Jul
21

Game 94: Walks

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The A’s will charge you for wasting that water, Jarrod. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The best the Yankees can do now is split this four-game series with the Athletics, who are throwing yet another rookie pitcher tonight. The good news is that Jarrod Parker isn’t a soft-tossing lefty like Tommy Milone or a guy with a 60 mph curveball like A.J. Griffin, he’s just a pure power pitcher who will attack with fastballs and finish with sliders and changeups. Parker’s having a nice under-the-radar rookie campaign but will walk himself into trouble, something the Yankees must take advantage of after drawing zero walks in the first two games of the series. Here’s the lineup…

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

RHP Phil Hughes

Tonight’s game will start at 9:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads

410 Comments»

  1. Kevin G. says:

    Still don’t understand why today’s game couldn’t be an afternoon one

  2. Kramerica Industries says:

    Fernando Rodney has only had three outings (of 44) this year where he has allowed any runs – and two of those games were out of reach, be it with the Rays leading or the Rays trailing.

    Worst part is, the stuff matches the numbers. My question is where the fuck did this command come from? It’s absurd how the magic warehouse in Tampa turns these kind of pitchers into lights out machines.

  3. Greg says:

    Absolutely not a must win, but a would-help win.

    Baltimore up on the Indians 2-1 in the 7th
    Tampa Bay down 2-0 to Seattle in the 5th
    Boston beating Toronto 3-1 in the 5th.

  4. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    I’m copying my comment from today’s open thread.

    I was at the game last night. My notes:

    1. My wife’s new favorite player is, as she now calls him, “Yo-penis Cespedes.”

    2. Oakland’s stadium might be ugly and the fans relatively sparse, but the bleacher people are pretty good and knowledgable fans and are fun to be around.

    3. Milwaukee has racing sausages during the game. Washington has racing presidents. Yankee Stadium has racing subway trains (do they still do that?). Oakland is so crappy, they don’t even have good enough graphics to do something like trains or cars. They just have these circular colored chips (like poker chips) that slide along a track as their between-inning racing entertainment. You’re supposed to root for one of the three colors for some reason. It’s really the dumbest thing ever.

    4. Disappointing result, but it was a good game overall. This was the 2nd walk-off loss I’ve been to in Oakland — the other one was Scutaro’s homer off Mariano. I have to say, a small part of me gets a kick out of seeing the players and fans celebrate a walk-off even if it’s a loss for me, as long as it’s not a particularly important game. The Scutaro game was a real shocker though, that sucked.

    5. When Chavez came to bat, I was waiting to see the fans’ reception. Strangely, there was nothing. Then the PA announced his name after the first pitch for some reason, and then everyone started booing. I was pretty surprised, both that they didn’t realize he was up to bat before it was announced and that they booed him. What did he ever do to deserve that?

  5. Will says:

    Getting really tired of Martin/Stewart. John Jaso please!

  6. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jarrod Parker was a case early in the season where it looked like his peripherals indicated a certain decline in performance.

    Instead, his peripherals have been catching up to his surface results.

    Just goes to show that regression can work both ways.

  7. jjyank says:

    I really hope I regret starting Parker in my fantasy league.

  8. Countryclub says:

    The phillies and Hamels are getting closer to a deal. Could you imagine if the yanks had three 20 mil pitchers? I don’t know if the media and small market teams would ever stops crying about it. Somehow, nobody will care when Phil does it.

    Btw, good for them. I couldn’t care less. Just pointing out the inevitable hypocrisy.

    • jjyank says:

      Plus Pooblebon on that contract.

      I remember a few years ago, I wanted the Yankees to sign Scott Linebrink. Thought he could be a good middle/back end reliever for us. Then the White Sox raised the bar for middle relievers and gave him four years. Plenty of non-Yankee teams raise the bar for free agents, but the Yankees are a nice narrative for the rest of the league.

  9. Greg says:

    That changeup is going to mess with the Yankees all night.

  10. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, the Hughes that can’t get strike three is on full display right here.

  11. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    I have a feeling Phil is gonna do something GREAT tonight.

