Game 117: Win two straight, maybe?

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The Yankees got a monkey off their back by winning their first series in almost six weeks yesterday, but they still haven’t won back-to-back games in exactly one month now — they beat Royals on July 11th and the Twins on July 12th. That was right before the All-Star break. Everything is set up for them to win that elusive second straight game tonight against the woeful Angels, who are starting a pitcher who was recently a short reliever (Garrett Richards) against staff ace Hiroki Kuroda. Here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is running out there:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. DH Ichiro Suzuki
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. 3B Alex Rodriguez
  5. 1B Lyle Overbay
  6. LF Alfonso Soriano
  7. RF Curtis Granderson
  8. SS Eduardo Nunez
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is Kuroda, who leads the AL with a 165 ERA+. He is coming off his worst start in six weeks and it wasn’t all that bad anyway: three runs in seven innings. Kuroda is like sex — even when he’s bad, he’s still pretty good.

It’s warm and humid in New York, and there might be some showers later on tonight. Hopefully they won’t impact the game at all. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy.

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  • Eddard

    This is a must win with Hiroki on the mound. They must win at least 3/4 in this series. Automatic loss on Thursday means they probably have to win the first 3 to do it.

    • MannyGeee

      Something something Suzyn, YCBB…

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    We get Paulie back tonight in the booth. So, aside from Michael and Paulie, hopefully we get someone else.

    (Also, Paulie is my favorite member of the booth anyway.)

    • Wheels

      Singleton. Good crew

  • Why is stewart playing

    Romine must have shit on girardis desk.

    • stuart a

      no other rationale….

  • RetroRob

    No more Kuroda and sex imaging, please.

    That said, two in a row!

    • Why is stewart playing

      Kuroda is The ace of this team lets hope he wants to come back next year

    • MannyGeee

      I try and save my Japanese baseball player sex talk to Matsui and his Godzilla Sized porn collection, thank you…

  • Why is stewart playing

    Oh god an ESPN the redsox home network game.

  • Why is stewart playing

    Hey curt shilling
    I though Arod would never play for the yankees again?

    • stuart a

      watch it else curt will have a heart attack!!

      the brain surgeon lost $75 mill of taxpayers money. he is not as smart as he thinks..

      i only have the angel telecast out here in calif. not as bad as the whitesux but in the neighborhood…

  • tmoney

    Can Nova and Kuroda pitch on 1 days rest like they used to back in the 1800s.

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      Maybe they can get Wilbur Wood to come out of retirement

      • tmoney

        Great knuckler!

      • tmoney

        Will White threw 680 innings in a season. He must have hurt his elbow because he was only able to throw a measely 517 the following year.

    • vicki

      both ends of a double-header! extras!

      men were men.

      • tmoney

        White threw 75 COMPLETE games that season.

      • Wheels

        With a hangover.

    • Captain Turbo

      Have Hirok do an Old Hoss Radbourn and pitch every game.

  • Leg-End

    This constant Stewart over Romine thing is starting to grate.

    • Why is stewart playing

      Romine is hitting over 300 this month. Stewie 192

      • Leg-End

        Cashman should trade Stewart, Billy Bean style.

        “Hatty, not Pena.”

        • Why is stewart playing

          Cashman traded for this loser from sf giants last year. He aint admiting his mistake
          Although i though kontos would be a good relief pitcher.

          • D$1184

            Yeah but so Cashman acquired Stewart so he could be the backup to Martin. As a backup, all he has to do is catch the ball and make contact about 3 out of 4 times, the one or two days a week you make a start. The expectations are a little different for a starter. Cashman, for the record, wanted to bring Martin back for this season.

            • D$1184

              So it wouldn’t be like Cashman is “admitting his mistake”. This isn’t the job Cashman acquired Stewart to do. It’s just the job Girardi has, for some inconceivable reason, seemed fit to give him.

  • vicki

    i was going to say, hey, your dh is slugging .374; then i noticed our dh is slugging .371.

    somewhere, johnny damon weeps.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    A DH leading off. That’s desperation.

    (Of course, Derek Jeter not included.)

  • Why is stewart playing

    Looks like socia is growing another chin will be his thrid.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Umpiring crew for this series.

