Jun
15

Game 63: The Nation’s Capitol

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(Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

This is going to be a fun series. The Nationals are very clearly a team on the rise with some of the most exciting young players in the game, and these two clubs come in playing very well. Both the Yankees and Nationals have won six straight and both clubs are in first place, Washington by six in the loss column and New York by one. Their run differentials — +46 and +42 — are nearly identical. Here’s the lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Alex Rodriguez
RF Nick Swisher
LF Andruw Jones
Russell Martin
2B Jayson NixRobinson Cano‘s fine, just has terrible numbers vs. Gio Gonzalez (0-for-9, 4 K)
RHP Phil Hughes

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on My9 locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Bavarian Yankee

    Nix at 2nd? I mean just start Robbie, no matter how bad his numbers against Gio are.

    • miketotheg

      technically we can replace Girardi with a computer, complete with post game BS scripts and he can come out and yell at an umpire every 45.5 games, or 4 game losing streak. which ever comes first.

  • Tom Q

    The way the two teams are playing, it’s like the irresistible force meeting the immovable object.

    If the Yanks take 2-of-3, you’d have to say they’re truly on fire right now. And even losing 2-of-3, to a hot team in their stadium, wouldn’t be disgraceful.

    Curious whether Gonzalez is truly transformed, or if he reverts to established ways with the Yankees.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    On a bus on my way down to dc. I’m going to the game tomorrow. Pretty excited to see nationals park and pettitte pitch. I went to the game where he pitched against the reds. I wouldn’t mind a repeat of that. Unfortunately I have to deal with sterling tonight.

  • neo

    Wish I could be there this weekend with the RAB guys. One of the very few times I rooted against the Yankees was when they played Shoeless Joe Hardy and the Washington Senators… of course that was fiction! Could never root against the Yankees for real!!

  • Monterowasdinero

    Where you sitting Mike?

  • miketotheg

    i can’t believe he’s not starting cano because of NINE at bats. NINE!
    This live and die by the numbers garbage is really starting to piss me off.

    • Gio

      This. Especially coming off an off day. Plus, it’s not like we’re playing a last place team like the Red Sox or anything…

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Joe loves giving players 2 days off. He’s leveraging yesterday’s off day and giving Cano another. Maybe the ankle is a little bruised too. Not really a bad idea in my opinion.

    • Need Pitching

      or Cano isn’t going to play 162 games anyways, so if he’s going to get a day off, doesn’t it make sense to come against a guy he hasn’t had success against instead of someone he’s more likely to have success against?

  • Bo Knows

    No Robbie? I don’t care how bad his numbers are it’s dumb to sit your best all round player.

    • Need Pitching

      Lou Gehrig never needed days off!
      Fire Girardi!!!!!

    • sangreal

      He isnt going to play every game. Might as well sit him for the pitcher he is 0-9 against

  • Adam

    I see nothing wrong with Nix at second, he is one of the best bench men we have, and I am content with that. Besides, why not give Robbie a day off?

  • forensic

    CapitAl, not CapitOl.

  • RkyMtnYank

    The back wall behind the catcher looks about 10ft away, bet there’s not too much scoring on wp/pb’s.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Geez, there are Red Sox hats and shirts all fucking over Chicago right now. I’m wearing my Yankee hat all weekend. Nice to see the douchebags get shut out by the worst team in baseball, but hopefully Cash isn’t too blown away by Dempster’s performance that he now pushes harder for him.

  • MannyGeee

    Holy Gio… This is gonna be one of those nights. Someone call the trolls out of hiding.

    • Greg

      I expected the Yankees to struggle against the Nationals. Yanks are 2-4 all time against the Nats and we’re in their park. I think they will win 1-3.

      • Kramerica Industries

        What happened in 2006 and 2009 is horribly irrelevant.

        Yankees likely struggle this weekend because the Nats are a very good team. The fluke series in 2009 couldn’t matter less.

      • MannyGeee

        How’s your SSS treatin ya?

  • MannyGeee

    OK I have a love hate relationship with Bryce Harper, that catch isn’t helping it.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      That catch should play right into it.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Well…at least we don’t have to face Strasburg.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Looks like a tall pitchers mound in DC.

  • MannyGeee

    Wow, Hughes got pinched on that walk.

  • Need Pitching

    Strike

  • Greg

    Especially if the Nats are getting that call

  • Karl Krawfid

    Wow that was a strike.

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

    Wow, the game is barely 10 minutes in and the top of the first is over already…doubleplus ungood?

    • Greg

      Gio got to 3-2 on both Jeter and Grandy and struck them out. Tex lined out to center on a semi-diving catch by Harper

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yesnetwork always finds a player on the opposing team to drool over.

    Annoying.

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

      As long as it’s Harper they’re really just doing their jobs. He’s the number 1 prospect in all of baseball, and is playing out of his mind in the majors at 19!!

  • MannyGeee

    Wondering which Hughes is gonna show up?

  • Greg

    Why couldn’t Swisher catch that?

    • MannyGeee

      Harper woulda caught that…

      #only1/2joking

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Hmm. I don’t know about

    A:) that pitch selection on 0-2
    B:) the way Swish played that

  • MannyGeee

    Only 25errors this season… Nuney’s flying helmet owns a nice chunk of those too…

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    That’s Large from Phil.

