Jul
05

Game 86: Make Some Noise

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Arms. (Hannah Foslien/Getty)

Arms. (Hannah Foslien/Getty)

Last weekend, the Orioles swept the Yankees in a three-game series that wasn’t all that competitive. They out-hit, out-pitched, out-defended, out-everythinged New York. It was a lopsided sweep that put the Yankees on the brink of last place in the AL East.

Since then, the Bombers won four straight against the lowly Twins to remain in the division race. Next week brings seven straight games against the Royals and Twins, so these three games against the Orioles in Yankee Stadium represent the start of a ten-game, first half-ending homestand that will more or less define how the team approaches the trade deadline. Ten straight home games, including seven against sub-.500 teams. Time to make some noise. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Miguel Gonzalez:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. LF Vernon Wells
  6. 1B Lyle Overbay
  7. SS Luis Cruz
  8. C Chris Stewart
  9. 3B David Adams

And on the mound is right-hander Ivan Nova, who is spot starting for the injured Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda is dealing with a sore left hip flexor and is expected to return to the rotation soon.

We’ve got baseball weather in New York, as long as you consider baseball to be 90° temperatures with a staggering amount of humidity. I had no interest in going outside today. It is gross. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Kuroda was re-evaluated and cleared to throw a bullpen session today. No word on when he’ll rejoin the rotation, but it seems like it happen as soon as Monday. Nothing official yet though.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Eddard

    Nova is going to have to be sharp. Pound the sinking fastball and compliment with the breaking ball down. If he’s pitching up it’s a lost game. Miguel Gonzalez is a Yankee killer.

    • trr

      I think we can say this about every game in this series.
      Still…..Let’s win this thing!

  • Brian in MA

    AAt my first game at YSIII. Its not that bad tonight with the breeze

    • trr

      Enjoy Brian!
      Keep posting if u can

  • The Real Greg

    Wondering a bit why Almonte is being sat down considering he was hitting well.

    • trr

      Bit of a rest?

      • The Real Greg

        Yeah probably.

    • The Real Greg

      Looking at his playing time, he like Brett Gardner has played in every game since June 19th.

    • forensic

      There must be some sort of logic to it in Girardi’s head, so how can you complain…

      • The Real Greg

        I really can’t since they he sat Gardner yesterday and they scored 9 runs. Despite the fact that they might be independent of one another, we can’t say that for sure.

  • The Real Greg

    Have no idea why Buck keeps batting Jones cleanup.

  • The Real Greg

    And after the day off, Brett bangs a double in his first at bat

  • Eddard

    Lead off double! Should be able to get him home.

  • The Real Greg

    Don’t bunt Ichiro

  • Eddard

    Does Ichiro call that bunt himself? Stop doing that when you’re the hottest hitter on the club.

    • The Real Greg

      I bet he did. Not even Girardi is stupid enough to do that.

  • Cy Pettitte

    the Orioles don’t score a lot of runs so all we need is 1.

    /sarcasm.

  • Dan in Athens

    Neither of these pitchers should be near the strike zone with these hacktastic lineups.

  • Tom

    Why the hell are the Yankees bunting 2 batters into the game (again)?

    • The Real Greg

      Ask Ichiro. Girardi didn’t call that

      • Tom

        Don’t care.

        You don’t bunt 2 batters into the game and it is the dumb small ball philosophy Girardi has fostered where bunting is smart and selfless.

        How about just telling your batters “Hey don’t bunt, you idiot”

        • The Real Greg

          But he’s never called it in the first inning. You know that and I know that.

          Ichiro should not have to be lectured by the manager.

          • Tom

            Jayson Nix, professional #2 hitter, says “hello”.

            And the manager should lecture any player who’s being dumb.

            • The Real Greg

              Show me specific examples of the Yankees bunting in the first inning. Don’t just name a player.

              • Tom

                Jayson Nix… MULTIPLE times this year.

                Pick a game where Gardner reaches.

                • The Real Greg

                  In the first inning? I’ve never seen it.

                  Well then again, it’s Jayson Nix.

                  I doubt Girardi would want to bunt a hot hitter.

      • 28 this year

        If girardi wasn’t calling that, the there should be a dont bunt sign. If I chirp did it himself the first time, thats not on girardi but if he did it the second time , which he did, that’s girardi.

        • The Real Greg

          I don’t even know if there is a “don’t bunt” sign.

      • forensic

        If he bunted twice in a row, I would put it more on Girardi than Ichiro.

