Jul
05

Game 86: Make Some Noise

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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

328 Comments»

  1. Eddard says:

    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.

  2. Brian in MA says:

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

  3. The Real Greg says:

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

  4. The Real Greg says:

    Have no idea why Buck keeps batting Jones cleanup.

  5. The Real Greg says:

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

  6. Eddard says:

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

  7. The Real Greg says:

    Don’t bunt Ichiro

  8. Eddard says:

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

  9. Cy Pettitte says:

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

    /sarcasm.

  10. Dan in Athens says:

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

  11. Tom says:

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

  12. The Real Greg says:

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

  13. The Real Greg says:

    GAME. OVER.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      Can you explain why you say things like this?

      • The Real Greg says:

        Because I’m prepping myself for disappointment.

        • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

          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 says:

          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 says:

        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?

  14. Karl Krawfid says:

    Game ova

  15. TomH says:

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

  16. Eddard says:

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

    • Mikhel says:

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

  17. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  18. Eddard says:

    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 says:

      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) says:

        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.

  19. The Real Greg says:

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

    Does Almonte catch that homer?

  20. Kramerica Industries says:

    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 says:

      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.

  21. your mom says:

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

    • Mikhel says:

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

  22. Dalek Jeter says:

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

    • Mikhel says:

      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).

  23. The Real Greg says:

    You stupid fans. Tackle the man.

  24. The Real Greg says:

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

  25. Tom says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

      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?

    • Eddard says:

      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 says:

      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.”

  26. Eddard says:

    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 says:

      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.

  27. Wheels says:

    Cruz making it look easy.

  28. Mikhel says:

    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.

  29. Eddard says:

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

  30. The Real Greg says:

    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.

  31. nsalem says:

    Hank Bauer

  32. Dalek Jeter says:

    Flashin the gloves tonight apparently.

  33. Kramerica Industries says:

    Holy shit.

    Four straight excellent plays in the field.

  34. Mikhel says:

    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.

  35. your mom says:

    Why can’t we hit this fuck?

  36. The Real Greg says:

    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…

  37. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  38. McLovin says:

    Cruz is up look out.

  39. The Real Greg says:

    That was close.

  40. Eddard says:

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

  41. Kramerica Industries says:

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

    But we’ll take it.

  42. SDB says:

    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.

  43. The Real Greg says:

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

  44. Eddard says:

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

  45. Kramerica Industries says:

    Nova is dealing. Beautiful inning there.

  46. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    Trade value going

    UP
    UP
    UP

  47. FEED.ME.MORE! says:

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

  48. McLovin says:

    Lets go Brett!

  49. Eddard says:

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

  50. nsalem says:

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

  51. The Real Greg says:

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

  52. RetroRob says:

    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?

  53. Kramerica Industries says:

    Ichiro is mashing right now.

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

  54. Eddard says:

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

  55. RetroRob says:

    HR, Travis.

  56. Eddard says:

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

  57. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  58. McLovin says:

    Well that blows.

  59. Kramerica Industries says:

    For fuck’s sake.

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

  60. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

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

    *Nobody raises hand*

  61. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Don’t worry. Vernon Wells is up.

  62. The Real Greg says:

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

  63. Cy Pettitte says:

    seriously?

  64. RetroRob says:

    Flaccid.

  65. Kramerica Industries says:

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

    Fucking amazing.

  66. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

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

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

  67. Dalek Jeter says:

    UGH.

  68. The Real Greg says:

    Get rid of Hafner. He’s awful.

  69. Eddard says:

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

  70. forensic says:

    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?

  71. Matt says:

    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.

  72. The Real Greg says:

    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.

  73. your mom says:

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

  74. Pasta says:

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

  75. Bruce says:

    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

  76. Tom says:

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

  77. Pasta says:

    Think almonte gets a hit there?
    Bindered!

  78. Matt says:

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

    • Dalek Jeter says:

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

      /that’s the best I got?

  79. The Real Greg says:

    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) says:

      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 says:

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

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

          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 says:

            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) says:

              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 says:

                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 says:

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

        /Sterling’d

  80. Sdjohn says:

    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 ?

  81. The Real Greg says:

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

  82. Tom says:

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

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

  83. Mickey Scheister says:

    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.

  84. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

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

  85. Eddard says:

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

  86. Mickey Scheister says:

    Way to make the pitcher work!

  87. The Real Greg says:

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

  88. jay says:

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

  89. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

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

  90. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  91. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

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

  92. The Real Greg says:

    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) says:

      Not consistently, no.

      • The Real Greg says:

        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 says:

          for other teams.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

          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.

  93. Tom says:

    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.

  94. dkidd says:

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

  95. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    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) says:

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

      • HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

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

  96. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

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

  97. Wheels says:

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

  98. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  99. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    WOW!!!!

  100. The Real Greg says:

    Gardner’s has cooled ,yada, yada

  101. WhittakerWalt says:

    That broke around the plate, I think.

  102. Anderson Silva says:

    here we go, here comes the mistake 2 run HR

  103. Wheels says:

    You suck Hafner.

  104. The Real Greg says:

    YOU ***** HAFNER

  105. Kramerica Industries says:

    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 says:

      Their starters are bad. Their bullpen is pretty good.

      • Tom says:

        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 says:

          I suspect he just wrote that without looking it up.