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

    Nice first inning by Hughes.

  • flamingo

    Wow, good job, Phil.

  • MannyGeee

    A little more exciting way to get 2ks, but I’ll take it. Thanks Phil!

  • Ivan

    So far so good Hughes.

  • Tom

    So was the 2-0 pitch called a strike to ARod pretty much the same as the 3-2 walk in the bottom of the first?

  • Kramerica Industries

    That’s three 3-2 strikeouts for Gio already.

    All on 96 mph fastballs.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      he’s upped his game

  • JMK

    The box score will show a single and walk but in reality, he got squeezed on the first walk and Swisher didn’t quite help him out either.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yanks are gonna crush Gio today.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jayson Nix was pretty overmatched there.

    At least Gio is over 40 pitches.

    • Tom

      He can rack up as many K’s as he wants so long as he keeps throwing 20 pitches an inning.

      At this pace he’s going 5 or 6 (though unfortunately with the pitcher batting in NL parks he has a chance to get a few quick outs)

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

        That’s why the rule for Hughes is, unless your bunting take pitches until the umpire sends you back to the dugout.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Decent inning. Elevated his pitch count.

  • Will The Thrill

    We’re getting Max Scherzer’d by Gio Gonzalez today…

    • JMK

      It’s not even the third inning yet.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Swish is laughing, fire him!

  • Greg

    You should not give up a base hit to Flores ever. He’s a crappy hitter

  • Karl Krawfid

    Almost had that.

  • Hummingbird S.

    swisher.. wtf

  • Kramerica Industries

    That’s where Swish is irritating.

    Not on the play, but on the laughing afterwards. That could lead to a big inning for all we know – it’s just not the time and place.

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

      People deal with shit differently
      Paully strikes out, he destroys a water cooler
      Derek Jeter Strikes out, asks the up where it is and goes back to the dugout grimacing
      Swisher strikes out, he laughs about it.

      They’re all upset, maybe Swish more upset than even Paully, they just show it differently.

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

    Gotta get Flores there, let Geo lead off the next inning.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Do you have to work Monday night, or could you go to the game if I have an xtra ticket ?

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

        Sadly I’m working, thanks for the offer though. I’m probably not going to make it to one game this year, maybe a rare 1pm weekday start, but that’s it.

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          No prob. If I ever have an xtra for a day game, I’ll let you know.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Hughes can hit folks.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Also he can walk more than Cano.

  • Will The Thrill

    I’m glad the Yankees are doing well in interleague this year but that doesn’t change how much I hate interleague.

  • Hummingbird S.

    that was a decent hack by hughes..

  • Hummingbird S.

    damn…just missed a HR!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Here comes the crushin’

  • Need Pitching

    horrible camera work on that hit

  • Will The Thrill

    Should’ve tried to bunt for a hit Grandy!

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

    Gio just loves throwing pitches. I’m completely Ok with this.

    • Hummingbird S.

      Gio 2-0 Gonzalez

  • Kevin G.

    How the hell did that get through?

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

    MEH ALEX IS GARBAGE!!!! COMPLETELY USELESS!!!!

  • Will The Thrill

    I’m not too familiar with the Nationals’ bullpen. Should we want to get into it?

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

      All I know about their bullpen is Clippard and Burnett are nasty.

  • Cy Pettitte

    BABIP success
    RISP success

  • Greg

    NICE

  • Karl Krawfid

    Say it with me. Crushin’ time.

  • MannyGeee

    Hooray for seeing eye singles!

  • flamingo

    A run!

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

    Wow, I didn’t realize Gio’s having such a good year. I guess going to the NL has helped him alot.

    PS, Alex just tied Jimmy Foxx for 5th all time on the RBI list.

  • Karl Krawfid

    A-Rod you idiot.

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

    Damn Alex, gotta make sure the ball goes through to home before going to 3rd…

  • Cy Pettitte

    @BloggingBombers
    I don’t understand why A-Rod didn’t go to his trademark “Slap the ball out of the fielder’s hand” play right there.

    lol, Yankees beat writers are the best

  • Pinstripes In Cali

    WTF A-Rod. That weak-ass ground ball RBI “single” isn’t redemption enough for you to be a bonehead on the bases.

  • MannyGeee

    Brain fart by A Rod Or sac to score the run?

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Sac to score run

    • Need Pitching

      I’d say both, since I don’t think they had a real chance to get Tex anyways

  • your mom

    TOOTBLAN!

  • Need Pitching

    ummmm …. range

  • Hummingbird S.

    A-Rod fucking up on all facets of the game now.. great

    • Greg

      Except he drove in a run

      • Hummingbird S.

        Except he killed a rally by not having a brain and might have given that run back with his awful D

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

          Except it seems that this board is at the very least split on whether Tex scores if Alex doesn’t try for third.

          • Hummingbird S.

            there was no need to make that turn, that thorw was never going home

  • MannyGeee

    A rod giveth& a rod taketh away

  • Tom

    Just dumb baserunning… the play is right in front of you and you just give up the out. They also have Gio’s pitch count up and that saves him at least another 2-3 highs stress pitches at a minimum, and possibly a lot more.

