Sep
21

Game 150: Payback

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The Yankees and Athletics have played two series this season, a pair of sweeps that bookend New York’s great midsummer stretch. The Yanks won three straight in Oakland in late-May, won 31 of their next 44 games, then lost four straight in Oakland in late-July. Now the season series comes to the Bronx for the first time, and everyone is looking for some revenge after that four-game sweep.

That said, these games are probably a little more meaningful that you realize. Obviously the Yankees need to win as many games as possible to maintain their AL East lead, but should they fall back and have to settle for a wildcard spot, they could easily end up playing the Athletics in the play-in game. Since the A’s currently lead the season series 4-3, that play-in game would be played in their ballpark. If the Yankees win this series and the two clubs finish with the same overall record, the game would be played in the Bronx because they (currently) hold the tiebreaker. The Athletics are a much different team at home than on the road, so yeah, keep winning. Here’s the starting nine…

DH Derek Jeter
RF Nick Swisher
2B Robinson Cano
3B Alex Rodriguez
CF Curtis Granderson
Russell Martin
1B Eric Chavez
LF Ichiro Suzuki
SS Eduardo Nunez

LHP CC Sabathia

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

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  1. CP says:

    Is the location of the play-in game decided by the head to head record or the overall season record?

  2. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    I’m copying my comment from when I went to the Yanks-A’s game in Oakland on July 20th.

    Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:
    July 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    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?

  3. Nice Scheister says:

    CC!!!! We need the big man to stop sucking and open up his heart! If his heart is open, he can give love and receive love and if you love some one or something you love. If your heart is open, love will always find its way in. CC, we want to love you again!

  4. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Granderson and Swisher striking out a combined four times on Parker chaneups feels like a certainty to me. That said, I think CC dominates this lineup en route to an easy win.

  5. The Moral Majority is Neither says:

    Unless we want to see Moneyball II at a theatre near you, we’ve got to take care of these A’s.

  6. CC’s finished line tonight 8IP 2ER 7Ks 2BB, however he will be called ‘not an ace’ for most of the game because he’s going to give up both runs in the same inning, both a half inning later after the Yankees score their first run, but the final score is going to be 5-2.

  7. jjyank says:

    Nice start for the big man. Keep it going.

  8. Karl Krawfid says:

    The way CC is throwing doesn’t even look the same.

  9. The Guns of Navarone says:

    The A’s going for the Sons of Anarchy look…

  10. The Real Greg says:

    I know its defintiely in hindsight, but the Yankees maybe should have reconsidered the extension.

  11. Karl Krawfid says:

    Almost 20 pitches in the first.

  12. Cy Pettitte says:

    CC is toast. can’t put anyone away.

  13. CC doing his best 2011 Phil Hughes impression early on…

  14. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Holy shit CC is average

  15. Does Cespedes still have a ridiculously out of proportion barrel chest?

  16. The Real Greg says:

    Struck out the side though.

  17. So for all the lamenting of CC this inning (including a comment by me) CC struck out the side.

  18. jjyank says:

    God damn it, I sat Parker in fantasy tonight, so the Yankees are supposed to fucking kill him now!!

  19. Karl Krawfid says:

    Are you fucking joking?

    CC throws all those pitches and the swing and make outs on the first 2.

  20. The Real Greg says:

    I dont mind Jeter swinging at the first pitch. Swisher though, come on…

  21. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    CC had a long inning.

    So the first two hitters swing at the first pitch.

    Use your heads please.

    • ^This. I know you guys are all going to defend Derek w/ how great he is when he swings at the first pitch, and he does have good numbers, but there is such a thing as “situational hitting” when there is no one out and nobody on base. If you know your pitcher labored the previous inning, take a few pitches. Same can be said for Swisher this past inning, especially since a lot of his value comes from taking deep counts.

  22. Tom says:

    While the slider is clearly CC’s best pitch I wonder about the long term impact of his dramatically increased usage might be.

    He’s close to 27% this year, after being around 20%-21% the last 3 years.

    While he’s lost about 1.5mph off his fasbtall, he really has lowered that usage (and his changeup) in exchange for the slider. I have to wonder (pure speculation) if that is part of the reason for his fastball command issues and maybe even some of the lost velocity.

    • jjyank says:

      It makes sense. If you’re having fastball trouble, it’s only natural to rely more on breaking balls. And the change up goes hand in hand with the fastball. If the fastball is slowing down/not that good, the change may not be an effective either.

    • RkyMtnYank says:

      He appears to have lost more off his fastball than that. Looks closer to 3 or 4mph at this moment.

  23. Brian S. says:

    lol 7 pitches

  24. I feel so gross rooting for Boston, so I’m rooting for Orioles players to fail, not Boston players to succeed.

  25. From the radio call of that out, I’m just going to assume that ball would’ve dropped for a hit if we had Raul/Andruw out there.

  26. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nice quick inning.

  27. The Real Greg says:

    Much quicker inning for CC

  28. Cool, what was that like an 8 pitch inning for CC? And he got that last fast ball up to 93…good sign for things going forward.

  29. jjyank says:

    Needed that inning, CC. Now maybe the offense can give you a breather.

  30. The Real Greg says:

    This is why its hard to work this guy’s pitch count. He is pumping strikes into the zone.

  31. The Real Greg says:

    His changeup is nasty.

  32. That sniveling bastard I spoke of in the series preview thread decided to go for the kill-shot on me, and one of the pitchers he picked off was, yes, Jarrod fricken’ Parker.

    Now I have twice the reason to hope the Yankees annihilate his ass tonight. And not a moment too soon.

    • jjyank says:

      I sat Parker in fantasy. That’s probably why he’s doing well. Damn it.

      • I’m not sure this guy knew what he was doing.

