Game 138: Sale vs. Kuroda, Part II

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For the first time this year, there was an autumn chill in the New York air this morning. It’s playoff baseball type of weather and perfectly fitting given the Yankees situation. These are their playoffs right now, with three games in the standings to make up in the final 25 games of the season. Tonight they’ll have to contend with left-hander Chris Sale, arguably the best pitcher in the American League. They say momentum is tomorrow’s starting pitcher, and if that’s true, the White Sox are set up well to rebound from yesterday’s blowout loss. This is the type of tough pitcher the Yankees will have to beat and tough game they’ll have to win to make it to the real postseason next month. Here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is running out there against Sale:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. DH Derek Jeter
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano
  5. 3B Alex Rodriguez
  6. RF Vernon Wells
  7. 1B Mark Reynolds
  8. SS Eduardo Nunez
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who skipped his usual between-starts bullpen in what I assume is an effort to stay fresh down the stretch. He did the same thing last year. Kuroda has allowed 32 base-runners and 19 runs in his last three starts and 16.2 innings. He needs to turn it around if the Yankees want to have a chance in this thing.

It has been cool and overcast all day in New York, but there’s no rain in the forecast and that’s all that matters. No one wants to play a doubleheader or, even worse, give up an off-day to make up a game at this time of year. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

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  • forensic

    Somebody should teach Soriano how to tie his shoes the correct way.

    • trr

      Heh-Heh!

  • jim p

    skipped his usual between-starts bullpen … an effort to stay fresh down the stretch. He did the same thing last year.

    Don’t recall clearly, but it worked, didn’t it?

    • forensic

      He had an ERA of 4.71 and a WHIP over 1.5 in September last year, so I don’t know if it really helped him.

      • CountryClub

        He pitched well in the playoffs, though.

  • JGYank

    Seems like Ichiro has lost his spot in the lineup or Joe refuses to put him vs LHP despite his reverse platoon splits. I would start him simply because Wells has no upside.

  • Tom

    I think Girardi spelled “Romine” wrong in the 9th spot?

    Or maybe Romine just needed a rest after playing one game in a row?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Romine hasn’t caught a Kuroda start since August 6.
      He hasn’t caught a Pettitte start since July 11.
      He hasn’t caught a Nova start yet this season.

      There seems to be a trend.

      Unfortunately.

  • CountryClub

    Do the Yanks and O’s have a rainout to make up? One of the beat writers tweeted something earlier today that wasn’t completely clear, but it seemed to indicate that they may have to play a game the day after the season ends.

  • forensic

    I’m relieved to see that Girardi doesn’t plan on letting Stewart’s framing abilities get rusty by sitting on the bench too much.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I once stopped framing regularly. Everything on my walls wound up crooked. You can’t let that happen in a pennant race.

      I’ll show myself out.

      • Now Batting

        You’re better than that.

    • dkidd

      stewart’s defensive rep is based on a misprint in an article attempting to praise his farming skills

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        He’s good with wheat.

  • Eddard

    It’s a must win and Hiroki needs to pitch well, there’s just no way around it. 4 contenders are playing each other, Tampa is out west so this is the time to gain some ground and keep pace with the winners.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Yucky

  • forensic

    Well, that didn’t take long.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Nunez is an awful, awful SS.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    You have something on your lip, Donkey

  • Anderson Silva

    Hiroki Hughes pitching again

  • Now Batting

    I rarely get home in time to catch the first inning, but I swear every time I do and Kuroda’s pitching Nunez commits an error.

  • Wheels

    Fuckin Nunez, that scrub

    • Wheels

      He still is.

  • Anderson Silva

    Kuroda looks like shit again. Can’t locate his FB.

  • UncleArgyle

    Yup, don’t think that skipping that bullpen session made much of a difference. Kuroda looks like shit yet again.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Why does Gillaspie seem Ciriaco-ish to me?

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Not in the appearance-sense. In the sense that he has no business crushing us, but he does anyways.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      He’s hitting a granny. I smell it.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Phew.

  • the Real Greg

    Eddard is on suicide watch. Kuroda and Nunez flopping

  • forensic

    That sure was a gift.

  • Eddard

    If Hiroki were facing a competent offense he’d have given up 5 runs already. He just doesn’t look right. Joe needs to have Preston ready to go at a moment’s notice. They can’t let this one get away.

  • FLYER7

    No Ichiro…No Romine…we trying to make up ground?

  • Anderson Silva

    ball boy plays better D than Nunez

  • Anderson Silva

    Kuroda is garbage.

    • Wheels

      let’s not get crazy here

      • Anderson Silva

        right now he is. And it’s not getting any better.

        • Pils

          You’re garbage.

    • hogsmog

      In three August starts, a pitcher can go from leading the league in ERA to “garbage”?

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Kuroda was lucky to escape the first, and it seems like he was lucky to escape the second, too.

    Ugh.

    • SDB

      Good thing it’s the White Sox and not a team like Baltimore or Detroit tonight.

  • Anderson Silva

    that was a pathetic play by Beckham

  • forensic

    They’re like a little league defense out there.