    I wonder if it was one of those “well I’ll force a cutoff to make sure the guy scores from 2nd”… that seems to be done way too frequently around baseball.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Try getting luckier this inning, assholes.

    Bryce Harper is great already. He doesn’t need to be getting that.

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

    Harper, I will officially hate you if Hughes is hurt.

  • Hummingbird S.

    no defense whatsoever.. 2 routine plays that they dont make and it’s a scoring situation for them

    • Greg

      How do you figure on the last one?

      • Tom

        A pitcher with any type of normal follow through and that play is routine….

        Just watch Hughes’ follow through after a fastball – he has no chance at a ball at his feet unless it is hit very slowly.

      • Hummingbird S.

        It wasn’t hit that hard, right at Hughes… he had plenty of time. I guess his follow through played a part in it like Tom here said.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Tex could have been dead at the plate. I don’t have too much issue with getting 2 early runs off Gio.

    Can’t make too much of that play.

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

    Live look in for the National’s feed OMG actual analysis on pitch selection!!!

    • Hummingbird S.

      I have it on the Nats feed.. it’s been great so far.

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

        Radio or Television? I could use a break from Ma and Pa Pinstripes if their radio feed is good too.

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

    That ball had a weird flight to it. Off the bat I thought it was an easy out, then once it was in the air I thought it might be gone…

  • Karl Krawfid

    Phil Hughes, Afraid of LaRoche.

  • Will The Thrill

    Complete this sentence.

    An average Nationals fan has been a fan of the Nationals for ________ (amount of time).

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

      1-3 years.

      • Scott Proctor

        1-3 years months.

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

          I personally started taking an interest in them a couple seasons ago, when they called up Strasburg for the first time, before his elbow exploded.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Awful 0-2 pitch..

    • DM

      Amen. Morse wasn’t smelling his fastball — then they do him a favor that speeds up his bat. Not just a hanger, a bad choice.

  • Need Pitching

    fucking 2 strike hits

    grumble, grumble, grumble

  • Karl Krawfid

    Hang em Hughes.

  • Greg

    Hanging curveball. Despite bad defense, you cant throw that

  • Karl Krawfid

    Huge pitch Hughes.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Now that’s more like it.. nice pitch.

  • your mom

    Good comeback

  • Greg

    I blame that run on Hughes. You cant hang a curve on 0-2 to batter just coming off the DL

    • Need Pitching

      wtf does just coming off the DL have to do with anything???

      • Greg

        He’s hasn’t gotten his swing back yet. He hasn’t gotten into a rhythm.

        • Need Pitching

          but when is a hung curve ever OK?

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

            When the hitter isn’t a great hitter and is sitting dead red. If you hang a curveball in that situation than they’re usually just frozen and confused.

        • Scott Proctor

          You don’t need much of a rhythm to hit a hanging curve.

        • Tom

          Ummmm… he’s been playing since June 2…

      • Tom

        Not just that..

        Morse has been playing since June 2 (11 games)

        Even if the logic somehow made sense (which of course it doesn’t), at what point is a guy no longer just off the DL?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Calm the ef down

  • Greg

    I think the White Sox were leading the AL Central

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Gio tweaked something. Saw him grimace in the 1st inning too.

  • Hummingbird S.

    I think it’s time Jones starts hitting against southpaws.. He’s not doing his job on that platoon rotation

    • Will The Thrill

      Nope. It’s time to find someone else for the lefty mashing role. Maybe the Yanks should see about trading for someone like Jonny Gomes or Ryan Ludwick. Although those alternatives aren’t great to be honest I feel like they’re marginally better. Jones has his one or two moments a year but other than that he’s not getting it done.

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

    Lol, Sterling thinks Joba’s coming back by the All-Star Break.

  • Greg

    In 1994, the Texas Rangers were leading the AL West at 52-62. My lord

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

      Fact: Western Baseball Divisions will always be terrible.

    • Ivan

      God Damn!

  • Hummingbird S.

    damn, that makes it 3 outs that were hard hit out of 11..

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

    Nix, please get on base here, let Hughes end this inning so he doesn’t lead off the 5th.

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

      Or you can, you know, do that.

  • SamWalt

    Horseshit! Teddy Roosevelt should win every damn time.

  • Need Pitching

    Is it just me, or has every pitch this AB been a strike?

  • Scott Proctor

    Nats broadcast just showed a guy in the stands with an Ibanez jersey.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Matt Vasgershian has mentioned repeatedly on MLB network that the Yankees are one of the teams “most” hurt by the loss of the DH.

    That’s just clueless. They’re probably one of the 3 least hurt by the loss. They don’t have a full-time DH. They don’t have to bench someone who would otherwise play. See Red Sox, White Sox, Royals, Rangers, Angels, etc.

    Just dumb generalizations once again about the Yankees by MSM.

    • Greg

      I would say the Red Sox are more hurt because they are forced to use Papi in the infield

      • Widget

        Ortiz as an infielder >>>>>>>>>>>>Gonzalez as an outfielder.