        He would’ve been able to exceed the SP limit if he kept things as was. As it is, he actually exceeds the limit when Ervin Santana toes the rubber tonight in Anaheim, and he also has Vogelsong who starts thereafter. I’m pretty sure he won’t get credit for that start (for better or worse).

        Like I said, this is a kill-shot move. If it works, like every other damn pitching move of his has, I probably won’t be able to catch him regardless of what tactics I employ over the next two days.

        Just annoying that sitting Chris Carpenter today is about the first move this week that proved to be smart. Two short starts, a crappy outing from AJ Griffin, AJ Burnett, etc. etc. etc.

        I guess that’s the logic, though. For the smaller guys to beat the 19-1 behemoth, they need some breaks. And he’s gotten a friggen ton.

        /end useless rant

        • jjyank says:

          Haha I feel ya.

          I on the other hand, am feeling very confident. I finished with the best record in the league (214-125-12) and am currently whooping my opponent in the Semifinal, 13-3.

          I’ve mostly benefitted from breaks and dumb opponent moves. Some idiot dropped Ryan Zimmerman back in June, who I gladly snatched up. Also got huge years out of guys I didn’t expect, such as Allan Craig and Ian Desmond.

  33. Karl Krawfid says:

    Change up pitcher.

    Game over.

  34. Brian S. says:

    Kurtis Kranderson

  35. Karl Krawfid says:

    Great strike zone btw.

  36. Nice Scheister says:

    I’m convinced Granderson just guesses up there. That looked awful.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      He guesses and he doesn’t cut down on his swing with two strikes. His two-strike swings are huge cuts, and he misses the ball by a foot routinely.

  37. Nice Scheister says:

    At least Martin made contact… Progress.

  38. The Guns of Navarone says:

    It looks like only a matter of time before CC serves one up. Really hope the Yankees can get something going against Parker.

  39. Come on CC…there’s no reason to go 2-0 on a guy like Rosales.

  40. The Real Greg says:

    Big strikezone tonight.

  41. jjyank says:

    Nice hustle, Chavy! And nice inning by CC. Please offense, let’s do something.

  42. Cuso says:

    Not sure what Kay was looking at. He was way safe. And I haven’t even looked at replay yet.

  43. Leg-End says:

    First Base ump was hobbling after that call.

  44. RkyMtnYank says:

    The first base ump hurt himself making that out call, too funny.

  45. nsalem says:

    First Commandment for Eric Chavez Thou shalt not dive (especially with Tex on the DL)

  46. Chilango says:

    Lay off the change and Get CC some runs. NOW

  47. your mom says:

    Ichiro might have to bail this offense out again.

  48. I love our line up vs RHP now. the 7-9 are hitting a combined .281 as opposed to our line vs LHP where the combined average is like .210. I know, batting average isn’t everything, but you know…small positives man.

  49. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Ichi magic.

  50. The Real Greg says:

    Ichiro

  51. Nice Scheister says:

    Less Cowgill…more COWBELL…
    http://funnyordie.com/m/458I

  52. Chilango says:

    A first for everything,. lol

  53. Leg-End says:

    Ichiro with the shirt assisted hit.

  54. bring buck back says:

    I am kinda impressed that Joe has gone a few games in a row without using Jones or Ibanez. Even willing to put Chavez at first to make it happen. Chavez isn’t great either these days, but at least he burned out in August instead of June. Was REALLY impressed the other night when Joe PHed Ibanez, lefty came in to face him, and Joe PHed a righty instead of letting Ibanez face the lefty. Granted, Pearce over Nunez was a debatable choice, but at least Joe is making progress.

    Sabathia does not look good tonight. I expect a collapse in the 5th or 6th. It looks like we have two guaranteed losses in the ALDS because Sabathia will start games 1 and 4. Guarantee another loss because of this spotty offense, and there’s your series. Oh well, I have plans for October anyway.

  55. Nice Scheister says:

    UNTUCK!! C’mon now!

  56. Pat D says:

    So my dad just called that a “shit.”

    I mean, you couldn’t call it a “shirt,” that wouldn’t make sense either.

  57. Brian S. says:

    Come on Nunez…2-0 to strikeout?

  58. your mom says:

    Damn change-up!

  59. vicki says:

    however long it lasts ichiro is the most exciting player we’ve seen in a long while.

  60. RkyMtnYank says:

    Terrible call

  61. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Fucking umpire is unbelievable.

  62. Chilango says:

    No way that’s a strike.

  63. WhittakerWalt says:

    That was low.

  64. The Real Greg says:

    Both sides are being give a huge strikezone. CC was give a K last inning on a pitch up and away.

  65. Leg-End says:

    Huge zone tonight for both teams.

  66. your mom says:

    CC may not have to worry about protecting a lead tonight because he may never get one. But then again, CC could keep this shutout going as well.

  67. jjyank says:

    No, Michael Kay. Things are always running through YOUR head. Because it’s fucking huge!

  68. Nice Scheister says:

    If an at bat starts without a RISP then a player either advances to 2nd or 3rd via a SB or passed ball, does it still count as an AB with the RISP? Or must the entire AB have a runner in scoring position?

  69. The Guns of Navarone says:

    95!! He lives!

  70. I don’t like falling behind 2-0 to Reddick…he and Cespedes are like the only two players on this team I actually fear.

  71. Cuso says:

    Catfish, Goose, Reggie, Rickey

  72. The Real Greg says:

    Boston takes a 1-0 lead on an RBI double by Ciriaco

  73. Joe says:

    Got 2 Wild Card tickets. Deadline is Sunday morning!

  74. Pat D says:

    I just realized that Reddick better not make any visits to Montana anytime soon.

  75. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Fucking awesome inning by CC. Looks like he might have found it.

