Aug
21

Yankees take third straight from Blue Jays on Soriano’s late homer

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This was a game that, earlier in the season, the Yankees probably find a way to lose. It’s the kind of game that is won with one swing of the bat, know what I mean? A dramatic late-inning homer and a patchwork pitching staff helped the Yankees to a 4-2 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night, their fourth straight win and ninth in their last 11 games.

(Ron Antonelli/Getty)

(Ron Antonelli/Getty)

David Justice Would Be Proud
R.A. Dickey was really, really good in this game. The Yankees got to him for two runs early on, but the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner went on to retire 14 of 15 batters faced at one point from the third through eighth innings. The only base-runner was a walk and just one of those 15 batters actually hit the ball out of the infield. Dickey shut them right down with his unusually hard knuckleball. He was awesome …

… until hanging a 1-0 knuckler to Alfonso Soriano with a man on-base and two outs in the eighth. Soriano clobbered the pitch out to right for a no-doubt, go-ahead two-run homer that simultaneously snapped an 0-for-17 skid. As you might remember from his first stint in pinstripes, Fonsy has a knack for being an all-or-nothing hitter. He was all and not nothing on Wednesday night, helping the team to another win with another monster homerun. This guy, man. Tell me this isn’t Justice-esque. You can’t do it. It’s uncanny.

(Ron Antonelli/Getty)

(Ron Antonelli/Getty)

Tag Team
Tuesday’s doubleheader meant the Yankees had to use a spot starter at some point before Sunday, so they decided to get it out of the way early and give their older starters an extra day of rest in the process. Adam Warren got the nod after a solid 4+ months of long relief work, and he gave the team three innings and 61 pitches of two-run ball. He allowed four hits — including a monster solo homer by the utterly powerless (career .070 ISO) Josh Thole — and two walks while striking out four. If nothing else, it was much better than his first (and only other) career start last summer.

Once Warren was done, hero of the game David Huff got the ball and managed to throw five scoreless innings of one-hit ball. The one hit was an infield single on a Baltimore chopper. He did walk more batters (four, one intentionally) than he struck out (two), but who cares at this point? The Yankees just need outs. Strikeouts, ground outs, loud outs, lucky outs … just outs and Huff was getting them. With a short bullpen due to the doubleheader, he gets a well-deserved win for his 70 pitches of work. What was I rambling about following the doubleheader? Unexpected contributions, baby. I hope they vote Huff a full playoff share.

(Ron Antonelli/Getty)

(Ron Antonelli/Getty)

Leftovers
Congrats to Ichiro Suzuki for picking up his 4,000th professional hit with a solid line drive single to left in the first inning. His teammates all came out of the dugout to congratulate him afterwards. Pretty cool moment. Ichiro joins Pete Rose (4,256) and Ty Cobb (4,189) as the only other players in the professional 4,000 hits club. Obviously 1,278 hits in Japan do not equal 1,278 hits in MLB, but it’s still a great accomplishment. Just a ridiculous number of hits. Congrats, Ichiro.

Despite pitching in both ends of the doubleheader, Mariano Rivera did indeed come on for the save following Huff’s five innings and Soriano’s two-run homer. He allowed a double to Rajai Davis with one out only to immediately pick him off second base. Davis, who you know by now is as aggressive as anyone on the bases, was taking too big of a lead — especially in a two-run game with Edwin Encarnacion at the plate, geez — and Robinson Cano snuck in behind him to apply the tag. Mo threw just 11 pitches and earned two saves and a win in the span 30 hours or so.

Huff also made a pretty great glove flip play on a bunt.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Huff also made a pretty great glove flip play on a bunt. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Austin Romine was robbed of an extra-base hit by Kevin Pillar in the second, though he did get a sacrifice fly for his trouble. It wouldn’t have been a homer, but Pillar jumped to catch the ball near the very top of the left field ball. Romine went 0-for-2 with a strikeout in addition to allowing two stolen bases and making a throwing error. Curtis Granderson singled in the other run and drew a walk while Cano stayed hot with a single and a double. He was on second for Soriano’s homer. Eduardo Nunez singled and had the only other hit of the night.