  • Wheels

    Just put “Chico’s Bail Bonds” on the back of the White Sox unis.

  • dkidd

    here is the phillies’ line-up tonight:

    c martinez
    f galvis
    k frandsen
    c ruiz
    d ruf
    c asche
    j mayberry jr
    m martinez

    who are these people?

    • dkidd

      meant for elsewhere. disregard. go yankees :)

  • Anderson Silva

    yay! so glad we get 2 on for Stewart

  • Mr. Roth

    It’s a good thing we have Chris “The Big Bat” Stewart up now instead of that scrub, Lettuce.

  • SDB

    VERN!

  • Anderson Silva

    Wow! Very nice! Did not see that coming!

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

    Stole home, holy crap.

  • Cy Pettitte

    that was a pretty good idea there, no way Stewart comes through.

  • hogsmog

    THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED??

  • Mr. Roth

    WOW. Can someone summarize what just happened with the steal of home? I only have the gameday to watch.

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

      Nunez broke for second, and when the catcher threw down, Wells broke for home and beat the return throw.

  • dkidd

    vernon wells stole home

    vernon wells stole home

    does not compute

  • Anderson Silva

    Even Kay is calling Girardi out on starting Stewart. What a fucking joke.

    • Eddard

      Girardi is set in his ways. He has Romine catching CC and Hughes and Stewart catching the others so that’s the way it’ll stay. Romine will catch CC tomorrow.

  • Freddy’s Dead

    I just hadda get in here for this. That was planned. Most exciting thing I’ve seen in a while. I love it. I love it. I love it. There may be hope for this team, despite Girardi’s inexplicable commitment to Chris Stewart.

  • Crime Dog

    Thats the most “unearned” unearned run I’ve ever seen

    • Freddy’s Dead

      You’re kidding, right? That was as earned as it gets!

      • Crime Dog

        White Sox made two errors and one misplay on a stolen base. Great call by Girardi to take advantage of a terrible defense, but still terrible defense.

        • Freddy’s Dead

          Oh, yes, I see what you mean. Sorry, I’m looking only at the positive.

  • Eddard

    Eduardo Nuney wreaks havoc on the base paths and manufactured that run with his threat of speed. The Sox just aren’t a major league club right now and that’s why they need to sweep.

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

    That was the only way they were going to score there.

    • Freddy’s Dead

      Well, yeah, given what happened. Do you mind if I say it again? I love it. Girardi just rose in my esteem.

  • Wheels

    Nicely executed.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Gotta give credit to Vernon Wells. He really kinda made all of that work.

  • Eddard

    The offense should just try to put the ball in play against this sorry excuse for an MLB club. They’re like having 9 Eduardo Nuney’s on the field at the same time.

  • Tom

    Chicago playing some sound baseball so far this series – hopefully they keep this up for the next couple of games

    Why would they even care if Nunez stole 2nd there? Were they really that worried Stewart would single home 2 runs?

  • Wheels

    This would be a bad time for Cano to begin one of his slumps.

    • Anderson Silva

      I’d give him a pass today since he’s facing the 2nd best LHP in the game.

      • Wheels

        1 for his last 11.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Nah, he’s garbage.

  • Freddy’s Dead

    Cano. Wow. I like this. I like it.

  • stuart a

    great pay on steal of home. really what was Girardi’s options with Stewart up. No way he is driving in the run.

    did not see the first inning, did not see Nunez do his magic. the guy has hands of stone for a SS.

  • Freddy’s Dead

    If they ever start to anticipate Sale’s breaking ball (or is that a curve?), they can slap some balls around. For now, it freezes them for a strike just about every time.

  • Alkaline

    LOL at that inning. Tied game is a tied game!

  • Eddard

    Hiroki finally realized who he is facing. They just need to put one more run on the board and that should stick. Maybe Vernon can pull another one of his advance to 2nd on an error, 3rd on an error and home on a stolen base.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Dammit to hell Robbie.

  • Anderson Silva

    thank God for Stewart, defensive catcher. What an awesome throw

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

      The throw was plenty good enough to get him out.

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        Seriously. That’s all Robbie right there. de Aza was out by a mile, and Robbie dropped the throw.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          It was really 70% Robbie’s fault, 30% Stewart’s fault. Generally don’t wanna make the ball tail into the runner like that there. Robbie still probably should’ve gotten it but he obviously misjudged how much time he had.

      • Anderson Silva

        the throw was tailing into the runner. It was atrocious, especially when you consider the SOB who made the throw is in there for his defense.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

          It was slightly inaccurate.
          Yet it was still plenty good to get the runner easily if Cano just caught the ball.
          Great quick release.
          Strong throw.
          Slightly inaccurate.
          Plenty good enough to get the out easily if Cano did his job.

          • Deathstroke Heathcott

            It’s not the accuracy that was the problem. It was the fact that it had 2 seam action on it into a baserunner sliding head first. Cano had to decide how close the runner was to him or risk getting slid into and he took his eye off the ball. That’s obviously mostly on him but let’s not act like Stewart is completely innocent either.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

              I didn’t say it was a perfect throw.
              It wasn’t.
              But it was plenty good enough to get the out.

