Game 138: Sale vs. Kuroda, Part II

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(Rich Schultz/Getty)

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.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. forensic says:

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

  2. jim p says:

    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?

  3. JGYank says:

    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.

  4. Tom says:

    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 says:

      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.


  5. CountryClub says:

    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.

  6. forensic says:

    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.

  7. Eddard says:

    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.

  8. forensic says:

    Well, that didn’t take long.

  9. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nunez is an awful, awful SS.

  10. Cuso says:

    You have something on your lip, Donkey

  11. Anderson Silva says:

    Hiroki Hughes pitching again

  12. Now Batting says:

    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.

  13. Wheels says:

    Fuckin Nunez, that scrub

  14. Anderson Silva says:

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

  15. UncleArgyle says:

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

  16. Cuso says:

    Why does Gillaspie seem Ciriaco-ish to me?

  17. the Real Greg says:

    Eddard is on suicide watch. Kuroda and Nunez flopping

  18. forensic says:

    That sure was a gift.

  19. Eddard says:

    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.

  20. FLYER7 says:

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

  21. Anderson Silva says:

    ball boy plays better D than Nunez

  22. Anderson Silva says:

    Kuroda is garbage.

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


  24. Anderson Silva says:

    that was a pathetic play by Beckham

  25. forensic says:

    They’re like a little league defense out there.

  26. Wheels says:

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

  27. dkidd says:

    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?

  28. Anderson Silva says:

    yay! so glad we get 2 on for Stewart

  29. Mr. Roth says:

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

  30. Anderson Silva says:

    Wow! Very nice! Did not see that coming!

  31. Stole home, holy crap.

  32. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  33. hogsmog says:


  34. Mr. Roth says:

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

  35. dkidd says:

    vernon wells stole home

    vernon wells stole home

    does not compute

  36. Anderson Silva says:

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

    • Eddard says:

      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.

  37. Freddy's Dead says:

    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.

  38. Crime Dog says:

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

  39. Eddard says:

    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.

  40. Mike Axisa says:

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

  41. Wheels says:

    Nicely executed.

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

  43. Eddard says:

    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.

  44. Tom says:

    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?

  45. Wheels says:

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

  46. Freddy's Dead says:

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

  47. stuart a says:

    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.

  48. Freddy's Dead says:

    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.

  49. Alkaline says:

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

  50. Eddard says:

    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.

  51. Anderson Silva says:

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

      The throw was plenty good enough to get him out.

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

        • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

          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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

                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.

  52. Alkaline says:

    Come on Hirok. Stay strong.

  53. Anderson Silva says:

    this complete inability to retire Gordon Beckham is really frustrating.

  54. Anderson Silva says:

    Game over.

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

    Good luck erasing this deficit against Chris Sale.

  56. OldYanksFan says:

    Goodbye and Goodnight

  57. your mom says:

    Game over.

  58. forensic says:

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

  59. Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

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

  60. Eddard says:

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

  61. Wheels says:

    C’mon Sori, wtf

  62. Tom says:

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

    Seems doable.

  63. stuart a says:

    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…

  64. Mick taylor says:

    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.

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

    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.

  66. nycsportzfan says:

    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?

  67. Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

    Way to be productive Stewie.

  68. stuart a says:

    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…

  69. Wedge says:

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

  70. forensic says:

    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.

  71. Mick taylor says:

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

  72. Alkaline says:

    About time Jeter got over the .200 mark.

  73. YankeeFan says:

    Stewart not bunting was an April fools joke right?

  74. Never even got past second after the leadoff double.

    So much for that.

  75. your mom says:

    Way to get the lead-off double home.

  76. Tom says:

    “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.”

  77. Anderson Silva says:

    leadoff double stranded, this team is a joke

    • Wheels says:

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

      • Anderson Silva says:

        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.

  78. Wedge says:

    Girardi should be fired for stewart alone

  79. the Real Greg says:

    But bunting is a sin on this site!

  80. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

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

  81. the Real Greg says:

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

  82. Wedge says:

    Cano flying down the line…dog

  83. the Real Greg says:

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

  84. Wheels says:

    Hit one out here, Wells.

  85. Anderson Silva says:

    We could really use Wells monthly HR right here.

  86. Do something good, Vernon. Please.

  87. Wedge says:

    Ball comes off wells bat like its a wiffle ball bat

  88. Wj says:

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

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

  90. Cy Pettitte says:

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

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      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 says:

        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.

  91. 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.

  92. forensic says:

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

  93. the Real Greg says:

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

      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.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      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.

  94. Eddard says:

    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.

  95. wow says:

    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.

  96. Wj says:

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

  97. Mick taylor says:

    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.

  98. Nine outs to score at least three runs.

    Save yourselves, Yankees.

  99. the Real Greg says:

    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.

  100. nycsportzfan says:

    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 says:

      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.

  101. forensic says:

    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.

