from Nomar)

        • Havok9120

          Yeah, it was Nomar.

  • TomH

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    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.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Garbage time strikeout-reaching-base.

  • RetroRob

    Brian McCann looks like Jim Gaffigan.

    • jjyank

      I wonder if he likes Hot Pockets.

      • RetroRob

        He looks like a guy who might, but that’s probably because he looks like a balde, bigger Jim Gaffigan.

        • jjyank

          I hope you got the actual reference. Gaffigan’s Hot Pocket bit in his standup is hilarious.

  • TomH

    Russell, what have you done for us lately?

  • Mike Francessa

    Is it sori or wade

  • mike_h

    lets do this

  • Kramerica Industries

    4th game in five days for Soriano.

    Middle of the Braves order.

    This could get dicey.

  • flamingo

    One more out.

  • Tom

    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.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    FINISH HIM

    • Mike Francessa

      Get him a body bag

  • Tom

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    SWEEP!!!

  • Mike Francessa

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

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Ballgame over! Yankees win!

  • flamingo

    YES!

  • Tony

    16 out of 20!

  • Kramerica Industries

    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.

  • Joe

    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..

  • RetroRob

    Good win. Keep it rolling in DC!

  • pistol pete

    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?

    • jjyank

      Probably Phelps.

      • Mike Francessa

        Get phelps back to starter. Wasted development.

  • jjyank

    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

      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

  • Joe

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

    • jjyank

      It’s called winning. Trolls hate wins, it’s their mortal enemy.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    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.

    • Havok9120

      We were supposed to have that rotation of relievers by the ASB, and then 3 of them got hurt.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        As did Pineda. Gardner might be gone for the year too.

        http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....ll_pl.html

        I recall everyone made fun of me for worrying about Gardner’s injury… well tell me how my ass tastes.

        The team’s been decimated by injuries this year.

  • pistol pete

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

    • Jimmy McNulty

      Did he answer tough questions better than David Stern does?