              • Rivera Venue Blues

                I played catcher in high school, which is obviously nothing like playing catcher in the MLB, but when the ball tails like that out of your hand, you know you gripped it wrong when you threw it and take some of the blame for it everytime.

                • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

                  Sure, but even with the tail, it was good enough to get the out.

  • Alkaline

    Come on Hirok. Stay strong.

  • Anderson Silva

    this complete inability to retire Gordon Beckham is really frustrating.

  • Anderson Silva

    Game over.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Robbie, Hiroki, and Soriano have all fucked up badly this inning.

    Good luck erasing this deficit against Chris Sale.

  • OldYanksFan

    Goodbye and Goodnight

  • your mom

    Game over.

  • forensic

    The Soriano played that ball in LF you’d think he was on the White Sox instead.

    • forensic

      *The way Soriano…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    Well played in the corner Soriano.
    Kuroda’s been shaky.
    The defense has been just as shaky.

  • Eddard

    This one is as good as over. This might be the day the 2013 Yankees died.

    • Frank

      The lights are pretty dim.

    • nycsportzfan

      They are a bloop and a blast away from tying the game with 5more innings worth of AB’s left. You think its over??lol jesus!

      • Anderson Silva

        Against probably the second best pitcher in baseball.

        • nycsportzfan

          Like I said.

  • Wheels

    C’mon Sori, wtf

  • Tom

    The Yankees just need 2 more steals of home set up by several errors.

    Seems doable.

  • stuart a

    3 and 0 count and mark reynolds does not take a pitch. the pitcher on the mound is damn good. you want him to get out of the game as soon as possible and throw as many pitches as possible.

    bad bad baseball. get same pitch 3 and 1…

  • Mick taylor

    This team sucks. Nunez error, cano could not handle throw at second, soriano allows 3rd run to score by misplayingball. Where is the urgency to win a must win game. They look awful out there.

    • Anderson Silva

      It’s nothing to do with urgency. They are simply not good enough.

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

    They’re going to lose ANOTHER game to the fucking last place White Sox.

    It’s these losses, losses against last place teams, that are the reason we’re not making the playoffs.

    And yes, we can come back and win. No, I don’t think we will.

  • nycsportzfan

    Stewart 0for his last19, and yet the wise Joe G continues not to run Romine out more often. I just don’t understand? What is Romine supposed to do to win the job over the bum Stewart?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    Way to be productive Stewie.

    • Tom

      I think you need to add “catching” to your handle.

  • stuart a

    lucky stewart is in the game. lately his game management has been great for Kuroda nad CC.

    the guy cannot hit, game management with a 33 and 38 year old pitcher.

    i know no chance but I pinch hit for Stewart in the 5th, screw it…

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

      Romine catches CC.

  • Wedge

    0-20. At least we’re not in a pennant race or anything

  • forensic

    If you’re going to insist on playing Stewart all the time, at least treat him like a pitcher and have him bunt whenever possible. Maybe he’ll at least advance runners that way.

  • Mick taylor

    Why is Stewart not bunting Nunez over to 3rd. Dumb

    • Anderson Silva

      Girardi thinks he is Buster Posey.

  • Alkaline

    About time Jeter got over the .200 mark.

  • YankeeFan

    Stewart not bunting was an April fools joke right?

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Never even got past second after the leadoff double.

    So much for that.

  • your mom

    Way to get the lead-off double home.

  • Tom

    “Stewie’s due. Don’t let his .473 OPS after the all star break fool you. He had a good swing about two and a half weeks ago and I feel like he’s coming around. Also had a good take or two recently.”

  • Anderson Silva

    leadoff double stranded, this team is a joke

    • Wheels

      They are facing Chris Sale, as you have pointed out repeatedly.

      • Anderson Silva

        Exactly. And they had Stewart up with a man on second and zero outs. Why not bunt? Had he bunted, they could have had a run in without getting a hit. You do that when you are facing pitchers of Sale’s caliber.

        • the Real Greg

          It says in the box score that Stewart flied out to right.

          Was it deep?

          • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

            very shallow, more of a pop up.
            The 2B could have caught it, but was called off.

          • forensic

            Deep for a normal hitter or deep for Stewart?

        • JGYank

          No I disagree. You are giving away an out against a top pitcher. You can swing the bat and still advance a runner even if you make an out. And you have a chance to get a hit and drive him in, something a bunt can’t do.

  • Wedge

    Girardi should be fired for stewart alone

    • the Real Greg

      And here we go again

  • the Real Greg

    But bunting is a sin on this site!

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

      Greg, that’s bullshit and you know it. Nobody here ever said that bunting was always and everywhere wrong. They just said it was way overused and incredibly overrated. Which is entirely true.

      • the Real Greg

        It’s treated like a sin.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

          context

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

          Because MOST of the time it is. Most.