  12. Greg says:

    Now I’m starting to hate Ibanez. Get an outfielder

  13. Dino Velvet says:

    Jarrod Parker — must be nice only needing to shave once a month (if that).

  14. Greg says:

    And getting a starting catcher while you’re out there.

  15. Cuso says:

    It almost looked like Russell actually tried to do that.

    That swing had no probability of line drive

  16. Mike Axisa says:

    Hey! That graphic looked familiar.

  17. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Holy shit! Pitch FX!

  18. Cuso says:

    Coney just went PitchFx on us

  19. Nathan says:

    What is the rationale for keeping Frankie in the minors while Russell blows and Stewart isn’t much better? I mean, Frankie won’t be an All-Star but he can’t do any worse than the current catching platoon.

    • Greg says:

      Because Frankie isn’t a clear upgrade over either of them.

      • jjyank says:

        People seem to forget Cervelli in the MLB. Career .308 wOBA, and (from my own memory) a lot of balls thrown into center field. Don’t think he’s much of an upgrade, especially since he hasn’t been doing well in AAA either.

      • Cy Pettitte says:

        and don’t you lose Chris Stewart? I don’t think he has any options. Depth is more important that having Frankie with the ML club over Stewart.

      • Jacob says:

        He is absolutely better than stewart

  20. Cy Pettitte says:

    Coney talking PitchFX is so awesome. need more of that during broadcasts.

  21. jjyank says:

    YES is showing PitchFX on Cespedes? Wow, I feel like I’m seeing an RAB post on the YES broadcast. I love David Cone.

  22. Cuso says:

    Perfect game. There, I said it. F%&k the jinx.

  23. Kramerica Industries says:

    Michael Kay would never tolerate that stuff.

  24. Kramerica Industries says:

    Holy shit – Oliver Perez still plays baseball at the major league level?

    That’s a throwback.

  25. Nathan says:

    LOL, I have to watch the A’s broadcast since I’m in CA and they keep showing last night’s walk-off. Poor A’s…it’s like they won the WS.

  26. Greg says:

    The problem is that since the A’s pitchers have been pounding the strike zone, the Yankees cant be patient

  27. jjyank says:

    Didn’t realize it was CC’s birthday. Big ups to the big man, happy birthday to him!

  28. Kramerica Industries says:

    As usual, Coco Crisp has been a pain in the ass.

  29. Greg says:

    Everything has been going the A’s way. Clutch hits, great defensive plays, calls, weird plays.

  30. Nathan says:

    Man the bats haven’t looked very good this whole series…aside from the HRs.

  31. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Eric Sogard looks like that guy from that Fiat commercial with the Romanian supermodel.

  32. Greg says:

    Unbeleivable. The Cards score 12 runs in the seventh inning against the Cubs. 10 hits and 7 doubles

  33. Mr. Pink says:

    Whelp. That seems like the only thing A-Rod is good for nowadays, groundball singles. I’ll take it.

  34. Greg says:

    This A’s pitching staff is like the Twins except they can strike you out. They pound the strike zone taking away the ability to be patient

    • Hummingbird S. says:

      Parker has a 4.1 BB/9 this season… not sure what are you talking about

      • Greg says:

        Last two starts

        3 walks against Boston
        2 against Seattle.

        • Hummingbird S. says:

          and that’s all that matters.. we should forget the rest of the season

        • Tom says:

          You do realize his 3 walks in 6.2IP against Boston is 4.05/9IP (about his season avg?)

          And 1 less walk against Seattle (who is not exactly an OBP machine) is not really all that great either.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

          Those 2 starts add up to 5 walks in 11.1 innings, or about 4 BB/9 innings

          (I’ll ignore his 0 BB, 6 IP performance against the Twins in his last start, since you seem to have missed that one)

          • Greg says:

            I then included it in my recent notice which was in his last 6 starts, he has 12 walks. In terms of BB/Innings that’s about 3.

      • Greg says:

        In fact HUmmingbird. Last 6 starts. Only 12 walks.

  35. Tom says:

    Well at least they having patient AB’s and not swinging at the first pitch that’s close.

  36. Tom says:

    *are having*

  37. Hummingbird S. says:

    they have really forgotten how to hit

  38. Greg says:

    There we go.