        • The Real Greg

          When has Girardi ever called a bunt in the first inning?

          • forensic
            • The Real Greg

              I don’t see a bunt there? I see a double and a lineout to left field.

              • The Real Greg

                I’m sorry. SS.

              • forensic

                The first two strikes in Nix’s lineout were failed bunts.

                • The Real Greg

                  How do you know this?

                  • The Real Greg

                    And even so, bunting Jayson Nix is way different from bunting Ichiro.

                    Nix sucks. Ichiro was red hot.

                    • forensic

                      Nix was hitting over .300 for more than two weeks before that game.

                  • forensic

                    Because it tells you:

                    1.Foul Bunt
                    2.Foul Bunt
                    3.Ball in Play

  • The Real Greg

    Can’t say that Ichiro ruined this inning, but it feels like it.

  • The Real Greg

    GAME. OVER.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Can you explain why you say things like this?

      • The Real Greg

        Because I’m prepping myself for disappointment.

        • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

          If it’s just to psych yourself out, then you might want to consider not actually posting these types of comments, since I’m pretty sure all it does is irritate other people and invite people to ridicule it.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Because you’re trolling.

          Because you know your ass is going to get handed to you for this pseudo-depressive nonsense since it has every time you’ve done it for several years now, yet here we still are. You know the rise its going to get out of people.

          Yet we still like you.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Because he’s borderline depressive. Greg, I say this in all seriousness… you’ve gotten much better from last season, but from somebody who sort of knows you and feels like he has an idea what you’re going through, think about talking to somebody?

        • The Real Greg

          It’s not about being depressed though. It’s more about wasting time.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Game ova

  • TomH

    There are Bombers in the Bronx, but they’re from Baltimore.

  • Eddard

    Good thing they played for 1 run in the 1st.

    • Mikhel

      against a pitcher like ‘el mariachi’ they have to play small ball because the NYY right now are not a powerful offensive.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Brian Roberts is still in baseball? I really thought the concussions had turned his brain to mush.

    • The Real Greg

      Just came back.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Good for him, he was a really exciting player in the early 2000s. Freaking double machine, and then when he hit a single instead he’d steal second.

  • Eddard

    Even it Nova wasn’t on the mound facing a HR hitting club in a HR ballpark it would have been stupid for Ichiro to bunt in the 1st inning. And Ichiro always does that. That’s on Girardi to make him stop.

    • Mikhel

      Stupid is to try and hit homeruns against a pitcher who has beaten the NYY easily… the NYY bat an astounding 0.211 in Yankee Stadium vs el mariachi González (6 runs in 21 innings counting today) in 4 starts, 8 runs total in 28 innings in 5 total starts counting his numbers in Camdem Yards.

      So yeah, they should have tried to hit homeruns and doubles and all they’ve been unable to do in 4 starts vs him before today.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Nice strawman.

        There is a wide array of possible outcomes between bunt and HR.
        Try to pull a grounder. Best case: RBI single. Worst case: Moves up the runner.

  • The Real Greg

    By the way, to show that I can be critical of Girardi..

    Does Almonte catch that homer?

  • Kramerica Industries

    I’m getting so tired of coming in during, like, the 2nd inning of these games against the Orioles, and always seeing the Yankees already trailing.

    Really fucking irritating.

    • your mom

      Don’t you hate them fucking O’s. I liked it when they were our perennial punching bags. Now the tables have turned and it sucks.

  • your mom

    Aww shit, down 0-2 against Gonzalez. Not good.

    • Mikhel

      vs el mariachi it might as well be over, it just a matter of time before Nova receives a couple of homeruns more.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Good AB by Overbay. Too bad our 7-9 looks like a bottom 3rd NL 7-9…

    • Mikhel

      7-8-9 in the NL this year are batting better than NYY’s 3-4-5 bats… no, really (nah I don’t know, too lazy right now to check).

  • Troll Monger
  • The Real Greg

    You stupid fans. Tackle the man.

    • your mom

      Ours fans at the stadium are turning soft.

  • The Real Greg

    You can tell Michael Kay is tired of saying “No runs, no hits…

    • Mikhel

      he has an MP3 file and just hits play to avoid repeating it :)

  • Tom

    By the way why is Wells even playing with a righty on the mound?

    Please tell me it’s not “Wellsy’s hot! He had 2 hits yesterday!”

    • The Real Greg

      I question it a bit too. I guess cause Almonte has played in every game since the second game of the DH against the Dodgers.