    • Tom

      It is… when you have a major league hitter standing in the box.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Bunting Stewart is a good call, he has batting stats like a NL pitcher ffsake. Not playing him at all would have been even better

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    Gonna be positive, if Kuroda can hold it here, which I think he will, the Yankees will win this game off the bullpen.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Anyone with me? No? Doom and gloom it is?

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

        I don’t think they make it to the bullpen.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          YA GOTTA BELIEVE!

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

            Hey man, I have no comeback for ya. This was awesome, and I was flat-out, completely, 100% wrong.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        I’m with you.

  • the Real Greg

    SO everybody is angry at the Yankees only scoring a run off an ace pitcher. Makes sense.

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

      Yes, we’re angry that once again the only way the Yankees can win is to expect perfection from our pitcher.

      Stop taking potshots at the rest of the site, Greg. It’s called being an asshole.

      • the Real Greg

        Usually you are right. The problem is that you’re facing an ace pitcher. If this were Phillip Humber. I would understand. But this is Chris Sale. Big difference.

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

          I don’t care who you face, we need to win these games against last place teams and one run is not going to cut it.

          • the Real Greg

            If you are facing an ace, it has to cut it.

            Last place teams have good pitchers too.

            The M’s are the perfect example.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

              Sale has a 2.90 ERA.
              He does give up more than 1 r/g.

              • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

                And he got drilled by the Astros last time out.

                • forensic

                  And their only run is unearned, meaning he’s still holding a 0.00 ERA and a 0.66 WHIP in this game.

                • the Real Greg

                  No he didn’t

                  He got drilled by Texas the start before the Astros start.

                  8IP 1 ER against the Stros.

                  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

                    Then the WGN folks (Hawk) misspoke.

              • the Real Greg

                Yes, but it’s more difficult to do so.

                9/25 starts he’s given up 1 run or less. That’s about 37-38%

                15/25 2 runs or less

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

              It doesn’t “have” to do anything. If you only score one run most of the time you’re going to lose. So yeah, I’m annoyed that the Yankees are in a pennant race and they didn’t even get a leadoff double over to third base.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Spot on. In 8 of last 11 games, they have scored 3 or fewer runs.

  • Wedge

    Cano flying down the line…dog

  • the Real Greg

    I will say this. I don’t know why he keeps playing Chris Stewart. Somebody has to bring this up to him.

    • forensic

      They bring it up to him all the time. He gives the same non-answer every time and continues playing Stewart.

      • the Real Greg

        I haven’t heard it in a presser.

  • Wheels

    Hit one out here, Wells.

    • Wheels

      yeah right

  • Anderson Silva

    We could really use Wells monthly HR right here.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Do something good, Vernon. Please.

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      Who am I kidding. He already did his good thing for the game.

  • Wedge

    Ball comes off wells bat like its a wiffle ball bat

  • Wj

    Wells is a very frustrating player to watch, he has 0 approach , swings at everything and has 0 power and cant play d.

  • Wheels

    Fuck

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    de Aza hit two home runs in that at bat. That was seriously awful.

  • Cy Pettitte

    a team that actually wanted to make the playoffs would not have Kuroda pitching the 7th.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Just thinking the same thing. He labored in every inning and has been terrible in Aug. Still Girardi waits for the bomb to take him out.

      • the Real Greg

        You obviously didn’t see the 4 outs prior which were easy outs.

        If he had struggled in the sixth, I would have pulled him.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    The fact that the Yankees are in danger of falling to 1-4 against the White Sox this season is a very, very damning thing.

    It looks like the Orioles are gonna lose, but, as has been the case for months, the Yankees cannot vault over them.

  • forensic

    At least he only gets credit for one of those homeruns.

  • the Real Greg

    Can’t say Girardi left him out too long considering the 4 outs prior

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

      The 4 outs prior were against the #6-9 hitters.
      De Aza already had 2 hits against Kuroda prior to that AB.
      It was at least a questionable decision.

      • the Real Greg

        I’ll say it was a bit of a risk. But to be honest after seeing him hit that foul ball, Kuroda should have known better.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          Know better? He made a mistake and left one over the plate.

          • the Real Greg

            Given he had 2 hits and just hit a foul ball homer, I would have been very very careful to him.

            If he walks, then you bail and go to the pen.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Although his pitch count was around 90 and he is obviously gassed. He also got those outs against the bottom of the order of a shitty team. He should have not have come out for the 7th.

      • the Real Greg

        Again, if he had struggled in the sixth, I would agree with you but he didn’t.

  • Eddard

    Today is the day the 2013 Yankees officially died. You just can’t give away these games against last place teams in your own park. Some ace.

  • wow

    I’m ready to call this season at this point. I’ll just try to enjoy baseball in general. Actually enjoy a good team in a race. Not this dying team. It’s going to be the same deal for the next few seasons.

  • Wj

    Please play the young guys, can we all agree our season is over now?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

      What young guys?
      With the exception of C, there really aren’t any to play.
      And the C should be playing regardless of whether they are still in it or not.

    • Wheels

      It isn’t over yet.