  39. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Oh Raul, you and your veteran presents…

  40. Kramerica Industries says:

    There’s the obligatory Phil Hughes home run.

    Cespedes is fricken’ killing this team.

  41. Hummingbird S. says:

    Great, keep pitching in the middle of the plate..

  42. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    There’s one of them middle of the plate pitches again.

  43. Al Davis says:

    Cespedes hit that ball 4 miles

    good fucking god

  44. Nathan says:

    Well…fuck.

  45. Athenian says:

    Baseball rule book, page 100 – if a hitter is killing a team, keep pitching to him, to keep the fans interested. Good grief.

  46. Turned on the game just in time to see Cespede’s ball to break the sound barrier on the way out of the ball pall park…How’s Hughes looked apart from that pitch?

  47. Greg says:

    I think we have to start thinking about walking the guy

  48. Countryclub says:

    Hughes has already thrown a bunch of change ups.

  49. I’d knock him off the plate for that…but I’m also a short tempered person when it comes to shit like that.

  50. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    That’s the umpteenth time the Yankees have lined out in this series.

  51. Mr. Pink says:

    Please get Russell Martin off this team. .180 was hardly acceptable from Posada. Why should we put up with it from him?

  52. James A says:

    The title of this game thread is extremely misleading. It should have been Swings

  53. Hummingbird S. says:

    hanger.. Jeter has to hit that

  54. DblHdr says:

    Cespedes is a Cuban “milkshake” tank.

  55. your mom says:

    Fuck Cespedes and his showmanship.

  56. Will (the other one) says:

    When Russell Martin’s batting number get you down, just remember Brandon Inge…and the fact that he’s a third baseman.

  57. Greg says:

    M’s just beat the Rays 2-1 so they won’t be gaining any ground if we lose

  58. mt says:

    A walk – WOW!

  59. Dino Velvet says:

    Yankees couldn’t afford Cespedes?

  60. Why does Robinson refuse to take walks? I mean that 2-0 pitch was waaaaay outside.

  61. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Maybe one of the pitches in that AB was in the strikezone.

  62. Greg says:

    There’s that changeup again. The bane of the Yankees

  63. Nathan says:

    This is painful to watch.

  64. Cuso says:

    ((6 minutes ago on MLB Network)

    Joe Magrane: “If I were the Mariners I’d test the waters and see how much I could get from the Red Sox for King Felix because their minor league system is loaded.”

  65. Tom says:

    Cano saw 1, maybe 2 pitches, out of 7 in the zone in that AB?

    • eephus_pitch says:

      That was an absolute clinic in “how to get yourself out.” Cone and Singleton even noticed Parker was pitching around Robbie.

  66. Mr. Pink says:

    Pathetic. It’s gonna be another one of those one run losses again…

  67. Arya says:

    Phil’s pitching at a nice quick pace and he’s pitching his tail off. It would be nice to see the offense put up any kind of fight against this rookie pitching staff. Phil deserves the W tonight.

  68. The heavy weight match up of the century tomorrow. There’s going to be at least 550lbs of pitching on display.

  69. Tom says:

    18 pitches that inning for Parker… 5 or 6 were actually in the strike zone.

  70. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Uggh … walking Derek Norris.

  71. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    shitty throw

  72. A halfway decent throw gets him there.

  73. Cuso says:

    Awful throw by Russell

  74. Arya says:

    Remind me again why Russell Martin is on this ballclub. He can’t hit. He can’t throw out slow runners. A good throw had him.

  75. Greg says:

    Get another catcher and an outfielder please Cashman.
    Dont rest on your laurels. That leads to trouble.

  76. Dino Velvet says:

    HA!

    Red Sox 7-3 on Varitek day.

    heheheheehehhehhehheehehehe

  77. jjyank says:

    Man I love Cone in the booth.

  78. eephus_pitch says:

    Brett Myers to the White Sox? That’s cool, I needed a reason to hate them even more.

  79. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Big out. Nice job Phil.

    (maybe next time don’t walk Derek Norris)

  80. your mom says:

    Bet Josh didn’t see that pitch coming.