After the game, Huff pointed out that he faced a whole bunch of the Toronto hitters in Triple-A this year, so he had a comfort level and knew out to approach them. He last faced their Triple-A squad in the start immediately before being called up last week, and three of the nine hitters in the Buffalo lineup that night played for the Blue Jays in this game. One of those weird things no one ever thinks about — having a history with a player dating back to the minors.

I don’t know what it is, the Blue Jays are allergic to playing the Yankees at full strength. It took just a few innings for Jose Bautista to hurt his hip and land on the DL in the first game of the doubleheader, and in this game Jose Reyes got ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the second. Home plate ump Ted Barrett have him plenty of rope, long enough for Reyes to spike his helmet into the ground. That led to the ejection and ultimately helped the Yankees. Thanks, Jose.

And lastly, Jayson Nix‘s season likely to came to an end when Dickey hit him with the knuckleball in the second inning. He went for x-rays and the Yankees confirmed he suffered a fractured left hand. Mark Reynolds replaced Nix at third base, and it’ll be interesting to see how they fill the roster spot going forward.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
For the box score and video highlights, go to MLB.com. For the other stats and standings, go to FanGraphs and ESPN, respectively. The Yankees are now four (!) games back of the Athletics in the loss column for the second wildcard spot. They shaved three games off their deficit in the last week or so. New York is five back of the Red Sox in the AL East and with this win, their season run differential is back to an even zero. Cool Standings gives them a 12.9% chance of playing in October.


Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
The Yankees will go for the ultra-rare four games in three days sweep on Thursday afternoon, when Andy Pettitte gets the ball against fellow left-hander J.A. Happ. Check out RAB Tickets if you want to catch the homestand-ending matinee.

Categories : Game Stories
  • Brandon Mauk

    And just like that, four games out of the wild card spot with a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE series in Tampa this weekend.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Bravo, David Huff.

    What a nice little win. Dickey, who I really do admire greatly, was game, but made the one mistake. Another unlikely hero comes through for the team, and Mo wraps it up.

    The urgency this team is playing with is just inspiring. You should be very proud of your 2013 New York Yankees right now.

    My anti-Eddard prediction had tomorrow as the loss. Screw that. We’re sweeping.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Yeah, this feels a little like taking the first 3 from.Anaheim. I know its greedy, but would really like the 4-game sweep.

      • GreenArm

        just need some A game Pettitte and hits. stating the obvious, obviously. but still, had to say it. i’m just so glad this is a FUN team to watch again. i may have mentioned this in the past; i don’t mind us losing, that’s the nature of the game and i’ll always be a fan, but i HATE watching losing while watching a really boring team. love the FUN aspect is back.

    • trr

      this was the sort of game that, just a few short weeks ago, we would’ve been bound to lose.
      Certainly a lot more fun watching this version of the team!

      • GreenArm

        haha, ya got this in there before me. but i completely agree. hell even if this team loses games, they are now fun to watch. and i imagine that’s what we ALl want out of baseball. we may live and die (if you will) by the yankees, but if we can just have fun games, i believe *most* of us are happy.

    • GreenArm

      just to add a little bit of Eddardness into this. Big Game David Huff. haha. (i do love me some eddard though, for whatever reason)

      • I’m One

        Nicely done.

  • dkidd

    i love how girardi is managing right now. the dempster game created this sudden intensity and you can almost feel him doing everything he can to sustain it and/or get it to snowball. i know there’s no such thing as “managing for a sweep” but he’s not over-thinking or being too cute. go for the jugular. sweep the jays, even if the bullpen is taxed for tampa

    also, thanks for the memory, jayson

    also, i hope granderson takes happ deep tomorrow

    also, screw you giants and angels

    • Frigidevil

      If Andy can pitch well tomorrow the pen might actually be in good shape for this weekend. Warren and Huff did a damn good job tonight.