    Brian Gorman (HP today) – One of my more respected umpires, shouldn’t be a big issue.

    David Rackley (1B today) – Extremely rookie ump, only here because of Manny Gonzalez’s injury in the Mets series with the Rockies.

    Larry Vanover (2B today) – Tad of an attitude problem, otherwise not problematic.

    Tony Randazzo (3B today) – Not much I can say about him.

    Not the worst crew in the world.

    • vicki

      this feels like a jinx.

  • Why is stewart playing

    The cuban firstbase man from cuba would be a nice signing the way tex breaksdown.

    • tmoney

      better than the puetorican 1b from Puerto Rico?

  • Laz

    For all the Yankees struggles, look at how much worse the Angels have been.

    • SDB

      The Angels have Chris Nelson at 3B.

      Wow.

      • vicki

        been there.

        • SDB

          and at least there were upgrades!

    • nsalem

      True bit it doesn’t make me feel any better that the Yankee’s are in 4th place and its August 12th with a very outside shot for a WC.

      • vicki

        not even a little? toronto and laa schadenfreude makes me feel a teeny bit better.

        • dkidd

          don’t forget the phillies

        • nsalem

          Sorry no. When October rolls around and if where not there it’s going to be a very long October and an even longer off season. The only thing that makes me feel good about the Angels is that we’re playing them without Puljos.

  • Anderson Silva

    why throw anything close to the zone against Hamilton?

    • OldYanksFan

      Really…. just thinking the same thing.
      What a waste of talent.
      If the guy just had a few extra brain cells, he could easily OPS over 1.000 every year.

  • Why is stewart playing

    The espn crew is hard to listen too. Really bad

    • SDB

      I’m guessing Ma and Pa are an improvement?

  • Anderson Silva

    overbay with another screwup, no surprises there

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    You know what? Nunez has improved markedly at SS.

    • nsalem

      yes he has.

      • trr

        Do you really think so?

        • OldYanksFan

          Absolutely. He also sometimes hits the shit out of the ball. He has more really hard, slashed outs than anyone on the team.

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

      I think he’s probably better defensively than Jeter.

      • JGYank

        Range wise definitely but Jeter is way more sure handed

  • SDB

    Offtopic, but some FBB advice? I have Starlin Castro as my SS, but someone in my league just dropped Asdrubal Cabrera. Worth grabbing, or at least picking up as a backup instead of someone like Swisher who’s on my bench?

    • trr

      Well, SS is certainly a thin position.
      In fantasy , guys like Swisher are a dime a dozen

  • vicki

    i hate you, chris stewart.

    • nsalem

      Mattingly Randolph Jeter???

      • nsalem

        Not Randolph he started wit the Pirates.

  • Anderson Silva

    atta boy Gardner!

  • SDB

    Damn Gardy, talk about clutch.

  • RetroRob

    Jeter, Bernie and Donnie Baseball.

    • nsalem

      yes!!!

      • RetroRob

        They told O’Neill that he played with two of them. That’s misleading. He played with all three of them.

  • nsalem

    I don;t hate Stewart, He’s a back-up catcher. I’s not his fault that for some reason Girardi is not using a rapidly improving Romine more frequently. This is a very difficult situation to understand. It’s especially hard to understand because Girardi seems really attentive to resting tired players.

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

      It becomes a lot simpler to understand when you realize that Stewart knows where Girardi put the bodies.

    • vicki

      it’s possible to #blamegirardi and #hatechrisstewart at the same time, you know.

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

    Kuroda is just insanely good. It’s nuts.

    • nsalem

      IA-Rods lokking to go long

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Kuroda is just insanely nuts. It’s good.

  • MannyGeee

    Ok fuck these guys who are sitting at the stadium looking for a reason to boo A-Rod. If he’s hitting its cool, but if his Ks or grounds out he’s a cheating no good washed up overpaid hack….

    So he’s got to hit .850 the rest of the way to gain your respect? Fuck off.

    • nsalem

      Summertime brings out the tourists.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      No, 1.000.