  • Mick taylor

    When I think back to the 1996-2003 yanks I realize how great they were compared to this mess of a team. Those great Yankee teams played with passion to win. This crap team came out tonight and played like shit, like they read the newspapers as to how bad the white sox were and all they had todo was show up and they would win. I really miss Paul o’neil. Too bad he cannot showthese overpaid chokers how to be a winner.

    • JLC 776

      To be fair, the dynasty teams had multiple first-ballot hall of famers playing in their prime.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Nine outs to score at least three runs.

    Save yourselves, Yankees.

  • the Real Greg

    its really a shame that Kuroda has had a great season but at the time of need, he has fallen apart. I don’t know which he will be more remembered for.

  • nycsportzfan

    man, how does Kuroda suck so badly now? Its not a terrible start tonight, but not anything special, and certainly not good enough. Its pretty annoying were back in the hunt and now Kuroda decides hes gonna suck.

    • Wj

      It was bad man, he had nothing. He faced the worst lineup in baseball and went 6 and 4. There were numerous pitches he hung and they were fouled off, if it was against a decent lineup he wouldnt have gotten out of the third inning, hes really struggling, he clearly has dead arm.

  • forensic

    Sure am glad Claiborne is back now to protect this 3 run deficit. He was only gone for a couple weeks though, I’m sure it didn’t cost them any potential wins.

    • the Real Greg

      Well that goes to Cashman’s door for being stubborn and not releasing Joba.

      • forensic

        Your boy also has plenty of input on those moves.

        • the Real Greg

          Not in terms of releasing players. Cashman’s the boss in that notion.

          • forensic

            Cashman has the final say, but Girardi has plenty of input on what he’d rather have.

            • the Real Greg

              True, but Cashman sees the same person Girardi does. Does Cashman have the same faith Girardi has in him?

  • Cy Pettitte

    nice job ensuring that Sale will most likely pitch the 8th now

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Stellar approach by the bottom 1/3 of the lineup here, giving Sale two quick outs that may just allow him to pitch another inning.

  • forensic

    Now Stewart’s out? At least he was able to use his framing ability and veteranness to guide Kuroda to this terrific start, especially considering the great offense they were facing.

    • the Real Greg

      If Romine had gotten a hit, the pitchforks would have been out.

      Pressure really needs to be put on Girardi on that notion.

      Dare I say,

      IOGWA (If only George….)

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    If Romine is seriously going to PH for Stewart, then maybe Romine should’ve started the game.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

      They don’t start Stewart because they think he’s a good hitter…

      • the Real Greg

        Yep.

        If only Romine had gotten off to a better start, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

          Sure we would.
          They love Stewart’s defense, and they’ve shown that to be their priority.
          Nothing Romine did at the plate was going to change that.

          • the Real Greg

            Maybe, but it would have made the decision a bit more enticing.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

              Not at all. Romine’s been destroying Stewart at the plate for almost 2 months now.
              Their decision is all about the defense (or their perception of the defense)

              • OldYanksFan

                True. Torre played Girardi over Posada long after Po proved to be a far better hitter.

                It’s amazing… Torre, Girardi and Pena know less about Catching then we do.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  I think this is the dumbest thing I’ve ever read on the internet, and I’ve read a ton of dumb shit on the internet.

        • the Real Greg

          Not that I blame Romine, but if he had done what he has done recently then, Girardi would be under more pressure because there was time left.

          At this point, what real difference will it make, unless he goes Shane Spencer.

        • forensic

          Cervelli hit .360 the first two weeks of the season and Stewart still played over him.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

            ?

            • forensic

              In response to Greg saying that if Romine had hit well out of the gate he’d be playing over Stewart. Cervelli’s start already proved that wrong.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

                Wasn’t Cervelli getting the majority of starts straight from the beginning though?

                • forensic

                  He was getting a little more than Stewart, but still wasn’t getting typical ‘starting catcher’ time.

          • the Real Greg

            But that was more in a tandem. About 60-40 and 50-50. Now its even worse.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    First base hit, and first baserunner since, who, Nunez?

  • Leg-End

    Gardner needs to step his game up, he’s been kinda bad for a leadoff guy the past month or so.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

      last 30 days: 272/347/427
      That’s above average for a leadoff guy.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

        Most of that coming from a big last 10 games, though.

      • Leg-End

        I went by his August numbers, mistakenly.

        .238/.319/.675

        But yeah, not so bad. Felt worse, seems like I’ve seen him look at Strike three an awful lot lately.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        I got him at .237 in Aug.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

          Yeah, his 444/500/889 over the first 2 days of September has a big impact on his last 30 days line.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      wrc+ July 80, Aug 85 mediocre since the ASB

    • JGYank

      He’s been a doubles machine recently. Sale is just a tough lefty.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Robbie just missed a HR there.

    Need a Sori bomb here.

  • JGYank

    At least Sale is out. Have to at least get 2 runs here.

    • JGYank

      to get at least

  • Wheels

    Ok, we’re in business.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    With the part of the lineup coming, this is probably the last real chance to rally, so proceed properly.

  • Wheels

    Yeah Sori!

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Whew. Looked like Sori was on his way to another K.