  • Frigidevil

    4 games out. Run differential back to zero. 10 wins in the last 13 games. This season ain’t over yet

  • Lukaszek

    Great to see the Yankees win just before I get to leave for college. Imma be leaving with good memories

    Sori has been amazing in the 25 games that he’s been here, can’t imagine how many games we would’ve lost without Soriano’s clutch homeruns

    • dkidd

      good luck!

      watch the binge drinking

      • Lukaszek

        Thanks man. I’ll try not to drink too much ;)

        The important thing is that I’ll try

        • DARREN

          hey man, good luck! my only advice is to try and get as many “A”s as you can. :)

          • ropeadope

            An occasional “C” isn’t the worse thing in the world.

            /no_clue_what_we’re_talking_about

    • Gonzo

      Watch out for the cornhole. Oh wait, you are going to college. Nevermind.

      • ropeadope

        lol, prison humor? We need more of that on the board.

        • Gonzo

          Office Space

          • ropeadope

            Ahhh, appreciate the clarification. I know the film has a strong following, but for whatever reasons, never got to view it.

    • David

      Damn I hate living on the west coast and missing these conversations.

      I suppose A-Rod would still be the better overall player without the roids, but I always Liked Soriano better and didn’t like the trade. I wonder if Soriano would have helped us win more WS’s if he’d been here the whole time.

      • OldYanksFan

        Really Dude, comparing Soriano to ARod is silly.

        Sori: 113 OPS+, average- infielder
        ARod: 143 OPS+, average+ infielder

  • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

    Not including today, Soriano has hit .283/.320/.562 138 wRC+. Can’t complain at all.

    • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

      For the Yankees. Not overall. In case that’s confusing.

      • MB923

        I’m sure everyone knew that’s what you meant. Not confusing at all.

  • hogsmog

    I’M GETTIN ALL FIRED UP, JERRY

    • Kramerica Industries

      Giddy up.

    • Gonzo

      Kung poa Soriano make Gerg thrsty!

      Krang getspit on bye Ichier.

  • Conor in China

    Have to say I am shocked that this is the same team that was swept by Chicago two weeks ago. Fun, fun times. A sweep tomorrow would be very nice heading into Tampa. Nice to have Kuroda, CC and Nova lined up down there. Two teams playing well, just a big, big series.

  • Chris in Durham

    Why am I so afraid that they’ll let Granderson hit vs. J.A. Happ?

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      I was thinking the same thing reading the series preview yesterday

  • Benk

    Assuming Jete can be back Saturday or Sunday I’d just bring adams up until then. between him and cano one of them can serve as the emnergency shortstop. Cano has played 3 games in two days in the field, having Adams spell him tomorrow at 2nd wouldnt be a bad idea before heading down to tampa

    • hogsmog

      I don’t know, Cano on a Cano-like hot streak is not someone I think should be sitting.

    • GreenArm

      Maybe I’m alone in this, and sorry, it’s late and I’m tired so this may have been said already. But I’m all for them letting Jeter take his sweet time coming back. I totally get we need the infield help, especially with Nix done. But I’m much more worried about him coming back too early (again), suffering an injury, then being done for the season. At his age, these injuries adding up, could lead to a very subpar season next year and a beautiful career ending on a very sour/bummer/etc note. That’s just me though. I say roll with Gonzalez and hope that our MLB lineup that we finally have, can make up for him when he plays. Just my two cents though. I easily, and probably, am wrong. Haha.

      • DARREN

        Nah, you make a good point. If the Yankees were smart they would have Derek play at least 4 or 5 minor league games. At the very least, hopefully this time around they don’t call him him to the majors in the middle of the night and ask him to make his first start after 3 hours of sleep.