      :)

  • nsalem

    If Kuroda pitches in the USA next year and he is not in a Yankee uniform, this ownership will take a major credibility hit if they claim they are trying to win in 2014.

    • Alkaline

      Unfortunately it’s a 2 way street. Kuroda may prefer a team with a greater chance for playoffs out of the gate.

      • nsalem

        Kuroda preferred to stay with the Dodgers in 2011 out of respect to his teammates than go to another team in mid season. I think if he wants to go back to Japan we can’t stop that. I believe he wants to stay in the US we will have the best chance of retaining him unless we dont want to pay him.

        • MannyGeee

          Maybe he wants to re-respect his Los Angeles teammates by going back? So… Can’t be blamed if he wants to do that.

          Management cannot be blamed if Kuroda decides to play somewhere else, unless they decide to not offer him a contract.

          • nsalem

            I think there are only 3 teammates from 2011 that Kuroda can re-respect. Ethier, Kershaw and AJ Ellis. Everyone else is gone. If he decides to play elsewhere in the US it’s probably because the Yankees are not committed to winning. It’s been a generation sincethe Yankee’s lost people they wanted to keep.

            • nsalem

              forgot Matt Kemp

  • Tom

    So was Rick Sutcliffe just speculating that Cano might be struggling because he’s just one away from 200 HR’s?

    This was after some mention of Soriano feeling relieved to get the 2000th hit out of the way – is there a bigger prisoner of the moment “analyst” out there?

    • nsalem

      Sutcliffe should speculate about why he struggled and coughed it up in the deciding game of the NLCS in 1984 after being lights out for half a season.

  • dkidd

    cabrera is going to win another triple crown, isn’t he?

    • vicki

      i hope so. for many reasons.

      • nsalem

        Great to watch when not playing the Yankee’s. He’s awesome.

  • Anderson Silva

    freaking A-Rod, that was a sure DP

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    A-Rod just wanted to touch Aybar.

  • Alkaline

    #HirokNroll

  • Wheels

    Great pitch.

  • Wheels

    Maybe 1 run will be enough.

  • Tom

    Just put a blank 1 year contract in front of Kuroda and ask him to fill in a # he considers fair.

    Oh and promise him you’ll try to get him some offensive support.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Cano doesn’t get there.

    /lazydominican’d

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Whatever that Jeter face thing was, it was f$@king creepy.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    For a second I thought Hirok was throwing a no-no.

  • nycsportzfan

    We should all be thankful that Kuroda has given us to privledge to watch baseball in mid august that still matters. Without him, were buried.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      So you haven’t looked at the standings lately?

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

      Dude, we ARE buried. We’re not even close to contention.

  • vicki

    people who say ‘reticent’ when they mean ‘hesitant': big pet peeve.

    • nsalem

      or taciturn

  • nycsportzfan

    Why would anyone cheer AROD anyways? The guy cheated to get millions of dollars and his contract completely hinders our teams flexibility when talking about FA’s and trades and all that.

    • nsalem

      Plenty of players cheated apparently. Maybe be upset at Hank for offering it against all professional advice rather than A-Rod signing it.

    • vicki

      can we table this discussion until someone thinks of something new to say?

      • nsalem

        It;s irritating and detracts from the game when people constantly bring it up.

    • Alkaline

      You really think back when he signed this contract he was thinking, “oh man, this might hurt the team’s payroll plan in 5 years”?

      He took what they offered. Anyone would.

  • itsallhowuseeit

    Am I the only one noticing the very obvious spot on the top of richards cap?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Nunez is just awful.

    • Tom

      And it’s called a hit so it will go unnoticed.

      He’s not airmailing as many throws but the advanced stats have him slightly worse at SS then he has been in the past. For some reason people around here think he’s been playing better defense though.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Yeah, I don’t see much, if any, improvement. Fewer throws into the stands, but still poor hands and poor footwork. Frequently lets the ball play him instead of him playing the ball. He’s just really bad defensively.

      • Alkaline

        Take what you get.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Michael Kay doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.

    • itsallhowuseeit

      Better known as every other broadcast

    • nsalem

      agreed

      • itsallhowuseeit

        I stopped paying attention to him when he swore up and down hes never eaten soup. I mean who the eff has never eaten soup at some point of their life

  • Alkaline

    You know what’s sad? Regardless of the playoff chances, baseball will be over in 2.5 months.

