Game 92: The Left Coast

Gardner will have arthroscopic surgery next week
Williams continues hot streak with a homer
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The Yankees have completely manhandled the Athletics over the last three seasons, taking 25 of 31 games against Oakland including 13 of 15 in the Coliseum. The A’s are streaking though, having won ten of their last 12 overall. Then again, they won’t be facing the Twins, Mariners, and Red Sox anymore. Here’s the starting nine…

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

RHP Freddy Garcia

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

David Phelps Update: Joe Girardi said that he will essentially use Phelps in the Cory Wade role, not strictly long relief. I suppose that means the middle innings between the starter and David Robertson, which will be pretty awesome if he’s willing to let him work two or three innings at a time.

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Gardner will have arthroscopic surgery next week
Williams continues hot streak with a homer
  • DERP

    Eric Chavez is going to have a big game.

  • Get Phelps Up

    “Then again, they won’t be facing the Twins, Mariners, and Red Sox anymore.”

    love that.

    • Adam

      We see the Mariners next, then the Red Sox. No Twins till Sept. I believe.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    I have to be up at some negative time like -42 o’clock. I don’t know why they can’t just start baseball games at 4 out there.

    • jjyank

      It’d be nice for us, but a game starting at 4 means the local fans don’t get home from work until like halfway through the game.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        1.) Does anyone in Oakland know what time the games start?

        2.) Does anyone in Oakland know that there’s still a baseball team there?

        3.) Does anyone in Oakland have a job?

  • DERP

    We really need to face the Orioles soon. Zach Britton probably still has nightmares about this game.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=310730310

  • Greg

    Gotta be honest, this series scares me a bit. Not a lot, but a bit.

    • Widget

      shaving scares you. Grow a sack already.

      • Jack

        Sack-shaving always scared me too.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Scares me too. Each of these pitchers does something that could give the team fits.

  • Greg

    Cody Ross walkoff 3 run homer. Red Sox win

    • Widget

      You change your shorts yet because I know you must have made a mess in them after your favorite team won. The gatorade bath was really the highlight of the game 7 celebration. Wait you mean it was a regular season game? Interesting, I thought Gatorade was only used for the really important occasions.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Is this necessary? Jesus.

  • Cy Pettitte

    fuck Cody Ross

    • Brian S.

      I’m starting to think they get in that Wild Card game.

      • Widget

        all but 3 teams in the AL have a shot at the two wildcards. Their chance isn’t any better than any of the others. Angels and Tigers are the two wild cards teams anyways.

    • CUYanks

      It’s ok, the White Sox have a better record than the Red Sox anyway.

  • jjyank

    If I got to choose a coast I got to choose the East
    I live out there, so don’t go there
    But that don’t mean a nigga can’t rest in the West
    See some nice breasts in the West
    Smoke some nice sess in the West, y’all niggaz is a mess
    Thinkin I’m goin’ stop, givin L.A. props
    All I got is beef with those that violate me
    I shall annihilate thee
    Case closed, suitcase filled with clothes
    Linens and things, I begin things
    People start to flash, 818’s, 213’s
    313’s, B.I.G.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Vasghersian delayed reaction on the home run, haha

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    dog night?????

    • forensic

      You can’t get people there voluntarily, so you have to have the few people who will go force their dogs to go too so things look more crowded.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Cody Ross and Andruw Jones love Fenway.

    …so does Jason Bay

    • Greg

      SO does Mike Lowell.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Singleton and Cone for 7 straight games. did I die and go to heaven?

    • jjyank

      No, just the West Coast :P Kay doesn’t go there, so it’s always Singleton. Cone is a nice addition though.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    No Kay?? Bonus !!

    • jjyank

      Like I mentioned above, Kay never does the West Coast.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        This is large.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        He doesn’t cross the Mighty Mississipp.

        • Pat D

          Nicely done.

  • Greg

    Now I really hope we win tonight. We can make the O’s, Rays, and Red Sox wins go to waste.

    • Widget

      yes because god forbid the yankees 10 game lead go to waste. Oh the horror!!!!!!!!!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Red Sox have many Hall of Famers because home runs

    • Pat D

      Reminds me when I was at the Iron Pigs game earlier this month. Saw a guy with a shirt naming all of the Phillies HOF players. Wished I could have stopped and studied it to see how many guys were only there for a year or two. Which is similar to the Red Sox.