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

          Gonzo as an outfielder>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Youkilis as an outfielder. I went to a game 2 years ago vs the Sox that Youk played the outfield. It was laughable.

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

            haha i guess I used to many ‘greater thans’ it should end >>>Youkilis as an outfielder.

        • Greg

          Well that acts as a side effect of playing Ortiz at first

    • Scott Proctor

      The Red Sox are definatley the most affected.

      Case in point: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......8;c_id=mlb

      • Widget

        The Red Sox continued use of Gonzalez in right field is an embarrassment. Just waiting for him to injure himself. You have to protect your highest paid player. If that means sitting him down you do it. Besides, he could probably use a day or two off. He’s been ass all season.

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

      In my mind it has to be the Angels, Red Sox, and White Sox.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Royals (Butler) Twins (have to play both Mayer & Morneau in field) Indians (Hafner) Tigers (forced to play Delmon in field)

        You’re correct with the 3 most…but there are so many others that the Yankees should just about be last on the list. Even the A’s (Johnny gomes) & Rays (matsui or Luke Scott) are more affected than the Yanks.

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

          If this was a couple years ago when we had Sheff, Giambi, Matsui, and Posada on the team and in the line-up everyday, I’d agree with Matt, but he’s a few years late.

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            Yep. Just like last inning when he claimed “the days of the homegrown Yankee are long past. You have Pettitte and Jeter and that’s about it.”

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jayson Cano. what a play.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Great play by Nixxxxxxx

  • Karl Krawfid

    Cano who?!?!?!

  • Need Pitching

    Nice play, both ends.

  • Tom

    I thought Cano was getting the night off? ;-)

  • Karl Krawfid

    Hughes must have a million swing and misses.

  • Athenian

    if what they just said on MLB Network about Andy helping Hughes, makes the signing of Pettitte even better.

    Phil has certainly looked more like the promise he should be than the pitcher that shot his wad by the 4th inning, he was.

  • Greg

    Did Kenny forget that Ryan played with the Astros for awhile as well in the National League?

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

    I just realized that I forgot to change my handle back. I’m sorry, people.

    • MannyGeee

      Well, anytime Hughes is on the mound, pining for Phelps’ plane to Tampa to be delayed is inevitible…

  • Hummingbird S.

    6 consecutive outs since that brain fart by A-Rod..thats how you kill rallies!

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Think it was a glove fart.

    • MannyGeee

      That and home runs.

  • Greg

    So far the Yankees have played Gonzalez well. They took advantage of their one true golden opportunity to score runs, they’ve made him throw alot of pitches.

  • MannyGeee

    LOL @ the Mets, nice of them to turn back into pumpkins after manhandling the rest of the AL East

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

      Poor Mets fans :(

  • MannyGeee

    Nice 3rd strike on Lobarndozzi (sp?). Right at the eyes… That is a confident pitcher at work.

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

    Where was that?

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

      I mean, that was one of the best pitches Hughes has thrown all year.

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

    WOAH Were did that miss?

  • Reggie C.

    Hughes got to be careful. Don’t want to show up the ump.

  • Reggie C.

    Hughes on a roll!

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

    You know a call is bad When Sterling is going on and on about it. He never complains about the strike zone.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Phil Phuckin’ Hughes…

  • Greg

    Leiter is exactly right. Hughes didnt get that call because Martin was set up way outside. But in the end, no harm, no foul

  • JMK

    What happened to Ryan Zimmerman? That’s a long contract if this is the player he is.

  • MannyGeee

    WOW. Great inning by Phil. I think that settles it, Petitte can never leave…

    • Greg

      Bring Pettitte and Mo back to work in the bullpen when they retire. Especially Mo

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

        I don’t know how much help Mo could actually be. He’s been showing people how he throws the cutter for literally a decade and nobody had been able to duplicate it yet.

        • Greg

          He could also teach the young kids in pitching under pressure.
          His attitude could rub off on them

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

          You know who I think would make a great pitching coach? David Cone.

          • Greg

            “Dont worry about this outing man, your BaBIP has unreasonably high. I know it will come down soon”

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

              Haha, this.

        • MannyGeee

          He doesn’t even know how he does it, he’s said so himself more than once…

  • Cy Pettitte

    I like how Hughes starts have become watchable, or dare I say, enjoyable, again.

    • Kramerica Industries

      But he hasn’t allowed a home run yet.

      Time is running out on that…

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        SHHHH!!! Don’t do that either!!

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Shhh. Don’t do that. They’re listening.

    • dkidd

      was just about to post the same thing

      he used to be root canal

  • Greg

    Ideal scenario would be to have Hughes pitch the sixth and then pinch hit him in the seventh and go to the pen

  • MannyGeee

    And if it hasn’t been mentioned, let me be the first to say it.

    RA Dickey got fucked. Pain & simple. The Commish does not want to be shown up by bad score keeping, but that was an error.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Kid behind the plate with a Nats shirt and a Yankee Jersey.

    Gangsta.

  • Will The Thrill

    Gonzalez going to 3-2 on almost everyone and getting batters out. Argh.