  • Wheels

    sweet.

    • Wheels

      6 more outs.

  • Bo Knows

    Ignore the fact that the Angels had a better fuckin record than Detroit last year.

    Holy Hell

  • JonS

    Remember when Nunez couldn’t throw to first?

  • nsalem

    Interesting choice coming up for Girardi in regards to his pitcher(s) for the 8th and 9th.

  • itsallhowuseeit

    Richards has something on his cap..that aint sweat..keeps going to it

    • Wheels

      Grandy!

      • Wheels

        whoops

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I logged back in to call that shot ” but I was too late!!

  • Bo Knows

    Oh the Grandyman can

  • Anderson Silva

    Grandy!

  • Tom

    Typical Yankees stadium cheapie….

  • Lukaszek

    Granderson sucks, they said

    All he does is strike out, they said

  • Now Batting

    Let’s make this the start of something!!

    • Tom

      Well hopefully it is the start of no longer batting Loverbay 5th and Grandy 7th.

    • vicki

      no lie, i woke up this morning with the kinks’ ‘something better beginning’ in my head.

      • ropeadope

        Not familiar with that track (will check it out) but love most everything by The Kinks (Celluloid Heroes, A Rock ‘N Roll Fantasy, Destroyer, etc.).

        • vicki
          • ropeadope

            Thank you Vicki. Couldn’t get the embedded vid to play, but just listened to the song at Grooveshark. Excellent track – I’ll have it my head for a while now too!. Surprised, but I don’t believe I ever heard it before. I had a few Kinks albums from this general timeframe (Face to Face, Something Else, Village Green Preservation Society). Evidently this song slightly preceded those releases.

      • Fritz Kekich

        I woke up this morning with a kink in my neck.

  • Lukaszek

    Uh oh, I have a feeling Mark Trumbo will hit a homerun here

    Hopefully my feeling isn’t gonna come true like in that Mo game…

    • Darren

      yeah, shut up Johnny Smith. Greg Stillson’s gonna get you!

      • Lukaszek

        …but I thought that Alvaro Espinoza would get me by farting in my face

        • Darren

          LOL, I assumed he already did. But if you could predict the future like Johnny Smith, you would’ve seen it coming.

  • Darren

    Is this the best year a starting pitcher has had for the Yankees since Guidry?

    • nsalem

      Good point. Cone 1997 is the only one close that I can think of.

    • RetroRob

      Have to see how he ends, but Cone and maybe one of CC’s years, but if it’s not the best, it’s only a hair off.

      • Darren

        Maybe Cone, but I don’t recall CC ever putting together this kind of streak, with start after start of domination. He’d usually throw a clunker in there every now and then. Kuroda’s idea of a clunker is 3 runs in 7+ innings.

    • Lukaszek

      Last time a Yankee finished with a sub-3.00 ERA was Pettitte in 1997 (2.88)

      Before that was Melido Perez in 1992 (2.87)

      Three did it in 1980-1981, but noone had more than 175.1 innings

      In 1979, Tommy John went 2.96 with 276.1IP and Ron Guidry went 2.78 with 236.1IP.

      Kuroda meanwhile will probably finish with like 215-230 IP. So yeah, you could definitely say this is the best season by a Yankee pitcher since Ron Guidry’s 1978. Although Tommy John in ’79 might’ve arguably been better due to that IP number

      • Lukaszek

        Crap, forgot David Cone. He had a 2.82 ERA with 197IP. Not better than Kuroda

      • Darren

        Thanks for the info. Melido’s year was really good, but I guess he couldn’t sustain it. 5 inning rain shortened no-hitter too, if I recall.

        • Darren

          Oh, he threw the no-hitter against the Yanks when he was still a White Sock.

          In ’92, Melido finished second in strikeouts behind Randy Johnson!

          And Melido is now a mayor of his town in the Dominican!

          • Lukaszek

            Kinda sad that he came up for the Royals just a year after they won the world series, and retired with the Yankees the year before they won a world series.