  81. Greg says:

    1:41 into the game and we’re in the seventh. This one’s rolling along

  82. I can not reiterate how much that ny lottery commercial creeps me out on a fundamental level.

    • jjyank says:

      Sometimes I’d glad that mlb.tv shows a blank screen instead of real commercials.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        I liked it last week when there was a fixed camera on Yankee Stadium instead of the commercial break screen.

        • jjyank says:

          I did too, but I thought that was just compensation for them fucking up the broadcast in the beginning. I wish that was a permanent feature though.

  83. Greg says:

    We’re gonna keep going to that kid until we hit a homer.

  84. Cuso says:

    Will someone please feed the fat kid with the sign? Or tell him to stop licking his fuckin lips?

  85. Arya says:

    He doesn’t have Martin because Martin can’t hit a lick. Kid even has Chris Stewart and Darnell McDonald ahead of Martin.

  86. Greg says:

    This kid’s makin’ this worth it.

  87. tabbert says:

    bahaha. The fat kid didn’t add martin to his list because he knew there was ZERO chance he would homer.

  88. Cuso says:

    Stop showing that kid. He’s the reason bullies still have a place on this planet.

  89. Will (the other one) says:

    Well now I’m just pissed that I don’t have the game on TV and thus can’t see this fat kid.

  90. Kramerica Industries says:

    The thing that really, really pisses me off about the wild card situation this year is how geographically distant the two WC winners might be, and how it affects the team that has the best record in the league.

    Imagine this – Yankees have the best record in the AL, and the play-in game is between Baltimore/Boston/TB and Anaheim/Oakland. The playoffs begin the day after the play-in game.

    If Oakland/Anaheim were to win that game, HOW do the Yankees get any kind of reward by having to fly 3,000 miles west for a game the next day? Talk about capital bullshit.

    • Widget says:

      the 2-3 format being used this year pisses me off to no end.

    • Athenian says:

      Why would the Yankees fly across the country to play the WC?

      • Greg says:

        2-3 format

      • Widget says:

        because of the 2-3 format.

      • Because of the late decision to add the wildcard, the playoff schedule was already made and the play-in game was squeezed in to the day after the season ends (and the day before the playoff begins) It’s easier for the telivision networks to just fly to the location of the play-in game, and stay there because the game is the next day. The 1st place team still has homefield advantage, but in the 2-3 format that Widget and I agree is bullshit.

        • Kramerica Industries says:

          I mean, I’m not even a big fan of the new two-WC format as is, but given how late MLB decided to put it in place, there’s no way they should’ve made it effective 2012. Decisions made that late should only be made effective starting the following season.

          There’s a reason the 2-3 format of the mid ’90s was dumped. Even on this temporary basis, it sucks ASS.

        • Get Phelps Up says:

          Not necessarily, the game could be between the Rays and Angels in Anaheim and the Rays win, then the TV people have to fly all the way back to Tampa where the LDS begins. The whole thing is a big mess.

    • another reason I wouldn’t mind having the second best record this season.

    • tabbert says:

      i have stated this concern as well.

      However, what happens if boston beats the angels in the wild care game? The Yankees and Redsox arent suppose to be able to face each other until the ALCS. So, if the Yankees finished with the best record in the AL, and the redsox won the wildcard, would Texas then have to go to boston?

    • Kempire Strikes Back says:

      There are pros and cons to the new system. It makes more teams contenders which increases fan interest which increases TV ratings and revenue. On the other hand, everything you just mentioned. But that’s Bud Selig for ya.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        The irony is amazing to me in all of this, even if it only affects this year.

        The idea here is to reward division winners. This year, the best team gets penalized instead. Bass ackwards baseball at its best.

  91. Wow says:

    Boy has this been a series.

  92. your mom says:

    Fucking Yoni.

  93. DblHdr says:

    A’s have lowest team era in league ?

  94. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Nicely done. Good job Phil.

    Now how about some offense?

  95. your mom says:

    This is the inning where we faack Parker up!

  96. Greg says:

    I tell you, I would call the D-backs to get an outfielder. They have Young, Upton, Parra and Kubel, who has 3 homers tonight.