  76. jjyank says:

    Just like that, CC is on pace for 8 innings after the long first.

  77. Cy Pettitte says:

    Good to see the immortal Pedro Ciriaco doing some damage against the O’s.

  78. WhittakerWalt says:

    Even Cespedes’s popups are scary.

  79. vicki says:

    12.5 pitches/inning. nice.

  80. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Now it’s run scoring time.

  81. Joe says:

    Swisher heating up?

  82. jjyank says:

    Nice start, Swish. Let’s make something happen here boys!

  83. Brian S. says:

    2 run shot Cano calling it.

  84. Fearing that 9th inning comeback last night may have awoken the Rays.

    They are crushing Villanueva tonight.

    • jjyank says:

      Is that so bad though? I think I actually want the Rays to stay competitive, since they play the O’s again at the end of the season. I want them to have something to fight for by then. By something I mean the wild card, of course.

      • Yeah, but I’ve felt all along that the Rays are a venomous playoff team to deal with, just from the pitching POV.

        I kinda just want them finished. Interestingly enough, a great weekend for the Yankees could also beget a great weekend for the Rays. No point in worrying about it, since we can only concern ourselves with the Yankees, just something to follow.

        • jjyank says:

          Agreed about the Rays in the playoffs. I don’t want them to make it, but in an ideal world, they’ll fight hard against the O’s, allowing us the take the division.

      • The Guns of Navarone says:

        This

  85. Great AB by Swish, 8 pitches and a base hit to show for it.

  86. The Real Greg says:

    That was a hanging change. Need more of those.

  87. Tom says:

    A ball out of the infield.

    #baby steps

  88. Curious, did Alex get that blown by him? (the 1-0 pitch)

  89. Mike N says:

    Just got home. Evening Yankee peeps!

  90. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Please make contact Curtis… my goodness.

  91. your mom says:

    Not the guy I want to see at bat.

  92. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Jon Lester sucks.

  93. Tom says:

    Curtis needs to think get CF here (so he doesn’t roll over on the change or outside fastball)

  94. Joe says:

    Dammit Boston.

  95. Cuso says:

    Grandy fouled off the strikeout pitch. He’s goin yard

  96. Got a live look in right before that foul ball. Just missed a double there.

  97. Mike N says:

    C’mon, Grandy!

  98. Mike N says:

    YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  99. jjyank says:

    Thank you Grandy.

  100. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nice job Curtis.

  101. Very glad Curtis managed to make contact there and get that run home.

    At two strikes, I had to expect a K.

  102. The Real Greg says:

    Great at bat by Granderson.

  103. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Props to Curtis there.

  104. Chilango says:

    Great AB by Swish and Granderson.

  105. Pat D says:

    Looks like he might have left early.

  106. Joe says:

    CC, do your job big fella!

  107. I’m digging this Bruce Springsteen playoff music.

  108. For some reason “The Daily News Fifth” always makes me nervous. I hope CC gets through this inning quick.

  109. Justin Tuck is one awesome motherfucker.

  110. One good part about tonight’s Daily News Fifth: The question given to Jeets about playing somewhere else was “reworded” in the printed version of the interview. Apparently the question was more along the lines of ” If you were in a situation like Peyton Manning was where he WAS NO LONGER WANTED would you play elsewhere?”

  111. Mike N says:

    Loving CC’s pitch count right now!

  112. Joe says:

    Not sure if you guys saw my comment above, but did anyone else buy playoff tickets for the Wild Card round?

  113. Nice Scheister says:

    Where did that 0-1 pitch miss?

  114. C.C.’s slider hasn’t been this good in months.

  115. Mike N says:

    YEEEHAHHH!!!!!!11

  116. Mike N says:

    So Melky voluntarily dropped out of batting title contention?

    • Did he really? If so props to him. I’m still waiting for Braun to give his up from last season.

      • Pat D says:

        You gon’ be waitin’ a while.

        Melky is trying to repair his rep so that someone will give him a contract this offseason.

      • As far as we know, Ryan Braun did nothing wrong.

        If he did, then MLB fucked it up and ruined the certainty of it. That’s not Ryan’s fault.

        • I know it sounds kind of conspiracy-nut like, but I think Braun did juice and the MLB wanted/wants him to be one of those face of the game types so they swept it under the rug.

        • Tom says:

          What do you mean?

          He had an artificial metabolite in his urine sample. Unless you believe someone put it there (accidentally or intentionally), he failed the TWO different drug test (epi ratio and a the followup CIR test which identifies the substance).

          The appeal only said they couldn’t suspend him because the procedure wasn’t followed to the T… that shouldn’t be confused with saying the test results were invalid.

          • I didn’t say for certain he was innocent.

            He just wasn’t proven guilty.

            I know those are two vastly distinct things. But, IMO, if you aren’t proven guilty, then it really can’t be hung against him. MLB didn’t follow proper protocol? That’s their fault. If that means Braun slipped away with drug abuse, then so be it. At least this wasn’t OJ-type shit.

  117. Brian S. says:

    Don’t jinx it you guys

  118. Anthony says:

    CC looking sharp! Striking out the side (in order, as I’ve just learned from above).

  119. Pat D says:

    Can Alzheimer’s really be an “epidemic” when it’s not a communicable disease? I mean, I see that it’s predicted to effect 1 in 85 people by 2050 (if we’re all still here then), but how do they know that?

    • Anthony says:

      Good question. The medicine nerd in me knows that an epidemic usually refers to an infectious disease. I guess it could fly if they use epidemic as an adjective, though.

    • TomG says:

      An epidemic disease is not required to be contagious, and the term has been applied to West Nile fever and the obesity epidemic, among others. – Wikipedia

  120. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    wtf?