  102. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  103. 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.

  104. forensic says:

    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 says:

      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….)

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

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

      • the Real Greg says:


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

        • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

          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 says:

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

            • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

              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 says:

                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 says:

                  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 says:

          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 says:

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

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

  107. Leg-End says:

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

  108. Robbie just missed a HR there.

    Need a Sori bomb here.

  109. JGYank says:

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

  110. Wheels says:

    Ok, we’re in business.

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

  112. Wheels says:

    Yeah Sori!

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

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

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

  115. Tom says:

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

  116. Cy Pettitte says:

    that solo dinger in the 7th really hurts now.

  117. Alkaline says:

    Let’s see an A Bomb. Please.

  118. Alkaline says:


  119. Wheels says:

    nice A-Rod

  120. Alkaline says:


  121. Cy Pettitte says:

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

    (am I doing this right?)

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

    Fly ball boys. Fly ball.

  123. Alkaline says:

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

  124. Soriano on 3rd, 1 out.

    GOTTA get him to the plate.

  125. Leg-End says:

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

  126. Wheels says:

    All you Grandy. You got this

  127. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    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.

  128. JGYank says:

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

  129. JGYank says:

    Good call Girardi.

  130. 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.

  131. Tom says:

    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.

  132. the Real Greg says:

    Oh my

  133. Cy Pettitte says:

    Donnie Veal actually has a reverse platoon split this year

  134. JGYank says:

    Anything but a dp here…

  135. Wonderful AB from Curtis.

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

  136. JGYank says:

    In play, runs! Tie ball game!

  137. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Yesss feast on the bullpen.

  138. the Real Greg says:


  139. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

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

  140. Alkaline says:

    Haha, yes!

  141. JGYank says:

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

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


  143. Leg-End says:

    Nice job Grandy.

  144. nycsportzfan says:


  145. Cy Pettitte says:

    Chris Perez blowing it in Cleveland…

  146. Eddard says:

    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.

  147. Wheels says:

    Tie game! fuck yesss

  148. dkidd says:

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

    this is just awesome

  149. JGYank says:

    Sale must be depressed.

  150. Swung at ball four.

    Fortunate he fouled it off.

  151. Cy Pettitte says:

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

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

  153. Cuso says:

    I am mhere to fuck up the mojo.


  154. Wheels says:

    Can Nunez atone for his earlier mistake?

  155. the Real Greg says:

    Those breaking balls slowed Reynolds’ bat down enough.

  156. And for those concerned, the Indians won.

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

  157. Eddard says:

    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.

  158. the Real Greg says:

    Indians win, barely

  159. Frank says:

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

  160. 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.

  161. Wheels says:


  162. Frank says:

    And there you go.

  163. Dan in Athens says:

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

  164. forensic says:

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

  165. Eddard's Monitor says:

    I need a wipe, please.

  166. Tom says:

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

  167. nycsportzfan says:

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

  168. VT Yankee Fan says:

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

    • Logan says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  169. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  170. Eddard says:


  171. the Real Greg says:


  172. Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:


  173. Rolling Doughnut says:


  174. Crime Dog says:

    How in the hell did his helmet stay on!?

  175. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

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

  176. OldYanksFan says:


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

    And Nunez with the redemption!

    And Baltimore lost!

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

  178. Logan says:

    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.

  179. Wheels says:

    I love it, the helmet stays on this time.

  180. Itsallhowuseeit says:


  181. Wheels says:

    So pumped.

  182. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

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

  183. Cuso says:

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

  184. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Never say die.

  185. Jay says:

    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.

  186. Nunez for Prez! says:

    This has been a great game!

    C’mon Mo!

  187. Cuso says:

    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 says:

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

      • Cuso says:

        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 says:

          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.

  188. ClusterDuck says:

    This makes up for the Andy Pettitte game.

    Andy was dandy. Sale was saling along.

    Got to play nine innings.

  189. Electirc Nunez ll says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

      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.

  190. Tom says:

    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.

  191. Rolling Doughnut says:

    First broken bat in awhile from Mo. Nice.

  192. Dan in Athens says:

    Can’t wait to see the graph on this one

  193. Leg-End says:

    Big win. Awesome comeback.

  194. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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.


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

    And Mo looking dynamite too.

  196. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

    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.

  197. Adam says:

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

    • Havok9120 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  198. TampaYankee says:

    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!

  199. forensic says:

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

  200. Nunez for Prez! says:


  201. stuart a says:

    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…

  202. Eddard says:

    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 says:

      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.

  203. JLC 776 says:


  204. Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

    Hughes to the bullpen. Huff gets start against Boston.

    per Wallace Matthews

  205. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

    • Deathstroke Heathcott says:


    • Eddard says:

      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.

    • Adam says:

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

  206. OldYanksFan says:

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

  207. Get Phelps Up says:

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

    Great win! :)

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