      • Ghost of Joe Dugan

        You mean this one? http://www.fansedge.com/Philad.....45_PD.html

        LOL! They count Ryne Sandberg!!! He had a TOTAL of 6 PA’s for the Phillies!!!!!

        11 of the 34 played for the Phillies only 1 year! That’s just sad.

  • jjyank

    DISCLAIMER: I am RAB commenting a bit drunk tonight. It was a coworkers birthday today and we went out for a few (read: a lot of) drinks after work. But anyway, GO YANKEES!

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      behave or we’re holding you accountable for everything….

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      that’s not a disclaimer, it’s a cliche.

      • jjyank

        Is it? I’m just trying to warn the trolls :D

        • Steve

          The trolls? Didn’t you try and fail to troll OTM like last night?

    • Pat D

      Did you drink and dial?

  • forensic

    As soon as they get Phelps stretched out to full starter length they break him back down to a 1, maybe 2, inning reliever again. Sometimes I wonder if this franchise knows which way is up when it comes to handling young pitchers. They seem to get in their own way so often with no real plan for things.

    • vicki

      sometimes you wonder?

    • Ghost of Joe Dugan

      Just a ridiculous decision. Stop jerking the kids around.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    You ain’t bad, you ain’t nothin!

    You hear me?! You ain’t BAD, you ain’t nothin!!!!!

  • DERP

    Addison Reed is a total bitch, so there is some silver lining to the walk-off.

    • Brian S.

      Think the Blue Jays even compete with them this weekend?

  • jjyank

    Anyone else getting a crazy lightning storm? It seriously looks like a strobe light outside of my window.

    • DERP

      My house in Maryland is rumbling.

      • jjyank

        Thunder is far off in NE DC, but the lightning is ridiculous.

  • Cy Pettitte

    terrible call, definitely lost it on the transfer

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    that was crazy

  • jon

    how is that not a hit for cano?

    • Greg

      He caught the ball and lost it on the transfer.

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        but he technically didn’t, jeter was called out and arod advanced

      • jon

        then cano wouldnt have been at first base

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      It’s a fielder’s choice force out.

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        thats it

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      i guess an error?

  • Greg

    I;m worried now. Those things have been going our way recently.

    • DERP

      lol

  • CUYanks

    They were really squaring up the ball that inning. That bodes well for the future of this game on offense…

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      25 pitches or so as well

  • Hall and Nokes

    That was worth it just to say we saw it.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    weeks is fast

  • Brian S.

    Dammit Jeter…

    • Greg

      Really? You blame him for that?

      • Brian S.

        Most shortstops turn that into an out.

        • Greg

          Not with Weeks’s speed.

          • Brian S.

            They get to the ball a lot faster than Jeter does, so yes.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          Maybe if they were positioned closer to 2B

  • Hall and Nokes

    So Jeter was retired because of a heads-up backup play on a wayward throw in Oakland. Are we even now?

  • Pat D

    Just saw that the Cubs signed former Yankee illegal signee Juan Carlos Paniagua.

  • Pat D

    That sucked.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    that dudes awesome, he golfed it

  • Greg

    I knew this would be trouble

    • CUYanks

      Remember, the offense ALWAYS scores 3 runs

    • Widget

      real shock there. you are such a pussy.

      • Greg

        1. Thank you for showing class

        2. I seriously felt a bit nervous about this series. The A’s have some offense now to go with good pitching.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          You worry about everything. You’re going to die before your 30s.

          • Greg

            Once again, the class comes out. Thank you.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Wow, dude. You really need to back the fuck off. This is pretty uncalled for and, from the looks of it, you’ve been doing it all game thread with Greg.

        I blame Jeter.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          lol

  • vicki

    get phelps up.

  • DERP

    Get Phelps up!

  • Mike N

    These fucking west coast games suck. I am exhausted and trying to stay awake.

  • Adam

    Jeez, 2 runs and you have the pitchforks out? Its still the first inning. I’d suggest knocking it off until later.

    • vicki

      these are the jokes, adam.