  121. I guess Ichiro’s luck was bound to run out eventually.

  122. Anthony says:

    Ugh!!!!! Damn shame. Ichiro has been a pleasure to watch recently, though.

  123. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Just got back online, I’ve only been listening to the game so far. How’s Not-An-Ace looking?

  124. Austin Aunelowitzky (formerly Paul VuvuZuvella) says:

    Ichiro…wtf?

  125. Leg-End says:

    They way Ichiro is playing, I forgive him.

  126. The Real Greg says:

    I don’t blame Ichiro for trying that.

    Caspedes got lucky that it bounced right to his hand.

  127. Joe says:

    Nuney is so fast.

  128. Nice Scheister says:

    Way to make him work. Hey-Zeus!

  129. Nice Scheister says:

    Cespedes has a ROCKET and he’s right on the money, a tip of the hat to you kind sir! To Ichiro, a wag of the finger, you should’ve known better!

  130. Joe says:

    CC is making me jealous. I love Jordan’s and he has Jordan cleats. He had space jams, concords, and now 10′s. I’d rock them.

  131. Well, there goes that.

    Just settle for the shutout instead. I hope.

  132. sadness. It’s okay CC, just refocus, and get this guy to roll in to a 4-4-3 DP

  133. Joe says:

    Wait he had a no hitter? lol.

  134. Joe says:

    Actually not sure if those are 10′s because his pants are in the way. But I’m almost positive.

  135. Clay and Phil:

    That’s how to throw the ball to second from the mound.

  136. jjyank says:

    I missed watching this CC.

  137. Effthisnoise says:

    Gomes is such a too

  138. Karl Krawfid says:

    96 mph paint.

    Nasty.

  139. The Real Greg says:

    I guess that extra day off did him a world of good.

  140. Pat D says:

    Which commercials are more annoying? Car commercials? Communication commercials (phone/internet/whatnot)? Campaign ads (either side)?

  141. Tom says:

    Would be a good spot to hit and run… get Swisher focused on simply putting it in play, pitcher who’s around the plate most of the time.

  142. Karl Krawfid says:

    Can we please put Ichiro in the 2 spot?

  143. Pat D says:

    Jeter will eclipse 3300 hits this year unless he goes all to pot.

  144. handtius says:

    jeter eats pieces of shit like you for breakfast.

  145. On one hand, I’m kinda wanting a one-run win just to give the A’s a taste of FUCK YOU medicine.

    On the other hand, Yankees have played way too many close games of late. Another one just wouldn’t help me stay away from Pepto Bismol.

  146. WhittakerWalt says:

    Jeez, Cano.

  147. jjyank says:

    I should have established a drinking game earlier. The Yankees would have 13 runs by now.

  148. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Lil’ Pedey helping the cause.

  149. Tom Q says:

    Doesn’t it seem like, over the last six weeks, the reason for the sluggishness (and RISPfail) is there’s always at least one hitter close to comatose at any given time?

    As in Cano, tonight.

  150. Chilango says:

    The Suxies tied it up

  151. Pat D says:

    George Armstrong Custer steps up to the plate…

  152. your mom says:

    Cano’s been kinda crappy lately.

  153. Pat D says:

    This is off-topic, but I just saw a really creepy picture and then realized it’s an album cover for a new No Doubt album.

    This blows me away. First of all, those 3 guys are still alive? Second, Gwen Stefani actually let them record with her again?

  154. Thanks for swinging at ball 4, Yoenis.

  155. The Guns of Navarone says:

    OMG CC I have missed you.

  156. yo says:

    fuck weiters

  157. Effthisnoise says:

    Sure the sox would love a little payback over Baltimore for last year

  158. Tom says:

    Following online… has the ump’s strikezone started shrinking a bit?

    That 0-1 pitch last inning was well in the zone, that first pitch to Reddick looked like it was on the inside corner and the first pitch to Cepedes also had the corner (and he’s been calling stuff further off the plate than that)

    Looking at pitch f/x it looks like his strikezone is evolving a bit.

    Good to see CC pitching through it, but I can’t stand when the umps start calling a different zone when it gets later in the game or base it on a count.

  159. Cy Pettitte says:

    fucking Lester. has this guy ever heard of a shutdown inning?

  160. jjyank says:

    Kay mentioned the Nats, so I thought I would share:

    DC is pretty fucking sweet with the Nats clinching playoff berth last night. So many people were all giddy today, it was pretty neat to see. No playoff baseball in DC since 1933.

  161. Have yourself a play there, Mr. Nunez.

  162. Karl Krawfid says:

    Nunie!!!!!!

  163. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Eduardo!!!

  164. Anthony says:

    Nunez…..defense!!!!

  165. Chilango says:

    Noonie!!!

  166. Effthisnoise says:

    Nuney, CC…..a game of redemption

  167. NUNIE!!!!

    *hangs self while Drive By by Train plays for the 13th time tonight*

  168. Karl Krawfid says:

    Ok runs will be scored this half inning.

  169. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Insurance runs would be much appreciated.

  170. stuart a says:

    cano on fire. give him a 7 year extension, he is such a good player….great ab’s and really clutch….

  171. Mike N says:

    Why was Phelps warming up?

  172. your mom says:

    These A’s are annoying. Their pitching keeps it close til the end until all of a sudden their shitty offense gets some dog shit hits. Hope it doesn’t happen here.

  173. Derek “wish I were Chuck” Norris.

  174. Effthisnoise says:

    Just me, or is the zone shrinking?

  175. CC…just get the double play and call it an 8 inning shut out.

  176. RetroRob says:

    Just joining. Any chance for a recap on the extensive scoring in this game?

  177. Karl Krawfid says:

    Did they take Nunie out of the game yet?

    I don’t want a ball hit to him.