        • GreenArm

          Yeah, I totally agree. I’m sure he wants to play badly, but we really gotta think about this nice run and the future in general (well his future more specifically.) Just REALLY hope they are extremely smart with all of this.

  • ropeadope

    This is the type of win that eases my ulcers over the Red Sox managing to miss both Bumgarner and Cain in San Francisco*, and both Greinke and Kershaw in their upcoming series against the Dodgers. Just like the Showalters avoided Darvish (DL) in two series immediately before and after the All Star Game, and we faced him the very first day he came off the DL.

    Still in shock over the solid start Vogelsong pulled out of his ass in the one game of the series the Giants managed to win.

    • ropeadope

      And continuing along the ulcer theme, how about the just completed Angels – Indians series, ESPECIALLY game 2.

  • JGYank

    With all the injuries this team has had, we are lucky to be in the race at this point. Oakland and Tampa lost and our playoff odds continue to rise. We are right behind the Os and Indians and play many games against AL east contenders not to mention series against the White Sox, Giants, and Astros which should be easy wins. We are hot and are scoring runs. The pen has been good all year. If the rotation gets a roll, we could really pull this off.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Cashman no like-y Soriano trade

  • Kevin Pillar

    *Pillar

  • ropeadope

    Congrats to Ichiro Suzuki for picking up his 4,000th professional hit with a solid line drive single to left in the first inning.

    Awww Mike, I knew you had a soft spot for Ichiro all along, but I would change >>>

    Obviously 1,278 hits in Japan do not equal 1,278 hits in MLB

    To >>>

    Obviously Arguably 1,278 hits in Japan do not equal 1,278 hits in MLB

    David Cone pointed out the baseball season in Japan is shorter than MLB, and that Ichiro was collecting 200 – 260 hits a year when he first made the transition to MLB. Cone felt he would have achieved the same results if his entire career unfolded in the US.

    Of course, just because Cone expressed that opinion, doesn’t mean you’re not fully entitled to a dissenting view.

    • Gonzo

      To loosely quote Joe DiMaggio when Robin Ventura played down his college hitting streak, “If it was so @#$%&! easy, everybody would do it.”

      • ropeadope

        Absolutely! Ventura was the answer to a good trivia question posed earlier this season. Would be nice if I could remember the question. May have been the only player to hit 25+ home runs in a season for both the Yankees and Mets (Strawberry fell one homer shy of the mark in ’98 with the Yankees).

        • vicki

          or was it Who did the yankees trade david justice to the mets for?

          • ropeadope

            Little vee!!! Where have you been hiding? Board has missed you.

            Okay, admittedly some of my recent comments might indicate a trace of impending dementia, but I would have remembered if that had been the question, lol.

            • vicki

              i didn’t think so but i wanted to mention it, seeing as how chief justice is the reference of the moment.

              • ropeadope

                Oh, most definitely. Now I really am logging off. Later, my friend.

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

      David Cone pointed out the baseball season in Japan is shorter than MLB, and that Ichiro was collecting 200 – 260 hits a year when he first made the transition to MLB. Cone felt he would have achieved the same results if his entire career unfolded in the US.

      But, the 1,278 hits in Japan STILL does not equal the same number of hits in MLB. David Cone can have that opinion, but Mike is right. At best, we just don’t know what his MLB results would have been.

      • ropeadope

        But, the 1,278 hits in Japan STILL does not equal the same number of hits in MLB. David Cone can have that opinion, but Mike is right. At best, we just don’t know what his MLB results would have been.

        First off, thanks for the blockquote coding – had no idea how to do that. Secondly, are you contending Mike was implying Ichiro could have exceeded his career numbers if he had played only in the States? I agree we don’t know the EXACT corresponding number of hits. Could be more, could be less, and yes, it could even be exactly the same. So I still believe arguably fits better than obviously, but I do understand your point.

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

          Yeah, what I was trying to say is that Cone was saying you could make the argument that Ichiro might have had the same number of total hits if he spent all his time in the states. Which is true – you can make that argument.