      But he should be able to play, he’s young.

      In hindsight, I give Almonte a much better chance to grab that homerun than Wells. Wells couldn’t jump at all.

    • Mikhel

      Yep: “he was in a slump and he is hot right now”, a three year slump, but a slump nonetheless in the eyes of JoeG.

      • forensic

        3 year slump? No way. He hit well the first week of the season…

        “We saw him do it early in the season, we just have to find it again.”

    • forensic

      Because Girardi was very careful to plan Almonte’s off-day and Wells’ start against guys that would give them the platoon advantage.

      Wait… what?

      • Tom

        Yeah… you and I know both know that was random chance.

    • Eddard

      Well, at some point he was going to get a day off during this long stretch of games. Girardi’s been rotating guys off. Gardner yesterday, Zolio today.

    • Dalek Jeter

      It’s actually “Wellsy’s been swinging the bat better lately, he’s really had some good ABs. And Zolioy needed a day to keep him fresh.”

  • Eddard

    If Nova does go to the pen they should just use him to get out Nate McClouth. No other Yankee pitcher can seem to do so.

    • Mikhel

      then they should train Nova as a hitter, send him to play 1st base and switch him to P whenever McClouth comes to bat, and again to 1st after that inning, and repeat that move every time McClouth comes to bat.

  • Wheels

    Cruz making it look easy.

    • Dalek Jeter

      He’s just trying to show up The Captain and The Professional Baseball Player. Whadda dick.

      • Mikhel

        hahahha +1

  • Mikhel

    God, I’ve always loved watching el cochito field in winter ball (Navojoa and Culiacán), always so calm, so good, I guess he had a great teacher, his dad (el cochito Cruz Sr.) was a terrific baseball player in México.

  • Eddard

    Ichiro just should have bunted there. Just a loud out.

    • Mikhel

      Whenever you post, the collective IQ of this thread drops a thousand points.

  • The Real Greg

    You would think that ball would have carried. Of course it doesn’t and Weiter’s ball hits the top of the wall and goes over.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Oh shut up please…

      • Archimedes

        Greg is “special”. He and that Tilapia fellow, I think they’re mentally unstable.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Blow me.

  • nsalem

    Hank Bauer

  • Dalek Jeter

    Flashin the gloves tonight apparently.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Holy shit.

    Four straight excellent plays in the field.

  • Mikhel

    Nova looks really weird with that duckface gesture whenever there is a good play, gets hit hard or strikes somebody out… wait, that comprises basically all the game.

  • your mom

    Why can’t we hit this fuck?

  • The Real Greg

    By the way, Ibanez hit his 21st homer last night into the upper deck in Arlington. Hitting .255/.304/.560 with 21 home runs and 49 RBIs

    Get him, Cash…

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Better to get somebody who is actually likely to continue to be that good.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Raul Ibáñez has 21 HRs? I didn’t know that.

      That’s kind of crazy.

  • Kramerica Industries

    You know, one of these days, the Yankees are going to figure out Miguel Gonzalez, right?

    I mean, jeez, they managed to club James Shields a few times in the past, but they are helpless against this changeup specialist. It’s absolutely nauseating.

    • Mikhel

      Hardly, this is their 5th or 6th game vs el mariachi and they can’t score bunches against him

  • McLovin

    Cruz is up look out.

    • McLovin

      Called it!

  • The Real Greg

    That was close.

  • Eddard

    Thought Wells would be out. What a great pickup Cruz was.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Did not expect Wells to score on that one. It was hit too directly to McLouth.

    But we’ll take it.

  • SDB

    I’m not sure what I enjoy more, the run scoring, or any umpiring call that pisses Showalter off and gets him even redder in the face.

  • The Real Greg

    Doesn’t it seem that Nova pitches well when he has something to prove?

  • Eddard

    Nova’s looked impressive tonight. Just like he did against Tampa. They just don’t score any runs for him.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Nova is dealing. Beautiful inning there.

  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    Trade value going

    UP
    UP
    UP

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    Maybe…juuuuuuus maybe…Nova has turned a corner in his career.

    • The Real Greg

      I just think he pitches well when he has motivation and wants to prove himself. When he is given the position, he relaxes and it comes down.

      • FEED.ME.MORE!

        I’d buy that. Maybe he does need to be challenged from time to time.

        His curve seems much sharper, and he is sinking the FB like he was earlier in his career.

      • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        THIS!!!!!!

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)
  • McLovin

    Lets go Brett!