  178. Nice Scheister says:

    Stuart, I’m thoroughly interested in your feelings about how the Mets ownership threw your boy, Ike Davis, under the bus? Did you think he’d be more likely to have a parade thrown for him than thrown under the bus?

  179. Nice Scheister says:

    Kay just called the Jays a triple A team. I love it!

  180. That’s such a dinky hit to extend C.C.’s night.

  181. Karl Krawfid says:

    Jesus Christ man.

  182. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    gotta charge that, Nunez

  183. your mom says:

    Damn dinky ass hit. Fucking A’s.

  184. I really wanted to hear the end of the 8th here, but I really gotta run for the bus =/ see you on the otherside guys.

  185. Come on now C.C.

    No giving up this lead.

  186. Karl Krawfid says:

    Why the fuck is he even in a close game like this?

  187. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Pepto time

  188. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    C’mon big fella. One more out.

  189. RkyMtnYank says:

    I blame Chavez for not stretching out on that. He could have caught it before the hop.

  190. Effthisnoise says:

    C’mon CC, offense won’t score any more runs, we need a shut out

  191. Nice Scheister says:

    Dinky hit time. Bullshit!

  192. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Unclench.

  193. jjyank says:

    ‘Atta boy CC. This is exactly what we needed from you. Bravo.

  194. Karl Krawfid says:

    GJ CC

    My heart rate was going a bit.

  195. Chilango says:

    CC dodged a bullet

  196. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Thank Mo for that.
    Really nice to see CC show he’s still capable of pitching an ace-like game. Makes me feel better about the Yankees chances going forward this year.

    Insurance runs please.

  197. Pat D says:

    “A real Fios family.”

    That’s a strange last name.

  198. Robinson Tilapia says:

    My wife: “You wouldn’t have been as worried about that inning if they scored more fucking runs.”

    Me: “Quit trolling.”

    My wife: “That’s not trolling. Trolling would be if I went on your website and said ‘Derek Jeter sucks my cock on Wednesdays.’”

  199. your mom says:

    I like how CC hit Gomes to get to Reddick. Saved him some pitches(and possibly the game too).

  200. Tom says:

    The big man getting it done!

    Despite the umps shrinking zone over the last few innings and some rinky dink (Rays like) rally.

  201. Effthisnoise says:

    We owe these fuckers a one run heartbreaker

  202. I guess the Yankees aren’t the only team that can’t hit the almighty Miguel Gonzalez.

  203. The Troll says:

    It’s gotten to the point where I cannot decipher between a horrible offense (a la the Yankees) or a dominant pitcher (Parker perhaps?) . . . Which is at play in this game? Are the Yankees still insufferable at the plate or is JP a serious piece of ass?

  204. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Have they showed anyone up in the bullpen? Maybe CC comes back out?

  205. You know, if Soriano can finish this…

    would just be my luck to have avoided Parker, when he pitched excellent and the Yankees still would’ve won. Even more my luck that my rat bastard opponent picked him up instesd.

    I’m really on top of my game this week.

    • The Troll says:

      I picked up both Andrew Brown and Martellus Bennett (FLEX) for my fantasy team this week (because Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson, and Fred Jackson have all been horrible or hurt) and they both awarded by Big Blue faith immediately. I had never been happier in my fantastical life.

  206. Tom Q says:

    Can I say that I am already of sufficiently strong character and I don’t need agonizingly close games like this to help me build one?

  207. In any case, time for MFIKY to nail this one down.

    No blown saves like the last time he faced the A’s.

  208. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    If Soriano blows this then CC is not an ace.

  209. Anthony says:

    Woahh scary.

  210. Karl Krawfid says:

    Jeez Cespedes is strong.

  211. jjyank says:

    Well I look like an ass for sitting Parker in fantasy tonight. Oh well *checks scores* Yep, still winning 13-3 in the Semifinals. So it didn’t matter I suppose.

  212. The Real Greg says:

    Damn Cespedes has power. That was off the end of the bat.

  213. RkyMtnYank says:

    Fuckin Kay, his homerun calls for the other team should not sounds as exciting as the ones for the Yanks.

  214. Tom says:

    Yikes….

    Was going to say nothing straight and nothing in the zone to Cespedes. He got the first part right.

  215. Cy Pettitte says:

    unreal.

  216. jjyank says:

    Are you fucking kidding me?

  217. You gotta be fucking kidding me.

  218. Pat D says:

    Brandon Motherfucking Moss?

  219. Karl Krawfid says:

  220. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    God fucking dammit.

  221. handtius says:

    oh damn. they’ll still get this.

  222. RetroRob says:

    Well that certainly sucks.

  223. Leg-End says:

    Well that sucked.

  224. Chilango says:

    Just like old times fuck.

  225. Anthony says:

    #notanace

    On a serious note: …………..

  226. Nathan says:

    CC is going to untuck Soriano’s head after that one.

  227. your mom says:

    Unbelievable bullshit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fuck the A’s. Seriously.

  228. Robinson Tilapia says:

    My wife: “I hate it when I’m right.”

    Come to think of it, I’ve never seen her and stuart a in the same place.

  229. Tom says:

    Too good a pitch with 2 strikes. Needs to be in the dirt or outside in this stadium (or in on the hands)

  230. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Soriano getting beat on the slider…again.

  231. Well, time to walk it off, I guess.

    Hard to do against that bullpen.

    Christ Almighty.

  232. MartinRanger says:

    Soriano had been so good but fuck that hurts.

  233. WhittakerWalt says:

    I can’t second-guess. CC was done.
    But, fuck.

  234. Matt says:

    Soriano is one of the dumbest pitchers I have ever seen.

    You have an overpowering fastball in the low 90′s which repeatedly induces weak contact. Yet, you repeatedly beat yourself by hanging sliders with 2 strikes.