    • Greg

      Gonzalez has been getting his K’s and the Yankees have been a bit BaBip f***ed in this game

  • Cy Pettitte

    Gio was at 78 pitches through 4, kind of disappointed they couldn’t knock him out after 6.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Gotta be done now.

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

    John Sterling talking about OBP. I love this game.

  • jjyank

    What up RAB! Greetings from the game! Shaping up to be a good one so far. Phil has looked pretty sharp to me. Hope the game thread is as pleasant as the weather/game here in DC!

    • Greg

      I hope you brought your cookies to Washington

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

        Haha, I think he lives in Washington now. Lets hope he brought them to the ball park.

        • Greg

          Damn you’re right. Sorry man

  • Tom

    Blue Jay pitchers dropping like flies…

    Hutchinson left the game tonight with elbow soreness in the first. Drabek tore his UCL the other day and is likely headed for a 2nd TJ surgery and Morrow left a few days back with an oblique strain and I think is on the DL.

  • Greg

    That was almost the streak continuer

  • Greg

    THROW HIM A CHANGEUP

  • your mom

    throw an offspeed pitch damnit.

  • MannyGeee

    Mitch Williams’ glove looks like a 4 year olds tee ball glove…

  • Mykey

    For the love of God. Strike Morse out.

  • Greg

    THERE YOU GO

  • your mom

    Could’ve thrown that 5 pitches ago.

    • Need Pitching

      he probably takes it 5 pitches ago though …

  • Kramerica Industries

    Thank God DRob is back.

    Might need an 8/9 outing tonight, with another close game on hand…

  • your mom

    What happened to Phil’s cutter?

    • Greg

      I think he ditched it

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

        Thank god too, it was nothing more than a slightly below average pitch, but he loved it sooo much.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Don’t mess with a streak.

  • Tom Q

    That Morse at-bat seemed to flash Phil back to 2011/late 2010.

    And will probably make this his last inning.

    • Greg

      It was probably going to be his last inning anyway

      • Ivan

        I think if he had gotten Morse out earlier then maybe you go batter to batter with Hughes in the 7th.

        • Greg

          That’s true.

      • Tom Q

        Not necessarily. He had two strikes on Morse at about 91 pitches. A one-two pitch out to follow, he’d have started the 7th, anyway.

        • Need Pitching

          might’ve PH for him in the 7th if his spot came up regardless, depending on the situation

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

    bus home time, keep the lead/expand it boys!

  • Need Pitching

    no obligatory HR today
    nice job overall for Phil (still needs to be a little more efficient, though)

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    Now let’s hope they bring in Lidge.

    • your mom

      wish granted

      • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

        I love that Lidge guy. LOL

  • Cy Pettitte

    Assuming Phil’s night is over – streak busted.

  • Ivan

    Good solid outing for Hughes.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Roll Over !

  • Mykey

    Haha, gotta love those groundballs with eyes.

  • DERP

    36% strikeout rate today. 50% of balls in play on the ground. Great job by Phil.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      And just abundant confidence and overflowing presence on the mound.

  • Greg

    Last time we saw Lidge was the ’09 Series, am I right?

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Wise move.

    • Greg

      Lidge just had Johnny Damon flashbacks

    • Karl Krawfid

      Damn you.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        :P

  • Tom

    They didn’t even make a move toward 2nd on that steal?

  • Karl Krawfid

    That was a “Wise” Decision to steal a base.

  • Karl Krawfid

    A-Rod ended Lidges greatest back in 2009.

    • Karl Krawfid

      greatness***

    • DERP

      Lidge was absolute shit all throughout 2009.

  • DERP

    We got to have this game. Beating Gio would be so huge. Just stop putting Lombardozzi on in front of Harper and I think we will be good.

  • Tom

    Wise should consider 3rd…. Lidge is going to be pumping in sliders with 2 strikes

  • DERP

    Now that the lefty is out, why not pinch hit Cano for Nix next?

    • your mom

      Cano to pinch hit for Hughes?

  • Need Pitching

    here comes the bunt

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

    why not PH Cano?

  • Greg

    There are two things Girardi can do. He can PH Cano for Nix or hit Nix and PH Cano for Hughes and then double switch

  • Frank

    intentional walk here

  • Greg

    Forces the Nationals to walk Cano and load the bases

  • MannyGeee

    Well, in closing, Hughes has strung together another strong outing. Good for him…

  • your mom

    Pussies!

  • Kramerica Industries

    O/U 1.5 pitches for Jeter to hit into a rally-killing DP?

    I take the slight over, with 2.

  • Tom

    Would have used Chavez or Ibanez there.

    If they walk them, then he could have done something real gutsy… pinch hit Cano for Jeter (and move Nix to SS)

    • DERP

      never would happen, even if it might be the right move.

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

      there is no way they would do that.

      • Tom

        No way Girardi would have done it.

        But it would have been the right move.

    • Need Pitching

      it’ll be a cold day in hell before Joey G would do that

    • Mykey

      What? Why?

  • Frank

    Gotta get a SF at least

  • DERP

    This plan has been fucked since Jump Street.

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

    That’s why you should have PH Cano for Nix. Give him a chance to drive one in the gap and widen this lead.

  • Cy Pettitte

    that worked out well!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, that worked out.