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

    But of course they had to give up that fourth fucking run…

    • Tom

      And didn’t use Stewart to bunt a guy over (which might have setup a run)

  • Tom

    Time for an A-Bomb and hand the ball to Mo.

  • Cy Pettitte

    that solo dinger in the 7th really hurts now.

    • Alkaline

      Bleh.

  • Alkaline

    Let’s see an A Bomb. Please.

  • Alkaline

    OH THAT WAS THE PITCH!

  • Wheels

    nice A-Rod

  • Alkaline

    JESUSMARYANDTHEOTHERGUY!

  • Cy Pettitte

    boo A-Rod good away booooo. Bring back Nix.

    (am I doing this right?)

    • Cy Pettitte

      go away*

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

    Fly ball boys. Fly ball.

  • Alkaline

    That was an awesome at bat by A-Rod. The NONONONONO was heads up; whether it had any affect or not, who knows.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Soriano on 3rd, 1 out.

    GOTTA get him to the plate.

  • Leg-End

    Get Sori in from 3rd, I don’t care how.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Another steal of home should do the trick.

  • Wheels

    All you Grandy. You got this

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Anderson Silva says:
    September 3, 2013 at 8:37 pm
    Game over.

    OldYanksFan says:
    September 3, 2013 at 8:37 pm
    Goodbye and Goodnight

    your mom says:
    September 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm
    Game over.

    Eddard says:
    September 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm
    Today is the day the 2013 Yankees officially died. You just can’t give away these games against last place teams in your own park. Some ace.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Quote me! Quote me!

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        My pleasure. :)

        Deathstroke Heathcott says:
        September 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm
        Gonna be positive, if Kuroda can hold it here, which I think he will, the Yankees will win this game off the bullpen.

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      Well, you know, they’re still trailing, and could still lose this game.

      Not the time to be bringing this stuff up.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        My point is that people shouldn’t be saying that the game is over that early. That’s true whether they come all the way back or not. This game is very obviously not over.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          I just hate that it’s not even close to a even split between the doom and gloomers and positive people. Don’t quite get what satisfaction people get out of declaring the game, series, season over multiple times a game thread.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

      Probably premature…

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        No. This game wasn’t over then, and it’s not over now.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

          True enough

    • Alkaline

      Like any of them will respond to this.

    • OldYanksFan

      Hello and Good Morning!

    • Anderson Silva

      So glad I was wrong. Happy?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Please do this every night. Please.

    • Havok9120

      You may not see this response, but thanks for doing this. Several people there, when they deign to respond, always dare positive people to quote them when we call them out. I’m always glad to see it happen.

  • JGYank

    Holy shit! A rally! But why does Wells have to bat fifth?

  • JGYank

    Good call Girardi.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    14 walks in 21 innings, so he is definitely wild (that’s 6.67 BB/9, if my math is right). K guy, sure, dangerous for Curtis, but he needs to be careful here.

  • Tom

    I think Girardi should have used Ichiro here. Grandy’s the better hitter, but they need a ball in play.

    Better chance at getting the ball in play with 1 out and a runner on 3rd, also hits lefties well.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

      I agree.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

        Ummm…I mean Granderson was obviously the correct choice.

        • Tom

          Obviously I was trying for the reverse jinx.

          Obviously.

    • Tom

      Like I said – good call PH’ing Grandy against the lefty!

      /Happy to be wrong!

  • the Real Greg

    Oh my

  • Cy Pettitte

    Donnie Veal actually has a reverse platoon split this year

  • JGYank

    Anything but a dp here…

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Wonderful AB from Curtis.

    Time to get greedy. Take the lead all at once here.

  • JGYank

    In play, runs! Tie ball game!

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Yesss feast on the bullpen.

  • the Real Greg

    BASE HIT

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    Let’s keep the positive mojo going and get Mo a save opp right here.

  • Alkaline

    Haha, yes!

  • JGYank

    Get Mo ready. Great comeback and it’s not over.

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

    FUCK YEAH

  • Leg-End

    Nice job Grandy.

  • nycsportzfan

    THIS IS FUCKING AWESOME!!!!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Chris Perez blowing it in Cleveland…

    • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

      God I’m going to go nuts if the Os wind up winning there.

    • the Real Greg

      Care about the game before you

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

      It’s OK. Nate McLouth killed the rally.

  • Eddard

    I think we’ll look back on today as the day the 2013 Yankees made the postseason. What a comeback. They’re finally hitting with RISP.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Lol.

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

      We all love you, Eddard.

  • Wheels

    Tie game! fuck yesss

  • dkidd

    after everything that has gone wrong, we get meaningful exciting games in september

    this is just awesome

  • JGYank

    Sale must be depressed.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Swung at ball four.

    Fortunate he fouled it off.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Orioles lose, win tonight would move the Yankees 1/2 game ahead of them

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Yeah, that wasn’t very good there, Mark.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I am mhere to fuck up the mojo.

    Muhahahah

  • Wheels

    Can Nunez atone for his earlier mistake?

  • the Real Greg

    Those breaking balls slowed Reynolds’ bat down enough.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    And for those concerned, the Indians won.