            Man is lucky though, played in MLB, became mayor, and now gets to live in DR full time ;_; I’d gladly choose to live in DR over my giant icicle of Vodka and ice hockey

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    With Kuroda pitching the 8th I wonder if Joe will go D-Rob in the 9th given Mo’s recent struggles.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      I wonder if Joe will go with HIROK in the 9th, given his season-long awesomeness.

      Needs a quick 3rd out.

      • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

        Fair enough; I wouldn’t mind. HIROK has been so great to watch. I just get paranoid about pitch counts.

    • Wheels

      Wow, Logan?

  • RetroRob

    Bring in Mo for the 9th?

  • your mom

    Kuroda for the 9th or Mo?

  • JGYank

    Why is Grandy batting 7th in this lineup?should be at least 5th

    • your mom

      Tha bindah says…..

  • Tom

    I hate this pitching visit. The starter is cruising and just because a PH comes up you don’t need to give a scouting report.

    The Yankees (and a lot of baseball teams) do this a lot.

  • Kramerica Industries

    C’mon Hiroki.

  • SDB

    Can we find a way for Kuroda to pitch every day?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    HIROK!!!!

  • Kuroda

    Where is my monument?

  • Tom

    So had Kuroda not gotten that out, Girardi would have brought in Logan to face some righty PH’s with the game on the line?

    • Wheels

      Oh boy.

  • Darren

    We don’t have one fuckin guy who can pinch hit for Stewart? jesus.

    • Anderson Silva

      Girardi will never PH for Stewart. NEVER!

  • Alkaline

    2 in a row. Winning streak. This will be a day long remembered. It has seen the end of Ken-…nevermind.

  • Anderson Silva

    Never thought I’d see the day a Yankees team would shy away from using Mo.

  • YankeeFan

    Christ Stewart really crushed the ball tonight guys!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Why is Boone warming up?

    • Tom

      With a bunch of right handed bats on the bench and Mike Trout up 3rd, you want the lefty specialist to close things out.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Who’s left for the Angels?
        Cowgill?
        Anyone else?

        • Tom

          You know I just looked – I don’t think they have anyone on the bench.

          How many pitchers are they carrying? They only used 2 bench pieces.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            They have 13 pitchers listed on their active roster, with Cowgill the only position player not used yet.

  • Cy Pettitte

    it’s pretty obvious that Joe doesn’t want to use Mo 3 out of 4 days

  • SDB

    Bah. No CGSO.

  • Kramerica Industries

    How about not a fourth straight blown save, ok?

  • RetroRob

    Disturbing.

  • YankeeFan

    This is hilariously sad.

  • Anderson Silva

    and now we have to trust Logan in a 2-run game against lefties in a season where lefties have crushed him

    • nsalem

      .286 OBP for Boone against lefites this year. Is that crushed???

  • The Real Greg

    That should have been a double but it hit the bag.

  • Wheels

    Oh boy.

  • BigBlueAL

    If Mo is not available thats fine. But why the hell is Logan pitching and not Kuroda or Drob??

    • RetroRob

      Kuroda not pitching is the biggest question. He was at 100 pitches, right?…and cruising.

      • The Real Greg

        107.

        If he was at 96-101, there’s no question you let him pitch the ninth.

    • The Real Greg

      D Rob, I do question him not being in there. Kuroda was at 107. Don’t push him.

      Girardi has done this since he’s been here,

      And he missed one and got one.

      • BigBlueAL

        Dont push Kuroda?? What the hell are they saving him for?? Its mid-August and the Yankees have to have the mind set that they have to literally win every game. 107 pitches thru 8 is not that big a deal especially since he has been cruising all night. Let him start the inning and if he gets in trouble bring in Drob. Kuroda threw 116 pitches his last start in 7 innings. Has thrown over 107+ pitches in a start 9 times this season before tonight. He couldve started the inning.

  • Tom

    Why not just start the inning with Robertson?

    • The Real Greg

      Its that lefty lefty thing.

      • The Real Greg

        Not defending it. Just saying what it is.

  • JGYank

    You have to go with your best guy and that’s mo. Make them earn it.