    After you have him lunging at a 2-1 slider, the next pitch that you throw is a fastball under the hands and lock him up. You don’t throw him the exact same pitch that he is going to look for now.

    • Matt says:

      Especially after you just hung 2 sliders to Cespedes and almost give up a home run to him.

      When you don’t have a good feel for the breaking ball, you simply cannot risk hanging one in that spot, especially to a lefty hitter.

  235. The Guns of Navarone says:

    That’s fine. The bullpen needs work.

  236. Karl Krawfid says:

    I agree with the A’s broadcast.

    Why even call for that? Stay away with the fastball.

  237. The Troll says:

    Yikes. Extra Inning/Walk-Off play does not bode well for the Yankees . . . This sucks. Well, I mean, the offense sucks. It’s not ALL on Soriano.

  238. TomH says:

    O’s announcers mocking Martin for that pitch-call to Moss

  239. Anthony says:

    Batters have really been hitting Sori hard lately… but omg nice play Russ!

  240. MartinRanger says:

    Damn nice play by the Russ Bus.

  241. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nice play by Martin.
    WTF was ARod doing?

    • TomH says:

      Thank God they weren’t both running the way Martin was running or they’d need a new catcher and a new 3rd baseman

    • Tom says:

      Ump has been ridiculous – another pitch that was a strike for the first 6-7 innings that is now a ball. He was doing that to CC in the 7th and 8th too.

  242. Pat D says:

    Defensive catcher!

  243. Mike N says:

    Wow! Nice play, Martin!

  244. The Real Greg says:

    Well whatever happens we know CC is good.

  245. MartinRanger says:

    It’s been remarkable how little we’ve missed Mariano, but this qualifies.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW) says:

      Mariano used to shit the bed, too.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      Sori has blown 4 saves this season. Mariano was good for between 4-7 blown saves every year. People act like he NEVER blew a save.
      There’s only so long you can hold onto a 1-0 lead.

  246. Cuso says:

    where was that pitch?

  247. Nice Scheister says:

    That wasn’t total redemption Mr. Martin. I expect a walk off, son!

  248. Brian S. says:

    Fuck Soriano.

  249. Cy Pettitte says:

    I can’t believe how incredibly stupid that pitch selection was. I’d love to see Martin try to defend that in the post game.

  250. Soriano’s probably gassed. Can’t blame him, but this is what happens when you don’t do anything other than play close games.

    • The Real Greg says:

      So the Orioles’s bullpen must be gassed.

      I checked today. They have thrown more innings than the Yankee bullpen.

      • Matt says:

        Another brilliant comment from Greg.

        You do realize the Orioles have more than 2 reliable relief pitchers?

        O’Day. Ayala. Strop. Jim Johnson. Steve Johnson.

        They don’t have to overwork their best relievers because they can trust other pitchers occasionally and don’t have to warm up Strop and Johnson every single night.

        • The Real Greg says:

          And all of them have thrown alot of innings.

          • Matt says:

            Which only matters if those innings were run up by guys pitching 3 or 4 days in a row.

            You really don’t have a clue what you are talking about.

            There are many different ways to run up those innings, and the Yankees are running them up in a way these last few weeks which is going to burn out their bullpen.

  251. Karl Krawfid says:

    This has massive fail written all over it.

  252. The Real Greg says:

    Are we really surprised though?

    This is how the A’s and O’s have done it all year.

  253. your mom says:

    Eww, Coco Crisp.

  254. Matt says:

    This is as much on the offense as on Soriano.

    You can’t expect to win many American League games when you score 1 run. As good as Parker was tonight, the offense kept his pitch count down by hacking at everything in sight, allowing him to pitch deeper into the game.

    When the offense does not do its job on most nights, pitchers like Soriano are going to be overworked. His fastball velocity has been down a bit tonight, and it’s probably because of his recent workload. 2 appearances on Wednesday, and he warmed up yesterday.

    He probably is going to so many sliders because he doesn’t feel like he has good stuff today.

  255. Robinson Tilapia says:

    My wife: “Wouldn’t it be awesome if Larry Rothschild came out and punched Soriano in the nuts.”

  256. Well, that’s no good either.

  257. Cy Pettitte says:

    it will be a fucking miracle if Soriano keeps this tied.

  258. yo says:

    hahaha fine work monsiuer martin!

  259. Tom says:

    Did they change the homeplate ump after the 6th inning?

  260. The Real Greg says:

    This is a product of injuries, people.

    Remember

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      Explain.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I thought it was the product of Brandon Moss hitting it to City Fucking Island.

      • Tom says:

        I almost get the feeling that this is a must score inning.

        While they certainly could win it in extras, the pen is tired and I’m not sure mix/match lasts very long.

    • bring buck back says:

      No…this is a product of the offense sucking. The offense sucks more than it should a little bit because they don’t have Tex. But still, they shouldn’t suck this much. Also, the starting pitching has sucked some, which has forced the bullpen to work too much, which has made them suck. Injuries made this worse, sure. But so did Brian Cashman and his apparent lack of interest in fixing personnel deficits which were obvious as far back as May.

    • TomH says:

      A large part of the blown 10-game lead owes much to the injuries. This game, though, is in keeping with a pattern of offensive failure that we saw before the July injuries and that we’ve seen also even in these recent Yankee wins.

      The A’s and O’s both can make an arguably sound claim that they’re better overall teams than the Yankees. It reminds me of that crack Hersheiser made one night, back during the time of the big Yankees’ lead, that they’re the 4th best team in the AL. I sneered at that with others on this board that night, but he had a point.

  261. Cuso says:

    cheap base hit
    1-2-3 in the ninth

    that’ll hurt

  262. Nice Scheister says:

    Wade please

  263. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    anybody warming?