  • Eddard

    At least Adams doesn’t make as many outs as he used to. A-Rod and Jete need to hurry back.

  • nsalem

    Adams has reached base 11 times in his last 31 PA’s.

  • The Real Greg

    That’s the pitch that Mike talked about and is why Gonzalez had pitched well against the Yankees.

  • RetroRob

    Jose Iglesias, who was hitting .200 in more than 130 PAs in AAA, who every scout says can’t hit in the majors. When is that bubble bursting, or did he get the Nomar Garciaparra shipment of PEDs?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Ichiro is mashing right now.

    Alright, gotta get this game tied at a bare minimum here. Can’t strand Adams at 3rd.

    • nsalem

      In the long run he still sucks.

      /commonknowledge

  • Eddard

    Why didn’t Ichiro bunt Adams over to 2nd for Robbie?

  • RetroRob

    HR, Travis.

  • Eddard

    Buck’s a lot smarter than Gardnenhire. Not even pitching to Robbie.

    • Mikhel

      The NYY didn’t bunt again champ, yet again they didn’t score, two missed oportunities…

  • Dalek Jeter

    Travis. YOu put the bat down. YOu put the bat on the floor. Don’t even think about it!!!

  • McLovin

    Well that blows.

  • Kramerica Industries

    For fuck’s sake.

    A 3-0 count turns up fruitless. That’s a brutal AB.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Now raise your hand if you didn’t know that would happen.

    *Nobody raises hand*

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Don’t worry. Vernon Wells is up.

  • The Real Greg

    Hafner has to do something there. He got it to 3-1. You have to do better.

  • Cy Pettitte

    seriously?

  • RetroRob

    Flaccid.

  • Kramerica Industries

    That really is the way these games against the Orioles go, isn’t it?

    Fucking amazing.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    I’m shocked they didn’t score. Shocked.

    Changing the channel. We’re a pretty bad team.

  • Dalek Jeter

    UGH.

  • The Real Greg

    Get rid of Hafner. He’s awful.

  • Eddard

    Hafner needs to drive that ball more. 3-0 count and the best he could do was a weak pop fly.

  • forensic

    Well, that blew. Amazing how often they screw up easy situations to score like that.

    How/what was the 3-1 pitch Hafner popped up? Good straight pitch or breaking pitch moving out of the zone?

    • Matt

      Probably Ball 4 out of the zone up and in. A pitch that you can’t hit, and a terrible one to be swinging at in a count like 3-1.

      • forensic

        Of course…

  • Matt

    I would rather see Adams get thrown out at the plate than stand there on third with guys like Wells due up next. Make him throw the ball. Jones didn’t even make a great throw there even with no pressure.

    I don’t want to hear any nonsense that this is too early in the game to try that. Every time this team has runners on base with this lineup, it is the equivalent of the late innings. You might not get another chance.

    • The Real Greg

      I agree. Send him.

  • The Real Greg

    You know what, I would have sent Adams there. You know Wells is probably not going to get a hit.

    Have him try to dislodge the ball from Weiters’ glove.

  • your mom

    Typical. So fucking typical. We need to upgrade on the pieces of shit that are Hafner and Wells.

  • Pasta

    Jeter can not get back quick enough.
    Had my share of heffner and wells at bats

  • Bruce

    Nice job. Bases loaded, 3 and oh to a fastball batter and we got nothing to show for it. That’s the 2013 Yankees for you

    • Pseudoyanks

      Indeed, I’m longing for the 2012 Yankees RISP Champions ;)

  • Tom

    Nova needs to shut them down here… you get the feeling if the O’s score this one is over.

  • Pasta

    Think almonte gets a hit there?
    Bindered!

  • Matt

    Does anyone still want to see A-Rod retire? If so, you are an idiot, plain and simple.

    • Dalek Jeter

      But he did steroids and is an egomaniac and he’s bad and he should feel bad!!!

      /that’s the best I got?

  • The Real Greg

    It pisses me off the Brian Cashman thought that Hafner could be a quality hitter for them when (hindsight noted) you let go a guy who has over 20 home runs with SEATTLE.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Hafner 2011-12: 259/355/445 123 wRC+
      Ibanez 2011-12: 243/297/433 95 wRC+

      And Ibanez is 5 years older.

      • The Real Greg

        I said it was in hindsight, didn’t I?

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Then why would it piss you off that Cashman thought Hafner could be a quality hitter, when there was legit reason to think Hafner could be a quality hitter?