          But Mike said that 1,278 hits in Japan does not EQUAL 1,278 hits in the U.S.A. This is entirely true – we don’t actually know how it would have translated stateside, because getting those hits in Japan is unarguably not the same as getting them here. The variable here is not the difficulty of getting a hit (we know it’s a lot harder to get a hit in the U.S.). It’s the length of a Japanese season vs. an MLB season.

          So Coney is right that you could make the argument that he would have had the same number of hits if he spent all his time in the U.S. and Mike is right that the number of hits he had in Japan does not equal the same number of hits in MLB (i.e. in the same number of at-bats as he had in Japan Ichiro would not have gotten the same number of hits if he was in the U.S.). It’s not an either/or thing, it’s both.

          • ropeadope

            So everyone wins! Good thing too because it’s three hours past my bedtime, and I can barely see the letters on my keyboard. See you for the sweep tomorrow.

          • RetroRob

            It’s not that Cone is wrong. He’s arguing one point when others are arguing another. No one is questioning Ichiro’s excellence.

            Andy Pettitte is now sitting on 296 career wins if we add in his professional minor league record. I don’t sense any great buildup as he races against the clock to achieve 300 professional career wins, and for good reason. It would be meaningless. There are MLB wins, hits, HRs, etc. Nothing else when it comes to the record books. Oh, and in fairness to Andy, he has already eclipsed 300 professional career wins when we add in his 19 postseason wins that actually did occur in the Majors. 315 pro wins and counting. Yet, correctly, it will not be noted since 43 of those wins did not occur in MLB. There are no official records for combined professional leagues.

            The 4,000 hits is a personal achievement for Ichiro. Yet there is nothing for the record books. Just as Andy will not be recognized for his 300+ and counting professional career wins.

        • Havok9120

          By every available metric the level of competition and difficulty is far lower on that side of the Big Pond. Even were that not the case, the tangible results of players moving from league to league tell us the same thing.

          As a fellow pedant and theoretical thinker, I understand what you’re saying. But there is no water tight argument outside the realm of the hypothetical that says Ichiro would have had the same success with his whole career here.

          • ropeadope

            Yes, it’s all hypothetical. We can’t go back in time and have Ichiro redo his career under the changed circumstances. Just fun to speculate.

            Catch you for the sweep tomorrow.

            lol, I’m a pedant?

          • WhittakerWalt

            The whole “Ichiro now has 4000 hits, joining only Ty Cobb and Pete Rose” thing has become ludicrous. Ichiro has had a fantastic HOF career, there’s no need to embellish the truth. Hitting in Japan is simply not the same. If Ichiro had played his whole career here maybe he does succeed at the same level, but we can’t really say now can we?
            Plus I don’t remember anyone making a big deal out of Matsui hitting his 500th home run ever. If you combine his Japanese baseball stats and his MLB numbers he’s got 508 homers. I guess that makes Matsui a HOFer!

          • vicki

            surely. but there’s something to be said for his needing no adjustment period when he showed up in 2001, to mlb pitching nor to a significantly longer season (his first year in seattle he played 50% more games than he had in either of his previous two seasons). he’d been a pro since 92 and an all-star since 94. no, we don’t know what he could’ve done here, but i suspect pete rose hates to think about it.

            • WhittakerWalt

              Pete Rose can go F himself. That guy stayed in the game for like 6 years longer than he should have, just so he could get the hits record.

              • RetroRob

                Not I’m not sure Pete Rose needs to go F himself for doing something nearly all players do: chase statistical records to try and claim greatness.

                The differnce with Rose is he actually was in position to stick around to get the record. Was he past his peak at the end? Yup. Well past. Yet at ages 43 and 44 his OPS + sat just about league average (99). The slightly better stat, wRC+, had him above league average at 101 and 107. He also was selling tickets for his teams, so he deserved to be in the Majors.