  • DERP

    Deport Cespedes!

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    probably worth it to stay away from cespedes, he is magma hot right now

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Can’t stay up for this. Want to but can’t. Already seems like a crazy game that will suck me in and throw me up around midnight.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    “The A’s are the Yankees of the West Coast!”

    (Gulp)

    • OMG! Bagels!

      NOBODY IS THE YANKEES BUT THE YANKEES.

      And anyone who even thinks about a comparison, needs to get off the drugs.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Come on. You gotta show the Yankee fan with a red hat and a nerd camera?

    • OMG! Bagels!

      YES showed guys in flip flops the other night. I wanted them banished forever and ever.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Haha

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    infield single for ibanez, alert the authorities!

  • wow

    “An infield single for Raul Ibañez”

    …file that one under “Things you will hear once in a decade”

  • Cy Pettitte

    I was definitely expecting that to deflect off Griffin’s glove and turn into an RBI triple for Stewart

  • Greg

    I told you, they have some offense.

    • Jack

      You know who else has offense? The Yankees.

  • Christopher

    I just turned the game on – is it dog night?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I don’t get why Stewart is starting tonight. Yesterday was a day game, rain-shortened. Martin could daily start tonight even if it is on West Coast.

    Is this being eased into a 50-50 platoon? Or 60-40?

    Strange, wonder if it comes up in post-game

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      *daily = easily

    • Greg

      I wonder if there might be a deal. Him and Dan Brewer for somebody. I doubt it, but you never know.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      “Him and Freddy have been together and I’ve liked what they’ve done. Long flight yesterday. It was hot, hot day yesterday. Just keep both catchers fresh. They’re both doing a great job.”

      http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....es+Blog%29

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Hmm. Ok. I suppose I can buy it.

        I bet Russ doesn’t buy it, but I guess we can.

      • Andruw’s Smile

        I swear if Stewart starts catching 2/5 games…

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          Stewart has caught all of Garcia’s starts since Freddy returned to the rotation.

          I think that may be what’s happening.

          I really, really hope not.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        You notice that when they give you more than one “reason” (I.e. how Stewart is with Freddy, hot day, keep both fresh) that it’s actually an excuse.

        If there is one reason, there’s on reason. Girardi is clearly making an excuse.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Norris hits bombs. Watch outout.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I hate the Oakland Colliseum.

    I also agree with Greg that this kid and his 60 MPH junk has a chance to give the team fits all night……that is until they remember he’s a rookie and skullfuck him at about the 6th innings.

    Keep the team in the game long enough, sweaty one. That is all we ask.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Meredith looking mighty nice tonight.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    I feel bad for the folks who have to clean up the stands after tonight’s game.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    My sound is off. Why were they walking dogs on the warning track?

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Miss Oakland contest?

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Whammy!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Hey now. Much love for the Bay Area. I just hate this ugly-ass stadium.

        I blame Freddy.

      • Jack

        You know, I’m starting to think that having Dog Night the day after Skippy Peanut Butter Night was a bad idea.

    • yooboo

      Dogs’ day over there.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    That’s a horse!

  • eephus_pitch

    If they gave out an award for Ugliest Swing, Chris Stewart would take it in a walk. There are pitchers who take better hacks than he does.

  • yooboo

    2-0 down. Not bad game by Garcia so far.

    • Greg

      And the 2 run homer was not a bad pitch. Cespedes golfed it.

      • yooboo

        Shit.. what a killer golf swing.

  • wow

    well, i’m definitely not staying up for this weak contact crap… Here’s to hoping they get to the bullpen quickly and FreddyPhelps keeps us in the game. Good night everyone!

  • Greg

    This situation has trouble written all over it

    • Widget

      whine whine whine.

  • Greg

    Get. An. Outfielder.

    • Widget

      1st. place.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      De. Nard. Span.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Three Dog Night

    • Jack

      Oh man. I pray there is at least one bulldog named Jeremiah there tonight.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Or a Bullfrog, lol

        • Jack

          I took some creative license.

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            Well worth it. Well done.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Great song, by the way!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Yo-yo-yoenis Ces-pedda-speda-speddes!!