          • The Real Greg

            1. His injury history, which he has spread to the rest of the team

            /kidding, but…..

            2. He can’t play any other position. At least when the Red Sox go to the NL, Ortiz can play first base. Ibanez can at least play outfield for a bit.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              1. and 2. are legit reasons to be against signing him.
              Fwiw, I wanted somebody else for those reasons.
              Thinking he could be a quality hitter was the one legit reason to sign him.

              • The Real Greg

                And quite frankly he hasn’t been. So when the one good thing your signing him for doesn’t pan out, it’s an epic failure.

                Especially now given all these injuries to have a guy take up a roster spot that can’t play defense is just limiting and maddening.

      • forensic

        You can take those stats and throw them in the East River.

        /Sterling’d

  • Sdjohn

    Our approach has always been swing for the fences with long. Nobody on this team shortens their swing to drive a run in. They refuse, and pop out instead. Mike lives the “A” swing eh mike ?

  • The Real Greg

    It means nothing if you don’t win the game Paul!

  • Tom

    Wow… after that first inning, Nova’s been sharp.

    If he has a better left fielder he could be tossing a shutout right now.

  • Mickey Scheister

    This enimic “offense” is enimic. I’m offended they call it offense, it should be “advantage Yanks”, or “deuce” because when all you needs a freaking fly ball to tie the game, or to take a walk…no parades this year at this pace. Pathetic.

    • your mom

      *anemic

  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    They are going to win this game it just has that feel.

  • Eddard

    Nova deserves a W. This offense is trying its hardest to lose 2-1. Maybe Overbay can start a rally here.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Way to make the pitcher work!

  • The Real Greg

    I am about 5 seconds from going on a Mike Axisa-like rant except there might be some cursing

  • jay

    Stewart has one of the ugliest swings I have ever seen.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    It’s a shame the O’s traded Strop.

  • Kramerica Industries

    So, in the end, another 6 IP/1 ER type outing for Gonzalez against the Yankees.

    So that makes six starts out of six where Gonzalez has completely shut them down.

    • The Real Greg

      Honestly, he was shutting them down when the Yankees were a good offense.

      • nsalem

        Have you give up on this game even though we are only down a run?

  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    I LOVE LOSING GAME THREADS!!!!!!!

  • The Real Greg

    Oh and by the way, if this scores holds….

    Orioles have won a game scoring 2 runs or less. I thought you couldn’t do that in the AL?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Not consistently, no.

      • The Real Greg

        The Yankees have lost 13 games this year when their opponents have scored 3 or fewer runs, 6 of them 2 runs or fewer.

        That’s pretty consistent to me

        • The Real Greg

          for other teams.

          • WhittakerWalt

            Well, duh. They get to pitch against our lineup.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Newsflash: The Yankees have a horrible offense. Most of the other teams they play don’t have a horrible offense.

          If the Yankees were consistently playing teams with an equally horrible offense, they’d be able to win more low scoring games.

  • Tom

    Smoltz on MLB Network hit the nail on the head.

    When Nova works down in the zone with his fastball it doesn’t get smoked. While you don’t get as many swings and misses, it also doesn’t tend to go a long long way when contact is made.

  • dkidd

    win or lose, this has been an encouraging start from nova

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Did not expect Nova to be pitching this well. Good for him. Offense couldn’t carry some momentum over from Minnesota??

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Forget momentum. They needed to carry the pitchers over from Minnesota.

      • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

        Haha. Freakin’ Miguel Gonzalez man… this team will never figure him out.

  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    Oh A-Rod god of madness please led them out of the land of non-offense. Let your mojo help them score runs.

  • Wheels

    Top of the order, time to score some f*cking runs.

    • The Real Greg

      Buck will use his lefties.

  • WhittakerWalt

    It looks like it would really hurt to get hit by Girardi’s fist.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I wouldn’t fuck with Girardi. He could flatten you with one punch.

    • your mom

      It would definitely hurt if he fisted you.

  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    WOW!!!!

  • The Real Greg

    Gardner’s has cooled ,yada, yada

  • WhittakerWalt

    That broke around the plate, I think.

  • Anderson Silva

    here we go, here comes the mistake 2 run HR

  • Wheels

    You suck Hafner.

  • The Real Greg

    YOU ***** HAFNER

  • Kramerica Industries

    The Orioles pitching, statistically, is among the worst in baseball. Probably worse than that of the Twins.

    It’s so fucking depressing how the Yankees offense, holes et al, still can’t generate a fucking thing against them.