    If the Yankees can finish the rally, they vault back past Baltimore.

  • Eddard

    If Joe wants this win, which I’m not convinced that he does, he’ll keep Eduardo Nuney in this ballgame to hit with RISP.

    • Crime Dog

      So many levels of lol

      • Elton Cod

        So many levels.

  • the Real Greg

    Indians win, barely

  • Frank

    Gonna need an extra base hit to score A-Rod from second.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    That it’s still only 4-4 means nothing has really been accomplished yet. Mo pitches in the 9th – let him pitch with a lead.

  • Wheels

    Yesssssssss!

  • Frank

    And there you go.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    HELL FUCKING YES!

  • Dan in Athens

    Never have so many been forced to eat so much dick…

  • forensic

    Terrible rally, not a single homerun. How are you ever going to score if you can’t hit a homerun?

  • Eddard’s Monitor

    I need a wipe, please.

  • Tom

    Someone check on Eddard and make sure he’s OK.

  • nycsportzfan

    Nunez can flat out rake! Anyone want to argue the guy can’t flat out hit still?

  • VT Yankee Fan

    Woke the wife. Now she’s pissed. Totally worth it.

    • Logan

      Haha. Wonderful comment. I’m in college, and I routinely have earned the ire of my hall mates over the years for my cheers. Still, it’s worth it.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      I startled my baby daughter into crying several times this year between Knicks games and Yankees games. Totally worth it.

      This time I was holding her while jumping up and down and screaming, and she loved it. I’m glad she’s learning.

      • VT Yankee Fan

        Ball games w/ the kids has been one of my favorite parts of parenting. Celebrating World Series and Superbowl wins with my sons can’t be beat.

  • forensic

    YES!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Nunie!!!! Close it out Mo and they jump the O’s!

  • Eddard

    EDUARDO NUNEY HAS SINGLE HANDEDLY SAVED THE SEASON!!!!!!!!!! JFKL;ASDF KLAFMNASDKL;FNMSDKL;AFNM;AKLFNMASDF

  • the Real Greg

    EDDARD IS IN PARADISE!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    NunEEEE!!!!!!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Nuñez!

  • Crime Dog

    How in the hell did his helmet stay on!?

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Oh my god Eddard was right. Nuney!!!!!!!!

  • OldYanksFan

    HELLO AND GOOD MORNING!
    HELLO AND GOOD MORNING!
    HELLO AND GOOD MORNING!

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

    And Nunez with the redemption!

    And Baltimore lost!

    This could be a great night for the Bombers if Mo holds on.

    • OldYanksFan

      Night?
      HELLO AND GOOD MORNING!

  • Logan

    Unbelievable! Man I love the way this season has turned. Its not just that the Yankees are in the playoff race, its that wonderful feeling that they have the potential to make a big comeback in any game. I haven’t felt this way since 2009. I’m starting to think they’re going to play October baseball. And I don’t mean in Houston.

  • Wheels

    I love it, the helmet stays on this time.

    • Logan

      Haha I missed that.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Nuney!

  • Wheels

    So pumped.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    They had a 6% win expectancy after Gardner’s out. Awesome, awesome comeback.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Hell yes! We came back against…….the White Sox.

    • Wheels

      Don’t retire Mo.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Never say die.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Never. Nothing to lose at this point.

  • Jay

    Remember the guy last week who was bitching on and on about how Cano never comes up with big hits late in games? Where is he tonight? Cuz an opposite field double off of Chris Sale in a game like this is about as big and clutch as it gets. Huge AB.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      You can bitch about whatever you want here and disappear completely when you’re wrong. At least Eddard comes back to contradict himself, gotta give him credit for that.

      • Havok9120

        One of my favorite comments of the season, this.

  • Nunez for Prez!

    This has been a great game!

    C’mon Mo!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Why does it matter if Baltimore lost to Cleveland? We still have to get by Cleveland for the WC. The Orioles/Indians series is irrelevant.

    • the Real Greg

      No we don’t. Indians are going to be 1 game behind if we win.

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        I think you’re missing the point. If we intend to win the WC, we have to get by (and STAY BY) Cleveland too.

        So the Orioles lost tonight, great. They lost to the Indians, who are right at the same place. The Orioles/Indians series is irrelevant. One wins, one loses and they’re both still right there with us. We’re not getting clear of either team this series. If Cleveland sweeps the Orioles, it might look nice to be 2.5 games clear of Balfimore, but we’d still be tied with Cleveland.

        • Havok9120

          I was hoping for a Baltimore sweep of Cleveland, honestly. But I’ll enjoy the standings tonight, nonetheless.

          Go Yanks, O’s, Angels, and Mariners tomorrow. And Detroit, just for lulz.

  • ClusterDuck

    This makes up for the Andy Pettitte game.

    Andy was dandy. Sale was saling along.

    Got to play nine innings.

  • Electirc Nunez ll

    According to 95% of RAB posters, Nunez sucks. Doesn’t matter what he’s done since coming off the DL, or that unlike most players who develop throwing problems, he appears to have licked it during a season where he had to fill in for a legend while battling injuries (no pressure there).