  • CUYanks

    I don’t know if anyone uses GameChannel on Yahoo, but Cespedes’ picture is so small and off center that it looks like he’s a child.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    if he swings at that, why the hell is freddy throwing in the zone?

  • Greg

    Well this might be Freddy’s last start.

    • CUYanks

      This might be a pivotal inning for him.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Maybe. Maybe not. Serviceable until tonight.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    RAB Meme Seth Smith up with the bases loaded…

  • flamingo

    Double play, Freddy. Come on.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Phelps, please.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    not so sweaty freddy

  • Christopher

    That’s right Freddy, it’s on you.

  • CBean

    it’s too cold for Freddy to get sweaty and no sweat means no pitching mojo

    • yooboo

      65 in California? wow I am so jealous.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        The issue is when it stays 65 about all year long. I love Bay Area weather…..when I’m on vacation there.

        • yooboo

          San Francisco… same?

          • Robinson Tilapia

            SF is one Bay Bridge ride away from Oakland.

  • Jack

    Is Phelps up yet?

    • Greg

      Yes

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Nah. He asleep still. Call back later.

      • Jack

        I was going to work in a BTTF/slept in reference, but I can’t really figure out a good way to do it.

  • CBean

    i guess it’s good the bullpen rested yesterday

  • Greg

    See the problem is that now all the other AL East teams will gain ground. Not a lot of ground, but enough to keep their hopes up. Especially with Cody Ross walking off against the White Sox.

    • Jack

      What inning is it?

      • Greg

        A’s have the best ERA in the American League. There is reason to be not optimistic.

        • Mike

          No one is saying we will or won’t come back, but if they lose, why be so disappointed just because the other division teams won today. It’s not like the lead was going to be 10 games or more throughout the whole year.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I think their pitchers are tricky little bitches. Yes. The Yankees are going to lose ballgames between here and October. They may even lose a series to a team like this. Hell, their asses might even get swept before season’s end. That’s why they decided 162 games makes for a season and not, say, 16, like in the NFL.

        • yooboo

          10 blown saves may give us some hope.

        • Widget

          They play in a football field and get to face the mariners 18 times. They always have a low ERA. My god man, get your shit together.

        • Jack

          Yanks have scored 3+ runs in 42 straight games. There is reason to be optimistic.

    • flamingo

      I can’t imagine a ten game lead would hold up over the rest of the season, though. Other teams are going to gain ground eventually.

    • Mike

      By 1 game dude. It’s not the end of things. We have the biggest division lead in baseball.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You’re expecting a double-digit lead all season long, Greg? It’s never easy.

      • Greg

        The ’86 Mets had their division virtually locked up by now.
        Now I;m not saying that this team is the ’86 Mets, but it iss possible to lock up a division in July.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          The ’86 Mets were close to 30 years ago. It’s not supposed to be that easy every year. Sorry.

          You’ll be fine. Just keep a full tank of gas.

          • Greg

            Unfortunately that option has gone out the window with these late games. Damn west coast

            • Greg

              Maybe Sunday.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Drink up, then.

    • Widget

      holy shit are you for real? IF the Yankees lose the orioles are out by 9 in the loss column, meanwhile Tampa and your superteam in Boston will still be out by double digits.

    • eephus_pitch

      You’re already conceding this game?

  • Christopher

    Even the dogs think Freddy is pitching ugly.

  • yooboo

    I take it back… what a BAD game by Garcia.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    You know I love the ladies
    Love to have my fun
    I’m a high life flyer and a rainbow rider
    A straight shootin’ son-of-a-gun
    I said a straight shootin’ son-of-a-gun…

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

    Piniero, Halama, Moyer, Meche for trivia?

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Moyer and Piniero I like.

      I think Halama may have been long gone by then. Meche looks good.

      How about Franklin?

      • Greg

        Ryan Franklin was correct.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    I’m worried a bunch of streaks are going to come to an end tonight

    • Greg

      I felt that the run streak would end in this series, given the park and the pitching staff.

  • forensic

    How are people not happy? Phelps is available for an inning tonight! That’s the most important thing.