  • Greg

    Would not have turned two on that

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

    Haha

  • Frank

    Sweet!!

  • your mom

    I’ll take that all day, everyday.

  • Need Pitching

    Clutch forced error!!!!

    • Tom

      Tack on runs? Hits with runners in scoring position?

      Unfortunately there’s no way they hang on to win unless someone hits a HR.

      • Need Pitching

        It would be fitting if they do.
        First Hughes start without giving up a HR. First Yankee win without hitting HR.

  • MannyGeee

    Great Yankee crowd at the park tonight huh

  • DERP

    Ian Desmond, more like E-an Desmond, AMIRITE?

    • dkidd

      it’s pronounced EEE-an!

      tip your waitress…

  • Arya

    Well done. Stayed out of the DP and got a couple runs.

  • DERP

    The Nats bullpen really sucks.

    • MannyGeee

      But Matt Vaskurgen just told me they have been really good last week agains the Red Sox and Blue Jays….

      Pfffffffffffttttttttt……. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!!!

      Sorry, I tried to keep a straight face

  • Greg

    REGRESSION

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

    Grandy the best

  • Cy Pettitte

    oppo double off a lefty. awesome.

  • Need Pitching

    RISPnonfail!!!!!

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

      No evil home runs either!!

  • MannyGeee

    Hooray for flood gates blowing open!!!

  • RBC

    50% off pizza for everyone… at least in NY

    • Cy Pettitte

      50% off “pizza”

      /pizzasnob

  • your mom

    Denzel says,”Game over.”

  • Mike N

    YEAHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOO!!!!!!!

  • MannyGeee

    Gios head looks like it MIT explode…

  • DERP

    So how many games do we win if we are in the NL? I think about 140 is a pretty conservative number.

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

      nAAAAtional league

  • dkidd

    too many homers!!!!!

    wait…

  • MannyGeee

    A Rod can slay a rally like no other….

    • Greg

      to be fair, the rally was basically over.

      • MannyGeee

        Fuck being fair to A Rod… He is boning Stacy Keebler and making $30m a year.

        • Need Pitching

          good point

        • George Clooney

          wait, what?

        • DERP

          wrong wrestler

          • MannyGeee

            Meh, whos to say. I thought it was Chyna for a while there. You know, on account of the muscular girl situation and all…

            • MannyGeee

              Or…. Wait for it….

              In memory of Madonna, the Fabulous Moolah!!!!

  • Mike N

    I don’t understand why it matters if the Yanks win without scoring a homer.

    • Greg

      The thinking is that in the playoffs you are less likely to homer because you are going against great pitchers.

      • Evan3457

        The thinking is wrong. A slightly higher percentage of runs scored in the post-season is scored on home runs than in the regular season.

        This is because although the good starting pitching allows fewer HR per game than average pitching, they allow even fewer long sequence rallies.

    • Cy Pettitte

      because they haven’t won a game this year in which they didn’t hit a HR

    • Will The Thrill

      Seriously. Hits are hits, runs are runs, and wins are wins.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        Yogi?

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Vagina Vagina Vagina…just exercising my right to Free Speech

  • Greg

    If I were Joe, I would get Robertson some work in this game just to get him back in the swing of things

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

      That, and get Freddy some work.

    • MannyGeee

      I was thinking that myself… Pitch him the 8th regardless. Boone to the 9th

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        Yes

      • Greg

        Or pitch Robertson in the ninth. Doesnt really matter. Just get him in

        • MannyGeee

          Whatevs… Agreed, get him some work

  • Need Pitching

    Eppley killing his GB%

    • Will The Thrill

      Meh. Those outs in the air just mean that they’re trying extra hard to elevate it and not ground out since they probably read the scouting reports.

    • MannyGeee

      Yeah, that will earn you a trip to Scranton (Albany, Syracuse, Albania, Kalamazoo, wherever the Travelling Willburrys end up hanging their hats today)

  • Karl Krawfid

    This man Tex can play some D.

  • Tom

    Nice play Tex.

    Looked a lot more impressive real time. The slow mo replay made it look less impressive.

  • DERP

    Have Eppley/Garcia finish this off. Pitch Robertson tomorrow or Sunday no matter what.

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

      D-Rob for the 8th, Freddy for the 9th.

  • Tom

    Winning without HR’s?
    A Hughes start without a HR?
    Eppley recording 3 outs without a GB?

    I’m afraid if I step outside I might get hit by lightning.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      First 3 lines sounded like the preamble to the old Batman TV series (probably on before you were born.)

      • MannyGeee

        TWAP!

        BANG!

        KAPOWZIE!!

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          Holy Philbert Robin.

      • Greg

        WHAT’S THIS?!!!!

      • Tom

        Nice… and sadly no (I think)…

  • Will The Thrill

    Tom Gorzelanny = White Flag

  • Mike N

    Beat these fuckers!!!

  • MannyGeee

    Wow, Seatptle has a TEAM OBP of .297…. That is pretty awesome.

    • MannyGeee

      Read ‘Seattle’…

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

      Amazing when they have the reincarnation of Babe Ruth.

    • Tom

      More awesome?