  97. tabbert says:

    Okay, so what if this ” play in game” takes 5,6,7 hours to complete? I am guessing that this game will start at 7PM eastern time. So, the yankees would have to stay up till 1,2,3, in the morning, just to find out who they play? Then they would have to charter a plane to that city in the middle of the morning, possibly fly across the country, and play that night? How is that fair? This 2-3 format is the most ridiculous thing i have ever heard of.

  98. Phil’s usually good for 115-120, maybe let him start the 8th if we’re still tied?

  99. Arya says:

    The fat kid has a jacket on now! By all means keep showing him.

  100. Greg says:

    On June 4th Parker pitched against the Rangers

    8IP 1H 0R 3BB 6Ks

    So its not just the Yankees

  101. Nathan says:

    Offensive offense.

    Did I hear the stat earlier correctly…the Yankees only had one walk in 27 innings in this series? It seems like they can’t get the ball out of the infield.

  102. Tom says:

    Another solid AB…. one pitch in the zone out of five.

    You’d think by now the Yankees might notice that opposite handed hitters are going to get a changeup in a 2-1 count. How many times do they have to flail at them expecting fastball before they realize how they are being pitched (all series)

  103. Cy Pettitte says:

    you gotta be fucking kidding me

  104. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    WTF??

    Brandon Inge?

  105. Kramerica Industries says:

    Ok, um, why in the fucking hell was Hughes in there to start the 8th, at well over 100 pitches?

    WTF

  106. Arya says:

    And that’s the ballgame. Why Hughes was out there I don’t know.

  107. mt says:

    At least it will not count as a walk-off.

  108. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    This is incredibly frustrating. A team that had just scored 3+ runs in 42 straight games has scored 3 total against the A’s starters in this series. They better give Bartolo a high colonic tomorrow. And now Hughes give up a bomb to freaking Inge.

  109. jjyank says:

    Parker is making me look smart for starting him in fantasy.

    Not that I was at any point rooting for him. I hope the Yankees destroy him if he comes back out, or whoever the next pitcher is.

    But Parker just vaulted me into winning against the #1 team in my league, who I’m playing this week. Since I’m #2, that’s kinda cool.

  110. your mom says:

    Well that’s predictable. Shoulda took the HR prone pitcher out in a one-run game.

    • Knoxvillain says:

      He was pitching great and they’re playing in Oakland. Against the A’s. It’s not like it was Coors with Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey, Jr., and a 2001 A-Rod coming up.

  111. Get Phelps Up says:

    Phil deserves better. :(

  112. DblHdr says:

    I knew Inge would hurt us sooner or later. Even with his usual low, low avg.

  113. Nathan says:

    (Potentially) beat by the A’s for a third straight game by one run…the A’s! With a line-up that featured three starters hitting below .200 and one near .220.

    Unbelievable.

  114. eephus_pitch says:

    YOOOGE at-bat by Inge

  115. Greg says:

    Told you guys the A’s would be trouble. But no “They’ve only played the Red Sox and Twins” Now they have to win tomorrow.

    • Widget says:

      They don’t have to win tomorrow. It’s not like they will miss the playoffs if they lose tomorrow. Teams lose 3 to 4 to 5 games in a row, including good teams.

    • Athenian says:

      Not really. Baltimore is the only team that won in the division. 98 yanks went 12-16 during a July/August stretch and still won 114 game. This is a minor hiccup losing three to the A’s.

  116. Athenian says:

    Offensive wasted a great performance by Hughes. Unfortunate.

  117. Widget says:

    losing a game by giving up a homer to Brandon Inge is pathetic.

  118. That hit pisses me off more than the homer.

  119. your mom says:

    Our pitching has been, the offense. . . . .

    Good job by Phil tonight though. Can’t expect much more.

  120. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Did I mention that Coco Crisp can go fuck himself?

  121. teddy says:

    this game sucks, 2 bad pitches and nyy loses

    • jjyank says:

      *losing.

      Good lord, it’s one run. They might end up losing, but stop giving up on the game before it’s over.

  122. forensic says:

    Sure was nice of Hughes to point into the air like it was a routine flyout. Keep trying…

  123. DblHdr says:

    The first time we played them, they only had ONE hitter over .270. That was Reddick. Now they’re hitting better and pitching better.