        • The Real Greg says:

          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

  106. your mom says:

    Hafner is SLOOOOOOOOW. . . . .

  107. dkidd says:

    just get it back to cano in the 9th…

  108. The Real Greg says:

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

  109. Cy Pettitte says:

    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) says:

      Hey,

      You knew Mr happy was going to show up sometime.

    • The Real Greg says:

      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.

  110. Eddard says:

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

  111. dkidd says:

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

  112. Da Zhang says:

    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.

  113. Tom says:

    Have to PH here.

  114. The Real Greg says:

    And he’s not going to PH. Unbelievable

  115. DERP says:

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

    Has to be Mo, right?

  116. Charles says:

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

  117. Eddard says:

    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.

  118. The Real Greg says:

    FAILURE GIRARDI, despite the stats.

  119. Kramerica Industries says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

      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.

  120. nsalem says:

    1 more man on base and Cano gets a swing

  121. The Real Greg says:

    I would think about pinch running Gonzalez here.

  122. WhittakerWalt says:

    That is a sad-looking swing from Cruz.

  123. Anderson Silva says:

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

  124. The Real Greg says:

    The Goat. Travis Hafner.

  125. DERP says:

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

  126. Tom says:

    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?

  127. DERP says:

    We need Raul Ibanez or Jesus Montero for the ninth.

  128. Matt says:

    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.

  129. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  130. Eddard says:

    Get that man a win and his rotation spot back!

  131. Tom says:

    Hell of a game by Ivan.

  132. The Real Greg says:

    GET A PINCH RUNNER

  133. DERP says:

    no bunt please

  134. Eddard says:

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

  135. DERP says:

    Yankee tease upcoming

  136. Kramerica Industries says:

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

    No way. Bad process, good result this time.

  137. DERP says:

    no bunt please again

  138. Eddard says:

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

    • Mikhel says:

      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.

  139. Tom says:

    Dear Joe:

    I know every fiber ofyour being is saying Bunt Ichiro.

    Please don’t.

  140. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

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

  141. Kramerica Industries says:

    Robbie ain’t gonna hit, though.

    Pronk’s gonna have to atone here.

  142. Eddard says:

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

  143. The Real Greg says:

    Hafner will have a chance for redemption

  144. DERP says:

    Hafner homered off Johnson earlier in the season

  145. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Let’s go Cano!!!

  146. Cy Pettitte says:

    I can’t believe they bunted….

  147. Kramerica Industries says:

    Pronk is a DP threat against a sinkerballing pitcher.

    I really hate that bunt.

  148. The Real Greg says:

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

  149. Eddard says:

    One hit here and Nova finally gets his win.

  150. Tom says:

    Grrenlight him!

  151. The Real Greg says:

    HE WALKS HIM

  152. Wheels says:

    nice

  153. Kramerica Industries says:

    YES!

    TIME TO WIN IT!

  154. DERP says:

    butthole so tight

  155. Cy Pettitte says:

    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.

  156. Frank says:

    Gotta win it right here. They just have to.

  157. McLovin says:

    He walked him lol

  158. Eddard says:

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

  159. nsalem says:

    could have taken one for the team Vern

  160. Mickey Scheister says:

    Please! A fly ball, that’s all!!!

  161. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    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 says:

      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) says:

        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.

  162. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    YEAHHHHH!!!!!!

  163. DERP says:

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

  164. The Real Greg says:

    YANKEES WIN

  165. Anderson Silva says:

    FUCK YEAH!!!

  166. SDB says:

    VERRNNNNNNNNN!

  167. Kramerica Industries says:

    BEST WIN OF THE SEASON!

  168. Wheels says:

    Wells! Yankees win!!!

  169. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    STOP BITCHING!!!!!!!!

  170. Jack P says:

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

  171. Eddard says:

    VERNON WELLS COMES THROUGH!

  172. Tom says:

    Vernon FTW?!?

    Way to get it done!

  173. Eddard says:

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

    • Mikhel says:

      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) says:

        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)

  174. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    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) says:

      Must admit I did use the;

      Zips + team wRC+ minus ZOOM

      to come up with this win

  175. Pseudoyanks says:

    Fuck yeah!

  176. Jack P says:

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

  177. DERP says:

    Great managing job by Buck lol

  178. Mikhel says:

    I’d love to squeeze Marakovitz’s maracas…

    • Frank says:

      She needs to push away from the table.

      • Jack P says:

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

        • Mikhel says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

        I was thinking the same.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

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

  179. McLovin says:

    Clutch

  180. Mickey Scheister says:

    I came, I came then I just came again.

  181. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    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.

  182. SDB says:

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

  183. your mom says:

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

    Gotta feel happy for Nova, he deserved that win.

  184. Hall and Nokes says:

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

  185. Ivan Nova says:

    Thank you Vernon!

  186. The Real Greg says:

    This sport…….

  187. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores says:

    Second best win of the season? I think so.

  188. Frank says:

    A GREAT job by Nova tonight.

  189. Ethan says:

    Screw #oriolesmagic!

  190. Duh Injuries says:

    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???

  191. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

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

  192. Eddard says:

    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.

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

  194. BigBlueAL says:

    Great fucking win!!

  195. Duh Injuries says:

    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 says:

      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.

  196. Rolling Doughnut says:

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

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