      That actually is an improvement over last year (.292)

      • MannyGeee

        That is the Jesus Montero effect.

    • Betty Lizard

      I read that as “Seatpie” and couldn’t stop laughing. Fitting name for Seattle.

  • eephus_pitch

    Sterling just told me that you have to actually watch the games, and not just rely on stats.
    You silly STATHEADS! You don’t even watch the games!

    • MannyGeee

      Yeah… He’s just saying that to back up his YCPBB theory… That’s what ‘the man’ would want you to think. Statsz 4 lyfeeeeeeee!!!!!!!

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Phil Phucking Hughes!

  • DERP

    Hughes with 22 swings and misses today. Holy fucking shit.

  • Mike N

    Seven in a ROW!!!!

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Oh, K on Harper on 3 pitches Rapada !!!!!!!!!

    • MannyGeee

      I got your Rookie of the Year right here pal!

  • Greg

    Dont worry Bryce. We’ll get you somehow

  • eephus_pitch

    I’ll never forgive Ryan Zimmerman for destroying Chien-Ming Wang.
    Yes, I blame him.

    • Mike N

      When he ran down the third base line and ruined his career with a leg pull?

      • MannyGeee

        Broken foot, no?

        • Mike N

          Yeah, foot. That was horrible.

    • Greg

      I remember he hit a big home run off of us when they played in RFK
      Was it Wang?

      • eephus_pitch

        Yeah, the Yanks were leading 2-1 in the ninth, and Rivera had gotten hit hard the night before and was unavailable. Torre tried to let Wang get the complete game, and Zimmerman hit a 2-run shot off him to win the game.

  • DERP

    Just strike out one of the best players in baseball on three pitchers. nbd.

  • Cy Pettitte

    DRob sighting!

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Yes !!!!

  • Tom

    Wow, Harper, Rapada just “clowned you, bro”

    New 7-9-9 formula Eppley-Rapada-Garcia?

  • MannyGeee

    Woah… A non broken Zimmerman would have sen that one to The parking lot

  • DERP

    I almost feel bad for Freddy. He can’t even get into a game with a five run lead against the bottom of a shitty lineup.

    • MannyGeee

      Don’t feel bad, he’s making 4.5M and the only pressure he faces is a long line at Starbucks when he gets sent out for Lattes.

  • DERP

    Andrelton Simmons is doing some fine work.

  • MannyGeee

    Wow, Rapada doing werk!!!

  • Greg

    Luis Ayala and Cory Wade last year, Clay Rapada and Cody Eppley this year, Chad Gaudin and Dustin Moseley in 2010.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Aaron Small anyone?

      • Greg

        Shawn Chacon too

        • Kramerica Industries

          Edwar Ramirez.

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

            Jose Veras.

            • MannyGeee

              Sergio Mitre. Boom.

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

      Gaudin and Moseley were both pretty bad. Cash’s 2010 bullpen finding was Kerry Wood.

      • Greg

        Oh yeah. Forgot Kerry Wood

  • George Clooney

    clay RAPADA with a lockdown inning?

    we’re entering “fish that ate pittsburgh” territory

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    No chance you’re pulling a Cano on Cano.

  • DERP

    I hate to brag, but I started Andrelton Simmons in The Game today.

  • MannyGeee

    Gorzalanny looks like John Lackeys younger fatter homosexual brother… Jus sayin

  • Kramerica Industries

    2 innings late on the Jeter GIDP stuff, I see.

  • eephus_pitch

    I’m still allowed to be annoyed by Jeter’s DP tendencies, even when the team’s doing great.
    It’s my right as an American.

  • your mom

    ewww Jeter.

  • OldYanksFan

    So…. can someone tell me the different between NEW (very good) Highes and OLD (frustrating, inconsistant, no too good) Hughes?

    It seems he’s throwing more strikes, not nibbling but challenging. Is that it?

    • your mom

      Velocity is better

    • Need Pitching

      he definitely seems more aggressive. It also seems like he’s phased out his shitty cutter.

    • MannyGeee

      I think it’s confidence. He looks like a guy who will Challenge a hitter now, go upstairs or drop a hook on two strikes… He was not doing that a month ago.

    • Tom

      I think he is also throwing the fastball down in the zone a bit more. I think this makes his fastball up a bit more effective as batters have to respect the fastball down.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    although i don’t quite get it, i’m still unexplainably laughing.

  • Cy Pettitte

    well there goes the no HR win

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Damn it Grandy.

  • Mike N

    GRANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Greg

    WHY GRANDY!

  • DERP

    Another hit off a lefty.

  • Need Pitching

    Yankees suck. They can’t win without hitting a HR.

  • Arya

    We wouldn’t have been able to win this ballgame without that home run.

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

    This is why that whole meme is stupid.

    • Need Pitching

      exactly

  • Eirias

    Damn. A home-run. Clearly we’re screwed in the playoffs.

  • DERP

    We just can’t win unless we hit a home run.

  • MannyGeee

    Off topic, but….

    Don’t look now, but Trever Plouffe leads the Twins in Home Runs. How’s Mauers contract look now?

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      A little worse than A-Rods

    • dkidd

      how does he find time to play baseball and send me obama e-mails?