    • Greg says:

      THANK YOU. Somebody fucking gets it.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

        Get’s what? The Yankees aren’t losing these games because of great Oakland offense.

      • forensic says:

        I find it hilarious that you’re trying to explain this all by lauding their offense. They’ve scored a grand total of 9 runs in the series, 3 per game, not exactly scary.

        If the offense hadn’t decided to just fly ahead to Seattle and skip this series, then it’d just be the same old A’s.

        • Greg says:

          Not scary, but enough.

        • Athenian says:

          +100. Let’s see where the A’s are after back to back series with the Angels and Rangers.

          • Kramerica Industries says:

            They’ve actually held their own at home vs. Texas this year – 4-2. In recent years, Texas has dominated in both venues.

            Whether they can go to Texas and win some games remains to be seen. IIRC, they lost three of four the last time they went to Arlington.

  124. FIPster Doofus says:

    Another good game by Hughes. The Yankees all-world offense came up big for him.

  125. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Un-fucking real.

    Lovely incompetence.

  126. FIPster Doofus says:

    Seriously?

  127. Nathan says:

    Figures.

  128. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow this team really needs to get their heads out if their asses right now.

  129. Wow says:

    3 rookies, ftw. When one beats you, that’s one thing… But three?

  130. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Fuck. Coco. Crisp.

    Measly motherfucker.

  131. Marcy says:

    What a mess.
    We’re all thinking Justin Upton – it should have be Gerrado Parra we’re thinking of.

  132. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Here I am showing up in the 8th inning with the team losing. Such a troll I am.

    I’d have challenged Inge too. Can’t fault Hughes there. Looks like he pitched a great game.

    I’m going to pretend I didn’t just see that botched pickoff.

    Are Greg and I still the only two who saw these pitching matchups and got worried? Granted, this is a pretty worst case scenario thus far, but dang.

    We will bring the tying run to the plate in the 9th. I predicted it last night before I went to bed and I’m staying up this night.

    • jjyank says:

      Heh well it’s a 1-run game, so I’m pretty damn sure the tying run comes to the plate :P

      I was worried about the pitching match ups a bit…I started Parker in fantasy because of that, and I guess I look smart. But I’m not proud of that as long as the Yanks are losing.

  133. Greg says:

    I honestly think the Yankees came into this series thinking, “We’re gonna push these guys around”. Overconfidence.

  134. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Sweet irony!

  135. Adam says:

    Thank you!

  136. I know these guys are professionals or whatever, but if my cousin’s little league team executed a run down so poorly, they’d be running drills directly after the game.

  137. Robinson Tilapia says:

    God meant for Coco Crisp to get picked off.

  138. Knoxvillain says:

    Time for Cano to extend that hitting streak with a two run home run.

  139. Cuso says:

    He’s got his ears tucked into his damn hat! And his obese father is giving this kid no chance to survive past 40! I bet his father wasn’t that chunky when he was a kid!

    Sloth is a deadly sin.

  140. Damnit Alex take a pitch. just once to start an AB.

  141. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    There’s a start!

  142. Pat D says:

    These last 3 games have just been so impossible to watch I can’t believe I’ve watched all of them. Just so fucking boring.

    It’s making me not want to do anything else right now. The only motivation I’ve had in the last week to do anything was go see a movie yesterday.

    I thought collecting severance and unemployment money and not having to work would be more fun.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      We could always get into deep discussions about gun regulation and whether it should exist or not in any higher forms than what presently already exist.

      I feel like that would be total bullshit, but what can you do?

      (Sorry, but the note about movies brought out that little rant.)

  143. mt says:

    Somebody has to homer now and Soriano has to save this – only way we win this.

  144. Knoxvillain says:

    Sorry he didn’t hit a home run, Stuart. Time for Cano!

  145. Nathan says:

    A HR? Please?

    Pretty please, with sugar on top?

  146. tabbert says:

    Right after we swept the Jays, i was thinking that this team might not lose 3 straight the rest of the season. This has been a humbling series.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      It happens.

      It’s the “young pitchers Yanks haven’t seen before” meme on steroids. Won’t last forever.