  • Jay

    Up steps the best player (not hitter) in baseball…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Lefties vs. DRob this year: 158/233/213
    Lefties vs. Logan this year: 239/286/431

    • The Real Greg

      Actually I’m amazed the numbers of Logan are that low.

      • nsalem

        I’m amazed that all you remember is everytime he screws up and that he’s having a good year which you dont seem to notice.

    • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

      Eesh.

    • Tom

      But what hand do they throw the ball with?

  • nsalem

    Ted Williams won the triple crown and wasn’t MVP.

    • nsalem

      Twice

  • Kramerica Industries

    Dave got squeezed there.

    I have a really bad feeling about this Hamilton AB.

  • Anderson Silva

    DRob does not look sharp. I have a real bad feeling about this game.

  • JGYank

    Not the MVP debate again.. Btw imagine if Logan was actually our closer!?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    fuck

  • The Real Greg

    That’s shitty luck

  • Kramerica Industries

    For fucks sake. This is really gonna happen again, isn’t it?

  • Wheels

    Damn.

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

    Oh for fuck’s sake. That’s probably the shortest double I’ve ever seen.

  • your mom

    Fucking offense sucks. Less than 3 runs as usual.

  • RetroRob

    D-Rob will get out of this.

  • Wheels

    Shoulda just left Hirok in.

  • Cy Pettitte

    this team is so predictable.

  • Jay

    BABIP B.S

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

    You know, I just realized that I have absolutely no idea why I’m watching right now.

  • Anderson Silva

    another blown game.. what a joke. If you re not bringing Mo, should have kept Hiroki

    • The Real Greg

      And have a 39 year old pitcher throw 115 pitches or so. Sound strategy.

  • YankeeFan

    Fans chanting the wrong name. Should have been ‘Keep in Hiroki’…

  • your mom

    Hamilton did not just do the claw.

    Fuck DRob closing next year.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    What shitty luck. One off the bag and a stupid little blooper.

  • Anderson Silva

    IBB to Aybar so they can face Trumbo? Girardi needs to be fired ASAP

  • BigBlueAL

    Would be nice to have a game where a closer is not needed. Havent won a game by more than 3 runs since July 11.

    • The Real Greg

      I’ll show you last year’s Orioles and tell them how that went.

      • BigBlueAL

        Yes, show me the one outlier in 100+ years of baseball.

  • JGYank

    Get up Mo quick.. Drob needs a Houdini..

  • itsallhowuseeit

    Fucking really??

  • Lukaszek

    Oh g-d, there’s pretty much no worse way to lose a game than on a bloop hit

  • Tom

    Ugh… Stupid IBB.

    • nsalem

      really?

  • SDB

    An IBB to face Trumbo? Their best home run hitter?

    • The Real Greg

      Doesn’t matter if he hits a home run. He is also a K target. Which he just did.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Doesn’t matter if he hits a home run.

        Wha???

        • The Real Greg

          If he hits a single it’s 3-2 and given the odds and offense that might be game anyway.

    • Bo Knows

      He’s also a grade A hacker

  • SDB

    Hirok’s contract offer next year include an extra mill for each time the bullpen has failed to protect a lead of his this season.

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

    Three pitches. Damn.

  • your mom

    Grand slam here would be the final nail in the coffin for this team.

    • SDB

      Any hit by Chris Nelson to get the lead might do it for me…

    • your mom

      Thank god Trumbo K’s a ton.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Havent there already been like 20 final nails?

  • The Other Sam

    Robertson making his case for the big job next year.

  • nycsportzfan

    God forbid, arod make a spectacular play for us. This team has to fight pretty freaking hard to even stay in this race on the outside looking in!

    Albet, Trout was K’d in my opinion by Robertson. That last pitch looked like a strike.

    COme on Whoodini robertson, work ur magic!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Yucky cocka

  • JGYank

    Could be 4 straight blown save for the team. And another wasted outing from kuroda. One more…

  • The Real Greg

    Well blame the ump for that one.

  • SDB

    It’s fucking Chris Nelson. Please just get him out.

  • Mick taylor

    I would trade cc for Hamilton who I bet bounces back next year with a monster year.