    The same 90% of you pleading for Romine to start were the same ones saying he and Adams (and Ivan Nova, for that matter) sucked after a whole 80 AB trial.

    Much as I detested the way George did most things, I think he understood the fan mentality better than I gave him credit for.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

      Nunez has gotten even worse defensively since coming off the DL.
      It’s great that he’s at least hitting, but he continues to prove he’s not a MLB quality SS.

    • Eddard

      Not me, buddy. I think Nuney is a good, young ballplayer who was hurt earlier in the season. Now that he’s fully healthy and is more of a role player he is thriving.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Nuñez UZR this year is -35, more than twice as bad as last year. He got a clutch hit tonight. Great. That doesn’t mean he’s now a good fielder or a disciplined hitter. n fact, the pitch he got the double on was way out of the zone.

      • OldYanksFan

        URZ is meaningless is his sample size.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

          That’s true. Except it’s confirmed by the eye test. And his error total. And his career UZR and DRS. Everything points to him probably being the very worst defensive regular SS in baseball.

          • Rolling Doughnut

            +1

  • Tom

    Did Connor Gillaspie play in the Yankee’s system at some point?

    He’s got the feel of an embedded Yankee these first two games.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    First broken bat in awhile from Mo. Nice.

  • Dan in Athens

    Can’t wait to see the graph on this one

    • Tom

      Spoiler alert:
      http://www.fangraphs.com/livew.....eason=2013

      (if you don’t want to wait for the recap)

      • Tom

        It looks like a profile stage for the Tour de France with an “HC” category climb (for cycling aficionados out there)

        • Wheels

          Ha, L’Alpe d’Huez.

  • Leg-End

    Big win. Awesome comeback.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    It’s September. That other shoe never dropped. They thought this team would be done in May. They were wrong. They can go fuck themselves.

    YANKEES WIN AGAIN.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      A-fucking-men.

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

    And Mo looking dynamite too.

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    This team with Soriano and A-rod and Grandy and Jeter shouldn’t be counted out the same way the old terrible offense was. Even against an elite pitcher.

  • Adam

    Ha! Hawk just said, “If it was anyone else but Rivera, I would be screaming right now.”

    • Havok9120

      That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever heard out of his mouth.

      Career achievement awards are annoying, but I still enjoy them. I said the same for Chipper last season and will probably, somehow, be able to force myself to say it for Papi. Maybe. Ugh.

      I said it for Ripkin, though that was less important to me at the time.

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

        Chipper, yes. Papi, fuck that shit. Asshole uses PED’s and gets off scott free.

        Pedro, yeah. If Pedroia continues at this pace, I can see feeling similarly about him. But not Ortiz.

  • TampaYankee

    I hate that I had to watch this game on WGN.

    Those broadcasters are just awful. They make the Rays broadcasters seem stellar.

    Great comeback win though!

  • forensic

    Gatorade shower for a non-walkoff? Don’t see the point of that.

    • Betty Lizard

      Breathes there the man with soul so dead
      Who never to himself hath said,
      What better use for Gatorade
      Than dump it on the one who saved
      (The game)

      • ropeadope

        Bravo!

        Sir Walter Scott Lizard?

        • Havok9120

          She’s pretty great at this stuff.

          • ropeadope

            Agreed my friend, agreed.

            • Betty Lizard

              All on Sir Walter Scott

  • Nunez for Prez!

    Gatorade!!!

  • stuart a

    wow. improbable and huge win.

    that is why you try to get out a stud pitcher asap.

    take damn pitches…

    great ab by cano, soriano, aroid, grandy, and stone hands. stone hands can hit…

  • Eddard

    It just goes to show you that the game is never over until the last out is recorded and I just knew Eduardo Nuney would come through with RISP. He’s finally healthy and is thriving as a result. They need to keep finding ways to get his bat in the lineup. And Romine should take over as catcher 80% of the time.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Eddard says:
      September 3, 2013 at 8:39 pm
      This one is as good as over. This might be the day the 2013 Yankees died.

  • JLC 776

    DAMMIT!!!! WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN SELLERS!!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    Hughes to the bullpen. Huff gets start against Boston.

    per Wallace Matthews

    • Wheels

      Right on.

    • Nunez for Prez!

      Finally.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Playoffs or not, I am proud of the 2013 Yankees. Fighting to the very goddamn end.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Agreed.

    • Eddard

      I said it earlier tonight, I think today is the day that the 2013 Yankees made the postseason. Actually, I don’t think it I know it. They’ve got a lineup that goes 8 deep, 9 if Romine is playing, they’ve got 2 pitchers firing on all cylinders and now Hughes has been demoted so they won’t be guaranteed a loss every 5th day.

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

        Oh Eddard. You’re incredible.

    • Adam

      Indeed. With all the negativity that has followed this team (here and elsewhere), this team has actually been pretty remarkable, no?

  • OldYanksFan

    Cool Standings has us at a 18.9% chance for the PS.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I think this might be my favorite game thread of the season.

    Great win! :)