    • The Real Greg

      Their starters are bad. Their bullpen is pretty good.

      • Tom

        The bullpen ERA is 8th best in the AL.

        They lead the AL in blown saves.

        Does good have an alternate meaning I’m not aware of?

        • WhittakerWalt

          I suspect he just wrote that without looking it up.

        • The Real Greg

          Johnson 3.83 ERA
          Hunter 2.09
          O’Day 2.19
          Patton 3.79
          Matusz 3.90

          Now it might be different for bullpen pitchers but anything under 4.00 in the AL is good.

          So that to me is a good bullpen

  • your mom

    Hafner is SLOOOOOOOOW. . . . .

  • dkidd

    just get it back to cano in the 9th…

  • The Real Greg

    And again the problem with baseball. 4 wins in a row are now negated emotionally by this crap.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wasting these good starts from our inconsistent starters is insufferable. This is like the 2-0 loss to the Rangers when Hughes went 8IP 2ER

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      Hey,

      You knew Mr happy was going to show up sometime.

    • The Real Greg

      Exactly. But at least in that game, the Yankees really didn’t threaten. This game is much worse.

      This would be up there with the Mo’s blown save and the 18 inning debacle.

  • Eddard

    You can’t pitch much better than this man has pitched tonight. Get him a couple runs for the love of God.

  • dkidd

    maybe give nova one more start and let kuroda rest through the asb?

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

      When you take starts away from Kuroda and give them to Nova, the terrorists win.

  • Da Zhang

    I can’t believe the offense is wasting such a good start from Nova. If it weren’t for a mistake, he would have a shutout.

  • Tom

    Have to PH here.

  • The Real Greg

    And he’s not going to PH. Unbelievable

  • DERP

    Hypo: if the Yankees get the lead here, do you think Joe keeps Nova in or goes to Mo?

    Has to be Mo, right?

  • Charles

    Why the fuck isn’t Almonte hitting for wells here? Righties are hitting .140 off of O’Day compared to lefties hitting .330

    • The Real Greg

      I don’t like it, but Girardi has a defense.

      3/11 with 2 HR’s off of O’Day

      • Charles

        I’d still prefer to rely on 39 appearances worth of stats off O’Day this year (And his entire career’s platoon splits) than 11 at bats by a streaky hitter.

        • The Real Greg

          I know. It’s a small defense.

        • The Real Greg

          And now that he is pinch hitting here, it becomes less of an issue.

  • Eddard

    The only question is when to use the Zolio bullet. That’s the only one Girardi has. Either Stewart or Adams. Cruz has at least a competent hitter at one time.

  • The Real Greg

    FAILURE GIRARDI, despite the stats.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Going back over the last long while now…

    April 2012: 2, 3, 1

    July 2012: 4, 6, 11

    August/September 2012: 1, 4, 3

    October 2012: 3, 1, 3

    April 2013: 5, 3, 3 (the five run game being aided by Adam Jones dropping a flyball with the bases loaded)

    Tonight: 1

    What the fuck is it that allows the Orioles pitchers to absolutely shut the Yankees down in the Bronx?

    • Kramerica Industries

      FWIW, that’s 2.33, 7, 2.67, 2.33, and 3.67 R/G. And, of course, that one run tonight.

      It’s become a tired act seeing the Orioles mediocre pitching staff come into the Bronx and shutdown the Bombers. I mean, last year, at least they fared well in Baltimore. If they aren’t going to get it done in Baltimore anymore (1-5 this year), they damn well better start getting it done at home.

    • Matt

      It’s pretty obvious how it happens. Almost every Orioles pitcher throws a good changeup. The Yankees tend to have a lineup of pull hitters who are always looking for the fastball. Do the math.

  • nsalem

    1 more man on base and Cano gets a swing

  • The Real Greg

    I would think about pinch running Gonzalez here.

  • WhittakerWalt

    That is a sad-looking swing from Cruz.

  • Anderson Silva

    it’s a moral victory when they can put together a good AB, let alone hit a ball hard.

  • The Real Greg

    The Goat. Travis Hafner.

  • DERP

    Well Johnson is known to blow up and they have Brett and Ichiro due up. Positives!

  • Tom

    Hooray 3 man bench! (with one actual hitter)

    I guess they (Cashman/Girardi) are going to be content just riding it to the all star break?

  • DERP

    We need Raul Ibanez or Jesus Montero for the ninth.

    • The Real Greg

      They could get him from Seattle.