  147. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Robbie tried to do waaaaaaay to much in that at-bat. There goes the streak.

  148. Widget says:

    jokes on you Oakland when your team moves.

  149. teddy says:

    there goes the hit streak

  150. your mom says:

    WTF is TEx waiting for??

  151. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    That’s OK Tex, don’t swing at those fastballs near the middle.

  152. FIPster Doofus says:

    That’s a strike? LOL

  153. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, thanks for the misinformation Kenny.

    Kind of a big difference in the situation.

  154. Alex get’s into scoring position and Andruw coming in to pinch hit.

    By chance does this pitcher throw a sinker?

  155. forensic says:

    Great AB Tex. Way to take 2 fastballs right down the middle from a guy who only throws fastballs. And that doesn’t even mention the last one you took too, for another strike.

  156. teddy says:

    go f yourself teix pathetic

  157. mt says:

    We need to score 2 here – if we tie, we will get walked off.

    I want to be confident in Andruw but his golden sombrero yesterday is still ringing in my mind.

  158. Widget says:

    this is just how baseball works. Look at Greg’s red sox team. They take 3 of 4 from first place Chicago, but now they are on the verge of getting swept by the Jose Bautistaless Blue Jays.

  159. Mr. Pink says:

    Keep taking two straight fastballs down the middle Yankees. Maybe the ball will hit itself.

  160. FIPster Doofus says:

    Fuck this.

  161. Pat D says:

    4-3, 3-2, 2-1.

    I guess tomorrow will be a 1-0 loss.

  162. Tom says:

    Just have to tip your cap to:

    Great, Millone, Parker, and the great Doolittle

    You really can’t expect to score more than 3 runs against that quartet in 3 games (ironically they score 2 runs in 2 innings off Cook)

  163. cjc says:

    great fucking showing in oakland guys nice work with the bats

  164. Kramerica Industries says:

    Motherfucker.

    The A’s are equal opportunity giant slayers, aren’t they? Fuck.

  165. Greg says:

    A’s have won 7 straight one run games. This is how they roll

  166. DERP says:

    Thanks Phil!

  167. teddy says:

    teix costed the yanks the game

  168. Wow says:

    This team should be ashamed right now.

  169. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    The A’s have improved but they aren’t this good.

    I’ve gone for feeling pity for the A’s and their crumbling organization to feeling nothing but bitter apathy for them. Have fun in San Jose motherfuckers.

  170. Mr. Pink says:

    Why did I know that this West Coast trip would throw us off of our winning groove? Disgusting offensive display Yankees. Cano can’t do it all.

  171. mt says:

    I guess I shouldn’t have been so gleeful and smug when Red Sox got swept in Oakland – oh well.

    I don’t think Colon throws a change-up so maybe there is hope tomorrow although CC historically does not pitch that well in Oakland in front of friends and family.

    These tight low scoring games are where we miss Gardner a little bit (although he could just ahve easily been picked off twice like Crisp.)

  172. DT says:

    3 game losing streaks suck, but they happen. The offense needs to get it;s shit together tomorrow. They’ve put up some terrible At bats lately.

  173. DERP says:

    Boston and Tampa Bay lost, so that’s a positive.

  174. Get Phelps Up says:

    Well, this is why you have a big lead in the division – so you’re prepared for the inevitable rough patch that will come weather it’s against the A’s, Twins, or Rangers. I mean, the ABSOLUTE WORST that could happen at the end of this road trip is the Yankees lead down to 2 games in the AL East which would mean they lose tomorrow and get swept by Seattle (hint: that won’t happen.)

    We’ll be looking back and laughing at this series in September.

  175. forensic says:

    This is one time where I’m actually kind of glad I’m getting the A’s broadcast and not YES. At least I don’t feel too obligated to actually watch and listen to every second of the game, so I can miss out on some of the misery.

  176. tony says:

    This is an absolute joke. The yanks just took 3 days off with the bats. Every pitcher they go against that they haven’t seen before means an automatic loss?