    I can’t wait until 10 days from now, after Freddy gets smacked around by Oakland and Seattle, when the Yankees send Phelps back down (for Mitchell) to get stretched back out as a starter…

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Maybe. Maybe not. None of it is the end of the world.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      He’s already stretched out. It doesn’t disappear that quickly. Worst case, he might only be available for 5 innings his first start.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        ….which would constitute the longest start of his MLB career, then.

        • forensic

          Which is also clearly his fault. It certainly has nothing to do with them not having any semblance of a plan or being able to stick to one development path…

          • Robinson Tilapia

            You’re getting way too worked up over this for someone who is usually a pretty rational commenter.

            The back-and-forth with Phelps is frustrating, but it’s not killing either the player or team.

            • forensic

              No, it’s not killing the team, but it is potentially costing them games.

              As for not killing the player, it’s way too early to say that for sure. That’s something that will take time to tell. Of course he won’t complain and he’ll do anything he can to be in the bigs, but this is clearly not the best choice for either the individual or the team. They’re just too in love with veterans some (most?) of the time.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                You can’t fault a team in the driver’s seat for going with the veteran.

                Not every young pitcher who gets their role shifted around and rides the shuttle winds up being Joba Chamberlain.

      • forensic

        Of course it doesn’t, but that’ll be their excuse to get Garcia a few more starts anyway.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          Does it matter then? If they are going to keep Freddy in the rotation no matter what, why not see if Phelps can help out in the bullpen? I agree the back and forth has been a bit ridiculous, but they could definitely use a solid middle innings guy in the pen. Maybe Phelps can do that.

          • forensic

            I don’t like it, but if you’re going to keep Freddy in there, then sure it’s best to have Phelps in the majors trying to help in the bullpen. That’s not even the big issue though. It’s the way they can’t even decide what they want to do. They make one decision, then suddenly 10-15 days later, change their minds again with no semblance of long-term development plan for the individual or roster plan for the team.

            • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

              Wade filled the role, he turned into a pumpkin (hopefully only temporarily)
              Qualls got the next shot – enough said.
              Now it’s Phelp’s shot.

              The team’s roster needs have changed over the past month or so, so they’ve adjusted their plans accordingly. They’re just putting their current roster needs ahead of an individual players development.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Dammit. The only thing that matters is Robbie’s hitting streak, not a Freddy Garcia start.

    Prioritize, people.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    weak fielding tonight

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    Wow, A’s making us look bad.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    The 3-run thing isn’t looking good tonight.

    Damn West Coast flights.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    if nothing else this game will over by about 1230

  • James A

    Glad to see the team is putting together such good at bats. It will be funny if a rookie with mediocre stuff on Oakland is the guy that breaks the Yankees 3+ run streak, just because it will build on this false (or maybe not so false?) narrative that the Yankees can’t handle rookies/young pitchers they havent seen

  • Greg

    This looks alot like what Jose Quintana was doing to the Red Sox tonight. Few strikeouts, no walks, pitching to contact.

    Except he’s doing it in a bigger park.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      So I guess we wait until they bring Balfour in.

    • Widget

      it’s like everything in baseball for you revolves around the red sox. fucking red sox troll.

    • vicki

      bigger lead on the scoreboard, which he’s pitching to.

  • Brian S.

    Baseball today sucks.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Meh. Things won’t go your way every night.

      We can blame Jeter together, Brian.

  • eephus_pitch

    I just learned that you can’t predict baseball.
    Write that down, everybody.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    wait, im confused. are the a’s good? or does freddy suck?

    • forensic

      Yes. :-)

    • Greg

      Bit of both. A’s have a much better offense then when we played them last. But Freddy is shaky.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      The guy’s throwing a combination of 90 and 60 MPH. If they can get him to start making some mistakes, great. Just reading the description of this guy in the series thread made me a bit worried, though. I’ll admit it.

      No, I am not afraid of shaving.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      If Freddy goes 6 IP and gives up four runs, he suddenly just gave you a pretty typical back-end start.

  • rawbrain

    they should only pitch sweaty freddy when its hot and humid. No sweat. no bueno

  • forensic

    It’d be nice if the offense didn’t go for the triple 7 here.

  • eephus_pitch

    Dammit, Curtis.

  • Greg

    Griffin held the Rangers scoreless through 6 innings on June 29th.
    So this guy can hold down top offenses.