  264. Brian S. says:

    Rafael “I’m willing to take on extra work down the stretch” Soriano everyone. Intentionally walking Stephen Drew.

  265. This has the makings of total disaster now.

  266. Karl Krawfid says:

    Get him out the game.

  267. Effthisnoise says:

    Seems these days every move other managers make pays off. Yanks need to be on the other side of this for once…it’s been a while since they have walked off and celebrated

  268. The Troll says:

    Dude, take Soriano OUT of the game already!!!!!!!

  269. Pat D says:

    How can they let Crisp on the field with pink eye? The whole stadium will be infected and eating brains within 15 minutes!

  270. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Soriano’s gonna have to get lucky here.

  271. Karl Krawfid says:

    Where the fuck is D-Rob? Logan?

    I mean Jesus Christ.

  272. Matt says:

    How can Girardi justify leaving Soriano in the game here to face Smith?

    He is once again falling asleep. Nobody warming. Smith can’t touch lefties, yet he crushes righties and has a HR against Soriano already this season.

    And Soriano’s stuff is diminished tonight, and he has bad control.

    BUT BUT BUT HE’S THE CLOSER?

  273. You see, Greg?

    How the events of one game can affect those that follow?

    This is yet another example.

  274. Chilango says:

    Take him the fuck out what are you waiting for? Even the binder says hook.

  275. Mike N says:

    PHEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  276. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Win it now please.

  277. At least that didn’t get any worse.

    Swish-Robbie-ARod

    finish this shit.

  278. jjyank says:

    Ugly inning, but they haven’t lost yet. Can I has a walkoff??

  279. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Yankees haven’t had a walk off this season have they?

  280. The Troll says:

    Stupid move leaving in Soriano. Lucky that didn’t backfire.

  281. Anthony says:

    Thanks for getting out of that inning, Sori. Worried me there.

  282. handtius says:

    what the fuck! sori can’t get out smith. he gave up a homerun to him once! he’s hitting like 1.400 against him. boo this man and the manager. they all suck and deserve to be molested by priests.

  283. Mike N says:

    Wanting a walk-off so bad!!!!!!!!

  284. Cy Pettitte says:

    they better end it in the bottom of the 9th, I don’t feel very confident in our pen vs. theirs.

  285. your mom says:

    Ichiro needs to come to the plate for us to walk off.

  286. Brian S. says:

    Robbie hasn’t hit a home run in a while. It’s time.

  287. The Troll says:

    So who’s calling a “Swing-out-of-your-shoes” stretch for the Yankee’s offense until the game ends?

  288. RetroRob says:

    Can we have that pitch back?

    The Yanks will win this.

  289. Effthisnoise says:

    Good lord swish

  290. Karl Krawfid says:

    Just not clutch man.

    2-0 fastball.

  291. Nice Scheister says:

    Fuck you Swisher.

  292. TomH says:

    Cano’s like the little girl in the nursery rhyme. When he’s good he’s really good, but when he’s bad he can look horrid.

  293. Mike N says:

    What the fuck is up with this dude resting his chin on his glove like that? Fucking weird.

  294. WhittakerWalt says:

    Cano needs a couple days off.

  295. Tom says:

    Hero ball.

    I think (hope) ARod will have a good AB

  296. Pat D says:

    Definitely gotta go with the bunt here.

  297. bring buck back says:

    “Robbie is just a little bit off” – Paul O’Neill, Mr. Understatement

    I don’t know if the A’s manager is any good, but I like the way he stands with his arms crossed and looks wise. Like his body language much better than Girardi. He looks like he could be my father, Girardi looks like he should be my deadbeat cousin.

  298. Mike N says:

    Bring him home!!!!!!

  299. Joe says:

    BUT TEH ALEX ISN’T CLUTCHEZT!

  300. Matt says:

    The Yankees have played in 9 straight games so far that have been decided by 3 or fewer runs. They never give themselves a chance to rest the pen, and then when they do have a chance like last night, Girardi messes around and has to go back to those guys anyway.

  301. Tom says:

    I like Granderson, but don’t you have to pinch hit here?

    (hopes for reverse jinx)

  302. WhittakerWalt says:

    Bear down, Grandy.

  303. Joe says:

    Dammit Grandy.

  304. Kurtis didn’t have a chance.

  305. Nice Scheister says:

    Swinging strike at pitch in the dirt on 3…2….1….

  306. yo says:

    Thanks Curtis, nice effort

  307. The Guns of Navarone says:

    I honestly will not miss Curtis Granderson in 2014.

  308. TomH says:

    From Murderer’s Row to Futility’s Row.

  309. Jonathan says:

    wow those were some seriously awesome AB’s there..

  310. your mom says:

    Honestly, who didn’t see that coming?

  311. vicki says:

    lol the andino hbp in the 9th.

    thanks for nothing, dead sox.

  312. Hall and Nokes says:

    It sure would be nice to have McLouth and Teagarden for these situations….

  313. Leg-End says:

    Granderson is flirting with a 200 K season.

  314. Need DRob to be DRob here. Not what he was on Wednesday.

  315. Kosmo says:

    Granderson still has a shot at 200 Ks

    • Nice Scheister says:

      Everytime he K’s I say to myself, “Self, I can’t remember ever watching someone strike out this much in pinstripes.”

      Because no one has! Ridiculous!

  316. Matt says:

    In the past, when the Yankees had a good bullpen guys would feed off of one another and had a certain level of pride to make their pitches and not be the guy to give it up.

    Now, there is always somebody that loses focus and screws up on a given night. Tonight, it was Soriano hanging a 2-strike slider. In the past, it has been Joba making a mistake in location after keeping a runner at 3rd with less than 2 outs. On Tuesday, it was Robertson who gave up hit after hit with 2 strikes. Last night, it was Wade throwing cookies with the big lead.