    • nsalem

      I would trade you for raw sewage.

      • Mick taylor

        You have to stop takin up that from cc

  • Cy Pettitte

    and exhale

  • The Real Greg

    STRUCK HIM OUT!

    And the IBB works

  • vicki

    how bad did chris nelson want it?

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    That was not good for my blood pressure. Whew.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Whew!
    Thanks for swinging at Ball 4.

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

    That was a lucky k. But then, it was an unlucky double, so it evens out.

  • Wheels

    Whew.

  • SDB

    It’s Wetteland all over again.

  • nsalem

    Erich Weisz!!!!!!!!!

  • itsallhowuseeit

    Omg

  • Anderson Silva

    thank you Nelson!! Swung at ball 4

  • Tom

    I have a feeling there will be a bunch of 9th innings like that next year.

    Nice job though.

    Sutcliffe’s narrative/analysis of Nelson really seeing the ball well was spot on (like most of his comments)

  • RetroRob

    And that was ball four, but it’s what I expected from D-Rob, meaning he would close it out.

  • nycsportzfan

    Well that added a grey hair or 2 to the old dome..lol Good win!

  • your mom

    Houdini comes through. If he’s the closer next year I will definitely get some significant ulcers.

  • YankeeFan

    Thank Mo!

  • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain)

    What else would you guys expect from Robertson? He probably does this on purpose to fuck with people.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Embedded Yankee Chris Nelson

    Cashman didn’t fail.

    This time.

  • AndrewYF

    This team treats winning like pulling teeth.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Can we call Chris Nelson an Embedded Yankee now?

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I wonder what D-Rob’s entrance music will be next year.

    Gotta be something to do with magic (Houdini).

    Maybe that Ghostbusters song, “I Believe It’s Magic.”

    • BigBlueAL

      “You Can Do Magic” by America. Classic 80’s song.

      • ropeadope

        Prefer “Magic” by The Cars. Another classic 80’s song (although I do like America).

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Well, we got some candidates here at least

  • ropeadope

    Sterling: Girardi made a lot of great moves in the 9th inning, the intentional walk of Aybar, and Robertson gets the job done with a pitch that miiiiiiiiiight have been a bit high.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Jeff Quagliata
    ?@yestoresearch
    Kuroda with his MLB-leading 8th start of 7+ IP and 0 R. Clayton Kershaw & Justin Masterson have 6 each.

  • Get Phelps Up

    For the record, I didn’t really think the IBB was so bad considering how awful and strikeout prone Trumbo has been of late and after him is Chris Nelson.

    • WhittakerWalt

      I usually hate the IBB, but Erick Aybar is exactly the kind of pesky Angels asshole who makes something happen in a big spot like that. Trumbo can be pitched to.

  • JGYank

    What the heck is Kuroda’s era now? Damn another scoreless outing and just missed the complete game shutout. How do we repay him?

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Before this game, Hiroki Kuroda with his ERA+ of 165 would have been the 7th highest of all time for a Yankee with over 150 innings. Gotta be higher now.

  • Fritz Kekich

    was that a catchable ball (Hamilton’s ninth inning dink)? I’m not in front of a TV.

    • JGYank

      Yeah but Arod doesn’t exactly have the range he used to. Blooped right over his head. Nix would have helped there.

      • RetroRob

        I don’t think Nix would have caught that either.

        • JGYank

          Had a better shot than Arod that’s for sure.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Also… We won a game when scoring just 2 runs!!

    Greg should be happy.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Yup, losing that game would have been an abject failure (in Greg Land).

      • Get Phelps Up

        #GregCountry

  • JGYank

    If we somehow go on an improbable run and make the playoffs, we know who is starting the wild card game. We would have a good chance of winning it too. We have a legit ace this year.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      If Kuroda could start every game the rest of the way, we might just make the playoffs.

      • JGYank

        Yeah or Nova too. It will be interesting to see if Kuroda stays. Maybe if CC can get hot will have two aces and finally have a formidable rotation with Kuroda CC Nova Pettitte.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Swinging at ball 4 was the biggest contribution Chris Nelson made for the Yankees all year.

    • Wheels

      heh.