  • forensic

    Come on guys. If it’s high, let it fly. If it’s low, let it go. His curve may as well be a knuckler, treat it as such. Stop swinging at crap.

  • dude

    are there any numbers for infield hits allowed? seems way too many against the yanks

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Alright one swing both streaks

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    yea cano, but i hate hits with risp that dont plate runs

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Greg?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Robbie!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Hooray. Now I can go to bed.

  • forensic

    Not great baserunnning by Jeter there. That was never very close to being caught. He could’ve taken off right away. Still may not have been able to go on Cepedes’ arm, but still…

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    jeter should have walked home backwards against crisp there

  • flamingo

    There’s one.

  • Andy

    SWISH. Big hit

  • Greg

    Well we’re one run away from continuing the streak.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Not quite the sixth-inning skullfucking (yet) I predicted earlier, but the kid’s finally making mistakes.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    c-dick please

    • Greg

      That hook is almost unhittable. He located well too, if he took.

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        more aboiut the fielding

      • forensic

        It’s funny. Everyone tries to say Ibanez can’t hit a fastball. Yet there, he couldn’t hit anything under 80.

        Don’t know why, just think that’s ironic.

        • Brian S.

          Ibanez can only hit fastballs down the middle. That’s like his only skill.

  • eephus_pitch

    Does this guy have a Blyleven-like curve or something? I’m listening to Ma and Pa, and they can’t stop raving about it. But they’re idiots. And Suzyn loves the way he’s been hitting spawts all night.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’s almost slow enough to resemble your screen name. Yeah, it’s pretty good.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Cone: “…give him a chance to get off the hook, er finish it.”

    Not sure if he realizes sometimes…

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Enjoy the rest of the game, everyone.

  • Greg

    It looks like Mo found himself a new hobby

  • Chop It Up

    Mo’s acting skills in that Acura commercial were awesome. I totally believe he drives that car.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Can’t they all just get along?

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/b.....iants-fans

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Phelps should pitch the rest of the game whether it’s 2.1 or 3.1.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    great, russell sucks on the west coast too

    • eephus_pitch

      He’s starting to feel dangerous.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Laz must’ve let him hold the ball yesterday

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    thanks god yankee stadium never has dog night

  • Chop It Up

    It seems like an absolute pain in the ass to sit with a dog in a stadium for 3 plus hours…although that bulldog with the tutu is pretty cool…this game is boring.

  • eephus_pitch

    “Do you know what Mark Teixeira and I have in common?”

    BLAM

  • Andy

    Phelps is getting that inside corner

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Damn. That was mildly filthy, Phelps.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    what is the deal with arod’s jersey in that bullying commercial?

    • TheLastClown

      stuart a finally got to him.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wtf is going on in Oakland

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Kenny: “Some kind of exercise class.”

    I near shat myself laughing.

  • Hummingbird S.

    awful AB… nothing but straight fastballs and he cant catch up to any of them

    • forensic

      Even if he could catch up to one, the last was at shoulder height. Good luck doing anything with that.

  • Andy

    fuck.

  • Chop It Up

    You gotta be kidding me Alex…waste of an at bat

  • Hummingbird S.

    they are really putting up a fight and making those last outs count

  • Greg

    Well, with Cook closing, this game is virtually over.

    Gotta win tomorrow to keep the others from advancing.

  • Tom

    Was that the third 7 pitch inning of the game?

    • forensic

      Yup, along with the 4th and 5th.

  • Cy Pettitte

    some nasty 2 seamers from Phelps

  • CBean

    I want the stupid run

  • Hummingbird S.

    Phelps is so much better than Freddy, it’s not even funny.

    • Greg

      Are you saying that we would have won if we started Phelps instead of Garcia?

      Because you know what that is.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    we obviously started the wrong guy

    • Greg

      FALLACY

      • Tom

        How is that “fallacy”?

        • Greg

          Because you don’t know if he pitches that way if he starts.

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

            You do, however, know how Freddy pitched.

            • Greg

              So.

              Phelps could be worse.

          • Tom

            It’s an OPINION on who should have started… it’s not a statement of what would have happened.

            It’s not a statement of “the Yankees would have won” or “he would have shut out the A’s”

            If you are going to keep spouting fallacy or bordeline fallacy at any chance you get, you really should learn what it means. You are reading into comments so you can generate a contrarian response.