      • DERP

        In time for the bottom half of the inning? Someone better get to the stadium and stall the game. Cut the power?

  • Matt

    Every rally needs to be treated like the bottom of the 9th inning with this offense. Holding Adams at 3rd with Wells coming up next could be the difference in this game.

    When you know your guys are not likely to come through anyway, you might as well take a chance in a spot like that in which you actually have a chance to score.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I feel like the YES booth is forgetting that the Cincinnati game was accompanied by giving up 5 ER in last five or six innings.

    Right? I also remember him pitching well in Cincinnati in 2011, but he didn’t strike out 10+ batters or anything like that.

  • Eddard

    Get that man a win and his rotation spot back!

  • Tom

    Hell of a game by Ivan.

  • The Real Greg

    GET A PINCH RUNNER

    • Mikhel

      There’s nobody else left in the bench besides González.

  • DERP

    no bunt please

    • nsalem

      thankyou

  • Eddard

    Dave Adams got a hit! There might be a chance!

  • DERP

    Yankee tease upcoming

  • Kramerica Industries

    Oh it worked out but I fucking hate the bunt in that spot.

    No way. Bad process, good result this time.

  • DERP

    no bunt please again

  • Eddard

    GREAT BUNT! TWO ON NO OUT! BUNT AGAIN, ICHIRO!

    • Mikhel

      wait what? weren’t you advocating for a no bunt offensive? LMAO, if they did that in the 1st this could be for the win, same for the other time they had runner on 1st and Gardner didn’t bunt and Ichiro hit a double.

  • Tom

    Dear Joe:

    I know every fiber ofyour being is saying Bunt Ichiro.

    Please don’t.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    It looked like Johnson was lifting his head towards second when he tried to field that bunt.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Robbie ain’t gonna hit, though.

    Pronk’s gonna have to atone here.

  • Eddard

    They can’t bunt again because that will take the bat out of Robbie’s hands.

  • The Real Greg

    Hafner will have a chance for redemption

  • DERP

    Hafner homered off Johnson earlier in the season

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Let’s go Cano!!!

    • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

      Ugh, should have seen the IBB comin..

  • Cy Pettitte

    I can’t believe they bunted….

  • Kramerica Industries

    Pronk is a DP threat against a sinkerballing pitcher.

    I really hate that bunt.

  • The Real Greg

    I Don’t like the bunts. But the bottom line is this. Hafner has to step up

  • Eddard

    One hit here and Nova finally gets his win.

  • Tom

    Grrenlight him!

  • The Real Greg

    HE WALKS HIM

  • Wheels

    nice

  • Kramerica Industries

    YES!

    TIME TO WIN IT!

  • DERP

    butthole so tight

  • Cy Pettitte

    I love Jim Johnson’s demise. O’s fans trying to tell me he’s better than Mo at the beginning of this season. I don’t think so.

  • Frank

    Gotta win it right here. They just have to.

  • McLovin

    He walked him lol

  • Eddard

    BALL 4! BALL 4! NOW GET THE WIN FOR IVAN!

  • nsalem

    could have taken one for the team Vern

  • Mickey Scheister

    Please! A fly ball, that’s all!!!

  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    YESSSS!!!!

    THANK YOU A-ROD!!!!!

    Now the bitch feast losing game threads ends and the winning game thread can start.

    We can now do :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfPg5LjGYz8

    • Hall and Nokes

      How did you manage to get. In four lines of text and a YouTube link befor anyone else reacted? You have a time machine?

      • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        I did it before hand because I could feel it happening.

        I had it set-up at the top of the inning.

        Yes it can be done.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    YEAHHHHH!!!!!!

  • DERP

    VERN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Real Greg

    YANKEES WIN

  • Anderson Silva

    FUCK YEAH!!!

  • SDB

    VERRNNNNNNNNN!

  • Kramerica Industries

    BEST WIN OF THE SEASON!

  • Wheels

    Wells! Yankees win!!!

  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    STOP BITCHING!!!!!!!!

  • Jack P

    Wow what a GREAT game, nit job Nova + Wells… and Adams for starting it all off

  • Eddard

    VERNON WELLS COMES THROUGH!

  • Tom

    Vernon FTW?!?

    Way to get it done!

  • Eddard

    That 9th inning by Johnson was very Strop like. Great ballgame.

    • Mikhel

      Hey, they won it by bunting the ball and advaning runners :), small ball and station-to-station pays more often than playing long ball (26% of balls put in play fall for hits, 1% of balls put in play are homeruns).