    It’s really sad to watch. These guys take their stuff for granted and simply don’t consistently make pitches.

  317. stuart a says:

    shocker our studs did not get it done in the 9th .. what a shocker.. swisher 2 and 0 in the count foul out.. shocking.. cano did nothing par the course, and grandy struck out.. that never happens….

    2 walkoffs the whole season, ouch……..

    they are a slow pitch softball team….

  318. The Real Greg says:

    So you all want either Girardi or Cashman fired?

  319. Effthisnoise says:

    Lets see, Robertson had great success with the curve last time out, so he will throw nothing but fastballs and give up 3 runs

  320. Karl Krawfid says:

    You would think one of these scrubs would cheat and open up early on a fastball.

    Sign David Ortiz next year please.

  321. Chilango says:

    This was bound to happen. Unless CC went the 9 innings, there was going to be trouble. The Yanks pen is gassed.

  322. Nice Scheister says:

    24 inning 3-4 Yankees win with Lowe getting the victory.

  323. your mom says:

    Fucking Gameday is lagging.

  324. Athenian says:

    Does Robertson give up a run? Do the Yankees win it in the bottom of the 10th or does this go 15 innings?

  325. The Troll says:

    Is this current team ever going to play a stress-free game again for the rest of the season? I totes miss those!!!!

  326. That was solid.

    Martin-Dickerson-Ichiro

    No comment.

  327. The Guns of Navarone says:

    That’s right DRob… your curveball exists.

  328. Chilango says:

    Reddick gets the sombrero. Sit down dude

  329. Joe says:

    The curve by DROB. Nasty.

  330. C-Dick Double, Ichiro brings him home w/ a walk off single, Eddard appears and calls Ichiro the best deadline deal in Yankee history, David Justice cries into his beer.

  331. your mom says:

    Good job Reddick. You are ahead of Grandy by 1 K. Golden Sombrero it is.

  332. Karl Krawfid says:

    Thank you.

  333. Cy Pettitte says:

    oh god thank you Russell!

  334. Leg-End says:

    Muscled it!

  335. The Real Greg says:

    RUSSEL MARTIN

  336. Joe says:

    MARTIN! THE SEPTEMBER STREAK CONTINUES!

  337. Chilango says:

    Oh baby….Russssssssssssss!!!

  338. Pat D says:

    Russell Martin destroys all your bases and…well I can’t say the second thing I was going to say.

  339. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Russ!!!!!!

    Walk off magic again.

    Never doubt the Russ-bus.

  340. Two walk-off home runs this year.

    Mussell has both.

    Whew, Yankees escape.

  341. jjyank says:

    RUSS BUSS!! Thank you so, so much!

  342. handtius says:

    guess they can win games. who’d a thunk?

  343. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Yay RuZZle

  344. Mike N says:

    YIPPPPPPPPYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HAPPYHAPPYHAPPYHAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  345. RkyMtnYank says:

    Fuck Yea!!! That’s the way to make up for all those 1 run loses at once!!!

  346. your mom says:

    HOOOOOOLLLLLY SHIZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  347. Anthony says:

    I WAS JUST DOWNSTAIRS EATING THINKING ABOUT POSTING ABOUT A POTENTIAL RUSSEL WALK OFF!!! SO PISSED BUT SO HAPPY IWEUHRTLIUWHJRLKAJNDK!!!!!!

  348. Joe says:

    Huge win! Good job CC, DROB, and Martin!

  349. Effthisnoise says:

    Makes up for that shit call that gave up the home run in the 9 th

  350. Hall and Nokes says:

    Russell John Jacob Jingleheimer Coltrane Martin!

  351. The Troll says:

    OMG. The Canuck. He delivered! My prophecy becomes truer by the day!!!

  352. Matt says:

    Nice job by Martin getting the bat head out on another cookie from Doolittle.

    His velocity was down a bit from his first inning of work, which made a huge difference in allowing him to catch up to it.

  353. Nice Scheister says:

    THAT’S REDEMPTION!!!!

  354. zzzzz says:

    hahaha someone walked up to martin and said “i love you.”

    i think i think they said that.

    i hope they said that.

    i said it.

  355. forensic says:

    Thank you Bob Melvin for being absurdly stupid and leaving in the lefty to face Martin!!!

    Nice job Russ!

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      +1

      Not like Russ has a massive platoon split or anything.
      Dickerson on deck must have scared Melvin into keeping the lefty in.

  356. RetroRob says:

    Nice, Russ.

    Revenge is sweet. One-run win by the Yanks!

  357. Pat D says:

    O’s just finsihed off the Sux.

    Thank you, Russell.

  358. VT Yankee Fan says:

    Just got home in time to see that! Wow!

  359. Joe says:

    VICTORY PIZZA! COLD PIZZA!

  360. Tom says:

    CC – you have not been getting much love around here of late.

    But damn, you stepped up big time, big guy!

  361. And in hindsight, I can now appreciate the Brandon Moss home run.

  362. WhittakerWalt says:

    Exhale.

  363. Nice Scheister says:

    Throw a parade…grumble….grumble….

  364. Herby says:

    Oh great…and I’m sitting in a hospital and I miss one of the more exciting endings of the year…

  365. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Nice game overall. CC turned back into CC and we won. All that we need to know.

  366. MartinRanger says:

    6 straight wins! I’ll take it!

    Now if only the damn Orioles would regress to their true talent level.

  367. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Seriously, we finally start playing well and the fucking O’s keep winning.

    I fucking hate that team.

  368. WhittakerWalt says:

    Great job by CC. He didn’t get the win, but he kept the other team in check. Good enough in my book. He stepped it up.

  369. Mike N says:

    SO HAPPY!!!!!!!

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