      • forensic

        Boy, you’re just in love with thinking you know all this philosophy, aren’t you? There’s no fallacy there. He didn’t say if Phelps had started they would’ve won. For your adored fallacy, there needs to be an if… then… phrase in there.

        • Greg

          He’s very close to it.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Phelps looked very sharp.
    So at least there’s that.

  • Andy

    Wow. Never seen him pitch THIS good

  • Hummingbird S.

    just gotta let Cook get himself in trouble.. he’ll walk guys

  • rawbrain

    phelps needs to start. his movement and location are looking on point

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    it would be cooler if this was brian fuentes

  • Cy Pettitte

    5 feet from extending the streak

  • CBean

    come one swishy. a garbage time homer would be nice.

    • CBean

      well, thank you.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      and the streak lives!

  • Andy

    YEAH!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    STREAK SURVIVES!!!!

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    STREAK!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Greg

    That extends the streak

  • Hummingbird S.

    there’s the streak lol… now let’s win

  • forensic

    At least Phelps was available for those critical middle relief innings. Good thing they didn’t waste him by starting a game.

    • Greg

      You’re bordering a fallacy

      • forensic

        Not at all, thanks for trying though.

      • Hummingbird S.

        He’s not wrong though. Freddy doesn’t belong in a major league rotation for a team that wants to win the WS.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          He won’t be in the playoff rotation. It’s extremely unlikely Freddy temporarily being in the rotation has any effect at all on the Yankees WS chances.

  • Chop It Up

    The streak lives to see another day.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    The streak livvvvvves

  • eephus_pitch

    How can it be a line-drive bullet if it’s also high, far, and gone?
    One or the other, Pops.

  • Christopher

    Nick’s a hot diggity dog.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    nice ibanez

  • Hummingbird S.

    fucking dumbass, that wasn`t even close

  • Andy

    ugh anyone else

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    oh great the fate of the game in russells hands

  • flamingo

    At least both streaks live on.

  • Christopher

    That was like a thousand dog night.

  • Hummingbird S.

    way to sleepwalk through a game, great effort tonight

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      yeah, they clearly weren’t trying

  • Greg

    The A’s scored 5 runs in the three games we beat them in last time.
    They scored 4 tonight. They’re not the same team.

    • CUYanks

      They scored 4 runs against our worst starter. That is not exactly proof of crushing the ball.

    • forensic

      Or maybe Garcia’s just not a very good pitcher.

      Or maybe, more likely, a combination of both.

      • Tom

        Or maybe it’s just a fallacy

        /am I doing it right?

  • Eirias

    As meaningless as the streak may be, I was actually happier about the prospect of continuing on to the record that I was about a potential Yankees win.

    I may need to seek medical attention.

  • CUYanks

    Can’t win every game. On to tomorrow!

  • Brian S.

    Ibanez and Russ need to go fuck themselves with a cactus.

  • Knoxvillain

    When is Martin going to get paralyzed so we can all be happy?

    • Evan3457

      Happy that Stewart is starting? Really?

  • Kevin

    Scoring four runs against our number five starter is not exactly showing power there.

  • Greg

    If only Addison Reed had done his job earlier in the night, then I would feel okay about this. I want Red Sox fans to have no hope.

  • Kosmo

    Left Coast swing, not a well rested team, lose a 1- run game. So be it. I´ll be greatly surprised if Freddy gets the start 5 days from now.

    • forensic

      I’ll be greatly surprised if he doesn’t. Phelps only threw 27 pitches tonight, so he’ll clearly need to be sent down to be stretched back out again before he’s ready to start…

      • Kosmo

        seriously ? I could be wrong but I don´t think Phelps is going anywhere anytime soon.

        • forensic

          I’m being sarcastic about him needing to be sent down to be stretched out already, though that wouldn’t surprise me either right now with how they’re operating.

          But, I’m totally serious about Garcia starting. I’d be absolutely shocked if he wasn’t on the mound in Seattle next time through.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Honestly, if we had won it would have been a bonus after that third run was scored in the ninth. Keep the streak alive!

    • Greg

      That’s true