  177. Mr. Pink says:

    A-rod looks terrible. The guy has become a high strikeout singles hitter. Argh. How many more years of this guy? And I will kick a baby the next time a Yankee hitter takes two FB down the middle and strikes out on a breaking ball. So much talk about the Yankees needing pitching this offseason but what they really need is hitters with balls.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      A-Rod was the only offense tonight. Setup and scored the first run, got on base to start the ninth and stole a base to get into scoring position.

      This is like a classic “I’m mad and I don’t know who to blame so I’m going to blame A-Rod” comment.

  178. Dino Velvet says:

    I can’t blame the pitching. Limiting a team to 2 runs on the road is all you can reasonable ask for.

    The hitting is missing.

  179. DblHdr says:

    teddy says:
    July 21, 2012 at 11:30 pm
    teix costed the yanks the game

    ============================

    One guy “costed” ? NEVER, EVER happens !

  180. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Nothing to say here. Young pitchers pitching to the best of their ability have silenced the bats and taken away from strong pitching performances on the Yanks’ part as well. It doesn’t last forever.

    Oakland’s not throwing a young pup tomorrow. Yanks are throwing the big man. I think I like our chances a whole lot better tomorrow. After that, they get the hell out of that awful stadium.

  181. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    3 days, 3 games lost on the division lead.

    Hoping this isn’t a precursor of how our hitting will look in the playoffs…. but not optimistic.

  182. tony says:

    Did anyone listen to Sterling today? He was watching a differant game for sure. He said Tex took a ball when arod stole second and then like a minute later he says it was strike 3.

  183. eephus_pitch says:

    I only saw Cano’s last two at-bats, but both times he completely got himself out swinging at pitches out of the zone. Granted, the second time was against a lefty and Robbie doesn’t hit them, but I wonder if he had the hit streak on his mind?

  184. mt says:

    The thing is that we went from 5.5 games back after 42 games when we were 21-21 to ten games in front after 91 games when we were 57-34. (gained 15.5 games in a span of 49 games-wow!). Now that we’ve lost 3 straight, with 68 games left, there is still a lot of baseball to be played before we can declare victory.

    I had a strange feeling this would happen when I was reading in ESPN NEW YORK.com after Toronto series how boring the Yanks were in being so far ahead – so of course we then proceed to lose 3 straight to 3 rookie starters in a stadium we had won 10 straight coming in – YCPB.

    Teams go through slumps – let’s just hope this one is short.

  185. Jack says:

    Hi everyone I was just wondering your thoughts on this, I’m sixteen and the last time I played on a baseball team I was 11. I used to be a bigger guy not exactly fat but not fit. I never had anyone to push me to do anything so I always quit things early. I have always loved baseball but never had the will to do anyything about playing it. This year I got sick and lost 30 pounds now I am 6 foot 138 and starting to build my muscle and now I have found new confidencce. Recently my uncle told me i couldn’t be a player (jokingly) so I chellenged him and said I woud join the team this year. I don’ have a father and my mom is very busy so really the only things I can work on is pitching. I have been throwing about 30 feet away at my fencewaiting to fix things so i can go 60 feet. I am wondering what your thoughts are on this, any advice, am I to old to go? I know most of you are adults and some fathers who have played when you were younger so I though this was the best place to go. I am hoping to play and also play in college I don’t really expect to be amazing but I have a baseball IQ higher then anyone on the high school team guarenteed and also I have a higher love of the game. I really would appreciate anything you have to tell me thanks everyone!

    • Brent says:

      It’s never too late. But you’re a little late.

    • Kempire Strikes Back says:

      Kenny Rogers didn’t start playing baseball until his senior year in High School and went on to win 200 games and throw the 14th perfect game in MLB history. I’ve always sucked at baseball so there’s not much I can do for you on that front. Practice, practice, practice is my advice. Jim Abbot would throw balls at a brick wall over and over to hone his pitching skills. Develop great muscle memory and garner a good work ethic. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and be patient.

    • DblHdr says:

      If you love it, you can do it ! Seriously !

      Lots of things you can do entirely by yourself, like just throwing to a target or some other object.

      Get yourself in shape by running.

      If you’re a hitter, just pretend you’re being pitched to and develop your swing. ( even learn to switch hit this way )
      { I did just that in one off season )

      Go for it, by all means.

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