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Homeruns put runs on the scoreboard 100% of the time.
        Hits put runs on the scoreboard less often.

        (And you can not bunt and not try to only hit HR’s all at the same time)

  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:
    July 5, 2013 at 8:48 pm
    They are going to win this game it just has that feel.

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      Must admit I did use the;

      Zips + team wRC+ minus ZOOM

      to come up with this win

  • Pseudoyanks

    Fuck yeah!

  • Jack P

    Wells seems like a real cool guy, down to earth, like him AHAHHAHAAHA gatorade all over Meredith… too bad she wasnt wearing white :(

  • DERP

    Great managing job by Buck lol

  • Mikhel

    I’d love to squeeze Marakovitz’s maracas…

    • Frank

      She needs to push away from the table.

      • Jack P

        Nah she doesnt, I cant stand girls who look like they’ve visited a third world country for a few years.

        • Mikhel

          LMAO I live in a third world country and 70% or more of the girls are astounding where I’ve lived (specially: Sonora, Sinaloa), then again in the northern part of México there were big colonies of french, spaniard and russians and maaaan the girls are beautiful, really :p .

          • Kramerica Industries

            I’m a little hesitant to call Mexico a third world country, per se’. It’s not as well off as many other countries, obviously, but of all those Central American/Caribbean nations, Mexico’s pretty close to the top.

      • VT Yankee Fan

        I was thinking the same.

      • WhittakerWalt

        You’re insane. She’s hot as hell.

  • McLovin

    Clutch

  • Mickey Scheister

    I came, I came then I just came again.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    My 10 month old daughter just high fived me for the 1st time in her life after the Hafner walked, and then for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. after the Vernon hit.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      These are the moments you cherish in life. And the high fiving was pretty cool too.

    • Mikhel

      how cute!!! i mean it!! it is one of the most beautiful moments of life… aaagh goosebumps all over my body… cheers!!!!

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      Too cool
      :)

    • RetroRob

      Cool.

      Next Yankee fan in the making.

  • SDB

    So is Jim Johnson any closer to joining the league of elite closers? (hails of derisive laughter)

  • your mom

    Well, heh, guess I owe an apology to Hafner & Wells. For today at least.

    Gotta feel happy for Nova, he deserved that win.

    • The Real Greg

      So do I. Hafner redeemed himself and Wells has been on a bit of a roll of late.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Would it have been an out if Gardner got to first before Wells?

  • Ivan Nova

    Thank you Vernon!

  • The Real Greg

    This sport…….

    • trr

      …..we love it!

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

    Second best win of the season? I think so.

  • Frank

    A GREAT job by Nova tonight.

  • Ethan

    Screw #oriolesmagic!

  • Duh Injuries

    LOL @ Meredith Marakovitz getting X% of the Gatorade dunk in slow-mo.

    From what I could see she did not look pleased haha.

    Who dunked Wells, Gardner???

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    God, what a satisfying win. Especially since Gonzalez is always tough and Nova deserved the win. Vern baby, Vern.

  • Eddard

    Supernova is back! He wants his rotation spot. Phelps or Hughes will have to go to the pen. Should be an interesting duel these next couple weeks.

  • http://hasanyoneseenmyshoe.blogspot.com Derwood Morris

    Oh, Jim Johnson. You’re always there when we need you.

  • BigBlueAL

    Great fucking win!!

  • Duh Injuries

    What did I post on here a week or so ago about the July 1 through All Star Break schedule?

    I said the Yanks could and will feast on the Twins and Royals, etc. and look at what they’ve done so far: 5-0 in July including four wins over the Twins.

    The Yanks are 47-39, 8 games over .500, but they are 40-20 vs. everyone outside the Mets (0-4), Athletics (1-5), Red Sox (2-4), and Orioles (4-6.) The Mets just caught the Yanks at a bad time as they went right back to sucking ass after their World Series (sweep of the Yanks) and half the Red Sox wins were collected in the first series/three games of the season, so I’d say the Yanks have been truly piss-poor in only 19 of the 26 games they’ve played against the aforementioned four teams. Give the Yanks just a win off each of these teams and they’re 51-35 just a few games behind Boston.

    • FIPster Doofus

      They’re 18-2 against the Indians, Blue Jays and Twins and 29-37 against everyone else. This weird way of looking at a team’s record goes both ways.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Walking off against the O’s. Sweet. Was that really Nova out there? Wow.