                Ichiro would love to stick around to have the all-time hit record. Well, the “record” for a non-existant category: combined hits across Japanese and MLB leagues. Of course, there’s no reason to stick around for that record because he already has it! The only reason to stick around is to pass by Rose, yet he can never do that since he “only” has some 2,700 career MLB hits. And if he does want to stick around for some faux “professional league record,” then we’ll have to add in Rose’s minor league hits, too, as well as his postseason hits, and once we do that, it’s out of Ichiro’s reach.

                So really, what’s all the fuss about? There are MLB records and that’s it. Ichiro will easily make the HOF, and deservedly so. Yet his combined hits across Japan and MLB should play no part in his election.

                • Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo

                  An all time great hit machine in his time in Japan. Its cool to play the hypothetical in this case not because of his total hits, but because of just the numbers since he came to the states.

                  There was no adjustment period for him. He came and just hit. That and he has more hits in his 13 seasons than any other player has ever had in any 13 year stretch.

                • WhittakerWalt

                  In the final 8 years of his career, Pete Rose hit 6 home runs… TOTAL. As a first baseman. And just kept penciling himself into that lineup so he could break the hits record. If that’s not the textbook definition of a “compiler” I’m not sure what is.

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

    This next series against Tampa is the most important series of the year, and it’s frankly not even close.

    RT, I’ll be proud of my 2013 Yankees if they don’t drop the ball against Tampa Bay, where it REALLY matters.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      Every impending series is the most important series of the year, at this point. I think it was Nix who said it’s basically the playoffs for the Yanks.

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

        Disagree, games against the teams ahead of them in the race are way more important than otherwise.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You should be proud of them for their body of work this season and whee they are now.

      “Here goes R-Tis telling people what to think again……”

      Yes. Y’all get me breakfast while you’re at it.

      *Kanye’s “I am a God” plays in background*

  • BFDeal

    TomH must be crying.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      My favorite meme of the year.

  • jim p

    Anyone else thinking that 1916 Giants 26-game winning streak record really has lasted long enough?

    • DARREN

      I think about the Yankees breaking the record for most wins in a row every single year, although I never focused on what that record was. Thanks for pointing it out! I think the streak won’t actually start until the day Jeter gets back, but until then, I’m happy if they sweep tomorrow!

  • mt

    After watching some of that Angels series with Indians, I am not sure Angels will win another game – they were absolutely dreadful including many bonehead plays (Hamilton committing catcher interference on a stolen base by Aybar, massive RISPFAIL on Tuesday, etc.).

    Maybe others have seen it but I have not seen media follow up with Cashman on his being against Soriano trade – I was absolutely shocked that he was against it given how historically bad our RH power was at the time(and at that point who knew whether Arod would get back) – also he was trading from an area – RH pitching, probably relief – which is our one strength (besides catching, I guess) in our minor leagues. Maybe he had already given up on 2013 season and at the time of trade was more worried about impact of Soriano’s salary in 2014.

    I am encouraged by the progress the Yankees have made the last four series but we should realize that Indians play a lot of Twins and White Sox in September and Rangers/As play a lot of Mariners and Astros. Yes it is good we have games in division but Boston, Tampa Bay and Baltimore are just better teams that will be harder to beat and consistemtly always beat 2/3 or 3/4 than the teams Indians, Texas/As playing – also Detroit will at some point take foot off the gas.

    To get wild card, I think we need to pass either Baltimore or Cleveland and almost tie with the other by the end of August at approximately 11 games over 500 – at that point second place team of the Boston/Tampa duo and the second place team of the Rangers/A’s duo (probably A’s) would only be ahead of us. Goals should still be 90 or 91 wins, around 20 games over .500 to end the year. (I am assuming AL East division will be harder to attain because Boston, Tampa, and Baltimore would all have to falter.)

    To that end we must win 2/3 from Tampa in a stadium that historically has been difficult for us.