      • MannyGeee

        His smartphone has 4g?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Curtis extends the narrative.

    Awesome.

  • DERP

    I am listening to the Nats broadcast. The play-by-play guy is really good. Anyone else listening?

  • Eirias

    Get Hughes back out there and tell him to give up a homer. KEEP THE STREAK ALIVE.

  • Tom

    Still can’t win a game without a HR.

    /Marchandneedssomethingtowriteabout

  • dkidd

    carlos pena with zero at-bats and 4 runs scored tonight

    ycpb

    • your mom

      The Marlins are sucking big time right now.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Run differential taking it more and more on the chin the past few nights.

        Hahah.

      • dkidd

        seriously

        zambrano due to punch ozzie any second

        • MannyGeee

          Funny, I had June 20th in the pool.

      • MannyGeee

        NL East…. It’s faaaaaaaaaantastic!

  • Mike N

    This is clearly unsustainable and not a playoff team.

    • MannyGeee

      Clearly…

      • Mike N

        Unquestionably.

        • MannyGeee

          Indubitably!

  • CBean

    Hi D-Rob!

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

    High Socks are back!

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    He’s Baaaaaaack!!!!!

  • Greg

    This is why you put him in now. Let him get this stuff out of his system. Great move by Girardi

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

    So, I saw Derek’s 2-run infield single/throwing error on my phone, but how’d we get from 4-1 to 7-1? I’m not complaining, just curious.

    PS, good move putting Robertson in a low pressure situation first game back.

    • MannyGeee

      Grandy hit a 2 run double and a solo homer in his next AB.

    • DERP

      Granderson double, Granderson double

      • DERP

        I mean double, then homer

    • Greg

      2 run double by Grandy in that same inning.

      And the obligatory HR by Grandy in the top of the ninth

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

        So this team still clearly cannot win without hitting a homerun. God we’re screwed come playoff time against the likes of Verlander and Price…

        • MannyGeee

          20 minutes ago called, they want their played out meme back…

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

            Haha, Try 3 seasons ago called =P

  • Mike N

    END THIS FUCKER NOW!

    • Cy Pettitte

      yea hurry up, finish this before Sale/Kershaw starts

  • Pat D

    Was there really a need for Desmond to do that?

  • DERP

    O’neill rule possibly in play here.

  • Eirias

    Runner on third? Right where Robertson wants them…

  • your mom

    Wonder when Freddy pitches next?

  • Mike N

    Irrelevant run. END THIS!

  • DERP

    Martin Prado just made a nasty play.

  • DERP

    FINISH HIM

  • MannyGeee

    Typical Robertson appearance.

  • Mike N

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SEVEN IN A ROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YANKS KICK FUCKING ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    What is this Plouffe-sanity? 2 more taters for a Trevor tonight.

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

    A little rust is to be expected. I’d give him another one or two low leverage appearances before putting him back into the 8th inning. As much as I dislike it MFIKY has been really good as the closer, so why fix something that isn’t broken?

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

    Can you guys guess who the last guy to record a save against the Yankees is?

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Fuentes?

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

        Nope.

    • DERP

      Alroldis

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

        Yep. May 20th. Pretty hard to believe.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      O wait. Frieri right?

    • Greg

      Was it Sean Marshall?

      • Greg

        Aroldis was my second guess. Somebody from the Reds

      • DERP

        Soriano has nine saves since the last guy got a save against the Yankees.

  • Tom

    Solid game – did not expect Hughes to outpitch Gio and thought they’d have to win it against the pen, but Hughes was impressive.

  • Mike N

    The Yanks are clearly among the top four teams in MLB right now: Yanks, Angels, White Sox, and Dodgers.

  • Tom Q

    So, obviously the Yankees could hardly be doing any better in inter-league, but…doesn’t it seem a bit of a gyp they don’t get to play the Marlins, the way Miami’s absolutely lying down for the rest of the East?

  • DERP

    The National league is our bitch.

    • Mike N

      Kill those fucks!

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

      If you look closer you’d see it’s spelled NAAAAtional league.

  • fin

    Man, I look forward to Hughes’s starts now. Its so nice seeing him pitch well. Hes rewarding Cash$ for sticking with him.

    • Nemesis

      Yup.

      Hughes is like Cashmans first time.

      By that I mean the first product of Cashman having more control over the entire organization.

      • Havok9120

        That….is an awesome point. I’d never thought about it that way, but you’re totally right.

  • DERP

    Our worst pitcher just beat one of the best pitchers in baseball this year.

    • JimAbbottFan

      Don’t forget him out-pitching Verlander.

  • Greg

    Kershaw gave up a 2 run homer to Adam Dunn in the first 2-0 white Sox. That game could be over

    • dkidd

      i’m happy for adam dunn

      last season was tough to watch

  • Kramerica Industries

    Pettitte vs. Zimmermann tomorrow.

    Keep it going

  • stuart a

    hughes has been good for over a month…

    1 bad game versus the Angels else he has been very good.

  • RBC

    And you guys thought the Yanks were kaput without Mariano….

  • goterpsgo

    WOOOOOHOOOO Braves!!!!! Extend the division lead!!!