    I also want to be greedy with sweep tomorrow against Blue Jays but am worried about law of averages catching up (we have beaten Toronto 12 straight at home.) Hopefully Andy can give a great game – no Joey Bats, Rasmus, Cabrera, and Izturis should help.

    • ropeadope

      No Bautista is HUGE, and will obviously arguably be of more importance than the combines losses of Colby, Melky, and Maicer.

  • dkidd

    whatever happens the next month and change, i’m thankful mo hasn’t pitched his last meaningful 9th inning (as it seemed two weeks ago)

    • Havok9120

      It is definitely nice that his last month should at least matter a bit.

  • Mike M

    The unsung heroes of this past week are reminding me of Aaron Small in 2006.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Small was another rock layer of random, though. I’m still not quite sure how someone who couldn’t even be the last guy on a rebuilding Marlins bullpen a year before wound up going on that hot streak.

      Huff’s another decent journeyman who logged in some good innings on his way to a failed rotation spot in Oakland or San Diego next year.

      I do love these Dan Giese types that give you the right innings at the right time before disappearing into the ether. What, Suzyn? Professional pitcher?

  • OldYanksFan

    Today’s game is MUST Win!
    Yes, realistically, games against the O’s and especially TB, are more important, but these are good teams, and losing to them is no shame. This is a weak Toronto team MINUS Bautista. This is a game we must take advantage of.

    You can’t expect to go on a huge run unless you beat the crap out of weaker teams.

    • The Real Greg

      I wouldn’t say a must win, but its one of those “It would be really really nice to have” wins.

      If they had lost last night, then it would be a must win. You have to win series against crap teams.

      • JLC 776

        I used to drive myself crazy living and dying with every win and loss. Once I learned to focus on each series or each homestand/roadtrip, it helped my enjoyment of the game a lot.

  • nycsportzfan

    I miss corey black!!!!(sarcasm)

    • RetroRob

      Of course, even if Soriano helps deliver a World Series championship this season, three years hence when Corey Black tosses a scorless inning in relief for the Cubs, some Yankee fan will complain!

  • JLC 776

    I love the guy in the Heisenberg shirt in the background of Ichiro bowing at first base. Nothing specific, just the fact that he’s wearing that shirt.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Wow, what a game! One of my long-time friends is attending med school in the Bronx and managed to win a couple Delta sky suite tickets for last night through some school contest so of course I left work early and made the 2+ hour trek to the Stadium.

    I had no sooner finished admonishing Warren to my friend for not throwing Thole a strike when he drilled that HR to right center -__-

    Sori game-winner and Mo save complete with a 2B pickoff was well worth the midnight drive back up the half-closed Merritt.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      What was up with the Merritt?

      Nice to have some suite tickets. Never had that experience at YS3.

      • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

        They were repaving one of the northbound lanes and had that lane closed for probably 20 miles. Wasn’t too terrible, just a little slow for a while.

        It was definitely an experience, best seats I’ve ever sat in at YS3. I’m usually up in 420A when I make it down for a game. Free tickets make spending $12 on a drink a lot more palatable as well.

        • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

          That’s how they get ya :)

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Yup.

            I remember sitting in a suite in Citifield last year and just having these platters of Shake Shack and Blue Smoke being brought to us. THAT’s how the high rollers roll.

            The two lanes on the Merritt can be a pain in the butt sometimes but, my God, it’s so much prettier than 95 up there. Seems like you’re up where the two stop running parallel as well.

  • JLC 776

    I’m actually pretty excited for a day game today. I don’t want to have to wait all the way to tonight to see this team again. Boy does it feel good when they’re winning.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      Amen. May-early August was not very enjoyable.

  • Nit-picky Nitpicker

    I know this is nit-picking, but Mo closed the first game on Tuesday, and may have “saved” the first game on Tuesday, but he didn’t enter the game in a save situation, and therefore, doesn’t have two saves and a win in the last 30 hours.

    Beats blowing three straight save situations, though, by about a metric fornicationton.